It seems every year
The latest is courtesy of new coach John Fox and new offensive coordinator Adam Gase. But Cutler is not complaining.
"[My relationship with Gase] has been good," Cutler told ESPN. "A lot of communication because we are trying to hit the fast-forward button in this a little bit. I've been reaching out to him, and he's been reaching out to me. Just trying to go through reps on the field and talk about it as much as we can off the field so that we can play the play a few times and then move on to the next one."
Cutler, who signed a seven-year, $126.7 million contract with $54 million guaranteed early last year, is coming off an up-and-down year. He finished with his second-highest passer rating of his career at 88.6, yet was benched for the final game due to poor performance while his team was closing out with a 5-11 record.
"He’s a cool guy, laid back," White said, per ESPN. "He’s a man of the city who said if I needed anything I should let him know. I’m going to dinner tonight with the family, and he kind of set that up."
White wouldn't divulge the name of the restaurant. "Some fancy nice dinner, I guess," he said.
“I would say logically if you are looking at the depth chart and you are asking me for it two weeks before we can really get anything going, I’d say be [Cutler would be] first on the depth chart, yeah,” Fox said.
“Obviously you’ve got to start somewhere and my experience in football and really anything is it’s not where you start the race it’s where you finish it. We have to start the race with some kind of lineup, and we have not discussed that in depth. We have not presented it to our players in depth. I think it’s important for them to see it maybe more than you guys. I’ve had guys who were third on the depth chart that by the time we started the opener were first. I can’t tell you what’s happening. If I could I’d be at some race track somewhere.”
"To build that back up, it’s going to take time, daily," Fox added. "It takes trust, like any relationship.”
Fox plans to help Cutler, who committed 24 turnovers last season, by building a strong defense and relying more on the running game. Fox praised how the Cowboys used Tony Romo last year in tandem with NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray.
“Football-wise, there are things you can do in coaching to minimize some of the exposure,” Fox said. “Playing defense. Playing complementary football is going to be something that helps. I liken it a little bit, not being critical, to Tony Romo. I think there had been different things said. I know Tony personally. He’s a tremendous competitor. I thought he had one of his better seasons a year ago with that same kind of build-up. With success comes confidence.”
Not that they really had any choice, but the
Cutler, 31, signed a seven-year, $126 million contract last offseason and is guaranteed $15.5 million this year. If he's on the roster at 4 p.m. ET Thursday, $10 million of his $16 million salary in 2016 also becomes guaranteed.
Pace said the Bears never explored trading Cutler, per ESPN. He accounted for 30 touchdowns and 24 turnovers last season while throwing for 3,812 yards, the second-highest total of his career.
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