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Some local media are calling it a bro-mance. You know, the syrupy, gushing that Jay Cutler and Mike Martz are heaping on one another. It almost makes you think that it’s phony. Almost. As for me, I think it’s the real thing; love at first INT.
As Brad Biggs notes, there was a lot of apprehension from Cutler ahead of the Martz hire:
To hear two different sources who were tied directly to the situation tell it, Jay Cutler either wanted to get together with Mike Martz like he wanted to reunite with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, or he had some well-balanced apprehension about the partnership.
But the deal wasn’t official until after Martz traveled from Chicago to Nashville to meet with Cutler in a session both described as excellent.
“If he didn’t have apprehension,” one source said, “then why the heck did Martz go to Nashville? One and one equals two.”
But to hear Martz and Jay throw bouquets at each other, you’d never know there was any apprehension as the Bears offense continues to develop under Cutler and Martz’s leadership.
“Oh, gosh no,” Martz protested. “No, no, no. If you knew really, and I don’t mean any disrespect, but if you knew how silly that was and how easy things are between he and I.
“I thoroughly enjoy his company, just enjoy being around him outside the football part of it too. He has a great sense of humor. He’s a little screwed up in his sense of humor like I am, so we kind of fit pretty good I think.”
And then you hear Jay’s side of it:
“Relationships are different with everybody,” Cutler said. “You never know how it is going to work out on the dynamics. Sometimes you get along really well, sometimes it takes some time. Me and Mike have clicked very quickly. We have the same goals in mind. I think we have the same thought process on and off the field.”
“I’ve heard that sometimes he is going to put a lot of pressure on you, sometimes he is going to yell at you, sometimes he is going to scream at you, but he does it for a reason,” Cutler said. “You have to see the big picture with Mike. You have to realize that he wants to get the best out of you and he knows how to get the best out of you.”
“When Mike walks into the room he has that aura about him that I think commands respect,” Cutler said.
Check out a video of Martz talking about the offense after the jump and hang with it til the end when he praises Jay: