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Jay Cutler “excited” about coaching search

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler doesn’t seem to get excited by pretty much anything.  But he says that he’s excited by the team’s search for a new coach.

Via the Chicago Tribune, Cutler addressed the situation during his weekly radio show on ESPN 1000.

I am generally excited,” Cutler said.  “I have a lot of confidence in [G.M.] Phil Emery and everyone down there.”

Cutler also addressed the question of whether he’d spend time with any of the candidates to replace Lovie Smith.

“If Phil asked me, I would,” Cutler said.  “But I am not going to petition for it.  The last day at Halas up in the hallway, [Emery] just said he was going to bring in the best guy.  I am more than confident in Phil being able to do this.  He is not going to hire anybody who doesn’t get along with anyone on the team.”

It’s surprisingly optimistic, and it’s also more than a bit unrealistic.  Every G.M. wants to hire his own coach, and every coach wants to find his own quarterback.  Cutler knows this well, because it happened to him four years ago, when Josh McDaniels became the new coach of the Broncos.

Indeed, Cutler realizes there’s a chance that he’ll be the odd man out, again.  Asked whether he’s confident he’ll be part of the team’s future once a new coach is hired, Cutler said, “I don’t know, you just don’t know.”

And we won’t know until a new coach is hired, and until the new coach has had an opportunity to get settled in and to implement whatever plan he has.

Maybe Cutler is actually excited because he knows there’s a chance that, when his contract expires after the coming season, he’ll get a chance to hit the open market and go to a team with a coach that wants him.

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39 Responses to “Jay Cutler “excited” about coaching search”
  1. DubZ480 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:45 PM

    Kyle Shanahan might be the man to finally get him back to Denver heights.

  2. metalhead65 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:45 PM

    or maybe he is excited about the chance to play for a coach who believes offense is part of the game. maybe the new coach will have a offense based on what his qb and the players he has do best. maybe he will allow Cutler to do some of things he did in denver when he was one of the best young qb’s in the game. bronco fans can whine about not making the playoffs all they want but how is that his fault? they averaged over 30 points a game with him under center,was he supposed to play defense to? this might be the year where the bears give him a decent line so he has time to do more than chuck it to marshall. unless they switch gears and go with a defensive giuy then he should be excited.

  3. thetooloftools says: Jan 9, 2013 5:46 PM

    Chicago should have kept Lovie and had a serious QB search.

  4. trollaikman8 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:47 PM

    Coach Killer.

  5. fuglyflorio says: Jan 9, 2013 5:48 PM

    Cutler is like a serial killer when it comes to coaches.

  6. golforepar says: Jan 9, 2013 5:51 PM

    Cutler excited? Now that the season is over he is excited?!

  7. jpb12 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:52 PM

    He’s channeling his inner Tebow

  8. rextraordinaire says: Jan 9, 2013 5:53 PM

    “He is not going to hire anybody who doesn’t get along with anyone on the team.”

    Well I guess Josh McDaniels is out.

  9. mrplow3 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:54 PM

    Jay Cutler, a QB that’s received more praise for doing nothing at all in his career (has he even won a playoff game?) than any other player I can think of.

    But oh yeah, I forgot he has a big arm, so, ya know.

  10. sdwat54 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:57 PM

    To all of you who think Cutler is a coach killer, bad teammate, quitter, etc…

    Go back to your video game controllers, and imagine how awesome you are.

  11. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 9, 2013 6:03 PM

    mrplow3 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:54 PM

    Jay Cutler, a QB that’s received more praise for doing nothing at all in his career (has he even won a playoff game?) than any other player I can think of.

    ————————————————-
    Yes, Cutler took the Bears to the NFC Championship game that everyone complains about him being a wimp for not playing the second half.

    What rock have you been living under?

  12. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Jan 9, 2013 6:15 PM

    metalhead65 says:
    Jan 9, 2013 5:45 PM
    “…bronco fans can whine about not making the playoffs all they want but how is that his fault? they averaged over 30 points a game with him under center,was he supposed to play defense to?”
    —————————————————
    If you’re going to quote stats, use real ones. In Cutler’s two full seasons as the Broncos’ starter the team averaged 20 points per game (2007) and 23.1 points per game (2008). Over 30 points per game? You’re just making up numbers. Stop it.

  13. rickditka says: Jan 9, 2013 6:16 PM

    The national pastime that is hating Jay Cutler is very curious to me. I dont think you people understand how bad our Bears teams have been.

  14. lightcleric says: Jan 9, 2013 6:24 PM

    I can’t really picture an excited expression Cutler’s face. Or any expression for that matter.

  15. asublimeday says: Jan 9, 2013 6:28 PM

    He grew up a bears fan, this is his dream job. Don’t be fools.

  16. tbbucs1638 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:31 PM

    Hey rex if you followed the coaching searches at all you would know josh mcdaniels said hes not going anywhere this year. Give cutler a good o-line he will shut alot of people up.

  17. trollaikman8 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:36 PM

    lol…bless your little heart Cutler-apologist. Even Romo apologists are realistic and hold back or give constructive criticism of their over-achieving undrafted QB from E.Illinois. You Cutler fanboys are hilarious though. He is among the biggest douche in the football world, hasn’t found a teammate he hasn’t thrown under the bus, his Madden pocket presence should be lower than his jersey number, he likes to discuss his teammates contract situation, he is a quitter and you couldn’t find a coach in North America that has anything good to say about him. But gosh darnit, everyone stop piling on Cutler the dead-faced coach killer.

    17-31, 1TD, 2ints, 7 sacks, oh but he has such a cool throwing motion.

    Orton was better in every way, and $40M cheaper.

  18. ghosts go boo says: Jan 9, 2013 6:37 PM

    “Yes, Cutler took the Bears to the NFC Championship game that everyone complains about him being a wimp for not playing the second half.

    What rock have you been living under?”

    The Bears’ defense took the team to the NFC Championship game Cutler quit during.

  19. fuzzynuts55 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:40 PM

    Agree that Cutler is a pre-madonna coach killer! He has the Athletic ability all day. But what he lacks is the mental fortitude to play QB in the NFL.

  20. eventhorizon04 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:49 PM

    First priority has to be fixing that O-line.

    It makes no sense to make Jay Cutler-Matt Forte-Brandon Marshall the focal points of the offense, but not have an O-line that protects Cutler, creates holes for Forte, and gives time for Marshall to get open.

    That’s not the coaches job – that’s the GM’s.

  21. mazblast says: Jan 9, 2013 6:51 PM

    ghosts go boo says:

    “Yes, Cutler took the Bears to the NFC Championship game that everyone complains about him being a wimp for not playing the second half.

    What rock have you been living under?”

    The Bears’ defense took the team to the NFC Championship game Cutler quit during.
    ———————————
    He didn’t quit. His knee was injured (MCL?). The medical staff said he couldn’t go, so Lovie went with Hanie in the second half of that game. People blame Cutler because his backup wasn’t competent and couldn’t move the team.

  22. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 9, 2013 6:58 PM

    Ghosts: We’ve seen what happens when Cutler is not playing and it is an epic fail. Yes, the Bears D was fantastic under Smith but without Cutler Smith would have been fired a few years ago.

    I stand by my post.

  23. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Jan 9, 2013 7:07 PM

    Overrated and terrible. Won’t be in the playoffs next year and Cutler will be back throwing picks in no time.

  24. woodg8 says: Jan 9, 2013 7:24 PM

    Bears are 27-13 with Cutler and 1-6 without him the last 3 years

    How is he a coach killer exactly?

  25. sullijo1 says: Jan 9, 2013 7:38 PM

    Jay Cutler = Jeff George in EVERY way.

  26. gbmickey says: Jan 9, 2013 7:42 PM

    Whitecastle i fail to understand the epic fail when he is not playing. The Bears were 7-3 when he went down last year and failed to make the playoffs. This year with him playing the whole season they were 7-1 and failed once again. Please spare me any offensive line excuses because A.R. was sacked more than anyone yet still managed to lead the NFL in qb rating.

  27. bobonmycob says: Jan 9, 2013 7:42 PM

    sdwat54 says:Jan 9, 2013 5:57 PM

    To all of you who think Cutler is a coach killer, bad teammate, quitter, etc…

    Go back to your video game controllers, and imagine how awesome you are.

    Nah, I would rather laugh at your post and the other Jay Cutler fan boys. And besides, if I did pick up a controller I would play Madden….. and NOT use Cutler as my QB.

    Cry all you want fanboys… Kyle Orton>Jay Cutler

  28. urcrap says: Jan 9, 2013 7:57 PM

    Hopefully Bears get a coach that can hang with the big dogs in the NFC North, Fraizer and McCarthy.

  29. larryboodry says: Jan 9, 2013 7:59 PM

    fuzzynuts55 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:40 PM

    “Agree that Cutler is a pre-madonna coach killer! He has the Athletic ability all day. But what he lacks is the mental fortitude to play QB in the NFL.”

    Pre-Madonna is a long time ago.

  30. larryboodry says: Jan 9, 2013 8:17 PM

    mrplow3 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:54 PM

    “Jay Cutler, a QB that’s received more praise for doing nothing at all in his career (has he even won a playoff game?) than any other player I can think of.”

    First of all, Jay does not match your assessment of his career, having been to a Pro Bowl, and having led the Bears to an NFC Championship game (and NOT quitting)…He is 29-13 dating back to the last 2 games of ’09, which I am sure a lot of teams would be thrilled with.

    Second of all, have you never heard of Tim Tebow?

  31. patrickryancomedy says: Jan 9, 2013 8:32 PM

    Here’s the thing: Bears fans can only complain for so long about not having an offensive line. Stop drafting players who have a historic record of injuries in college…especially O-Linemen. Maybe the McCaskey Family should open up the wallet and pay for proven offensive linemen to come to Chicago. I don’t think Jay Cutler is the answer at QB..either way. He can make all the throws and has a cannon for an arm, but his sour attitude and poor leadership skills don’t express “Franchise QB”. He’s like a modern day Jeff George. Chicago needs to look at RB too, considering Forte is fragile and can’t run between the tackles. He’s a one-cut RB. Feel free to click on the thumbs down button…because clearly you are in denial about your team. They need a lot of help and it starts by getting the RIGHT pieces…not band-aids.

  32. nastyn8770 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:26 PM

    Get off cutler’s back!! Don’t bears fans recall life without a franchise quarterback?? And when is the last time we got off to 7-1 starts???????

  33. lgwelsh1 says: Jan 10, 2013 1:21 AM

    Jay Cutler isn’t going anywhere. Chicago needs to bring in another wide-out and some help on the offensive line.

    The Bears are close, they just need a few pieces.

  34. chi01town says: Jan 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    Cutler is a pro bowl QB and all he do is WIN. so for every packers fan and Larryboodry who keeps trying to talk down on him if you dont like him dont watch. this is about football NOT going out with the guy.

  35. CKL says: Jan 10, 2013 10:16 AM

    I’m not a Cutler fan but dude didn’t quit in that NFCC, he was legitimately injured. He really wasn’t playing all that well when he went out either.

    Cutler doesn’t deserve any blame for his poor OL, receiver corps, or defense (the latter was in Denver). He deserves blame for making bad in game situations worse with his decision making on the field, which he has done since his Denver days. At this point he is who he is. If he’s to stay there, he needs an OC who can manage those situations, just like Brees needs Payton to manage him when he gets pick nutty. He has his favorite QB coach already. He has a lot of talent and he’s not dumb, so he will keep getting chances to achieve. At some point, there’s the law of diminishing returns. We shall see.

  36. larryboodry says: Jan 10, 2013 12:08 PM

    chi01town says: Jan 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    “Cutler is a pro bowl QB and all he do is WIN. so for every packers fan and Larryboodry who keeps trying to talk down on him if you dont like him dont watch. this is about football NOT going out with the guy.”

    Dude, how ’bout actually reading my posts before calling me out as a hater…I am one of the biggest Cutler fans on here, as I’m sure everyone else has figured out by now.

  37. cfos00 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:56 PM

    Cutler isn’t the problem; the offensive line is the problem. I hope that’s the interviews’ first, second, and final questions all involve how to fix that sieve that has killed Cutler, Forte, and given the wideouts so little time.

    Cutler’s record with the has been great, and he’s done nothing to deserve a coach killer label. The Broncos fired Shanny because he was a terrible evaluator of defensive talent and could stop other teams from scoring on them. Lovie got fired because he ignored the giant problem that was the o-line for the past 3 years, and the coaching staff failed to make adjustments on a consistent basis, directly costing the Bears games. They didn’t get fired because of him. The coaches got fired because they both seemed to be on the downside on their effectiveness with their respective teams.

  38. evoxy says: Jan 11, 2013 1:17 AM

    That “Coach Killer” stuff does not even make any sense. Without Cutler, Lovie would have been fired years ago. Martz showed he was unable to adapt (Offensive line can’t block? Lets call a seven step drop) and Tice had his playcalling questioned all year. How you can pin bad playcalling, Lovie being completely unable to pick a competent OC, and the nearly complete lack of an offensive line on Jay is beyond me.

    This hatred of Cutler just seems like some BS sports networks and “experts” (ha) spew, and you meatball fans gobble it up like it’s some sort of gospel. Disgusting, and you show your ignorance when you still clamor on about the same tired nonsense.

  39. bears5683 says: Jan 11, 2013 7:46 PM

    To say Cutler is a coach killer and is the reason Lovie got fired is ridiculous. Bears were 7-3 last year with him and without him he was 1-5. If he didn’t win some of those games Lovie would have been fired last year. Although Cutler threw some bad picks in some of the losses this year he also won some games. I saw Brees loose at least 2 games with int. That being said I think Emery or any coach he hires would replace Cutler in a second if they had an = or better option, but franchise QBs don’t grow on trees. Bears won 29 of last 42 with Cutler. Some people say Rogers has a bad line is still great. I can accept the fact Cutler isn’t as good as Rogers, Rogers is one of the truly elite but that doesn’t mean with a upgraded offensive line Cutler couldn’t be better.

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