Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak was the Titans' offensive line coach when Jay Cutler was at Vanderbilt. So he has intimate knowledge of Cutler's college career. And like most coaches, he likes him.
''We coached him in the Senior Bowl, our staff did when he was coming out that year,'' said Munchak, a 10-time All-Pro offensive linemen with the Oilers. ''And obviously playing here in Vandy, Ive seen him play quite often. I've met him a few times over in the work room that week and at charity functions. So I've always followed his career because of that as he moved from Denver to Chicago. And I like him.
Maybe it's because he's a former offensive lineman, but unlike most coaches who rave about Cutler, Munchak doesn't list Cutler's "great arm" first among the Bears' quarterback's attributes.
''I've always liked his attitude, his approach to the game. A strong arm,'' Munchak said. ''He's a guy when he gets hot he can be a huge problem for you and for your defense. He can make all the throws. All those things. I've always been a big fan of his. And I guess being more local here, being in Tennessee and watching him at Vandy, we got to know him a lot more than some other quarterbacks.''