Jay Cutler called his arrival to the Bears the beginning of a new chapter for him and did his best to avoid questions about the saga that led to his departure from the Denver Broncos after a two month saga.
"I couldn't be more excited,'' Cutler said at his introductory press conference at Halas Hall. ``I am here to help this team win and bring a championship back to Chicago.
"I want to thank [Denver owner] Pat Bowlen and the fans of Denver. Obviously, there has been a lot said on my part and the Broncos' part over the last couple months. I think both sides would possibly do a few things different. This is a dream come true for me. I am looking forward to the future.''
Cutler said the experience was like draft day all over for him as he waited for the Broncos to deal him following Bowlen's announcement earlier in the week that the team would deal him.
"I think we are going to be really close,'' Cutler said.
One of the glaring differences between the organizations is that the Broncos have a much stronger cast of offensive talent starting with wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal. Cutler didn't see it that way.
"I think weapons-wise, I think we are really similar to what I had in Denver,'' he said. ``They can make plays. It's going to be learning the terminology, memorizing some stuff. The offensive line looks great. I couldn't be more excited about it.''
The idea is that Cutler can home in and make Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Rashied Davis and the cast of others better.
"I don't think so,'' Cutler said. "I think the receivers are going to be excellent for me. I don't think the quarterback makes the receivers. I don't think the receivers make the quarterback. It's a joint mesh there. I can't do it without them and they can't do it without me.''
Cutler disputed the idea that he would be the savior for the organization that has not had a Pro Bowl quarterback since Jim McMahon in a familiar year, 1985.
"I don't see myself as that at all,'' he said. "I think in this league it takes offense, it takes defense, it takes special teams and it takes great coaching. If you don't have all of those four you are not going to go very far.''
But Cutler will have to go way back to find out how he stacks up vs. the franchise's all-time quarterback--Sid Luckman.
"I'm going to have to do some research on Sid,'' he cracked.
Well, there will be some time for him to study up on the history books. The Bears are planning on having Cutler in place for, oh, about a decade.