If Mike Martz and Jay Cutler were to have a successful relationship, there had to be a connection when the two met just over a week ago in Nashville. The Chicago Bears and Martz, interviewing for their offensive coordinator position, wanted to make sure the candidate and quarterback could work together.
That connection didn't take long to establish, according to Martz, who officially got the job two days after that first meeting.
"It's such a big thing to have a coordinator and a quarterback on the same page, obviously," Martz said Monday on "Carmen, Jurko & Harry" on ESPN 1000. "If there is any kind of ill will or ill feeling or just philosophically not on the same page, I don't care who it is, it's not going to work.
"As talented as he is, it's important that he understands what whoever is going to run the offense is about, and of course I have got to have a good feeling about him. We had a good get-acquainted meeting. We hit it off immediately. I think there's a real strong connection, at least I felt that way.
"Intellectually, he is just off the charts. His talent can never be overstated. He is really anxious. He's all about winning and doing things the right way."
Cutler, who led the NFL with 26 interceptions in his first season with the Bears, will learn his third offense in three seasons. His new system is known for its gaudy quarterback numbers, but Martz says his offense is all about doing what needs to be done to win.
"We're just going to win," Martz said. "Who cares whether you throw it or run it? Whatever it takes, the goal is to win the game. If you've got to run it 40 times to win, that's what you do."
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