All five of Jay Cutler’s passes in the San Diego game last Thursday went toward wide receiver Brandon Marshall. That preoccupation with one target last season worked to the detriment of the passing offense, which fell from 26th in 2011 with Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown throwing to Johnny Knox, Roy Williams and Dane Sanzenbacher for the last six games, to 29th with Cutler throwing 43 percent of his passes to Marshall.
Changing that, however, is not a priority.
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Cutler said that getting the ball to other than Marshall “will not” be on his mind this Friday in Oakland against the Raiders. If that is alarming, it shouldn’t be at this point. Because it isn’t a specific thought with offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, either.
“If the defense gives us Brandon Marshall, then we’ll throw it to him,” Kromer said. “If they don’t, then we won’t throw it to him.”
The concern is not how often Cutler throws to Marshall, but when. Cutler threw into double coverage for an interception against the Chargers, a mistake that Kromer, who comes from a New Orleans offense with Drew Brees, understands.
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“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. “So guys that follow their reads, they are just like a lineman, they step with the wrong foot, they block in the wrong angle, 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.”