Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said he's thrown a lot of information at Jay Cutler. But the quarterback said he's very comfortable with the offense and has a good handle on the "concepts."
"At this point, I got it pretty much down. There are some new plays, each and every day," Cutler said. "But once you get the formations and protections, and where we're trying to go with the ball against each coverage, you're pretty good after that."
Cutler had a shaky practice Wednesday, with a couple of picks and deflected passes. But
he said his teammates are anxious for the preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers Saturday.
"Yeah, we've been going at it for a couple of weeks now so I think the guys are a little bit anxious to hit somebody else for a change," he said. "It's going to be a good test for us."
But Cutler outlined some modest goals for Saturday's game.
"We just got to get in and out of the huddle, set a good tempo," he said. "We don't want to any missed assignments. There's going to be some things we haven't seen before - it's a 3-4 defense.
"We're not really preparing for this," he said. "It's not a real game for us. But we want to go out there and take care of ourselves."
Here are other comments from Cutler:
* On if he'll lobby for more playing time Saturday: "Um, whatever they decide. I think it's important to get out there and get some plays, and get some rhythm. But if we start off hot and we got off the field, then we get off the field."
* On the offensive line: Those guys are getting better and better with each day... It's just a matter of time before they're ready to go.
* On if the scheme feels more comfortable: "Mike does a good job of getting quarterbacks prepared. If you look at his track record, no matter who the quarterback is, or what team it is, they're going to be successful."
* On the running backs: "Matt's our guy. When we brought in Chester, Matt's our starter. But it's hard to go through a 16 game season with one back. You got to have a change-up guy, somebody else to take some carries and some pressure off of him. So they're going to work out fine. I think the scheme really fits 'em."
* On if he ever feels overwhelmed by all the information: "Nah. I think [Martz] does a good job of getting us prepared in meetings. We worked really hard to put a lot of stuff in in OTAs and mini camp in the summer, and I spent a lot of hours just going over and over it with mike, and making sure we're completely comfortable, because there are a lot of plays, a lot of verbiage and there's a lot for a quarterback to know. But once you grasp the basic concepts, you can (figure) out what he's trying to get to."
* On getting a handle of timing with his receivers: "That's any system. There's no two guys that are going to run the same route, I don't care where you're at. Everyone has different steps, everyone has different strides. They're going to get off the ball different. They're going to get off press differently. Some guys are tighter cuts than others.
So, that's just repetitions. That's what we did all summer, learning how each guy is going to handle different situations."
* On what former St. Louis Rams receiver Isaac Bruce brings to the team as a coaching intern: "Just his veteran presence. There isn't a guy over there in that room that's caught a lot of passes or been to a lot of Pro Bowls. Isaac's been in the system before, he's been in Super Bowls and he's been very successful. Just to have him out here with those guys and give them little pointers. I mean, that's priceless."