All last year, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler swore he was fine with offensive coordinator Mike Tice.
And vice versa.
Somebody might have been less than honest, because their co-workers sensed a negative work environment.
According to John Mullin of CSNChicago.com, backup quarterback Josh McCown became a go-between for Cutler and Tice last year, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall suggested that the strain made it hard to punch the clock each day.
“I was just talking to McCown this morning and one of the things we said is it’s so cool to come to work where it’s not one of those things where it’s dreadful,” Marshall said. “And it’s not just coach [Marc] Trestman and the new guys here. It’s just the organization, period. When you could come in and just do what you’re supposed to do and you don’t have to worry about all of the other fluff and the business side of things, it’s cool.”
While short on specifics, Marshall indicated that Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer have their attention, and that he’s never been happier in an offense.
“I’m ecstatic,” Marshall said. “I’ve never been around better coaches. Lovie [Smith]: amazing coach, amazing man. Coach [Mike] Shanahan: amazing coach, one of the gurus of the game. Josh McDaniels: One of the gurus on offense. But what we have here in coach Kromer and coach Trestman, their leadership on offense is amazing. I’ve never been around it.”
Of course, Trestman and Kromer have also never lost a game in Chicago.
When that happens, and it inevitably will, we’ll see if Marshall remains as happy as he is now.