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Alex Smith advised Jay Cutler on working with Mike Martz

The Chicago Bears took the somewhat unusual step this offseason of having their quarterback, Jay Cutler, involved in the interview process before they hired Mike Martz as offensive coordinator. And in preparing for that interview, Cutler called around to hear what other quarterbacks think of Martz.

I talked to Jay a day or two before [the Bears] interviewed Martz,” 49ers quarterback Alex Smith told the Chicago Tribune. “I think Jay wanted to call around and get an idea because he was about to meet with [Martz]. He just wanted to get a little inside information about what he was like.”

Martz was the 49ers’ offensive coordinator in 2008, the year that Smith never got on the field all season. But that doesn’t mean Smith offered Cutler a negative opinion of Martz.

“I think the first thing is you just have to trust the system and buy into it,” Smith said. “It [will be] a little different than anything he ever has done . . . at least it was that for me . . . and you just have to trust it from the jump. . . . There are a lot of good things in this offense that no one else is doing in the league.”

Smith didn’t get to experience any of those good things. But so far, the early indications out of Chicago are that Cutler is, in fact, buying into Martz’s system.

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  1. Green n' Gold says: Jun 19, 2010 11:20 AM

    Alex Smith advising Jay Cutler? Would have loved to hear that conversation. “What should I do when I get flushed from the pocket Alex”? “Thats easy Jay, just throw it over the middle, doesn’t matter if it’s late, you’ve got the arm; just remember what Brett taught you.” LMFAO!!

  2. The Black Cat says: Jun 19, 2010 11:22 AM

    That’ll last until Cutler gets buried by 8 guys in Game 1. And then let the whining begin….

  3. BigBear123 says: Jun 19, 2010 11:24 AM

    Trying to remain optimistic but it is getting harder.

  4. Big M says: Jun 19, 2010 11:30 AM

    “…the year Smith never got on the the field all season…”
    Aside from the redundancy, it should probably be mentioned that the reason that Smith never got on the field was because he was on I.R. from before the beginning of the season.
    In fact, Martz was pretty high on Smith’s abilities and thought he would probably become the starter in the long run, but the injury and Martz’s firing prevented that from happening.
    Contrary to the suggestions of this article, their relationship was actually pretty good. If these words were coming from Shaun Hill, it would be a different story.

  5. raiderrob21 says: Jun 19, 2010 11:32 AM

    Alex Smith advising Jay Cutler???? On what???
    How to be the #1 overall pick and do absolutely nothing for 6 years and have your team justify it with excuse after excuse?
    Or how to throw the ball at your receivers legs or over their heads out of bounds?
    WHAT A JOKE!!!

  6. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jun 19, 2010 11:41 AM

    is there anything about the bears that you won’t try and spin as negative?cutler involved with hiring of new o.c. how outrageous!maybe after having to work under turner he wanted to see if the guy they were going to hire had a clue how to run an offense and if said offense would play to his strengths and what he did well in denver. unlike turner who refused until the last 2 games to let him do that and what do you know they won those games. how is asking somebody else who played under him what he and the system is like so wrong?hey he had a bad year get over it and give him a chance in this system and stop analyzing his every movement.gee he did not seem happy that he threw that pick,well what do you want him to do laugh about it?if he shows no emotion you say he doesn’t care and if he gets mad you say he is immature so what do you want him to do?yea I know stop throwing picks me to but under turner he was thier only weapon so he tried to do it all and it cost them.

  7. Deegan says: Jun 19, 2010 11:52 AM

    is there anything about the bears that you won’t try and spin as negative?cutler involved with hiring of new o.c. how outrageous!maybe after having to work under turner he wanted to see if the guy they were going to hire had a clue how to run an offense and if said offense would play to his strengths and what he did well in denver. unlike turner who refused until the last 2 games to let him do that and what do you know they won those games. how is asking somebody else who played under him what he and the system is like so wrong?hey he had a bad year get over it and give him a chance in this system and stop analyzing his every movement.gee he did not seem happy that he threw that pick,well what do you want him to do laugh about it?if he shows no emotion you say he doesn’t care and if he gets mad you say he is immature so what do you want him to do?yea I know stop throwing picks me to but under turner he was thier only weapon so he tried to do it all and it cost them.
    Cyngus, if you want to have good conversations about football this isn’t the website for you. This site is full of idiots posting what they think are clever one-liners in an attempt to gain notoriety (I can only assume). It’s so funny, everyone on here complains about Florio’s articles, and all the posts are are the same tired old jokes being regurgitated over and over again. Cutler throws interceptions….hahaha…..Cutler is a pussy….hahaha….etc…etc….

  8. Jabberwocky says: Jun 19, 2010 11:58 AM

    “The Chicago Bears took the somewhat unusual step this offseason of having their quarterback, Jay Cutler, involved in the interview process before they hired Mike Martz as offensive coordinator.”
    Actually, it’s quite common in the NFL to have a QB sitting in on the interview process. You know it makes sense for everyone to be on the same page when it comes to a new offense being implemented. Would it be a good thing if Jay was left in the dark about what OC was being hired? Definitely not, but of course everyone and their mother points out the negatives. It can’t be a bad thing for the Bears, cause typically they react well to adversity and lowly predictions.

  9. WhoDey_Man says: Jun 19, 2010 12:01 PM

    hey jay… good luck. worked out well for all of us.

  10. Jabberwocky says: Jun 19, 2010 12:04 PM

    @BigBear123- why so glum? You’re not buying into all the negative reporting, are you? Training camp hasn’t even started yet. Chill dude, everything will be alright. This team will be improved by a better defense, and better red-zone decision-making by Cutler. To all the naysayers- yes, it’s actually possible for him to reduce his mistakes.
    @Green n’Gold- there wasn’t advisement at all, just asked him what he thought of Martz and his system. Peppers is going to put your precious Rodgers on the IR.

  11. jibfest says: Jun 19, 2010 12:18 PM

    That’s like going to Antoine Walker for financial advice.

  12. brownsfn says: Jun 19, 2010 12:41 PM

    Cutler is a terrible QB…Marshall made him halfway decent in Denver..problem is Chicago has ZERO good receivers…so we have to look at that stupid “aw shucks” face as he throws interception after interception and come walking off the field with his head down kicking the ground…

  13. S.Miller says: Jun 19, 2010 12:54 PM

    What wasn’t reported in this story is as soon as Jay Cutler hung up the phone, he threw another interception

  14. tombrookshire says: Jun 19, 2010 12:59 PM

    If Martz takes a humility pill this season, Cutler will redeem himself. It’s one thing to be a good coach, it’s quite another to think of yourself as, and act like you are the second coming of Vince Lombardi. Perhaps since his days as HC of the Rams, Martz has had time to reflect and change his approach. If not, he likely has Smith’s job in his sights, not realizing that he will be seen as part of the problem to the Bear’s woes and be let go with the rest of the staff. Cue Gruden.

  15. ninjapleazee says: Jun 19, 2010 1:03 PM

    brownsfn…
    Bears have zero receivers.. as Browns are stacked in receivers huh? Considering Bears receiving stat was ranked 15th while Cleveland was at 30th last season. Bears zero receivers doubled in production last season…. I guess being “zero” produces more than the mighty Browns squad.

  16. chhutson27 says: Jun 19, 2010 1:04 PM

    A browns fan calling a QB bad? Cutler had more yards in 2008 then all the Browns quarterbacks added together the past 2 years! The Browns had the worst quarterbacks in the league. They should have just brought in Russel when they had Anderson and Quinn to complete the awful package.

  17. cheeseweasel says: Jun 19, 2010 1:06 PM

    Two people I would not want on my team…

  18. LambeauLeaper says: Jun 19, 2010 1:17 PM

    It’s not about Smith giving advice to Cutler its about Cutler finding out about Martzs system. Thats 2 completely different thing. A qb whether starting, playing or injured can still give his opinion on the system and can tell someone else about it. It really makes no difference the players caliber.

  19. pigsty says: Jun 19, 2010 1:23 PM

    Um. If Cutler wanted the skinny on Martz, why ask Alex Smith, who had zero success or significant time running Air Martz?
    Why not, instead, Kurt Warner?

  20. RJK says: Jun 19, 2010 1:40 PM

    bears are full of overrated talent this year…cutler, peppers, and now martz

  21. NFC North Resident says: Jun 19, 2010 2:12 PM

    @ brownsfn
    Don’t forget Cutler’s “palms-up-shoulder-shrug” to his WR, and then motioning down the field that he should have zigged instead of zagged.
    damn it, I’m a bears fan too. oh well, better than cleveland

  22. OntBoltFan says: Jun 19, 2010 2:35 PM

    It wil be fun to watch Martz’s 60 % passing O with interception machine Cutler throwing to his practice squad level receivers in places like the Arrowhead wind tunnel and the sideways snow bowl in Buffalo.
    This team will be lucky to win a road game and with the wind at Soldier field , may not win many at home either.

  23. Jabberwocky says: Jun 19, 2010 3:06 PM

    @pigsty- he did talk to Warner. Peppers overrated? I think not….check this out.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0zZM3PUzyc
    @OntBoltFan-
    You should worry more about losing two starters on offense, than what the up and coming Bears receivers will do. I can guarantee you they’re primed to have breakout years. Why? Because of facts- something most yahoos here can’t provide. Everywhere Martz has gone he’s significantly improved their WRs, QB, and total offense. What proof do you have? Nada.

  24. spliffbunker says: Jun 19, 2010 3:26 PM

    OntBoltFan says: June 19, 2010 2:35 PM
    It wil be fun to watch Martz’s 60 % passing O with interception machine Cutler throwing to his practice squad level receivers in places like the Arrowhead wind tunnel and the sideways snow bowl in Buffalo.
    This team will be lucky to win a road game and with the wind at Soldier field , may not win many at home either.
    ……………………………………….
    Cutler beat the Bills in Buffalo opening day 2007 in the rain…following year beat the Jets on the road in bad weather & had his best game last year in 17 degree WC…
    he did lose on the road in Chicago in bad weather but that had something to do with Sauerbrun deciding it was a good idea to kick to Hester….
    since it looked to me that you have no idea what you are talking about about I looked & the Bears schedule & they have 1 road game
    this year in a cold weather city…& it doesnt matter…he has played very well in bad weather & I would be suprised if you can find one game he played poorly because of weather conditions

  25. DocRock says: Jun 19, 2010 5:56 PM

    As a Bears fan living in Minnesota, I have to rely on the internet to get my Bears news. You so called “fans” in Chicago drive me up the wall! I’ve heard more optimism [about the Bears] from the Vikings reporters here in MN. Cutler was running for his life most of last year and had no running game, so he had a target on his back! What QB wouldn’t throw interceptions under those circumstances? When they benched Pace and put Chris Williams where he belongs we got a true taste of what Cutler can do. And his receivers are not bad just because they don’t have the stats, just inexperienced and unproven. Now with a decent running game again and a better line, watch out. Stop waiting on the edge of your seat to boo people until you give them a chance to GET that experience. You are not going to boo the coaches into making any line up changes, so all booing will do is frustrate the players and cause them to make MORE mistakes. Who would you work harder for? Idiots who are being mean to you? Or supportive fans who are behind you when you fall down?
    All Cutler did (when talking to Alex Smith) was see how it was to work with Martz. You can’t tell anything about what his system with the Bears would be like based on what it was like on another team because the talent is all different. But you can tell if his leadership style works for you. Last year and this Cutler has shown himself to be a professional trying to learn the system quickly and gain the chemistry he needs with his receivers, OL and coaches to be a winner. Stop being such cry babies and let him do his job!

  26. Green n' Gold says: Jun 19, 2010 6:31 PM

    @Propheteer
    Your late hitting I’ll play hard when I want to Peppers already tried to take out Rodgers with a vicious late hit on the sidelines during the 2008 season. Rodgers shook him off like a flea!! Our QB doesn’t mind getting hit unlike the pussy you have for a QB in Cutler!!

  27. mikeincali says: Jun 19, 2010 8:05 PM

    raiderrob21
    lmao wow u r the most hypocritical person ive ever heard! ur team drafted jamarcus russell for crying out loud!!!!

  28. Jabberwocky says: Jun 19, 2010 8:22 PM

    @ Green n’ Gold
    One thing Cutler is not is a pussy. He was hit just as often as Rodgers last season, and kept coming back for more. He’s never been injured nor has he missed a start since becoming a full-time starter. Please, you’re embarrassing yourself by the lack of knowledge you’re displaying for a division foe. I foresee Peppers to have at least 3 sacks against the Pack’s aging tackles, and will play an intrical part in sweeping them this year. Even better if they put Buluga out there!

  29. Green n' Gold says: Jun 19, 2010 10:07 PM

    @Propheteer
    “Please, you’re embarrassing yourself by the lack of knowledge you’re displaying for a division foe. I foresee Peppers to have at least 3 sacks against the Pack’s aging tackles, and will play an intrical part in sweeping them this year”.
    ———————————————————————————–
    Lack of knowledge? Im fully aware of the current slide of your Chicago Bears. Your the one embarrassing himself and in obvious denial. Giving away multiple draft picks year end and year out and signing risky FA’s speaks of desperation rather than sound football decisions. Face it, Lovie and your GM are fighting for their lives. No one wanted to be your offensive coordinator and work with Cutler. Mike Martz? He was plan J!! LMFAO!! And Cutler isn’t a pussy? Go ask your middle linebacker Urlaucher what he thinks of Cutler, thought so. The only sweeping will be done by the Pack, just like last year. You shouldn’t be worrying about the Green and Gold anyway but rather the blue and silver of DETROIT!! That’s where your once prod franchise is heading, the cellar!! Keep dreaming Bear fan, it’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.

  30. TheLASTlaugh says: Jun 19, 2010 11:12 PM

    Wow… I keep saying that I won’t be surprised by the negativity of people that call themselves Bears fans, or football fans. I am wrong. No loyalty at all. No optimism. No wonder you Bulls management broke up Jordan and the rest of the UN-beat-a-BULLS after their 6th championship.
    You idiots really need to find a different sport to go criticize…. Soccer would be fine. He’ll stick with the Blackhawks.
    I can’t wait to hear your stupid remarks after Jay’s no quit, hardnosed, work ethic meshes with Urlacher to lead the Bears back to the playoffs;proving you know nothing about football, and developing a team that can compete for more than one year. I have known Jay and his family since Jay was playing pee wee football; Coaching the offensive and defensive line during Jay’s Jr. High years. Witnessed Jay nearly single handedly winning a state championship to complete an undefeated senior season, and only two losses his whole high school career. Watched Jay develop as a QB in the toughest football conference… At a University known for Academics, NOT football, all while carrying a GPA above 3.7; also being voted and named Offensive Player of the Year in the SEC his senior season. I understand why Sid Luckman is the only notable Bears QB ever. The thing is, Jay Cutler is a tough, hardnosed, resilient football player, man, and will not fold like all the other QB’s you idiots ran out of town. Adversity may as well be Jay’s middle name.
    As for all you other critics… from G.B. (running #4, Favre out of town… LOL gotta love him rubbing it in your face!), and all of the rest…. GOOD LUCK this year… you’ll need it against #6!

  31. psykick28 says: Jun 19, 2010 11:31 PM

    Brownsfn
    Once again you have dazzled us all with your opinons on Our Bears. Seems to me rather then doling out hand-jobs at local high school football practices and commenting here, you might want to spend some time in the world of reality. When your so-called team actually out performs the Bears on any level, you’ll wake-up and find it was only a wet dream.
    It would be my advice to you that you should give up commenting on the Bears and spend more time finding yourself an internet boyfriend, someone who can really appreciate your affection for losing and your locker room fantasies with Brown’s players.
    P.S. Tell your mom I have another jar of wooden nickles, maybe she can go out and get the Brown’s a QB and some receivers.

  32. psykick28 says: Jun 19, 2010 11:52 PM

    Green n’ Gold
    What draft picks have the Bears been giving away year in and year out? No one, and I mean, no one thinks Angelo and Lovie are some football geniuses…just ask any Bear’s fan. You don’t see any of us defending them, and surely we didn’t hire them, that’s why were called fans.
    Before you award your Packers with the Lombardi Trophy the season has to be played. Ejaculate, I mean speculate all you like, your boys havent won any games in 2010 so time to wake-up from your wet dream.

  33. youngtorice says: Jun 20, 2010 12:41 AM

    Packers will win the division in a landslide this season

  34. Green n' Gold says: Jun 20, 2010 12:54 AM

    @psykick28
    The draft pick comment was in reference to basically mortgaging this years draft and next years draft for Cutler. You have to admit you guys gave up a lot for him. I get that you guys needed a QB, but you gave up way to much to get him IMO.
    As for my Pack, I’m certainly not awarding us the Lombardi trophy yet. Personally, I think we’re at least two years away. Are biggest weakness is our youth, but they’re gaining experience and you can’t deny we’re talented as hell. No myopic takes here, just calling it like I see it. Bring on 2010!!

  35. psykick28 says: Jun 20, 2010 11:13 AM

    G n’ G
    At the time of the trade we all thought it was brilliant, a steep price to pay, but worth the risk. Si had we won enough games last year to make a playoff run, he’ s a top notch QB and if he loses, we get what we have now. Let’s just say the Bears’s problems are compounded by poor leadership from the top down.
    Poor Ownership, VP, GM, and Head Coach which all have a direct effect on the playing field. I will say that playing under Ron Turner as the OC last year could make any good QB look like a cat taking a dump in their litter box…case in point Jat Cutler.
    I’m expecting Jay to rebound and do well under Martz, as all Bears fan will expect. The guy is a Pro Bowl QB whether people like him or not, but last year was hardly all about Jay Cutler. Our franchise had more holes in it then Brownsfn’s inflattable girlfriend…which is almost infinite. We have IMO addresses as many areas as we could have given the people we have in charge making all the decisions. I fully expect the Bears to be back and make a run at the NFC North if it all comes togather. So I say, bring it on 2010 also!

  36. Jabberwocky says: Jun 20, 2010 2:18 PM

    @Green n’ Gold
    In retrospect, sure, any fool can make an argument that it was too much to give up for one player. Remember, it’s only been one year, and typically, it takes at least 2-3 years to properly evaluate a trade/draft pick or whatever. Also, Johnny Knox was part of the trade as well, so it’s not like they got taken by the Donkeys. Give me one impact player they’ve produced as part of the trade? None. To criticise the much maligned Bears brass is rediculous since they brought the franchise only its second SB appearance. Say what you want about them, but they’ve done a decent job during their tenure. The past three years since ’06 is an entirely different story of course. They’ve upgraded their two weaknesses on the defense (safety and DE) in order to shore up thier pass defense, and expect the realignment of their O-line and coaching of Tice to improve the protection up front.

  37. ChicagoJo says: Jun 21, 2010 12:20 PM

    I just want to say this thread is hilarious. Much love to all you real Bears fans out there.
    First and foremost, our Defense is going to return to form this year. So have fun worrying about the other side of the ball.
    Can’t we move on from the Cutler trade? We gave up 2 1st round picks, and Angelo is at best 50/50 in the first round… so its like we drafted Cutler and traded Orton. And got Knox in the 5th. What’s the problem here? We also landed a steal in Corey Wootten this year, drafts have a way of evening out over time.
    As for Martz, people can regurgitate about other teams with COMPLETELY DIFFERENT players and situations all they want. He’s brought a high octane passing offense into Chicago, which has been entrenched in Ron Turner or John Shoop’s 1970′s style vanilla playbook for decades. The player’s are responding well, but none of us can say how they will perform on gameday.
    All you Bears haters out there had nothing but jokes and smacktalk about our playcalling for all this time (and rightly so). Meanwhile, we have greatly skilled players and therefore the potential to imporve dramatically in the new scheme, so why shouldn’t we be optomistic? At worst we improve slightly, at best we improve dramatically.
    All I’ll say about the cocky Packers fans is that the Bears outplayed them in both games last year, but gave the ball away and the Pack capitalized. Every knowledgable GreenBay fan I know admitted the same, as did most outside parties even in the Chicago-hating media. Rodgers is a great QB and will make you pay, so the way to beat them is to put him on his back… even more than we did last year. It’ll be a great MNF in week three.

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