You know Jay Cutler's bored when starts calling sports radio talk shows in the middle of February.
Cutler, restless in Nashville, Tenn. during a prolonged offseason after missing the last six weeks of the 2011 season, called up the ''Silvy & Waddle Show'' on WMVP-AM on Monday to wish co-host Tom Waddle a happy 45th birthday.
During a breezy, 10-minute interview with Waddle and Marc Silverman, Cutler said he was happy with the Bears' changes on their offensive coaching staff -- replacing offensive coordinator Mike Martz with Mike Tice and hiring Jeremy Bates, his former quarterbacks coach at Denver, to be the quarterbacks coach under Tice.
''Very happy. Very happy,'' Cutler said when asked about Bates. ''I've been a fan of him since I left Denver. When I left Denver, I told him that somewhere down the line hopefully we can work together. This was a good situation for us.''
As for Tice, Cutler didn't talk in specifics, but tacitly acknowledged that letting Martz go and promoting Tice was a good move -- crediting coach Lovie Smith for ''making sure we get it right this time.''
''I think Lovie's done a very good job of being very selective and taking his time and putting together his offensive staff,'' Cutler said, ''and making sure we get it right this time -- we get the guys that not only are going to help me, but help everyone else around us and find match ups for everyone and make everyone successful on the offensive side of the ball.''
He also indirectly put in another pitch for Brandon Marshall, his former teammate at Denver who made the Pro Bowl with the Miami Dolphins last season.
''He's a monster [physically]. So big. So physical. [He] does an unbelievable job of getting open,'' Cutler said. ''His physical presence and physical ability I think are second to his mental side of the game. I've never been with a receiver who understands the game, understands why we're doing certain things. ... He just understands coverages. He wants the ball every snap, which is a problem sometimes. But he's fun to play with.''
Though Cutler has been supportive of the Bears' current receiving corps compiled by former general manager Jerry Angelo, Cutler also said he hopes that new general manager Phil Emery will provide him with even better weapons -- particularly a big receiver.
''That's the word on the street,'' he said. ''I think every quarterback in the league wants that. We're not happy unless we're getting offensive guys year-in and year-out, more toys to play with. I think [Emery] is going to do a great job. We went out and hired the best guys. We got him. Hopefully he'll get some guys for us to play with.''
Silvy asked Cutler about San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, who could be a free agent.
''Anyone over 6-2 at this point is going to look good,'' Cutler said.
Off the field, Cutler and fiancée Kristin Cavallari are expecting their first child in late July -- just about the time Cutler has to report to training camp.
''Very excited,'' Cutler said. ''I love kids. Having one of our own has been something me and Kristin have talked extensively about. We're very excited. It's been a fun ride so far and we're looking forward to what happens in the future.''