The Chicago Bears' season hangs in the balance of Week 17, and anything short of the playoffs means that changes could once again be made on the coaching staff. That might please fans that are tired of seeing another late-season swoon, but quarterback Jay Cutler argued on his radio show that stability would be the best thing for the team's offense.
"It's hard for an offense and as a quarterback to get to where you want to be and be consistent on a weekly basis if you're changing coordinators every couple of years. That's a reality. I think it's an overlooked fact. I thought he did a good job. We're not done yet," Cutler said on ESPN 1000."
(via Pro Football Talk)
Cutler is speaking of offensive coordinator Mike Tice, who has not been able to push the Chicago offense to the next level this season. Chicago's offense has been middle of the pack, despite additions that include Michael Bush and Alshon Jeffery, scoring 23.3 points per game. That number is a marginal improvement from last year's 22.1 points per game.
Chicago has fallen in the passing department, where this year's 183.6 yards per game through the air is a drop from the 188.2 yards per game that the team threw for last season. The running game has similarly experienced a minor dip in yards per game when compared to last season.