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Jon Gruden: "I have never seen a live arm like Cutler's"

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ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden couldn't believe his eyes, so he dialed up a replay.

It was the second quarter of last Sunday's game between the Bears and the Dallas Cowboys, and quarterback Jay Cutler prepared to take a shotgun snap on third-and-15. Gruden was impressed with Cutler's touchdown pass to Devin Hester, and Cutler's read on a touchdown to Greg Olsen.

But the throw that he had to watch multiple times was Cutler's 59-yard completion to receiver Johnny Knox.

"The ball he threw to Knox was 60 yards in the air," Gruden excitedly said, noting that he confirmed the distance.

Gruden said he counted five passes when Cutler didn't even set his feet.

"And the ball comes out like a rocket," he said.

Gruden said he's been around some talented throwers, like Jeff George, Randall Cunningham and Brett Favre.

"But I have never seen a live arm like Cutler's," Gruden said. "He rivals [John] Elway, and Favre of 1992, 1993 and 1994. Cutler is a certified Bomber. He can wing it. What I saw in Dallas was rare.

"And against Minnesota," Gruden said, referring to a Monday night game Dec. 28, 2009, "he made three or four throws that were nothing short of astonishing. He's a power pitcher."

Gruden said Cutler is fortunate to work with new Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

"I think Mike Martz is good for any quarterback, because he understands how to get people open, he's aggressive, and he instills confidence in any quarterback," Gruden said. "He's an excellent coach for Jay Cutler."

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Thats a nice comparison to Cutler between Jeff George and Brett Favre, because to me, Cutlers at a point in his career where he's either gonna be the next Favre, or....gulp, the next George. So far so good.

As far as Cutlers arm, he probably does have the leagues best gun hands down, and you gotta love his ability to move around in the pocket, Cutler is a rare talent. The trade for Cutler is starting to pay dividends for Chicago, the 13 tds to 2 ints in his last 4 starts tells the tale, the guys coming into his own. Chicago might finally have their franchise QB in ol #6.

Hey Sean, I see you got a little air time last night on top 10 (top 10 guttiest calls) on the NFL network, that was pretty cool GO BEARS!!

By Creighton on January 6, 2010 4:57 PM
Martz was fired from the Rams, 49ERS, and the Lions. The offenses on all three teams complained about him. Their is a reason he is out of work. They need to get Bates as the QB coach, as for an OC what about Kyle Shanahan? Oh thats right I suggested him awhile back but he is going ot the skins.

"I think Mike Martz is good for any quarterback, because he understands how to get people open, he's aggressive, and he instills confidence in any quarterback," Gruden said. "He's an excellent coach for Jay Cutler."


Let's see a REAL NFL coach giving analysis or some hack who sits at his computer and blogs everyday like he knows waht he is talking about? I'll take the REAL NFL coach!!!! Creighton loooks like your WRONG again! Martz is a GREAT fit and you hated him from day 1. Time to go find another team to b**** about loser!!!!

Name someone Gruden doesn't love these days.

Kevin he never compared George and Cutler he compared Elway and Favre to Cutler.

Gruden also loved Ron Turner. What I worte their is right. All three teams did complain about Martz. That is a fact, and that was the reason he was out of work. Maybe he is a great coach for Cutler. Or maybe he gets him hurt because of poor protection or shortens his career. Martz was fired by those three teams. Tell me one thing that is not true with that. He was fired and they complained about him. That's all true. It's not a break down of his systme it is simply just what happened.

Jay Cutler is the real deal. All he needed was a certified professional offensive coordinator who knows what he is doing. Ron Tuner couldn't make the in game adjustments necessary to challenge Cutler's intellect or the opponents. It always looked like he shared the game plan with the other team because they knew all of his calls before the offensive lined up to snap the ball. I hope the team can keep Martz & Cutler together for the remainder of Jay's career. This could be fun to watch for years to come. Go Bears!!!

How about Bobby Douglass? Talk about a rocket arm! On short to medium passes he threw a frozen rope and knocked his receivers over like milk bottles at the carnival. Now that was an arm to behold! Go Bears beat The Pack!!

It was the second quarter of last Sunday's game between the Bears and the Dallas Cowboys, and quarterback Jay Cutler prepared to take a shotgun snap on third-and-15. Gruden was impressed with Cutler's touchdown pass to Devin Hester, and Cutler's read on a touchdown to Greg Olsen.


I'M CORN-FUSED -- DID HE THROW BOTH TD PASSES ON ONE PLAY ... OR IS THIS A POORLY CONSTRUCTED SENTENCE?

Did anyone happen to see the BOMB Orton tossed yesterday? Against the team the Bears lost to in the Super Bowl, while Orton was inactive?

I didn't see the bomb, but I guarantee Orton couldn't have made that pass four years ago.

Orton was inactive because he came to Bears camp out-of-shape and pouting and was more interseted in ending up on drunkathlete.com than preparing for a game.

Even when he improved, he was statistically one of the worst deep passers in terms of accuracy in the NFL.

So frankly, I don't care about one throw made by a former player four years after the Super Bowl during a losing effort.

I'm sure Cutler could have made the same throw running to his left off of his back foot. That's the difference between he and Orton.

bearhatersstop, the only way Martz stays with Cutler is for Lovie to be fired and I have nothing against that at all. viera bearsaholic, I don't know if Gruden is old enough to even think about Bobby D's arm strength. I do agree he had a rocket longbefore it was the big thing in the NFL. DagoT give it up with Orton all ready, Cutler is a better QB and as long as the Bears surround him with enough talent and Martz thats all thats needed.

I'm delighted that the Bears traded for Cutler, but Orton did indeed look good last night and played well all of last year as well. I agree that Gruden is something of a glad-hander, but I like him anyway. He obviously knows the game and even though he generally "accentuates the positive," he does not'eliminate the negative."

...yeah, the great Kyle Orton had over 400 yards passing and couldn't find the end zone with a GPS in his pocket. Orton is a decent game manager against teams like the Raiders, Rams, Detroit, etc. But he gets in over his head sometimes against stiffer competition. Trying to match the best QB in the league pass for pass is one sure way of getting in over your head.

No, No, No... let's hope he doesn't turn into the forever immature but talented mustache and instead becomes disciplined (as much as Holmgren could reel him in) as Favre did.

Btw, I did like the spirals George could throw though, unparalleled.

Favre = Rocket side arm

Cutler = Flick of the wrist, like a bullet

Orton's in Denver, get over it.

No, No, No... let's hope he doesn't turn into the forever immature but talented mustache and instead becomes disciplined (as much as Holmgren could reel him in) as Favre did.

Btw, I did like the spirals George could throw though, unparalleled.

Favre = Rocket side arm

Cutler = Flick of the wrist, like a bullet

Orton's in Denver, get over it.

No, No, No... let's hope he doesn't turn into the forever immature but talented mustache and instead becomes disciplined (as much as Holmgren could reel him in) as Favre did.

Btw, I did like the spirals George could throw though, unparalleled.

Favre = Rocket side arm

Cutler = Flick of the wrist, like a bullet

Orton's in Denver, get over it.

Come on...Gruden says the exact same thing about every QB...every player...I have never heard such a cheerleader from the announcers booth. Gruden is the worst...can't wait until he gets a new head coaching job so we can get him off the air.

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