Mike Martz: Jay Cutler will be “very elite”

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.”

49 responses to “Mike Martz: Jay Cutler will be “very elite”

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

  2. “He’s a tough guy.”

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. Yeah.

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

    …in the CFL.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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?
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    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.

  20. 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.

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

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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).

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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