No he wasn't.Which is why I find it so ironic he was more productive without Marshall.
Martz historically utilizes the RB more than other OC's. I'd look towards that as an explanation rather than to #BlameJayCutler https://twitter.com/search?q=%23blamejaycutlerGood point. It doesn't explain the reduction in Forte's targets, though. Forte went from a smidge over 6 targets/game played last season to 4 targets/game played this season and I'm pretty confident he played in MORE than 50% of the seasons snaps.
I already showed that it's a bit dull headed to #BlameJayCutler when his other WRs weren't even on the field for 50% of the snaps but you played fast and loose with stats and push a "targets per games played" stat completely hand-waving my initial point.Again, even if you break it down to a targets/game played stat, it's ridiculously lopsided. Marshall averaged 12 targets/game played. Our next closest was Jeffery with 4.8 targets/game played, followed by Bennett and Forte both at ~4 targets/game played.
Do something else for me. Look at the snaps % for the Bears and every other team. Go do that. As I pointed out, Bennett and Jeffrey, our 2nd and 3rd best wideouts, were on the field both less than 50% of the time. They weren't on the field to be targeted.
Never mind. I'll do it for you honey bunny. I'll hold your hand. Here is it.
Wowzers! Marshall's snap percentage was "ridiculously lopsided"! Do you think his targets being "ridiculously lopsided" has to do with him being on the field more than twice as much as the other WRs?
It's almost like the teams whose QB's spread the ball around actually had more than 1 wideout on the field for a larger percentage of the snaps. Amazing how that works out! Check Denver vs. the Bears or the Lions (the Lions WR snap count looks similar to ours).
Maybe? Just maybe?
Nah! It's Jay's fault! That's the ticket!
The end all be all for the "he holds the ball too long" issue for me is this. His last year in Denver Cutler was sacked only 11 times in a whopping 616 attempts. That is once every 56 drop backs! I went to once every 15.8 his next year in Chicago. Did Jay Cutler suddenly decide to develop a bad habit for holding on to the ball from one year to the next and from one city to the next?It don't recall it being situational outside of it occuring LESS in the 4th quarter. He did it in situations where we were holding big leads, he did it while the score was tied and he did it while trailing.
In 2010 sacks per drop back go to an astounding 8.3 per! Jesus Christ it hurts just to type that. How can a player not be shell shocked when you're getting sacked that often?
You have a player here who is actually predisposed to NOT getting sacks. He is quick, athletic, improvisational and can get out of a jam with the best of them and he has a very quick release. Yet he comes to Chicago and he is suddenly getting sacked 3 to 4x's as much as he was accustomed to.
What gives? Well, I say let's blame Jay Cutler!
Here is a little bonus. A video of Peyton Manning about to get in a fist fight with one of his olinement on the sideline. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbJSfVpe3GI