The seems to be a lot of concern regarding the potential for head-butting between quarterback Jay Cutler and new offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
But there is also a strong likelihood that the Cutler-Martz collaboration will produce positive results. While both are known to have strong convictions and opinions, sometimes to the point of being stubborn, they are both smart enough to realize that they provide each other with the best chance for success.
Cutler is by far the best quarterback Martz has had to work with since his days with Kurt Warner in St. Louis. And without getting into a Ron Turner-Mike Martz debate, Martz's affinity for and production in the passing game can only help Cutler.
"I felt very comfortable with him," Cutler said on the team's web site today. "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, in his role as an analyst with NFL Network, was critical of Cutler’s demeanor with the media following the Bears' 2009 season-opening loss to the Packers, when he tossed 4 interceptions.
For the record, this is the quote about Cutler that caused so much commotion in the weeks leading up to Martz's hiring:
"He just doesn't get it,” Martz said. “He doesn't understand that he represents a great head coach and the rest of those players on that team ... somebody needs to talk to him.”
Martz said he spoke with Cutler about that when they met in Nashville last Saturday night.
“I addressed that immediately with Jay,” Martz said. “The thing I told Jay, and I said this a few days after that show, the thing I felt bad (about) was, I felt like I knew what Jay was (about). I met him when he was coming out in the draft. I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of who he was and the integrity and the dignity that he has and how classy a guy he is, and how he kind of misrepresented himself with that and really that was totally out of frustration for that game.
“He's going to be one of the elite players in this league for a long time, and those are things that he's just going to have to deal with. That was a very difficult situation for him. But (it was) a great experience for him to go through it and know now you've just got to take that deep breath before you go in there. As a former head coach, you go through those things and collect yourself a little bit and then go in there. It just did not demonstrate who he really was, and those are all learning experiences for all of us.”