Depending on who you ask, Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback Jay Cutler has a reputation of being a coach killer.
Look no further than Cutler’s string of offensive coordinators to see that a coach’s longevity is tested when working with Cutler.
For the most part, though, Cutler never appeared to be at odds with former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith. Smith was fired by the Bears in January and shortly replaced by Marc Trestman.
While talking about Trestman earlier this week, Cutler may have taken a subtle shot at his former head coach.
Jay Cutler took a small dig this week at former Bears coach Lovie Smith when he said new coach Marc Trestman “really cares about the players in the locker room, which is different.”-Pioneer Press
That certainly is a different criticism for Smith.
Throughout his tenure as the Bears’ head coach, Smith was applauded for putting his players first. That is why players such as Devin Hester struggled with the news of his firing.
Though, perhaps where Cutler was aiming at with that comment is how Smith treated each player. If a player were to miss an assignment, Smith often would place the player in a virtual doghouse as opposed to giving the player a second chance. Still, Smith never threw any of his players under the bus publicly.
Nonetheless, it is encouraging that Cutler has praise for Trestman. This is an important season for Cutler, one that may determine whether or not he remains with the Bears past 2013. So being on the same page with Trestman will play a pivotal factor in whether or not Cutler has success this season for the Bears.