With pass-happy guru Mike Martz now the Bears’ offensive coordinator, the million-dollar question in Chicago is, what will he do for gunslinging QB Jay Cutler?
For starters, Martz was quick to defend Cutler’s perceived bad attitude (after all, the QB did demand a trade out of Denver) when the former NFL Network analyst was interviewed Tuesday morning on the “Mully and Hanley Show” on WSCR in Chicago.
“I didn’t see Jay as being difficult to deal with at all,” Martz said. “I think elite players all have that in them — a sense of wanting to be perfect, wanting everything to be right, and if it’s not right, they get frustrated. …
“What I saw when I met with him is a remarkable, bright young man that was really well-schooled in the game and beyond his years of experience, actually. He’s just a terrific talent.”
Probably a natural talent the likes of whom Martz has never previously coached. Sure, Kurt Warner, with whom Martz won a Super Bowl title in St. Louis, might be a future Hall of Famer. But it wasn’t through sheer talent.
“He’s got Kurt’s accuracy with a stronger arm,” Martz said of Cutler.
Martz was pressed a little more to compare Cutler to Warner.
“It’s a bit of an unfair question, because Kurt has established himself in this league and played at such a high level,” Martz said. “Certainly, Jay has got the abiliity to do all those kinds of things. I don’t know that I’ve ever been around anybody with this kind of skill or just innate ability to throw the football. …
“What Kurt has that I see in Jay, which is really unusual, is the ability to make terrific throws under duress.”