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Bears’ QB coach sees “incredible progress” from Cutler

Jay Cutler, Matt Cavanaugh AP

The Bears’ quarterbacks coach says his quarterback is highly coachable.

Matt Cavanaugh, the former NFL quarterback and longtime assistant who is heading into his second season as the quarterbacks coach of the Bears, says he loves what Jay Cutler has done in continuing to grow in coach Marc Trestman’s offense.

I’ve seen incredible progress,” Cavanaugh told CSNChicago.com. “When we got in here last year and evaluated him we had a real good conversation with him about certain things that every quarterback should do. We said, ‘Jay it might not be natural, but we want you to try it.’ And he did. To his credit, he’s taken every suggestion we’ve given and he’s embraced it. From how he holds the ball to how he lines up in the ‘gun pre-snap to how he drops back, to his throwing base to his follow-through. Every little fundamental we’ve talked to him about, he’s embraced, and it’s like night and day.”

Considering the financial investment they made on his new contract, the Bears need Cutler to keep making progress. Trestman, Cavanaugh and the rest of the offensive coaching staff are going to succeed or fail with Cutler leading the way.

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  1. dsimp724 says: Jun 28, 2014 2:53 PM

    He threw a spiral

  2. whatjusthapped says: Jun 28, 2014 2:57 PM

    I just trust Jay Culter in the big spot, he chokes up and doesn’t deliver. In that one aspect, he would be a perfect Viking QB.

  3. 7pints says: Jun 28, 2014 2:59 PM

    Developing a 31 yr old 8 yr veteran. Sounds good.

  4. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 28, 2014 3:00 PM

    Cutler will torch the Lions secondary before Suh can even try anything dirty! Sept 7th can’t get here fast enough. Go Bears!

  5. lalder95 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:04 PM

    As I Bears fan I can’t decide how I feel about Cutler… on the one hand, he’s MILES ahead of the Rex Grossmans and Kyle Ortons we’ve dad at QB for the past 20 years… but at the same time, he makes so many mistakes and can’t stay healthy for a full season.

    This should be his make-it-or-break-it year. Trestman said he bulked up to avoid injury, Cavanaugh says his fundamentals at coming together, he’s known to have one of the strongest arms in the league, and he has arguably the best group of skill position players in the NFL this year.

    If he can tone down the mental mistakes, he could be elite.

    Cutler may be a huge sleeper this year, or he could fall flat on his face.

    We’ll see.

    Bear Down!

  6. Kelly's Chronicles says: Jun 28, 2014 3:05 PM

    If there was any doubt about the mess Cutler is it is now removed when basic fundamentals of his game are still trying to be fixed.

  7. ariani1985 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:06 PM

    Wish I could shred that lousy green bay defense twice a year and make millions! Packers couldn’t stop a good high school offense!

  8. staffordsyear says: Jun 28, 2014 3:09 PM

    This is something that should be about a 2nd or 3rd year pro, not a 10 year veteran.

    Always has had the talent but lacks decision making, desire,toughness.

  9. sc5000 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:10 PM

    I got these guys making a big jump this year. Trestman just has that look of a guy who’s thinking on another level.

  10. Stiller43 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:10 PM

    Hes only 31 too? Wow glad he’s finally developing at such an early age

  11. dartwick says: Jun 28, 2014 3:15 PM

    Thing are gonna change – I can feel it.

  12. juststeel says: Jun 28, 2014 3:18 PM

    All good as long as he stays healthy, dudes as fragile as a china doll. Must have a quality back-up

  13. kwjsb says: Jun 28, 2014 3:21 PM

    Was not Josh a better option ?

  14. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 28, 2014 3:23 PM

    staffordsyear says:
    Jun 28, 2014 3:09 PM
    This is something that should be about a 2nd or 3rd year pro, not a 10 year veteran.

    Always has had the talent but lacks decision making, desire,toughness.

    ________________________________

    Maybe you’re new to football, but Cutler made the ProBowl on the Broncos with Marshall and weapons in his 3rd season. Then he had nothing around him, weapons or a line until last year. Study up before you make ignorant comments.

    Stafford will be good for few Bears touchdowns this year I’m sure. Jennings and Tillman are his best receivers.

    When was Stafford’s year?

    Lol, this coming from a team with a QB NO better than Jay and you have name like Staffordsyear….what a joke!

  15. larryboodry says: Jun 28, 2014 3:31 PM

    Amazing what the right coaching – and the right players around him – have done for Cutler. The haters can say what they want (and they will, loudly), but the improvement was evident last year before Jay got hurt.

    As many people have said, including Jerry Angelo in a rare burst of intelligence, the offense is primed for a breakout season if Cutler stays healthy. But not just him, any significant injury would kill any chance of glory, regardless of how improved the defense ultimately is.

  16. tonyc920 says: Jun 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    Regardless, I expect Cutler to spend 3 or 4 games on the bench because of injury. Nothing personal, it’s just that almost every year he gets beat up and has his replacement starting. I’ll roll the dice and say games 8 – 11 he’s out. I’m a gambler. But a pretty good gambler.

  17. creasy says: Jun 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    Yep. This is their year. The year Cutler finally puts it together. Same story, twice a year except nobody ever really believes the cubs will do anything.

  18. andrewluck12 says: Jun 28, 2014 4:36 PM

    I’ve watched a lot of bears games ( wife’s a fan). And I think Cutler is light years ahead of where he was when he got there. I’ve always thought his mechanics were off but it never really seemed to hamper him. It’s the mental part of the game where he comes up short. But I think he’s got the right talents and coaches in place to break out this year. Think of what they did with journeyman McCown last year. They had the 2nd ranked offense. Like I said if Cutler stops with the Brett Favre gunslinger style of play the bears will be scary good next year.

  19. campcouch says: Jun 28, 2014 4:43 PM

    So the QB coach and coordinator found something he could improve on. More of an indictment of the coaching he had before than of him. The fact that he’s willing to accept the teaching should be a credit. There’s a few good QBs out there that could follow this example.

  20. cannabisisgreat says: Jun 28, 2014 4:45 PM

    It shouldn’t be news that a player decides to be coachable. Having said that I do believe he has come along way since coming to chicago. Even if he plays great next year can this guy stay healthy? Doesn’t seem likely to me

  21. staffordsyear says: Jun 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 28, 2014 3:23 PM

    staffordsyear says:
    Jun 28, 2014 3:09 PM
    This is something that should be about a 2nd or 3rd year pro, not a 10 year veteran.

    Always has had the talent but lacks decision making, desire,toughness.

    ________________________________

    Maybe you’re new to football, but Cutler made the ProBowl on the Broncos with Marshall and weapons in his 3rd season. Then he had nothing around him, weapons or a line until last year. Study up before you make ignorant comments.

    Stafford will be good for few Bears touchdowns this year I’m sure. Jennings and Tillman are his best receivers.

    When was Stafford’s year?

    Lol, this coming from a team with a QB NO better than Jay and you have name like Staffordsyear….what a joke!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Your easily amused aren’t you.

  22. sgunderson17 says: Jun 28, 2014 5:09 PM

    We hear this every year. There’s always been an excuse as to why he hasn’t played well in the year prior, and that this is the year he’ll put it all together. Then we find out its just the same ole Jay.

    That defense isn’t going to help him, that’s for sure. Offense with see less opportunities, more pressure, and trying to keep pace in the track meet.

  23. txbearmeat says: Jun 28, 2014 5:10 PM

    Meh. Cutty and the Bears always find ways to blow it when it counts. They could start 8-0 and I wouldn’t be worried. They’ve fallen apart just enough to miss the playoffs from similar starts before. Especially with that defense. Worst in the NFCN, and that’s saying something.

  24. vincelombardisghost says: Jun 28, 2014 5:18 PM

    Admittedly, the Packers’ defense was awful last year. Injuries played a significant role in their play on both sides of the ball. Still, they won the division title, again. What’s past is no predictor of future success, A1985. And the goofy lists the Poet creates, which, no surprise here, always includes a Viking player, based on his opinion and not actual results. So go ahead and continue with your childish & endless barrage of negative comments about Green Bay. Let’s play the game and we’ll see how good the Packers’ will be this year. My prediction is another division title and run well into the playoffs, with the Super Bowl a strong possibility. Assuming they avoid the injury bug, of course.

  25. bassplucker says: Jun 28, 2014 5:19 PM

    Bears fan here. Jay Cutler is far from the only guy on that team who needs to step it up. The Bears only managed a 3-3 division record last year. They were swept by the Lions and needed a last-second play to avoid the same fate against the Vikings. They got blasted in a prime-time game against the Eagles that they needed to stay in the playoffs. And even with the new HC and what appears to be a pretty radical change of culture, Aaron Rodgers is still so far into that team’s head I’m not sure they will ever get him out. 8-8 was a pretty fair representation of them last year and frankly I’m not sure they were even quite that good.

    So yeah, lots of “apparent” improvements this offseason but until this team shows it on the field, it’s just talk.

  26. crappygovernment says: Jun 28, 2014 5:28 PM

    Jay Cutler = Jeff George = Uncle Rico

  27. PriorKnowledge says: Jun 28, 2014 5:31 PM

    Jay is a 9th year vet and still learning the basics. That is scary. Those saying he has changed and will be a force on offense have no evidence to back that up. He has talent, but has a habit of poor decision-making.

    For Bears fan, you can have your hopes up, but I would advise against putting your mortgage on the line.

  28. DitkasHair says: Jun 28, 2014 5:34 PM

    Pile on DONK’s, no middle ground… come January, one of us will be right, the other will be eating CROW….

  29. tongsareinyourseatback says: Jun 28, 2014 5:47 PM

    Fragile (FRA-GEE_LAY) it must be Italian!

  30. bearsoxass says: Jun 28, 2014 5:49 PM

    Ya right

  31. gdfbar says: Jun 28, 2014 5:53 PM

    Funny how Cutler making progress in his second year with the same coaches and system is being seen as a negative by some people. When you have to learn a new offense every year, and are constantly getting pummeled because your line is horrible you are going to develop some bad habits. Most of the game’s great Qbs have had some consistency in these areas, and they benefit from it. Of course Cutler is going to benefit from having a GM that brings in the personnel to support him, and a stable offensive system. Oh, wait….It’s Jay we are talking about. He frowns too much and got in an incompetent offensive lineman’s face once. We don’t like him, so the fact that he has made progress must somehow mean that he was doing everything wrong before.

  32. chicagosports2014 says: Jun 28, 2014 6:03 PM

    I just hope he be a better decision maker, other than that. “CUTLER IS OUR QB.”

    BEARDOWN

  33. osiris33 says: Jun 28, 2014 6:03 PM

    Jeff George 2.0.

  34. judsonjr says: Jun 28, 2014 6:13 PM

    As a Packer fan, I think the #1 thing he needs to do is play better in the face of a pass rush. At least as far as I can recall, he’s always looked good when protected well.

  35. realitycheckbaby says: Jun 28, 2014 6:17 PM

    He went on to say…

    “I think he’ll even play the fourth quarter when behind.”

  36. tmilla19 says: Jun 28, 2014 6:35 PM

    He’ll only throw 3 interceptions to the Packers this year as opposed to several.

  37. InFact says: Jun 28, 2014 6:52 PM

    Just think how much worse Jay will look when Green Bay finally gets a defense.

    Look, Jay is good.

    But is he good enough to win an NFC title? No.

    He’s Wild Card good only.

  38. vikesr4reel says: Jun 28, 2014 7:03 PM

    Really!!
    Progress after how many years in the league???
    What a joke!!
    Scol

  39. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 28, 2014 7:06 PM

    Lol, “he threw a spiral”.

  40. ihateyoujeff says: Jun 28, 2014 7:15 PM

    Every year before the season starts a article comes out proclaiming him a changed player.

    Season starts and the other teams defensive backs are still his favorite targets.

  41. jimmysee says: Jun 28, 2014 7:17 PM

    Under the old regime, the Bears did *nothing* to leverage or support Cutler — who is a talented and able QB — may not be a top 5 in the league — but he has the talent to get the job done if he is surrounded by talent and a system that compliments his skill set.

    The Monster of the Midway, much to the delight of the other teams in the Norris division, did none of that.

    I suspect that is changing now.

    Will make this season much more interesting.

    And this is coming from a lifelong Packers fan.

  42. footballfan72 says: Jun 28, 2014 7:18 PM

    Bears haven’t had a decent QB since McMahon, coincidentally they haven’t won a super bowl since he left either.

  43. brassknuckles47 says: Jun 28, 2014 7:24 PM

    Yeah…….and he threw the spiral after the whistle.

  44. brassknuckles47 says: Jun 28, 2014 7:25 PM

    …..and, it was out of bounds!

  45. icewalker946 says: Jun 28, 2014 7:27 PM

    Packer fan here…

    I worry about the Bears and the Lions, in that order, for the division.

    The Bears are getting things together. Solid team. The Lions had a lot going for them but their coach may have held them back.

    And look at how cute the Vikings look playing football. They have a great RB, I’ll grant them that.

  46. holdsteady76 says: Jun 28, 2014 7:31 PM

    Paper champions. Playoff pretenders.
    Not crownin’ them.

  47. 1952vikefan says: Jun 28, 2014 7:34 PM

    can’t teach an old dog new tricks interception cityplus he must have really sucked to be making this much progress

  48. InFact says: Jun 28, 2014 8:23 PM

    He meant to say:

    “I’ve seen incredible progress with his body language.”

  49. snowpea84 says: Jun 28, 2014 9:17 PM

    Jay Cutler has never been the problem. He is a very good player. The fact that he listens to those with more experience only serves as testament to this.
    What his career proves is not that he was lacking, but that the teams he was on were not built well. Successful NFL teams build O-lines. If fail on a team that drafts Olineman consistently, its your fault. If you fail on teams that ignore O-lines, it’s debatable. If you fail on a Bears tem that spent how many picks from the first five younds in a decade on olineman…..5?? then its not at all.

  50. lionsdraftguy says: Jun 28, 2014 10:21 PM

    So Jay Quitler is making progress huh? As in he can hold his tears back now?

    Cant wait for Suh to knock him out of the game!!

  51. bucsorbust says: Jun 28, 2014 10:50 PM

    Who knows, with a little more work, he may be ready to be a starting QB in 3-5 years.

  52. carpi2 says: Jun 28, 2014 10:52 PM

    Hell, if Flacco can win a Super Bowl, why not Cutler?

  53. larryboodry says: Jun 28, 2014 11:14 PM

    Jay Cutler is better than Joe Flacco. Flacco just got hot at the right time.

  54. InFact says: Jun 29, 2014 12:18 AM

    Even Jay in his most honest moment of truth would admit he’s not good enough to win a Super Bowl.

  55. kosarsmyidol says: Jun 29, 2014 1:07 AM

    I’ve never been totally sold on Cutler. In my opinion, he’s kind of like Romo in that he has never lived up to his potential and is relatively fragile. Given how bad some teams have had it at quarterback (like my team, the Browns), you can understand why a team would be tempted to commit to a Cutler or Romo. However, there has to be a point when you take your chances on developing a young quarterback who may take you to that elusive next level…

  56. truckenlauten says: Jun 29, 2014 1:14 AM

    In OTAS? What a laugh.

  57. leatherface2012 says: Jun 29, 2014 1:38 AM

    and none of you people make the money cutler does. so your points are null and void.

  58. leatherface2012 says: Jun 29, 2014 1:39 AM

    Meh. Cutty and the Bears always find ways to blow it when it counts. They could start 8-0 and I wouldn’t be worried. They’ve fallen apart just enough to miss the playoffs from similar starts before. Especially with that defense. Worst in the NFCN, and that’s saying something.

    and if they started 15-0 you’d still say they wont make the playoffs……duh

  59. joetoronto says: Jun 29, 2014 4:45 AM

    He’s way too soft, as soft as they come.

  60. bricktop02 says: Jun 29, 2014 8:36 AM

    Sounds like a Jedi mind trick.

  61. purpleguy says: Jun 29, 2014 12:38 PM

    Granted, the offense will be pretty dang good (as long as Cutler is healthy); however, I think the question marks for the bears are on the defensive side of the ball.

  62. iowahbr says: Jun 30, 2014 11:34 AM

    Even though it’s a QB game these days a team’s defense had to stop the other team or you won’t get deep into the play-offs. Question mark at the D-line and the middle right now for the Bears.

  63. beardownfromcali says: Jun 30, 2014 2:26 PM

    Forgot about the blowup with JWEBB NATION!!! LOL

    He’s got the passion, he’s got the tools to succeed, it’s on him to make it happen. No excuses, BEAR DOWN!

  64. dochighness says: Jun 30, 2014 4:57 PM

    First time I’ve ever seen the words Cutler and coachable used in the same sentence. The Bears signed the wrong guy to a long term deal.

  65. calvinthegreat81 says: Jul 2, 2014 6:23 PM

    McCown is light years ahead of cutler mentally.

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