While speaking with reporters after practice on Tuesday, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer spoke at length about the difference that the team sees in quarterback Jay Cutler this season.
“I think everyone in the building has noticed a difference in Jay,” Kromer said. “None of us knew Jay very well before getting here last year, and we worked through the year and that first year is always hard on everybody. But what I see in Jay Cutler right now is a guy that’s the leading the group; a guy that is approachable, and is working to make everybody better because he realizes it’s important that everybody is on the same page with him.” -Aaron Kromer, ESPN Chicago
Cutler’s transformation began last season. Last season, Cutler grew as a leader. No longer was Cutler the type of quarterback that would shove his offensive lineman, instead, Cutler was a quarterback that acted as an assistant coach when he was not on the field. While Josh McCown was playing in place of an injured Cutler last season, Cutler would often be seen right beside Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman.
Entering his second season under Trestman, Cutler has become a perfectionist at the offensive scheme that the Bears run. Cutler’s knowledge of the Bears’ offense is also what has helped the quarterback emerge as a leader.
“He’s talked with receivers. He’s talked with linemen. He’s working with running backs constantly,” Kromer said. “That’s a maturity on his part of knowing the offense, knowing what we want as coaches and feeling good about being the leader that he is. It’s been a very good start of the year that way.” -Kromer, ESPN Chicago
If Cutler remains healthy for the entire season, then the quarterback is poised to have a career year.
Early in training camp, Cutler was mentioned as a sleeper candidate to win the NFL MVP this season. Such an achievement is attainable for Cutler if he, along with the Bears’ offense, can have the same success in the regular season that the they are having in the pre-season.
The Bears’ offense has been the top offense in the NFL through the first two games of the pre-season, and that is a good start for a team that led the NFC in scoring last season with 27.8 points per game.