LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler never called former offensive coordinator Mike Martz inflexible, but the inference could be made based on struggles from 2011 coupled with the current state of the offense, which now seems reliant on input from a variety of sources.
Cutler called the current situation at Halas Hall “a breath of fresh air” Wednesday after the club’s second session of organized team activities, and explained how his history with quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- whom he worked with in Denver -- plays a role in the construction of the new offense.
“I think Jeremy has a really good feel for what I like to do and what I don’t like to do,” Cutler said. “There were plays out here today (where) I told them, ‘I don’t like them. Let’s think about getting rid of them.’ He’s fine with that and (new offensive coordinator Mike) Tice is fine with that. So it’s a give and take, and that’s a breath of fresh air around here; being able to give ideas. Everyone gives ides and let’s pick the best ones that work for everybody.”