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Martz on Cutler: "I didn't see Jay as being difficult to deal with"

New Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said today in a wide-ranging interview on WSCR in Chicago that he has nothing but positive feelings toward quarterback Jay Cutler, and that he thinks Cutler’s reputation as a tough player to coach is incorrect.

“I didn’t see Jay as being difficult to deal with at all,” Martz said. “I think elite players all have that in them — a sense of wanting to be perfect, wanting everything to be right, and if it’s not right they get frustrated.”

Martz said Kurt Warner has the same perfectionist trait, and that in some ways Cutler even compares favorably to Warner.

“He’s got Kurt’s accuracy with a stronger arm,” Martz said of Cutler, whom he also described as “a terrific talent” and “well-schooled in the game and beyond his years.”

Martz said he felt a connection with Cutler when the two met before Martz took the job, and that he thinks a big challenge as the Bears’ offensive coordinator will be not doing anything to limit Cutler.

“You can’t put a fence around Jay and say, ‘This is what he is,'” Martz said. “There’s nothing that Jay can’t accomplish in the passing game.”

Martz, who mentioned that he was “very, very close” to joining the Bears’ staff in 1999, before he went to St. Louis, said that the Bears’ offensive players will have a big challenge ahead of them learning his thick playbook, and that they’ll need to put in the necessary study time.

“If they’re willing to learn it, they’ll learn it,” Martz said. “If they’re open to it and they don’t fight it they’ll learn it. But we’ll put more on them intellectually than has ever been put on them before.”

Martz said he had no problem with Mike Tice being hired as the offensive line coach before Martz was hired as the offensive coordinator, and said that he thinks the way Tice coaches the offensive line will fit in well with Martz’s offensive schemes.

“Mike is as good as it gets in the league in terms of an offensive line coach, and I think he was a terrific head coach,” Martz said. “He’s a brilliant guy.”

Although Devin Hester was the Bears’ No. 1 receiver in 2009, Martz indicated that Hester could see a reduced role in the passing game in 2010. Martz said he could see using Hester as the slot receiver, the way the Rams used Az Hakim, and Martz also hinted that Hester could see an increased role in the return game.

“Devin Hester in that role could just be stupid good, if that makes sense to you,” Martz said. “It would be very difficult for him to play every snap on offense and still play effectively on special teams.”

Tight end Greg Olsen led the Bears with 60 catches and eight receiving touchdowns in 2009, but Martz suggested that Olsen will need to focus primarily on blocking in 2010.

“All tight ends, their first responsibility, they have to put their
hand down on the line of scrimmage and be a successful blocker, and
then they move to receiving,” Martz said. “To just skip by that and say, ‘He’s a
terrific receiver,’ well, then you might as well just put another wide
receiver in there.”

Martz said he considers Lovie Smith and several other coaches on the staff good friends, and he expects them to have a lot of success together.

“This is a special situation,” Martz said. “That doesn’t come along very often.”

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28 Responses to “Martz on Cutler: "I didn't see Jay as being difficult to deal with"”
  1. bearsrule says: Feb 9, 2010 8:42 AM

    Hester has already started to practice reading.

  2. charliewade says: Feb 9, 2010 8:59 AM

    Good luck with all this. There is a reason Martz was asked to move on from the Rams and subsequently bounced around the league so much.
    If he’s SUCH a wonderful OC, then what was he doing being the seventh-or-so choice for the Bears? You can’t put lipstick on that pig all you want, but he still wasn’t on the Bears radar until they had no one else to hire.
    I hope he and Cutler do well, you’d have to be a turd to wish people fail at what they do. But I don’t see this ending well for the Bears, Cutler, or Martz.

  3. CYGNUS X-1 says: Feb 9, 2010 9:02 AM

    well then trade olsen for a draft pick if you are not going to let him do what he does best then. that’s like what the bears did to cutler last season,ok we know you work best rolling out but we don’t do that in this offense. I was happy about the hire at first but after reading this and othe articles about how the offense will work to keep the d off the field not so sure now.isn’t the whole idea of offense to score?and if the points come quick who cares!it’s the defense job to stop the other team,don’t want to be on the field all day?then stop them!

  4. Brohamma says: Feb 9, 2010 9:04 AM

    Olsen’s fantasy stock just took a major torpedo hit!

  5. tombrookshire says: Feb 9, 2010 9:11 AM

    2010 you will see a different Cutler, the one everyone thought they were getting for 2009. Martz will make the difference in the offense. He is stupid good.

  6. r8rsfan says: Feb 9, 2010 9:16 AM

    This is a ticking bomb – the titanic ego’s of Martz and Cutler can not coexist. Look for more sorry azz shots of Baby Jay sulking on the bench after Mad Martz calls pass plays on 3rd and 1.
    Tice and Martz could be Buddy Ryan/Kevin Gilbride the sequel.

  7. raybin says: Feb 9, 2010 9:17 AM

    Cutler has Warner’s accuracy? Maybe when throwing to the other team.
    Martz has to know he’s just making happy noises. No one can seriously make that claim.

  8. Brohamma says: Feb 9, 2010 9:19 AM

    Good idea on trading for a draft pick CYGNUS.
    New England sends Ben Watson and a 4th rounder to Chicago for Olsen.

  9. gopher says: Feb 9, 2010 9:26 AM

    Now what would you expect him to say? He was looking for a job and he sure would not bash his only offer. I think he could replace Berman at ESPN if he leaves since their ego’s are about the same.

  10. Cecil says: Feb 9, 2010 9:27 AM

    Was this the same interview where Martz said that Lovie invented the Tampa 2?

  11. Nobe says: Feb 9, 2010 9:28 AM

    “I didn’t see Jay as being difficult to deal with at all,” Martz said. “I think elite players all have that in them …”
    Um..ok.
    “If they’re willing to learn it, they’ll learn it,” Martz said. “If they’re open to it and they don’t fight it they’ll learn it. But we’ll put more on them intellectually than has ever been put on them before.”
    …Y’mean the same offense they used in Detroit?

  12. dead money says: Feb 9, 2010 9:34 AM

    Sorry Martzie.. you lost all interest when you called Mike Tice “Brilliant”… LMFAO.

  13. taudaddy79 says: Feb 9, 2010 9:34 AM

    @Cygnus: I couldn’t agree more; there are plenty of “block first” mentality TE’s out there and it would be equally stupid to limit what Olsen can do.
    That said, I think most Bears fans think that Olsen is better than he really is. He had plenty of drops this year, he’s not known as a particularly cerebral player (he’s dumb) and getting another year older doesn’t help his speed any. I would think that the Bears could get back into the second round if they decided to trade him, but I can see Angelo wanting a First for him.

  14. Cecil says: Feb 9, 2010 10:09 AM

    “New England sends Ben Watson and a 4th rounder to Chicago for Olsen.”
    Wow. That won’t happen.

  15. VonClausewitz says: Feb 9, 2010 10:27 AM

    The ironic thing about this situation is that two of the most gossiped about people, Martz and Cutler, will recognize the similarity of their plights and close ranks thus turning these story machines off. The same can be said for the whole offense. This will be a tight ship with everyone motivated to focus on their jobs making public statements with robotic consistency.

  16. Babie Hoodie says: Feb 9, 2010 10:51 AM

    “He’s got Kurt’s accuracy with a stronger arm,” Martz said of Cutler, whom he also described as “a terrific talent” and “well-schooled in the game and beyond his years.”
    Really? Well has Kurt Warner ever thrown 27TDs and 26INT’s in a single season? Yeah, I didn’t think, did you see what I did there?

  17. purpleguy says: Feb 9, 2010 10:55 AM

    Cutler doesn’t have Warner’s accuracy, decision-making skills or brains. If Martz adjusts to his players’ skill set, the Bears have a chance. If not, the experiment won’t work and Cutler will be onto his 4th O-coordinator in 4 years. This all presupposes that an injury-prone team with no draft picks and a declining defense fills its holes.

  18. Bob says: Feb 9, 2010 11:08 AM

    “If he’s SUCH a wonderful OC, then what was he doing being the seventh-or-so choice for the Bears?”

    He’s a brilliant offensive mind — Jon Freakin’ Kitna threw for 4,000 yards with Martz as Lions o-coordinator. But he’s also a pain in the butt because of his ego. Throw in the fact that he had a good record as a head coach and he could be seen as a threat to the head coach. Rams management thought he was a backstabber.

    So he wasn’t the Bears’ seventh choice because he couldn’t coach; it’s because he’s a lot to handle on a coaching staff.

  19. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Feb 9, 2010 11:21 AM

    I’m much, much, much more worried about the Bears’ defense. It’s old and decrepit and being run by those idiots Lovie, Marinelli, and Babitch.
    The offense looks WAY better than the D right now. At least they’ve got some young talent and speed.

  20. 6250claimer says: Feb 9, 2010 11:34 AM

    “He’s got Kurt’s accuracy with a stronger arm,” Martz said of Cutler.”
    Say WHAT???!!!
    Martz, whatever credibility you used to have has completely evaporated with that outrageous statement. Michael Vick is more accurate than Cutler, and he can’t hit the broad side of a barn.

  21. Ottawa49ers says: Feb 9, 2010 11:39 AM

    Mike Tice is “a brilliant guy”? WOW LMFAO

  22. r8rsfan says: Feb 9, 2010 12:00 PM

    Midway Monster – I believe the thread is regarding your crybaby QB and madman OC. If you want to talk failure, let’s talk about the last time the Bears had a QB worth a hill of shit. That door has revolved so many times it’s come off the hinges. Bears fan talking smack – your team had expectations and fell flat on their azz. You’ll soon realize what the rest of the AFC West knows about Baby Jay – folds under pressure, pick machine, locker room divider. He’s already used up the diabetes card, what’s next – the dog ate my homework?
    But hey, he says his arm is stronger than Elway so that automatically makes him good, right?

  23. Midway Monster says: Feb 9, 2010 12:23 PM

    @r8rsfan says
    Yes expectation fell short in Chicago. I would still take Cutler over most other QBs in the league and definitely over any QB drafted at the same time or after him. I understand as a Raider fan there are no expectations. I mean honestly you guys should have the most dynamic offense ever. All those previously mentioned Raider draft picks are all pretty much busts to this point. Your best QB is a Tampa cast off. Your best RB is Bush. Your best receiver is some no name that came out of the woodwork after DHB showed why he was a 3rd rounder at best. Your “pro bowl” tackle is being protected at guard after being a “cant miss” prospect. I can see why you focus on Cutler. I mean you only invested how many millions in failed picks? Enjoy another decade of top ten picks:)

  24. FireJerryJones says: Feb 9, 2010 1:14 PM

    Martz is after Lovie’s job… which is why they interviewed anyone with a pulse before settling on him.
    Once they lose again… Lovie’s out. Cutler has another excuse and Martz has a four year deal.
    And of course Bears fans go to sleep for 9months after December… cause there’s no reason for them not to be hibernating in January.

  25. Bobby Bushay says: Feb 9, 2010 1:17 PM

    “Martz on Cutler: “I didn’t see Jay as being difficult to deal with”” Florio COULDA had a subtitle that said – “POT, MEET KETTLE…”

  26. r8rsfan says: Feb 9, 2010 2:24 PM

    I can promise you one thing – were Hester in Oaktown he would still be returning kicks for TD’s and changing games.
    Baby Jay has that career interception mark in his sights, and Martz is just the guy to get him there.
    Just keep drinking the kool-aid baby.

  27. Midway Monster says: Feb 9, 2010 4:49 PM

    @r8rsfan
    Hey I got news for you. Hester held out in training camp of his third year because he wanted a contract laden with incentives at the WR position. Well, he got it and excelled at neither special teams or the WR position from that point on. The fact that they tried to benefit from his explosiveness by placing him on offense was just fine with most fans. It didnt work out. Oh well…
    However, if you are seriously going to try and convince me the coaching staff for the Raiders would have done anything remotely impressive since they got hammered in the suerbowl then you are the one drinking the kool-aid pal.

  28. novanative says: Feb 9, 2010 5:29 PM

    # tombrookshire says: February 9, 2010 9:11 AM
    2010 you will see a different Cutler, the one everyone thought they were getting for 2009. Martz will make the difference in the offense. He is stupid good.
    lol, why do you think it is that Martz never lasts more than one season with a team? talk about last resort…

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