Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has broken his silence regarding the arrival of Mike Martz as the team’s new offensive coordinator.
And it sounds like the two men have found a way to break the ice. Without cramming each other’s foreheads into it.
“I felt very comfortable with him,” Cutler said, per Larry Mayer of the Bears’ official web site. “The results of his
offense speak for themselves. He had a lot of success in St. Louis and
his offenses made improvements each year in Detroit and San Francisco.
I haven’t run his system, but I am familiar with it. I’m anxious to
start digesting the playbook and getting back on the field.”
When Cutler and Martz met in Tennessee, Martz addressed with Cutler the strong comments that the former Rams coach articulated regarding the four-year quarterback’s demeanor after a season-opening loss to the Packers.
“He just doesn’t get it,” Martz said at the time on NFL Network. “He doesn’t
understand that he represents a great head coach and the rest of those
players on that team.”
Says Martz now, “I addressed that immediately with Jay. The thing I told
Jay — and I said this a few days after that show — the thing I felt bad
when I watched that was I felt like I knew who Jay was. I met with him
when he was coming out in the  draft for quite some time
up in Detroit.
“I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of who he was and the
integrity and the dignity that he has and how classy a guy he is, and
how he kind of misrepresented himself with that and really that was
totally out of frustration from that game.”
Wow. As lame attempts to unring a bell go, that one rings the bell.
As to Cutler’s Kumbaya-style comments, what the hell else would he say? He knows that he has been criticized for having a bad attitude and a poor demeanor. And he knows folks will be watching and waiting for the explosion.
Besides, it’s easy to say all the right things at the start of the relationship. After Martz rams his 700-page playbook into a crevice not normally designed to accommodate 700-page playbooks, it might be a tad harder for Cutler to stay on message.