Biggs: Cutler excited to get into Martz's playbook
Jay Cutler is anxious to pry open Mike Martz’s playbook and get to work.
That is expected to happen soon, too, after the offensive coordinator was hired on Monday, creating an interesting marriage between play caller and passer. Actually, it’s an interesting fit ay Halas Hall, period, where the Bears now have a head coach in Lovie Smith and three ex-head coaches in Martz, Rod Marinelli and Mike Tice. That’s a lot of egos for one building and as one observer said, it’s either going to be a grand success or a terrific failure. Smith was ready to make the gamble with a win-or-else directive from team president Ted Phillips.
Now, it’s about Cutler getting the offense digested so the Bears can get off to a fast start, something Martz promised in a conference call earlier in the week. Martz and Cutler went over some elements of the offense in a classroom at Vanderbilt last Saturday afternoon before going to dinner together.
“I felt very comfortable with him,” Cutler announced on the team’s Web site. “The results of his offense speak for themselves. He had a lot of success in St. Louis and his offenses made improvements each year in Detroit and San Francisco. I haven’t run his system, but I am familiar with it. I’m anxious to start digesting the playbook and getting back on the field.”
Martz didn’t have a specific timetable but he said he expects to begin meeting with Cutler on a regular basis soon. The Bears are expected to begin their offseason program in late March of early April, but master and pupil are expected to be meeting regularly well before then.
It’s an opportunity for Cutler to take his game to the next level, and he probably senses that. He led the NFL with 26 interceptions this past season and it was obvious before the end that he wasn’t happy in Ron Turner’s scheme. Now, he has a chance to get his career on a winning track with a coach with a proven track record.
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