Mike Martz's reputation for being tough on quarterbacks doesn't bother Jay Cutler. The Bears quarterback told the team's website that he is eager to start learning Martz's system.
"I felt very comfortable with him," Cutler told ChicagoBears.com. "The results of his offense speak for themselves. He had a lot of success in St. Louis and his offenses made improvements each year in Detroit and San Francisco. I haven't run his system, but I am familiar with it. I'm anxious to start digesting the playbook and getting back on the field."
Martz flew to Nashville, Tenn., to meet with Cutler on Saturday night. The two went out to dinner and then talked football in a Vanderbilt classroom.
The Bears named Martz offensive coordinator soon thereafter.
"That was kind of a get-acquainted meeting that we had down there," Martz said. "The connection that we had on more-or-less an intellectual level was so much fun for me.
"And his expectations for himself are extremely high and that was one of the great things about meeting with him. ... This guy's all about winning now. He's frustrated that he's not at an elite level and he can't contribute to helping that football team win. So there's so many things that came out of that about Jay that were exciting for me just on how he is and to kind of discuss what he's about was very encouraging."