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Martz 'stunned' by Jay Cutler's footwork

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler isn't ready to face the Atlanta Falcons, but he probably could make the first cut on Dancing With The Stars.

''Technically, his footwork and his drops, I was kind of stunned,'' offensive coordinator Mike Martz said. ''He's done an awful lot of work on his own this offseason. I was kind of giddy, to be honest with you. Watching him drop right now is textbook, and I didn't know how we were going to get him there. But he got there by himself.''

In the first few days of practice, Cutler is working out the kinks of a football-less offseason -- though even with a little rust it seems like he's right on the money whenever he throws to Earl Bennett. He was 12-for-20 in the team drill at practice Tuesday -- hitting Devin Hester (four times), Johnny Knox (three), Bennett (twice), Kellen Davis, Matt Forte and tight end Kyle Adams.

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It sounds like Jay Cutler's pride was hurt after the NFC championship game when all these clowns who were sitting at home because their team didn't make it were talking smack about Cutler's injury. So what did Cutler do, instead of firing off at the mouth like most players would have, he simply went back and worked on his game this off-season. The fact he's on top of his game footwork wise kinda proves that. Cutler's footwork might be better this year due to the fact he's more comfortable in Martz's scheme also.

As far as Earl Bennett, him and Cutler have had a pretty good rapport since their Vanderbilt days, again, the fact their both going into year 2 in Martz's scheme might mean Bennett could have a breakout season now that he seems to have found a level of comfort in Martz's scheme much like Cutler GO BEARS!!

I hope your right, Cutler left a sour taste in the mouths of a lot of fans. Besides his footwork, I would love to see improvement in his decision making as far as trying not to force things and not take sacks. What I mean by sacks is, we all know the line was awful at first last years, I mean when on the run throw the ball away. To many times being chased he ran out of bounds with the ball in hand. His talent is unlimited yet mental sacks hurts just as bad as real sacks. I cant wait to see the improvement.

Yes, he definitely needs to do a better job of trying to avoid taking sacks. Part of that is the o-line and others. But, part of that is him just holding the ball too long. While that may show courage, I think he needs to sometimes just get rid of the ball, instead of waiting until the last moment and taking a hit.

I don't think comfort in the scheme has anything to do with it. A 7 step drop is a 7 step drop it's not going to change because of the scheme. Cutler has been working on his footwork for 2-3 years. And despite popular belief, he works hard. Look at his first year with the Bears and his second, he dropped 10 int's, increased his TD's and did that in a new system.

I do think he has a chip on his shoulder this year, which is good he should have one. I think he is more comfortable as a team leader now that he is in his third year with the Bears and knows the players and coaches better. He has lost what looks like 10 pounds and added some muscle. I think the lockout 9is going to turn out ot be good for him, ever since he got to Chicago he has been in a whirlwind, he finally got a break and took the time to focus on his conditioning and his game.

Ever since he came into the league he has been up against the wall. He goes to Denver and everyone their wants the next Elway, then his coach says he can be better than Elway, which really does not help a young QB. He gets placed on a team that gives him no help on defense and I mean that Denver D was bad then he and is asked to do everything. Then he gets Diabetes and doesn't know it and all the Denver fans start saying he is an alcholic drug addict, oops he was Diabetic, and the Denver fans hold that against him. Then he gets McNugget who stabs him in the back and tries to make it look like it was all Jay. Then he get's traded to Chicago on short notice and all the Bears fans want him to be a mix of every great QB that has ever played and won't ever excuse 1 mistake. Not to mention he gets stuck with Ron Turner, a beat up Forte, no O-Line and no recievers. So Turner proceeds to misuse Jay all year long, do I need to mention the mans play calling, I think every Bear fan in the world knew what was coming. After that he get's yet another new offense and get's thrown Martz who has not had a viable offense in years. Martz puts him behind the worst O-Line in football and starts calling pass play after pass play no matter how many times his QB is getting hammered. Just watch that Giants game again, it's insanity. Anyway he get's concused, comes back probably a game to early against the Seahawks and starts getting hammered again, so what does Martz do? Pass. Pass, Pass. I'll give Lovie and Tice credit, after that game they got together and smacked Martz in the back of the head, which he needed. Then what happens to the GUY? The Packer game, he gets hurt and every NFL moron in the world jumps on the guy calling the injury fake, turns out it was real and then they bitch about the guys posture. The whole time a large portion of the sports media refusing to be held responsible for what they said and all the crap they made up, and I mean made up, some of the lies thrown around from guys like Sanders, Schlereth, acting like it's ok to make stuff up and lie because they don't like the posture of a guy they don't know. And how many idiot fans believed their BS to this day claiming he was not hurt/

Guy finally get's some down time and he focused on himself and ignored all the morons.

You know everyone has been waiting since he came into the league for the next Elway, Montana, Morieno,etc, etc and hating on him for not being one of those guys day one. Instant satisfaction, that's what this multi media age has created and when we don't get it we kick and scream like children. We been waiting for this guy to be the next coming, waiting and waiting and waiting for him to live up to the hype we placed on him.

You ever read Moby Dick? Ahab chased that whale, he hunted him, he made him be everything they wanted to hate, He made him the reason for everything bad that ever happened to him, and like ESPN and NFL network he dragged every idiot in the world he could find who would listen to him after that whale. But by the time you finished chapter 36 you knew what was coming, Ahab didn't know, most of the idiot crew didn't know. But anyone with clue new what was about ot be unleashed, Starbuck new.

"Sometimes I think there's naught beyond. But 'tis enough. He tasks me; he heaps me; I see in him outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it. That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him. Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me. For could the sun do that, then could I do the other; since there is ever a sort of fair play herein, jealousy presiding over all creations. But not my master, man, is even that fair play. Who's over me? Truth hath no confines"

Oh and they love to chase that boy, we got word of him using stairs, yes stairs, and pictures of him walking in California, yes walking. Oh they will chase him, until they get what they want, what they hope for, a villian to point there fingers at so they can say see we were right, lets destroy his life and we will feel better about ourselves.

"and I'll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition's flames before I give him up. And this is what ye have shipped for, men! to chase that white whale on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out"

Someone better tell ESPN, better call NFL network, and better let every idiot out there know. In the end the Moby Dick wins, all that waiting is about to come to an end. Everyone has been waiting for the answer to what Cutler is, for good or for bad times up, here it comes.

You know it has gotten to the point that everytime Jay throws a pick or shrugs his shoulders, that I expect to see Boomer on ESPN screaming " there he blows with a hump like a snow hill."

Wow Creighton. "Instant satisfaction, that's what this multi media age has created and when we don't get it we kick and scream like children."

It is kinda funny you said that, Creighton. For a few years now you been kicking and screeming about all kinds of players the Bears either drafted or have signed. It is funny that you defend VaJayJay the way you do but label every other player on this team a bust.

I don't get why Martz is stunned. As far as I know Cutler has worked hard in the off-season every year as a pro both in Denver and Chicago?

The only possible exceptions I've heard is when he was legitately sick and when McGiggles the boy wonder in Denver %^#&ed down his leg and then tried to tell him it was raining. Otherwise all the stories I've heard are that he works as hard to improve as anybody.

It sounded like he did everything short of moving in with Martz their first off-season together. I'm not sure how I'd receive that quote if I was Cutler.

Cry-ton, you have been slamming the Bears for years!!!! EVery player and every coach is never good enough for a crybaby like you!! You a re a total hypocrite!!!

Good lord what's in my vodka!? Creighton... preaching tolerance and patience to all of us? I can't really tell from my side of the building but are there pigs flying in the sky too?

Sean and Cue,

Cutler gets almost NO HELP. You can't criticize the guy with arguably the most inconsistent OL in the game, the most complicated passing attack, and the least experienced WR's.

When a WR in Martz's system runs the wrong route, it's likely going to be intercepted. Then, on ESPN, all you hear is wisecracks about Cutler throwing to the other team.

God. How do these people get jobs as sports analysts?

"He holds the ball too long?"

Sean, all due respect, the Martz system, in many ways, is the antithesis of a West Coast offense, which very much caters to rollouts and broken down plays.

It's these types of comments that make it seem like people don't understand NFL offenses - in particular, Martz's system.

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