Mike Martz was interviewed extensively on the "Mully and Hanley Show this morning. Here are the highlights:
On Jay Cutler's reputation for being "difficult":
"I just didn't see Jay being difficult to deal with at all. Really elite players all have that in them, a sense of wanting to be perfect, wanting things to be absolutely right and when they're not right they get frustrated like we all do. But that's common, with Kurt [Warner], with all of them. I don't see that in Jay. What I saw when I met him was a remarkably bright young man who was well schooled in the game beyond his years, actually, beyond his experience, and a really eager guy to get involved with what we want to do on offense. For me, there was a quick connection between the two of us."
On Cutler's ability:
"He can take us into some areas at the position we've never been before just because of his athleticism and ability to throw the ball on the move. ... You can't put a fence around Jay and say this is what he can do because he's too good of a player. There's nothing this guy can't accomplish at a high level in the passing game."
On comparisons with Warner:
"I don't know if I've ever been around anybody with [Jay's} skill or innate ability to throw the football. He's got Kurt's accuracy with a stronger arm. His mobility is unusual. What Kurt has that I see in Jay that is real unusual is the ability to make terrific throws under duress ... More importantly, he has a unique ability to see things down the field and react to them very quickly. What he sees is above average. It's way up above what normally real good quarterbacks see, and how well he digests that information is really remarkable.
"Kurt may be the best I've ever seen at it. There may not ever be anybody like Kurt but Jay has that ability to see things and have a perception of when to get rid of the ball. We just have to get those guys on the same page and this could get real good."
On what it will take for players to learn his system:
"If they're willing to learn they'll learn it. If we can teach it they'll learn it. If they're open to it and don't fight it they'll learn it and learn it in short order. But what we will do is intellectually, we'll put more on them then they have ever had before, but that's part of what we believe in, too, to challenge players mentally as much as physically. It's the only way to get them to play at the highest level."
On the running game:
"Running the football isn't about how many times you run the ball but how effectively you run the football, how physical you are as an offense. That's what [Lovie} wants. That's what we all want.
"To be able to put your hand on the ground and come off the line of scrimmage and get positive yards up there close to five yards per carry, now that's when you're playing good football, winning football ... You have to run the football well enough so when you play a defense and that's first snap comes down the pipe their biggest concern first and foremost is stopping the run because that's what defenses want to do anyway. They want to line up and stop the run and make you one dimensional in the passing game. When you can knock off a 12- or 15-yard run they get more concerned with plugging that up and now you get holes in the secondary.
"It's all about personnel matchups, too. There will be weeks when you can run the heck out of the football by design and it works out well. In both our Super Bowls, they blitzed the heck out of us and we were obliged to throw the football so it will vary from week to week. But as long as we're effective and yards per rush is up there defenses will have to account for us."
On working with offensive line coach Mike Tice:
"Mike is as good as it gets in the league in terms of an offensive line coach and I think he was a terrific head coach. ... I know him a little bit and am very familiar with him as a teacher and know how his offensive lines have played in the past and think it's a terrific, terrific hire. You couldn't get a better guy for this particular job and this group of young players learning how to play the game."
On Devin Hester:
"We're going to use him like we used Az Hakim [in St. Louis]. Devin Hester in that role could be stupid good if that makes sense to you. What we could do with him inside, the matchups you can get with him on third cornerbacks, safeties and linebackers in some of their defensive schemes would be remarkable. What might be hard for us --- and we haven't talked about it so I might be out of line on this --- but it would be very difficult for him to take every snap at wide receiver and play at a high level on special teams. We need to look at that I think. There are things we need to talk about. The role I have in mind would allow him to do both and do both on a high level."
On Greg Olsen and the tight end position:
"He's a different tight end than I've had in the past but all tight ends now, their first responsibility is they have to be able to put their hand on the line of scrimmage and be a successful blocker. They have to be able to do that job and do it well and then move into [being a] receiver. To just skip by that and say, 'OK, he's a terrific receiver,' well, you may as well put another receiver in there."