Jay Cutler uttered three words in defiance of the perception outside the organization that he's become too reliant on receiver Brandon Marshall. Asked if it would be on his mind to make it a point to throw to other receivers not named Marshall on Friday when the Bears face the Oakland Raiders in Week 3 of the preseason Cutler didn't hesitate. "It will not." Pardon me? "It will not" Cutler repeated. Given the limited amount of plays executed by the first team through two preseason outings Cutler accurately pointed out that it's way too early to draw conclusions about the direction the offense is headed for 2013. Cutler threw all five of his passes Marshall's direction last Thursday during the team's 33-28 win over the San Diego Chargers with four going for completions. But the week before in the preseason opener Cutler targeted five different receivers in just 10 snaps of action. "I mean you guys are hitting the panic button after two preseason games and 30 plays" Cutler said. "Yeah we're gonna spread it around. We can't just throw to Brandon and give the ball to [running back] Matt [Forte]. We've got to find ways to get other guys involved." That's precisely the plan on Friday at Oakland. The coaching staff wants to subject the starters on both sides of the ball to their most extensive action of the exhibition season against the Raiders. The Bears are simulating a regular-season game week in terms of preparation in the lead-up to the matchup at Oakland. In addition Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer and coach Marc Trestman said the team will put together a limited game plan for attacking the Raiders that won't reveal too many formations and plays the team expects to use in the regular season. Like Cutler Kromer disputed the notion that Cutler has become overly reliant on Marshall who caught 118 passes in 2012. "Sometimes and all good quarterbacks do it all good quarterbacks think they can make throws that they might not be able to make" Kromer said. "A quarterback throws it to the wrong guy sometimes when he's reading his read. Now the whole offense is doing a good job of understanding our scheme and spreading the ball around by what the defense gives us. If the defense gives us Brandon Marshall then we'll throw it to him. If they don't then we won't throw it to them." Against the Chargers Cutler forced a pass in to Marshall despite the receiver being double-covered. The play resulted in an interception and Trestman -- while pointing out he could've done a better job of coaching the quarterback on that play -- said Cutler's decision was one he can't continue to make if the offense is to be successful this season. Cutler also admitted to trying to force the ball to Marshall despite knowing his read on the play dictated throwing the ball elsewhere.
Too much Marshall? Cutler not buying it
ESPN Chicago | Aug 21