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What to look for out of Jay Cutler

Updated: August 24, 2013 6:26AM



The biggest story line of the Bears’ season is whether Jay
Cutler will turn his potential into results under Marc Trestman. Here are some things to consider:

Be patient

Cutler won’t turn into an MVP candidate overnight, regardless of how good Trestman is. When former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon became the NFL’s MVP with Trestman as his offensive coordinator in 2002, it was the culmination of years of experience on both sides coming together. Gannon also had worked with Trestman earlier in their careers with the Vikings.

‘‘We took it to a whole different level [in 2002],’’ Gannon said. ‘‘We were doing a lot of different things. It was something that we’d grown into. Marc really empowered me to let me have it and let me do it all.’’

That won’t happen right away with Cutler.

Jay the leader

Trestman sees the quarterback as the face of the franchise, on and off the field.

‘‘He expects a lot from the
quarterback position in terms of leadership, in terms of tempera-
ment, demeanor, accepting responsibility when things don’t go well, deflecting attention away from yourself and on to your teammates when things do go well,’’ Gannon said. ‘‘He’s constantly giving you little reminders, and he’s really good about it, coming from different angles.’’

Veteran presence

Gannon said Trestman won’t approach Cutler as though he’s a rookie. He’ll take into account all the systems Cutler has played in.

‘‘The older quarterback has the experience, has probably been in different systems, has some background [and] some time played,’’ Gannon said.

—Adam L. Jahns



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