Kurt Warner: Timing key to Bears

Updated: November 5, 2010, 1:39 AM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- NFL Network's Thursday Night Football crew weighed in on Chicago's recent struggles on offense, with former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner intimating that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler might not exactly know what's going on around him.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Warner, who played under Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz with the St. Louis Rams and is now an analyst with NFL Network, discussed some of the intricacies of Martz's offense.

"The one thing you understand about this offense more than any other offense I've been in is that it's all based on timing," he said. "The timing comes with the understanding of what's going on around you. Where I see Jay [Cutler] struggling right now is in the confidence and understanding, whether it be his part of the system and understanding the whole realm of that, or whether it's the guys around him not necessarily being there on time.

"I see hesitation in Jay at the back end of his drop and in the pocket, where he wants to get back there, hitch a couple times, see something come open and then make the throw. In this offense, it's not built that way. That's the biggest struggle they're having is the timing orientation of it is off right now."

Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who also serves as an analyst for NFL Network, attributed Cutler's struggles to pressing. Cutler tossed four interceptions -- all to Redskins cornerback D'Angelo Hall -- in his last outing, including one returned 92 yards for a touchdown.

"There are times when he holds it too long," Theismann said. "There are times when he just should throw it away. But he's so set in trying to make a play that it just gets him in trouble."

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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