Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that the "building blocks for the read-option are right out in the open for everyone to see" at Bears camp. Biggs has seen Jay Cutler take snaps out of a shotgun formation decorated with an offset back, along with plenty of "mesh-point action," a fundamental aspect of the attack.
It's no secret: Trestman has talked about using the read option before. Asked if the Bears will do so in September, backup quarterback Josh McCown said: "I don't know. We'll see what happens with it. Obviously, it's prevalent in our league right now so there are merits to practicing it if anything just to give your defense a look."
Still, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks argues that today's Bears have the tools to run the scheme, citing both Cutler's athleticism and the inherent benefits of Matt Forte and Michael Bush operating out of a zone-based blocking scheme against an apprehensive defense. Brooks also believes teams putting eight defenders in the box with a single high safety against the option would trigger Brandon Marshall for a monster campaign.
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Cutler won't be mistaken for Colin Kaepernick on the ground, but Trestman believes his strong-armed quarterback has the "skill set to do just about everything, anything."
Said Trestman: "We are trying to give him the things he has had the most success with first. Whether we'll (run the option), I don't know. We've studied it."