Cutler learning another new offense; Trestman is impressed
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 2013 9:32PM
changing of the guard
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been through plenty of offensive coordinators in his career.
2006-08 Rick Dennison, Broncos
2009 Ron Turner, Bears
2010 Mike Martz, Bears
2011 Mike Martz, Bears
2012 Mike Tice, Bears
2013 Aaron Kromer, Bears
* Coach Marc Trestman will handle the play-calling.
Updated: June 12, 2013 10:18PM
At some point, Jay Cutler’s head just might explode — the result of trying to remember and effectively handle too many plays, checks, formations and terminology during his playing career.
Yet here he goes again.
It’s well-known that Cutler is entering his fifth season with the Bears and is learning his fourth
offensive scheme, with coach Marc Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer now in charge.
It can take years to master an
offense. Cutler probably understands that better than most. On top of that, Trestman’s playbook is complex and detailed.
‘‘Really, whenever you want to get into it, it’s a three-year process to learn an offense,’’ Cutler said
after the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday. ‘‘It just is what it is. It takes time. It’s hard to go out there Year 1 and blow the doors off.’’
But that’s what the Bears hope he does. Trestman has had that
effect on quarterbacks in the past.
For his own good, Cutler should hope he does, too, especially after being given more weapons by general manager Phil Emery. Cutler is entering the final year of his contract, with this essentially being a prove-yourself season for him.
‘‘It’s every day just trying to get better and trying to learn the
offense so that it’s less thinking and more reacting,’’ Cutler said.
After lauding each other early on, Cutler’s relationships with previous offensive coordinators eventually turned sour. But this time, the Bears’ coach will be the play-caller. And Trestman isn’t going anywhere soon.
In that regard, Cutler genuinely appears to appreciate what he has in Trestman.
‘‘He’s got a lot of ex-quarterbacks that have talked him up and preached very good about him, and rightfully so,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘He understands quarterbacks. He
understands how to protect quarterbacks. He’s able to get into your mind and see what you’re seeing and think what you’re thinking and give you the best possible solutions.
‘‘He’s not going to send you out there with plays that aren’t going to work or plays that are going to work against some defenses and not others. He’s going to give you a lot of answers [and] make sure it’s simple enough so that everyone else can understand.’’
Cutler said Trestman and Kromer are installing something new every day. Trestman also tested his team, saying he gave them ‘‘a midseason game plan’’ for Tuesday. The goal is to keep moving forward, to learn fast and execute.
‘‘If we come to a point where we have to take some time and reteach some things, then so be it,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘But with the schedule now, I don’t think you’re able to really do it how you used to do it and go through installs two or three times throughout the offseason. You just don’t have enough time in the day. You’re restricted too much. You kind of just have to burn through it, and guys have to take it home and be professionals about it and learn it when they’re not here.’’
Cutler apparently has handled his homework very well.
‘‘Jay’s been in so many different offenses, and I’m totally impressed at how he’s handled the new language, the new ways to look at things,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘This is a little bit different for him, but I think he’s handling it extremely well.
‘‘His work ethic is unparalleled, as good as any I’ve ever been around. His detail in the offense is as good as anybody I’ve been around. He’s
doing all the right things. He’s working at his craft, and it’s not easy when you’re starting over one more time. I applaud him.’’