I'm starting to think the league is gonna shut Hester out again, and the D, although incredible, can't continue to be on the field for 35-40 mins because the offense is so damn inefficient. Its inevitable that they wear down and give up those crucial scores because they're exhausted.
I hope its all just due to Alshon's absence that the offense has been off beat but I have a hard time believing a rookie - who had a decent impact but sort of overstated - could make that much of a difference. We still have two receivers in Hester and Bennett who have had 50 catch seasons so I think they can get open. Cutler just has to look for them.
But one of Cutler's biggest faults is he doesn't really go through his progressions. He knows that Marshall can catch anything thrown to him so he's waiting for windows and that's led to coverage sacks, and of course turnovers.
And I seriously agree with the empty backfield/no FB.