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Mike Martz: Jay Cutler will be “very elite”

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Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz says quarterback Jay Cutler isn’t just going to be good. He’s going to be great.

He’s going to be in the very elite of this league,” Martz told the Chicago Tribune. “He’s on his way. He’ll be fine.”

Like the rest of the Bears’ coaches and players, Martz has been strident in his support of Cutler over the last month, after Cutler was bashed across the league for standing on the sideline during the second half of the NFC Championship Game after suffering a knee injury.

“I don’t know why people want to dog pile this guy,” Martz said of Cutler. “I don’t get it. He’s a tough guy. He wants to do everything right.”

But Cutler didn’t do everything right in that playoff loss to the Packers. He completed just six of 14 passes for 80 yards and an interception, and the Bears didn’t put any points on the board against the Packers until third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie entered the game.

“That last game, he didn’t play as well as he can,” Martz said. “That happens. Why does Brett Favre throw five interceptions in a playoff game? It happens. We’re all going to have to learn to let it go. He’s a young player learning how to play. And he had never been in that environment before in his career, and he’ll deal with it right next time.”

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49 Responses to “Mike Martz: Jay Cutler will be “very elite””
  1. backindasaddle says: Feb 27, 2011 12:41 PM

    Jay Cutler will never be elite because he doesn’t possess the desire and grit necessary to get there.

  2. kevo126 says: Feb 27, 2011 12:43 PM

    “He’s going to be in the very elite of this league,” Martz told the Chicago Tribune. “He’s on his way. He’ll be fine.”

    hahah nice

  3. trimgod69 says: Feb 27, 2011 12:46 PM

    i hope so !!!!!

  4. contract says: Feb 27, 2011 12:47 PM

    “He’s a tough guy.”

    Who are the Bears trying to convince? It sounds like they are trying to convince themselves?

  5. cylondetector says: Feb 27, 2011 12:50 PM

    If I was trying to support my turnover prone QB, the very last comparison i’d make would be to BrettFavre.

    But thats just me.

  6. ramcountry says: Feb 27, 2011 12:52 PM

    Mad Mike has been jerkin’ his gerkin’ over Jay for five years now.

  7. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 27, 2011 12:55 PM

    Comparing a guy who who never won a Super Bowl to a future hall of famer is a bit of a stretch. Especially when referring to Jay Cutler.

  8. dempsey63 says: Feb 27, 2011 12:56 PM

    Forget about the knee. The fact that Cutler didn’t attempt to do anything to help Caleb Hanie defeat the Packers would undermine my confidence in him as a teammate or fan.

  9. echoplex89 says: Feb 27, 2011 1:01 PM

    physically speaking, cutler has some of the most ideal tools in the league to play QB. The problem is that he’s relied on his talent and arm, that’s why he forced the ball so much in 2009. He didn’t do that nearly as much last season.

    I think the problem in Chicago are the average recievers and the horrendous offensive line. That’s Jerry Angelo’s falt.

    Oh and Johnny Knox/Hester should stop cutting off their routes, they look stupid when they do that. All of those guys have is just speed.

  10. scytherius says: Feb 27, 2011 1:04 PM

    OK look. Cutler is not a bad QB. In fact, he is a good QB. And, yeah, he is particularly unlikeable.

    But in what drug induced haze did Martz reach that idiotic conclusion?

  11. prmpft says: Feb 27, 2011 1:05 PM

    ..he’s already the biggest _ _ _ sy in the league – you fill in the blanks…

  12. luckynumberlucas says: Feb 27, 2011 1:08 PM

    Yeah.

    But what Martz didn’t mention was, that Cutler was going to be very elite…

    …in the CFL.

  13. ilpackerbacker says: Feb 27, 2011 1:10 PM

    LOL, whatever.

    Packers 21, Bears 14. Biggest Packer-Bear game in the 90-year rivalry. Packer fans win bragging rights forever, it’s over. But then … Lovie says he’s here to beat Green Bay, LOL. Nice try, loser. Instead, Mike “Pancake Face” McCarthy is a world champion.

    Cutler sucks and he’ll never win anywhere.

  14. thetooloftools says: Feb 27, 2011 1:10 PM

    He will NEVER be elite with Martz as his O.C.

  15. androk23 says: Feb 27, 2011 1:15 PM

    “It happens” lol

  16. stealthjunk says: Feb 27, 2011 1:23 PM

    I’m so tired of hearing that Cutler is “going to be” elite. He’s entering his 6th year in the league. If it hasn’t clicked by now, then what’s going to change?

    The problem is his consistency, not his raw talent. When he’s on, he can be an elite QB. But too often he is “off” and makes bone-headed throws. Mentally, he does not have what it takes to be elite. Nor does he have the leadership abilities to carry his team. It’s no coincidence that the Bears only started winning once they took the ball out of Cutler’s hands.

  17. smokehouse56 says: Feb 27, 2011 1:34 PM

    Three quarters of the teams in this league would love to have Cutler. Doesn’t he have an SEC pedgree?

  18. getweird4u says: Feb 27, 2011 1:39 PM

    I think what he meant to say was “he plays like he is very petite”

  19. packersrule52 says: Feb 27, 2011 1:42 PM

    He won’t become elite unless he improves his decision making, which has been a problem for him since coming into the league in 2007. He’s basically just like Favre — a gunslinger, who wants to make the big throw, even if it means squeezing into a place he probably shouldn’t. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

    He could probably use some receiving help too. Knox is the softest receiver in the league, and Hester’s nothing more then a slot guy.

  20. jrmbadger says: Feb 27, 2011 1:43 PM

    I don’t think he’s “elite” (whatever that means anyway), but I also think that he’s above average.

    I’m not gonna bag on him for his NFC championship performance either – frankly Johnny Knox and his misfit band of WR’s don’t matchup too well with the likes of Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields (probably one of, if not THE top CB trio in the league). Oh, and that swiss cheese OL that they have didn’t help either. You try throwing to those clowns running routes when you’ve got Clay Matthews breathing down your neck.

    I’m not sure having Joe Montana in his prime would have even been able to make that work.

  21. jc1958cool says: Feb 27, 2011 1:50 PM

    gay butler will never be elite, bad attitude, thinks he’s good just like martz farts!!!

  22. thefiesty1 says: Feb 27, 2011 1:51 PM

    The only thing elite with Cutler is that he went to Vandy.

  23. blackfootkiller says: Feb 27, 2011 2:00 PM

    Wow! Did Martz say all of that with a straight face?
    Comedy gold! He should set up a club tour so he has something to do during the lock out.

  24. Bearfan54 says: Feb 27, 2011 2:07 PM

    If Martz would have opened his eyes and seen Cutler running for his life in the beginning of the NFC Championship game and then put him in the effing shotgun and gotten rid of the ball sooner, like he did when Hanie came in the game, we’d be celebrating a SuperBowl Championship.

  25. toolkien says: Feb 27, 2011 2:08 PM

    As a Packer fan, yes I’m bitter at Favre for how things turned out, but the fact of the matter is he got ONE Super Bowl in his time and that was when the Pack arguably had one of ten best teams in the modern era – #1 Offense, #1 Defense, #1 Special Teams put together by a HOF GM and a great coach. Are the Bears going to toss that together anytime soon? If not, Cutler will be Jeff George Jr. Favre offset too much of his upside with his INT ridden downside. Cutler is cut from the same mould. Unless the Bears put something historic together as a whole team, they are wasting their time with Cutler.

    2011, if there is one, will probably be Cutler’s watershed season. If the Bears do little to nothing, Cutler will begin his journeyman phase shortly thereafter – three to four teams in the next five years and out of the league.

  26. packattack1967 says: Feb 27, 2011 2:17 PM

    Just shy of his 28th birthday-how much more time does he get?

  27. chwtom says: Feb 27, 2011 2:17 PM

    In other news, Mike Martz still thinks Jeff George has a chance to be something special in this league.

  28. CaptainMando says: Feb 27, 2011 2:18 PM

    He’s already elite to Packer fans.

  29. gbfan says: Feb 27, 2011 2:22 PM

    Well, this headline gave me a good laugh

  30. gbfanforever says: Feb 27, 2011 2:23 PM

    So how much longer will it take him to get there? He’s spent 5 years in the league already, if you’re not elite by that point, you probably never will be. That’s not to say he isn’t good, he just has reached his peak and he is what he is.

  31. goriidskiiin says: Feb 27, 2011 2:32 PM

    Cutler is a good quarterback….(and in the words of the great Al Davis) “Get over it!”

  32. jcdavey2011 says: Feb 27, 2011 2:40 PM

    this is tame, once cutler finally finished a season above .500 after high school, i expected he’d just get a instant HOF enshrinement

    the 40 billion dollar airport with the 10 cent control tower

  33. abninf says: Feb 27, 2011 3:12 PM

    He’s going to start being elite in his 6th season? Or maybe 7th? Hahaha

  34. backdapack says: Feb 27, 2011 3:50 PM

    Cutler has a rocket arm….he’s also and a-hole with a terrible attitude and doesn’t seem to care a whole lot about anyone or anything but himself.

    Elite and Cutler are going two different directions!

  35. CKL says: Feb 27, 2011 3:55 PM

    smokehouse56 says: Feb 27, 2011 1:34 PM

    Three quarters of the teams in this league would love to have Cutler. Doesn’t he have an SEC pedgree?
    ________________________________
    Maybe you’re joking and if you are, ignore this but if 3/4 of the league would have loved to have him why did only one team that we know of try to get him when he was available? If the guy is truly elite, then all those picks Den wanted wouldn’t have scared off teams.

    Yes his WRs and OL were below average in Chi last year and that did hurt his performance but when the guy had great WRs & a solid TE and one of the best pass protecting OLs in the entire NFL in Den he still chucked a crapload of INTs. I don’t want to hear anything about his defense sucking either. I am not talking about W-L, I am talking about HIS performance when he had elite talent around him at the skill positions and OL.

    How many QBs get more than 5 years in the league with most of that as the starter to try to get to be elite and how many elite or great QBs take 6 years to have become elite? Answer? ZERO.

    I agree with Stealthjunk.

  36. theallegedone says: Feb 27, 2011 4:02 PM

    I read the 1st sentence and that’s it. I didn’t bother reading the rest of the article before the words “JAY CUTLER SUCKS”, popped into my head.

  37. theallegedone says: Feb 27, 2011 4:04 PM

    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JAY CUTLER AND A $1 DOLLAR BILL?

    YOU CAN GET 4 QUARTERS OUT OF A $1 BILL!

  38. JimmySmith says: Feb 27, 2011 4:11 PM

    Martz even got the number wrong, Favre threw 6 INT’s in a playoff game, not 5. Culter will always be a 2nd rate Qb but adding to the problem is his lack of WR’s. Martz can sign his praises all day long, it will be the only QB he will have so you might as well keep on wishing.

  39. brooklynniner19 says: Feb 27, 2011 4:20 PM

    why wasnt this statement made after the Packers n Bears playoff game? LOL

  40. dgforreal says: Feb 27, 2011 4:23 PM

    I don’t know why, but I like Cutler so I hope he does well. Martz has shown that he can make some good things happen with an offense if it’s built correctly.

    I don’t see the second coming of the GSOT but perhaps the SBSOM (Second best show on mud).

  41. hobartbaker says: Feb 27, 2011 5:14 PM

    Favre was 22 years old and in his first season as a starter when he did that. Cutler looks to be about 40, but is at least in his late 20s, and has been irritating people at the NFL level for 6 years or so.

  42. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Feb 27, 2011 5:34 PM

    Bearfan54 says: Feb 27, 2011 2:07 PM

    If Martz would have opened his eyes and seen Cutler running for his life in the beginning of the NFC Championship game and then put him in the effing shotgun and gotten rid of the ball sooner, like he did when Hanie came in the game, we’d be celebrating a SuperBowl Championship.
    ————-
    LMAO! First of all, he was spraying the balls all over the place even when he wasn’t under pressure. Second of all, you would be mourning a SB loss. The Bears would have gotten worked over by the Steelers. They don’t have a good enough offense and receivers to beat a team like that. Thanks for the laugh though!

  43. sincitycheeze says: Feb 27, 2011 5:42 PM

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!
    Funniest thing I’ve read this offseason so far.

  44. shaggytoodle says: Feb 27, 2011 8:53 PM

    With a statement like that it sounds like the Bears are going to go WR shopping.

  45. bears5683 says: Feb 27, 2011 9:39 PM

    Over the next 5- 8 seasons if the Bears upgrade their front line and receiving core Cutler should consistently have a 85 to 90 passer rating with a few playoff wins and maybe a pro bowl or 2 and probably about the same # of Rings as Jim Kelly, Warren Moon and Dan Marino won combined. Basically a solid NFL QB, but in an era of true elite QB’s Manning, Brady, Brees, Rivers, Rogers, Big Ben, Not to mention other very solid franchise QBs like Ryan, Flacco, Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford etc., Cutler will never be considered better than a 2nd or 3rd tier QB. In a different era he may have gotten more respect.

  46. lunarpie says: Feb 28, 2011 8:17 AM

    Before the playoffs, Cutler deserved respect. After seeing him have no problem with sitting on the sideline in a Conference Championship, he deserves NOTHING!

  47. minnesconsin says: Feb 28, 2011 9:10 AM

    stealthjunk says:
    Feb 27, 2011 1:23 PM
    I’m so tired of hearing that Cutler is “going to be” elite. He’s entering his 6th year in the league. If it hasn’t clicked by now, then what’s going to change?

    The problem is his consistency, not his raw talent. When he’s on, he can be an elite QB. But too often he is “off” and makes bone-headed throws. Mentally, he does not have what it takes to be elite. Nor does he have the leadership abilities to carry his team. It’s no coincidence that the Bears only started winning once they took the ball out of Cutler’s hands.
    ————-

    My thoughts exactly. The only thing that will change public opinion of this guy is a super bowl or two, and that’s just not in the cards.

    The current “elite” QB’s in the league are Brady and Rodgers. Before manning lovers crucify me, you might want to consider the possibility that you’re team is about to make a big mistake locking him up ’til his age 49 season. His best years are behind him.

  48. gregjennings85 says: Feb 28, 2011 11:14 AM

    I love hearing this. Without a sure-fire #1 WR, and a top-notch Oline, Cutler is barely average.

    His biggest knock, in my mind, is his inablity to throw when rushed. The word is out. Things are only going to get worse.

    Hanie is their best option, behind that Oline, and seeing how much money they have tied up in Cutler, Caleb will never see the field.

    Suits me just fine. Heck, I hope Cutler gets another contract extension.

  49. gregjennings85 says: Feb 28, 2011 11:16 AM

    minnesconsin:

    I disagree – I think Manning is still the cream of the crop.

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