Kurt Warner: Extra blockers not answer
Kurt Warner sees the same Mike Martz offensive approach being run in Chicago, and that means extra blockers won't be the answer to curbing the constant pressure Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been under this season.
The key in a Martz offense, according to Warner, the retired quarterback who won two MVP awards with Martz in St. Louis, is quick decision-making by the quarterback.
"[The Bears] are going to keep the pedal down, they're going to continue to take chances but so much of it as a quarterback is just making quick decisions, understanding what's going on up front and that you can't sit back and just wait for the big play every time," Warner said Monday on "The Mike & Mike Show" on ESPN Radio. "Sometimes you've just got to say it's not there initially, let's just get the ball out of my hands and let somebody else do something with it."
Cutler was sacked nine times in the first half of the Bears' 17-3 loss to the Giants on Sunday night. He suffered a concussion and didn't return for the second half.
Playing behind a largely inexperienced offensive line, Cutler has faced constant pressure all season but nothing like Sunday's two quarters of harassment by the Giants.
But the answer -- at least in a Martz offense -- is not to leave extra blockers in to protect the quarterback, according to Warner.
"In a situation like that for me, some quarterbacks on some teams would say, 'Well, let's leave a couple extra guys in to block. For me personally, I would say 'Coach, let me get every receiver out in a route and I'll get the ball out of my hands quickly," Warner said. "Don't leave me back there to hold it on a seven-step drop and just take our chances. Get everybody out, let me make a decision, let me get the ball out of my hands quickly. So I think there are a couple of approaches to it.
"Knowing Mike, knowing his system, that's what we always did. We didn't want to leave guys in to block. We would take chances trying to get the ball out of our hands and into our playmakers' hands and let them make plays if we were having trouble up front."