Updated: June 20, 2013 6:43AM
1. Bears QB coach Matt Cavanaugh called Jay Cutler ‘brilliant’ in regard to his football IQ. Do you agree?
I’ve never been around Jay a whole lot, but I think he’s a smart kid. I think he really understands the game. I know Matt is not going to say something if he doesn’t mean it. That must be Matt’s impression, and I’ll go with his impression. I think the sky’s the limit for Jay Cutler. But the only guy that has to realize that is Jay Cutler. It’s not you or me or Matt Cavanaugh or Marc Trestman. He’s got to realize it, and he has to want it, and he has to pursue it. That’s what it has to be about. You control your destiny. Other people don’t control it. If he wants it bad enough, he can be as good as anybody in the game.
2. How would you compare Jim McMahon’s quarterback IQ to that of Jay Cutler?
McMahon really had a great background coming out of college at BYU. He got it. He had a great coach. He had natural instincts to be able to read a defense and anticipate from the pre-read look as to what they were going to do. He’d pretend that he didn’t look at film, but he did look at enough film to understand all that stuff. He was really good. I never had a problem with Jim McMahon calling an audible. When he audibled, he audibled for a good reason. Can Jay do that? Yeah. But I’ll tell you how you get that way. You get that way by watching film and studying it and understanding what the opponent is trying to do. If they take your best weapon away, what are you going to go to? And that’s what you have to do. It becomes a little bit of a chess match. Can he do it? Heck, yes, he can do it.
3. Players loved playing for Lovie Smith. How hard will the adjustment be to the new coach for the veteran Bears, especially the defense?
Lovie was a great guy and a great coach. He was there for a long time, and the players had a fondness. But the clock ticks, time moves on, and you’re in a new era with somebody else. Listen, their job is to play football and they know that. They can’t change what it is. So they’re going to respond to the new coach and the new defensive coordinator, and they’re going to play football for him. Believe me, he’s going to be a little bit different because the scheme isn’t going to be the same. But as far as that goes, they don’t hang on to those things. It’s nice to say the coach tried to hang on to this or that. . . . You know, we’re only passing through. Lovie had the job, I had the job, then all of a sudden, you don’t have the job. That’s OK. It happens. We did the best we could with it, and then we moved on. I think that’s how these guys will look at it. The new guy coming in, they will support totally.
4. Will we ever see Coach Ditka on Twitter?
You will never see me. Somebody else might do some things, but not me. I text, though. I got to the point where I can text, I can call and do those things. So I’m getting pretty good. I really don’t want anyone to know what I’m doing. I really don’t think what I’m doing is that important. People don’t have to know what I’m doing. It’s no one’s business but mine.