Jay Cutler’s Mechanics Shouldn’t Be Trestman’s Biggest Issue

July 30, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

One of the big story lines since the Bears hired Marc Trestman as their head coach was his ability to fix quarterback Jay Cutler's mechanics. However, they're not nearly the issue many believe them to be.
There is no defending Cutler's mechanics. He throws off his back foot way more than any quarterback should, and that leads to some inconsistent passes. However, those poor mechanics aren't preventing Cutler from being effective.
Since he came into the league, Cutler's biggest problem has been throwing interceptions. Since he became a starter in 2007, Cutler has thrown at least 14 interceptions in five of his six seasons. His mechanical flaws have led many to conclude that they are connected. However, that's not entirely true. 
When going through each of his 14 interceptions, I found that only one was directly caused because of faulty mechanics. The first interception he threw against Green Bay in the team's Week 2 game was an off-balanced pass despite little p...

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