LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler gave Adam Gase another ringing endorsement in advance of Sunday’s season finale against Detroit, a game that could signal the end of Cutler and Gase’s professional relationship if the offensive coordinator lands a coveted head coaching position after the year.
“I don’t have a crystal ball, so I don’t know [where Gase will be in 2016],” Cutler said on a conference call with Lions media. “But he’s been great. I’ve known Adam for a while, and it was a great opportunity to work with him this year. Like you said, I don’t know what the future’s going to hold, but if he does get signed as a head coach he’s going to do great.
"He communicates well; his system speaks for itself with what we’ve done offensively. With guys in and out it has been tough, but he finds a way to get guys open and put us in a situation to win the game.”
Gase is credited with helping Cutler reduce his number of turnovers in 2015. After leading the NFL in that category last year, Cutler has thrown just eight interceptions in 460 pass attempts in Gase’s offense, a system that requires quarterbacks to make the proper read and quickly get rid of the football.
Cutler is on track to set a career-high with a 92.8 quarterback rating heading into Week 17.
Gase, meantime, is expected to receive plenty of interest next with head coaching vacancies already in Philadelphia and likely Tennessee and Miami. Several other head coaches are also likely to be fired after the season, meaning Gase could be asked to interview for multiple vacancies.
The 37-year old play-caller interviewed last season in San Francisco, Buffalo and Chicago before re-uniting with John Fox as an assistant.
“I think Adam’s obviously a fine coach, and coaching is teaching and the key is how your players execute and how you can transfer that to the field," Fox said. "And I think Adam’s done a terrific job at that, as well as our players.”
“It’s not been an easy sport as far as shuffling, whether it’s been the offensive line, receiver position, even we’ve got multiple guys play at running back, same with tight end. So, I think being able to be a next man up operating football team, I think our guys have executed very well, and obviously, they’ve been taught very well.”