Mike Shanahan had nothing but positive things to say about Jay Cutler during an interview on the "Waddle and Silvy Show" on WMVP (AM-1000) this morning.
"I'm a Jay Cutler fan," Shanahan said. "I can just talk about what Jay Cutler did for Mike Shanahan not exactly his experience in Chicago. But [he's a] Pro Bowl player, [he] had a good supporting cast around him, [he's] a worker, very smart, handles himself like you want, I thought he was just getting better and better. Obviously there are going to be some road blocks for every quarterback in the league and he's going through a tough situation right now, but my opinion is he'll work through it and Chicago will be very proud to have him as their quarterback."
Shanahan, who is now with the Redskins, coached Cutler when they were both in Denver. He is one of several coaches who have worked with Cutler in the past who insist the quarterback's body language is not only not a problem but casts him in a negative light.
"I like the way he handles himself," Shanahan said. "I like the way he competes, I like him on a day-in, day-out basis and I think people will see his personality in time and I hope it's a short time with a little success."
Of course, Cutler can't do it alone. Shanahan stressed the importance of not only having an elite quarterback but the right mix of players around him and a complimentary scheme.
"I don't care what quarterback you have, you have to have a good supporting cast and not only a good supporting cast but you've got to have a system that really relates to the players and that's what you're working for as a head coach in the NFL, to put that all together," he said.