The immensely talented Jay Cutler is the wrong fit for Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman’s version of the West Coast Offense, says NFL analyst Greg Cosell. Cosell is trying to help people understand why the man with the $54 million contract will be on the bench this Sunday against the Lions–and why faith in Cutler’s ability to transcend his problems has waned. Nobody doubts Cutler’s talents, so there’s got to be a reason he’s been so inconsistent. Somebody’s got to explain why he’s thrown an interception for every 3 million bucks he’s getting–a league leading 18 picks so far.
Cosell believes it’s a case of square peg, round hole. Not too different from what Phil Jackson is encountering with the New York Knicks. Jackson’s famous triangle offense was great with skill sets that matched it–Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, etc. It’s a lot tougher with the Knicks team he has currently. Just like Bill Walsh’s West Coast Offense was super potent with Joe Montana, but Cutler doesn’t have the right skill set to drive it, according to Cosell. Cutler could thrive in another system and it’ll be interesting to see if he goes somewhere else to find one, or if the Bears change to accommodate the talent they have.