It is one thing to call a certain NFL player or coach "over-rated."
Mike Martz and Jay Cutler are FRAUDS.
I have never seen two guys who have been so irrationally hyped as Martz and Cutler.
Martz made his name by having 2 really hot years with the "Greatest Show on Turf" in St. Louis. Something, he's been chasing ever since. His "aggressive schemes" involve zero-protect blocking schemes, 5-wides, and requires perfect timing.
All it does, it produce offensive misery wherever he goes. Defenders of Martz point to sometimes gaudy numbers (like in Detroit, briefly) but it hasn't made for winning offensive football.
Now with Cutler, it's like the Sesame Street skit of the man falling down stairs with armfuls of cakes. The schemes Martz calls, don't protect. Cutler can't feel pressure very well. He dips his head once the pocket starts collapsing.
And then he throws balls into the other team's hands. Repeatedly.
But not that he cares. Witness the most idiotic comments by a starting NFL QB since Jeff George offered up the notion that "that leadership stuff, is all over-rated."
Here was Cutler on DeAngelo Hall, whose four-pick day won the game singlehandedly, nabbing him defensive player of the week honors, and sending his jersey to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"I’ve played against him (Hall) before," Cutler said, at his own press conference. "There’s no reason to shy away from him. I mean, that’s hard for me to say, throwing four picks at a guy, but I’d still, if we had to play them tomorrow, I’d go at him every time, if we could."You fucking dope.
I'm suprised fellow Bears haven't rolled him up in a carpet and dropped him into the Chicago river at midnight.
The combination of Cutler and Martz is truly one of the worst combos since Parker and Spitzer, Albert Belle and Frank Thomas, or Connie Chung and Dan Rather.
ESPN.com's Page 2 TMQ by Gregg Easterbrook sums it up thusly....
But hey, "give it time" as cockeyed football optimists always urge. Sure. Give it time.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Martz: Washington at Chicago offered six interceptions, eight fumbles and six sacks. Despite going into the contest with the league's most sacks allowed, the Bears sent five or four receivers into the pattern on almost every passing play, sometimes with no blocking help, other times with only a tailback, not a tight end or fullback, as an extra blocker. WTM!? ("What the Martz," to TMQ faithful.) On the 92-yard DeAngelo Hall interception return touchdown that provided the game's winning points, the Bears had six blockers for five rushers, yet no one touched Redskins defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday, who hit Jay Cutler as he released, causing the pick-six.
The Bears now have allowed a league-worst 31 sacks and are a miserable 15-of-84 on third downs. Counting sacks and scrambles, Mike Martz has called 261 passes and 141 rushes. How's that working out for you, Bears?