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Lovie finds Martz and Mora's comments "a little disappointing"

Someday, these tumultuous first days of the Jay Cutler era in Chicago will mostly be forgetten, just like the early days in Denver when Broncos fans booed the crap out of John Elway.

For now, Cutler is only getting heat from the media.  There was an article Wednesday analyzing the variety of Cutler facial expressions.  (Such as pouting, super pouting, and blue steel.)  Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Morrissey, meanwhile, is already searching for someone who can “stand up” to Cutler and give him “dose of reality.”

Cutler was also criticized by some of Lovie Smith’s former coaching brethren, including close friend Mike Martz.  Smith doesn’t appreciate it.

“I looked at
Jay’s comments that he made, and it’s a little disappointing especially
coming from a couple of former coaches to make those type of comments
about Jay,” Smith said Wednesday.

“Everyone that has been around him, his teammates, former
coaches, they know what type of player he is, what type of person he is.”

Smith isn’t planning to talk to Martz about the comments he made.

“I’m trying to get ready for Pittsburgh,” Smith said.  “I’m talking to my wife, a little bit, right
now. Everyone else is a little bit lower on my list.”

Clearly Smith is not going to hammer Cutler publicly, and nothing that’s transpired thus far is overly surprising.  Looking disinterested at pressers and forcing a pass or four is part of the Cutler playbook.  You know what you are getting.  (Cutler’s style can also come in handy because he sounds so unaffected by overblown media storms like this.)

“[Cutler] represents our organization well,” Smith said.  “We’re glad he is on our football
team, but at the same time we cannot be concerned about criticism
coming from the outside. Right now it’s easy to dogpile us because we
didn’t play well. But how you get rid of things like that is to play
well.” 

Smith is right in this respect, and that’s why the Bears-Steelers matchup is the most fascinating of Week Two.  We’d argue there isn’t a better team than Chicago with a better chance to go 0-2. 

That puts a lot of pressure on Cutler and the Bears to respond in a tough spot.  This early in the season, it doesn’t get any more dramatic.

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33 Responses to “Lovie finds Martz and Mora's comments "a little disappointing"”
  1. EskinSux says: Sep 16, 2009 7:11 PM

    Why didn’yt Martz talk about Urlacher being such a pussy?

  2. WorldChampionBears2009 says: Sep 16, 2009 7:14 PM

    “We’d argue there isn’t a better team than Chicago with a better chance to go 0-2.”
    ______________________________________
    You tellin’ me Brett Favre’s favorite punching bag (the Lions) have a better shot against the Vikings than the Bears do against the Steelers?
    Not to mention Adrian Peterson averages over 100 yards and 2 TD’s against them (except for his first game against them).
    Really?
    Really?

  3. mnmaverick says: Sep 16, 2009 7:20 PM

    Urlacher’s absence makes them a long-shot to beat the Steelers.

  4. TMac says: Sep 16, 2009 7:23 PM

    Think that they got problems. In Jacksonville Vic Ketchmen says on his weekly radio show that The Jaguars WILL draft Tim Tebow, and he will either save the team or the team will leave. The Bears don’t have any real big issues.

  5. SATAN says: Sep 16, 2009 7:24 PM

    Shanahan probably adds about twenty points to any QB he ‘s coached including Elway.

  6. pudgalvin says: Sep 16, 2009 7:25 PM

    It’s weird for Chicago to be in the football media spotlight, and for the seeming majority of football fans to despise us, or perhaps just Cutler. I guess now I know how Patriot fans feel.

  7. Backinthesaddle says: Sep 16, 2009 7:26 PM

    The crap that Cutler pulled in Denver was the most self centered, egotistical, immature display of a NON-TEAM player I’ve ever seen.
    I hope he NEVER sees success again…ever. In fact, I wish him a Groundhog Day of perpetual pipe-driving sacks by 360lb nose tackles.
    P-U-N-K extraordinaire.

  8. seatofmypants says: Sep 16, 2009 7:27 PM

    Greg,
    You missed something big here. He isn’t denying anything that anyone has said.
    “Everyone that has been around him, his teammates, former coaches, they know what type of player he is, what type of person he is.”
    Exactly – a total d-bag.

  9. yourdaddy says: Sep 16, 2009 7:28 PM

    I thought Florio was an F’n idiot…. Rosenthal..you aren’t too far behind….

  10. GreatGallopingGhosts says: Sep 16, 2009 7:28 PM

    Too quick to criticise, give Cutler the benefit of the doubt. This is still a new team and town for him. Crucify after the fourth game if necessary but this is pre-season + 1.

  11. yourdaddy says: Sep 16, 2009 7:28 PM

    I thought Florio was an F’n idiot. Rosentahl, you aren’t too far behind….

  12. yourdaddy says: Sep 16, 2009 7:29 PM

    I thought Florio was an idiot. Rosentahl, you aren’t too far behind….

  13. Staff Sergeant Bandazewski says: Sep 16, 2009 7:30 PM

    Chicago has the most miserable sports media. They can’t wait for any little thing to spin into a negative when it comes to quarterbacks. Columns on facial expressions? Really? Say that out loud…..

  14. JimmySmith says: Sep 16, 2009 7:32 PM

    Everyone that has been around him, his teammates, former coaches, they know what type of player he is, what type of person he is.”
    Yes, that’s his biggest problem. He’s a douche bag, crybaby, jerk, egotisical asshole.
    I suggest he get his record above 500 before anybody annoints his superstar status. Considering the WR’s the Bears have, that might take awhile.

  15. HayMaker says: Sep 16, 2009 7:34 PM

    The newest chapter in the Bear’s eternal quest for a ‘franchise’ QB will continue this weekend vs the Steelers. Like the previous chapters, this one begins with much hope and continues with some unfulfilled potential.
    Bronco fans know this type of Cutler play – and this is pretty much typical – some amazing throws followed by bonehead throws that will become picks (and dont forget the sulking on the sideline).
    What he inspires in his team is something other than the will to win.

  16. DanSnyder says: Sep 16, 2009 7:50 PM

    WorldChampionBears2009,
    Yah I’d say the odds the lions wining are more likely.
    Week 6 Lions 10 – Vikings 12
    Week 14 Vikings 20 – Lions 16.
    Steelers defense is on another level and Ben is clutch. Vikings have guys that are turnover prone at both RB and QB.

  17. tomzilla says: Sep 16, 2009 7:55 PM

    You tellin’ me Brett Favre’s favorite punching bag (the Lions) have a better shot against the Vikings than the Bears do against the Steelers?
    Not to mention Adrian Peterson averages over 100 yards and 2 TD’s against them (except for his first game against them).
    Really?
    Really?

    Genius, they said a better team than Chicago. So, if you’re arguing the Lions, you’re saying the Lions are better than the Bears?
    Really?
    Really?

  18. AK97 says: Sep 16, 2009 7:56 PM

    First of all, Cutler SHOULD have had about 7 picks in that game, hes lucky they dropped the other 3 that hit them right in the hands. Secondly, Elway put up points before shanahan came around, but yes the rest of the offense is equally responsible for the cutlers success. He was sacked 12 times last year!!! He had a great O-line, and he was rarely pressured. Chicagos offens is sub-par, and when hes hurried he throw picks. Wake up Chicago, your not even the second-best team in your division, get ready for alot more INTs. Superbowl?!? LOL-LOL-LOL

  19. slapme7silly says: Sep 16, 2009 8:19 PM

    Steelers…Bears… sorry for the loss this week bears!
    just another stepping stone, no offense (from me)!

  20. Drafty says: Sep 16, 2009 8:29 PM

    Regarding the Elway link: “Said Reeves: ‘I was wrong. I thought John was ready to start, but he wasn’t. Mentally he wasn’t prepared. Learning our offense was like learning a foreign language to him.'”
    And you could have added to Reeves’ comments: “Especially because his offensive line, running backs, and receivers are s**t. And our defense can’t stand up to the Big Bad NFC. And my game plan consists of two runs up the middle with half-assed backs and a third down call of: ‘John, do something spectacular.'”
    Let’s not compare the Elway and Cutler. Elway – by himself -took three teams to Super Bowls that had no business even speaking the words.
    Oh, and “SATAN,” how many Super Bowls has Shanahan won without a HOF quarterback? Stew on that one, genius.

  21. Hauschild says: Sep 16, 2009 8:44 PM

    I’m no Bears fan but when a team holds arguably the NFL’s 2nd or 3rd most potent offense in Green Bay to 21 points WITHOUT their starting (2) linebackers for a majority of the game – on the road, no less – then I’d argue the depth of the Bears defense is pretty solid.
    Let’s keep in mind that Pitt’s O-line is pretty suspect at best – shoddy running and pass protection. They, too, lost their lone wolf defender in Troy P. I think this Pit/Chi game is going to be a lot closer than it appears on the surface.

  22. VegasBronco says: Sep 16, 2009 9:05 PM

    Most comments are correct about Jay Cutler interviews “he will NEVER look straight into the others eyes”. Emotionally he not comfortable talking to anyone. Very unsecure.
    Brian Urlacher (all pro, pro bowler and all man) leaves a HUGH hole in the defense. Hunter is only stop gap.

  23. HarrisonHits says: Sep 16, 2009 9:14 PM

    “Everyone that has been around him, his teammates, former coaches, they know what type of player he is, what type of person he is.”
    A whiny douchebag with a vagina between his legs ?

  24. ScootyPuffJunior says: Sep 16, 2009 9:14 PM

    I might be lost here, but yesterday PFT posts a story about how Jay Cutler is too emotionless–about how he never changes his expression, and doesn’t care if his team wins or loses. Now, he is too emotional and so expressive that an entire column can be dedicated to his facial expressions? Welcome to the new 24 hour news industry. Jesus, the guy has played one freaking game for this team.
    Cutler has one of the most consistent attitudes I’ve even seen in an athlete. Just because he doesn’t cry when he loses games, complain about bad calls, and scream at grown men who should already have enough motivation to want to play hard, doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to win. He’s been this way since college…the guy marches his team down the length twice in 4 minutes to send the Florida game into OT when he was a senior and he’s walking off the field just like it was any other game…that’s just the way he is.
    So what if he’s a douche? Plenty of people and athletes alike are douches…all Bears fans should care about is if he can play quarterback or not, and it seems as though one game is hardly enough to judge the rest of the guy’s career on.

  25. nosferatu says: Sep 16, 2009 9:15 PM

    Careful guys you might hurt little jays feelings

  26. deederbob says: Sep 16, 2009 9:24 PM

    I enjoyed watching Cuntler getting his punk ass handed to him by the Pack, and can’t wait to see him sulking and pouting on the sidelines when Pittsburgh does the same. A no-class assclown, is Cutler.

  27. HarrisonHits says: Sep 16, 2009 9:26 PM

    “Oh, and “SATAN,” how many Super Bowls has Shanahan won without a HOF quarterback? Stew on that one, genius.”
    You could also ask how many SBs he won without salary cap cheating.

  28. IStateYourName says: Sep 16, 2009 10:17 PM

    So that’s why Denver was thinking about someone like Cassell…

  29. piccolo says: Sep 17, 2009 8:01 AM

    You know what’s amazing to me? I’ve never heard so many fans whine about a player so long after they have left their team like Denver fans have.
    You might want to focus on the fact your defense sucked last year and that’s reason you did not make the playoffs. So your new wonder-boy head coach dumps his Pro Bowl QB? Makes sense to me :p
    As for true Bears fans out there we all know who our favorite QB is and has been for decades upon decades. He’s always the guy holding the clip board.

  30. pfinfl says: Sep 17, 2009 9:00 AM

    Vanderbilt officials must be cringing.

  31. purpleguy says: Sep 17, 2009 10:52 AM

    Okay the guy is a loser, but sheesh, it’s one frigging game. I can’t stand the Bears, love to see them lose, and think Cutler is a tool, but I just don’t think he’s going to suck all season long like he did last Sunday. Pittsburg is beat to heck right now too, and the Bears’ defense is playing pretty well (although the Pack offense with that lousy O-line is over-rated) — the team and/or the Pittsburg game is hardly a lost cause.

  32. Orange&Blue says: Sep 17, 2009 12:16 PM

    Before you hammer McDaniels for getting rid of Jay, remember the 5 interceptions Jay threw against the Pats last year? Josh knew then that Jay was a head-up-his-butt quarterback…

  33. lolcopter says: Sep 17, 2009 1:16 PM

    I love how Bears fans are surprised when Cutler plays like Bears quarterback.
    Here’s a hint — your offense sucks and it’s not just the QB position. Have fun ruining Cutler’s career! He was a system QB in Denver, far from franchise material.

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