Mike Martz cracked some jokes when he introduced Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz this morning at Halas Hall in a ceremony where the veteran was introduced as one of the franchise’s recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award, handed out annually to a player who embodies the character and dedication and character that the late running back possessed.

Then Martz, now three months on the job as the team’s offensive coordinator, gushed about his new toy Jay Cutler. The Bears are in their fourth week of the voluntary offseason workout program and Martz couldn’t contain his enthusiasm for Cutler.

“He's better than I thought,” Martz said. “I've got to smile because he's just been remarkable. He really has. He's so intelligent that he can intimidate you. He really can. He is extremely bright, one of the smartest people I've been around. Very humble though. He really loves this game, has a great passion for what he does.”

Martz went back to the basics for Cutler as he prepares to play in his third offensive system in three years. They’ve been doing some drill work on the field.

“We started with him and how he holds his hands under center to how he steps, his stance underneath the center, just like he's a high school quarterback,” Martz said. “We go back and re-train all the basic fundamentals how we see it with him. He's bought into everything that we do. He's been a dream for me. I couldn't ask for a better situation.”

The Bears will be saying the same thing if they can get off to a better start this season and end their three-year playoff drought.

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