Cutler was held out of the end zone and his last pass of the night resulted in an interception by Jeremy Lane late in the second quarter. He was sacked twice and compiled 157 yards through the air while completing 12 of 20 passes. He finished the game with a 64.0 passer rating.
The Bears offense didn't see a lot of action early, as turnovers limited them to just three plays most of the way through the first quarter. That allowed Cutler to remain in the game into the second quarter. On the team's third possession, Cutler was able to lead a 10-play drive, leading to a touchdown. The Bears offensive line gave Cutler a ton of time all night. He finished 7 for 9, for 75 yards. One of Cutler's incompletions was a drop by Brandon Marshall, so his night could have been even better.
"He’s getting better," Trestman said. "He understands what we’re doing. The dialogue is fast. We understand what we need to get done. Our communication is very, very good. It’s a blast to work with him on and off the field."
Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer offered more detail on Cutler's improvement.
"Jay has learned to solve his own problems on the field," Kromer said. "He’s much quicker this year with his reads. He knew them last year — don’t get me wrong — but it’s happening even faster for him.
"He’s understanding everything he’s seeing. He’s seeing the defensive line. He’s making the calls of who we want to Mike [identifying the middle linebacker]. He’s directing everything and then getting us in the correct call if we give him more than one play. It’s just happening at a faster pace, and that’s going to help our offense."
Cutler played two series of offense and on his final series, he led his team to a 13-play, 69-yard drive, which resulted in a 10-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller in the first quarter. He completed 9 of 13 pass attempts for 85 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions, finishing with a 112.7 passer rating.
"Not that he didn’t before; he did," Kromer said. "But with his comfort level with all the things we’re trying to get done, he’s able to solve some of his own problems on the field, even when he didn’t maybe have that answer taught to him yet. It’s really helped that Jay has studied really hard all offseason. He’s worked on technique. He’s been one of the hardest-working guys on the team this offseason."
Cutler posted a career-best passer rating of 89.2 last year. His 63.1 completion percentage ranked second in franchise history.
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