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Cutler to Martz: Let's Get Started

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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."

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Fire It Up!!!!!

GO BEARS!

well. lets get Jay a playbook and get started. Maybe bring in Kurt Warner as a tutor to help Jay with it. GO BEARS

Yeah OK. That's good to hear. It's really great to hear some positive reports coming out on the Bears because everything has been so negative so long. I'm trying not to swing too far in that direction either.

Everybody loves the honeymoon. It's fun but not what is really important. What's important is what happens when, after dining on Hamburger Helper for the third time this week, you read the mail and discover she has bounced 6 checks in the last 2 days.

We have to expect that next year is going to have some rough spots, especially early. What happens when Cutler chucks it into coverage for three picks, racks up a 35 QB rating, and the Bears lose by a touchdown? Cutler tends to look like he is pouting, Martz has a reputation for being mercurial. How will they handle the growing pains? I think that is when Lovie can't just hand the offense over to Martz and rather has to be a complete head coach.

I give it 1/4 way through the season before a huge meltdown occurs within the entire team or simply between Cutler and Martz. This has no medium, no gray area, etc. So this will either be an extremely great season or an extremely horrid one. Only time will tell.

We can be cautiously excited for next season! I think Cutler and Martz will be just fine as they are both tell-it-like-it-is kind of guys. It might take a little while for the offense to learn the new playbook, but let's just give them that.... time, and maybe we get through a season without going overboard with the bashings, Chicago media & some Bears fans? One can hope....

I am not sure I like the way Martz is interpreting his meeting with Cutler.
"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."

So was he all about quilting and crumpets before? And that he "can't contribute" to helping the team win? Sounds like a little bit of a savior complex going on with Martz, which is not a good place to start from.

It also is quite entertaining since Martz blasted him early this year, saying he just didn't understand that he was representing the Bears. In another interview he said that they scouted him when he was coming out. You mean to tell me that they didn't know any of this about him before? This is one of the reasons I did not like the idea of Martz. Too much revisionist history, and only when it suits him and makes him look better.....Sure I'll use the tight end...running game??? It's my primary focus....Receivers? Wow are they exciting....

This is a huge ego, and Lovie will not be able to control it. Cutler will either go along with it, or be consumed by it. I hope it works, but I certainly have a lot of questions.

Hanz is right, but the timing will be after some stacked losses which might not even be 1/4 through the season. Joe, just keep asking your questions because people need to hear them. When this ship goes down, it's gonna be ugly. Greatest Show on Turf operating at Soldier Field with this personnel. Sounds like trying to grow rice in Saudi Arabia.

Lovie worked with Martz right? Is there a more level headed coach than Lovie? IF something should happen between Cutler and Martz then Lovie will step in and be THE headcoach. It is his job...and it's on the line....and so is Martz's.

Buffone,
You have more confidence in Lovie than I do. I have not seen him confront anyone other than Tommie Harris with the 1 game suspension for blowing off treatment, and my guess is that he only did that when some of the leaders complained. He didn't step up and confront Olin, Urlacher, Briggs, Ogunleye, or Alex Brown when they bashed the organization. He apologized in the media for them, writing it off to frustration, and that everyone was committed to helping the team win. Angelo had to do the dirty work. Lovie wants to be on the player's side, not the leader of an organization. I may not be right, but that is certainly the impression that I get from what I see. Hester basically blamed the coaching staff for his poor play on returns and lack of development as a WR, but no one from the organization is stepping up to dispute or control the spin on that.

His level-headedness is what prevents him from regaining control of this team, which I believe he lost in 2009. The players think they have the right to challenge the organization, and that they can do it without retribution. When I see Lovie bench a player for insubordination, or cut someone who doesn't follow the marching orders, then I will believe he is leading the team and organization.

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