Jay Cutler is comfortable heading into camp
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org July 24, 2012 9:40PM
Jay Cutler answers reporters' questions as he arrives at Bears training camp at Olivet Nazarene University Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Bourbonnais. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times
Updated: August 26, 2012 6:23AM
BOURBONNAIS — Great expectations have dogged quarterback Jay Cutler since he was a teenager. So this is nothing new.
Cutler arrived at training camp Tuesday eager to start a promising season but careful not to expect too much too soon.
‘‘I think everyone’s comfortable [with the offense],’’ Cutler said. ‘‘Obviously, there’s a lot of work to do. We have to take that next step as an offense.’’
Mike Tice will be the third offensive coordinator in Cutler’s four seasons with the Bears. But with the addition of former teammate Brandon Marshall and former quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, this transition has been the easiest by far.
‘‘This is the most comfortable I’ve been going into a camp, with the offense and what we’re doing scheme-wise and the talent around me,’’ Cutler said.
‘‘Jeremy’s installed some stuff we did in Denver that I’m really comfortable with. Mike Tice has a really good feel for what I like to do. I’m happy with this. There’s still some tweaking to do so everyone’s on the same page. But the offseason work we’ve done has put us in the right direction.’’
Wide receiver Johnny Knox, still rehabilitating from surgery to repair a broken vertebra he suffered in Week 15 against the Seahawks last season, is expected to be put on the physically unable to perform list and won’t be eligible to return for six weeks.
‘‘He’s able to do all the lifting,’’ general manager Phil Emery said. ‘‘He’s doing some light running and is able to get off the [weight] assisted treadmill. He’s making steady progress.’’
Urlacher, Carimi ready
Pending physicals Wednesday, Emery said he expects linebacker Brian Urlacher (strained knee ligaments) and offensive tackle Gabe Carimi (dislocated kneecap) to participate fully in practice when camp opens with no-pad practices Thursday.
Movin’ on up
The last time Emery was at Olivet Nazarene was in 2004, when he was an area scout under former general manager Jerry Angelo. Now he’s in charge.
‘‘The one big difference was now I have furniture in my room,’’ Emery said. ‘‘I have a couch and an easy chair, which I did not get to enjoy as an area scout.’’