Trestman reached out to Cutler but will new staff reach ‘6’?

Trestman reached out to Cutler but will new staff reach ‘6’?
February 14, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Coach Marc Trestman has reached out to quarterback Jay Cutler. But did Trestman actually reach him?
That is a franchise-grade question hanging over the 2013 season and beyond as Trestman and coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer install a new offense and QB coach Matt Cavanaugh ideally installs some new thinking in Cutler.
It didn’t work when Mike Martz went to Nashville during his interview process in 2010 and met for a couple of hours to talk offense with his quarterback.
Trestman certainly could hold up his end of an extended football conversation with a quarterback. But they didn’t have quite as much to talk about as they will this spring if for no other reason than there wasn’t a Trestman playbook to discuss.
“He doesn’t have a copy of the playbook,” Trestman said. “We had a meet-and-greet and he went back to Nashville. We’re allowed to give him a playbook. We don’t have one in place as of yet. It’s in the process as we move through the other things that are happening.
“That’s one of the things we’re doing is putting our playbook together in hard copy. Because we do have the ability to send those books out. But we haven’t completed them as of yet. That will be in a reasonable amount of time we’ll be able to get it out to them.”
Cavanaugh component
Trestman has brought in something that Cutler has never had before: a position who has actually has NFL experience at Cutler’s position, as well as a Super Bowl ring as a coach in addition to a national championship as a college player.
Cutler’s lack of respect for his coaches has been no secret. But Cavanaugh played with four NFL teams in a career spanning 14 years. He was the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator when they won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer. And he was the Pitt quarterback in the 1977 national championship.
“Where our work is ahead of him is evaluating his talent and putting that system in place that we think gives him the best chance to work his skills as best he can,” Cavanaugh said.
As much as fundamentals, which Cutler likely will never fully upgrade if he hasn’t by this time and after this many coaches, Cavanaugh will be looking at the game the way Cutler does.
“There are some basics that have nothing to do with that quarterback’s abilities,” he said. “You have to protect him, put him in a system where he feels comfortable that he can complete a throwing motion and not going to get hit, too much. And that what we ask him is in the best interest of the team. It’s a team game and respect that the other two phases that they’re going to do their part.”