Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is bothered by the tag ‘coach killer’
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org January 9, 2013 1:54PM
Updated: January 10, 2013 2:02PM
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler admitted on his weekly radio show that he’s bothered by the perception that he’s a “coach killer.”
“There’s not much you can do,” Cutler told ESPN 1000 during the Waddle & Silvy Show. “I worry about the city of Chicago.”
If anything, Cutler believes he’s an asset to the next Bears head coach.
“If you don’t believe in yourself,” Cutler said, “you can’t expect the coach to.”
Interestingly, several of the candidates have worked with Cutler. During the build-up to his rookie season, Cutler worked with Marc Trestman, and he played under Rick Dennison with the Denver Broncos. He also briefly overlapped with Mike McCoy, who was the offensive coordinator under Josh McDaniels in Denver after Mike Shanahan was fired.
“[Dennison is] one of the best [offensive line] coaches in the NFL,” Cutler said. “Great guy off the field.”
--On McCoy: “I think we had two meetings together, and then [the Broncos] kicked me out… I liked Mike. Knows a lot about football, very flexible.”
--On Trestman: “That’s kind of before you know what you like and what you don’t like. I enjoyed my time with him.”
Cutler said he trusted general manager Phil Emery’s decision-making and that he didn’t want to be involved in the process.
Cutler also admitted that he was aware of Lovie Smith’s impending firing before his radio appearance on ESPN 1000 the day after the regular season ended.