The Bears may not have enough confidence in Jay Cutler to extend his contract, which expires after this season. But Chicago’s new quarterbacks coach, Matt Cavanaugh, has some high praise for the seventh-year quarterback.
Of course, it’s worth noting that prior to Cavanaugh getting hired by the Bears, he spent four years tutoring Mark Sanchez as the Jets’ quarterbacks coach. So anyone may look exceptional compared to what the Jets threw out at the position last season.
“Very impressed with Jay,” Cavanaugh told the Chicago Tribune. “Very impressed. He’s borderline football brilliant. I think he gets it. I think he knows the game. I think he knows offensive schemes. I think he knows defenses.”
Cutler will attempt to learn a new system this season under head coach Marc Trestman. The Bears’ new head coach even plans on running some read option looks with Cutler, who lacks the athleticism one would normally expect to front such a system.
Cutler was the No. 11 pick in the 2006 draft. He has a career 60.8 percent completion percentage and an 84.0 quarterback rating.