“Defensively, we carried all year, and looking back at the film offensively, those first four or five games , it’s hard to watch at this point.”

That statement says it all. Cutler doesn’t do many interviews, which made Thursday morning’s appearance on the Mully & Hanley Show mighty intriguing. Listen to his voice inflection when describing his viewing of last year’s tape.

Jay Cutler on The Score

I spoke frequently this offseason about that fact on our FOX Sports Radio show. Everything fit perfectly and fell into place for the Bears to thrust them into the NFC Championship Game. They stayed healthy overall, opponents sustained key injuries during or prior to matchups and the defense dominated. I don’t recall ever discussing a title game participant at NFL Draft time and basically saying — “they need just about everything.”

Things got better in the second half of the season on the O-Line (look at Forte’s production), but there’s still a long, long way to go. For now, Cutler is encouraged by where the unit is at.

Fans and fantasy owners get their first look this weekend when the Bears host the Bills.