After the Chicago Bears' Week 4 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, it seems as though every member of the media worth their salt dissected Jay Cutler's performance in the defeat, and that's how we will start out today's edition of Bears Bites.
- "The breakdowns in Jay Cutler's throwing fundamentals during Sunday's 40-32 loss to the Lions aren't necessarily inevitable, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Monday." That is the lead sentence of an article by Rich Campbell tackling head-on what some folks think that Cutler's poor play on Sunday could indicate: that he is an inherently flawed quarterback. [Chicago Tribune]
- Ah, but John Mullin disagrees, saying that Cutler's performance was in fact inevitable. [CSN Chicago]
- Cutler threw 41 of his 47 pass attempts on Sunday in the shotgun formation, according to Matt Trowbridge. On the six throws he made in non-shotgun formations, he completed three of them for 80 yards. [Rockford Register-Star]
- With all of the Cutler bashing happening, the Bears' defense feels that it's largely responsible for the defeat on Sunday, and rightfully so. [Sun-Times]
- Was former Bear Israel Idonije helping the Lions sniff out the Bears' defensive play calls? At least one member of the Bears apparently thinks so. [ESPN Chicago]
- The Bears' blog at SB Nation issued their grades for the Bears' loss, and although they were right in some of their critiques (including giving the offensive line a D+), it feels like their defensive line grade of D is too low, as Julius Peppers did have a very nice game. [Windy City Gridiron]
- With the Bears running out their nickel defense on more downs to combat the Lions' variety of offensive weapons, it meant that linebacker DJ Williams was bumped off the field, writes Adam Hoge. [670 The Score]