NFL on CBS personalities talk Chicago Bears, Marc Trestman, Jay Cutler

NFL on CBS personalities talk Chicago Bears, Marc Trestman, Jay Cutler

Time to talk Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman and the Chicago Bears.

And talk these topics with the biggest and best pundits in the business. I recently attended the NFL on CBS Media Luncheon in New York City. It was held at “The Black Rock,” the CBS Building in Mid-town Manhattan. It was a chance to have lunch with CBS’s lead announce pairing of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, as well as NFL Legends: Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Dan Dierdorf, Rich Gannon, Shannon Sharpe, Greg Gumbel, Bill Cowher and Bart Scott.

I’ll have much more with Simms later; he was the star of the Media Day as he regaled us with his hilarious, spot on impersonation of Bill Parcells and made sure that we write-up some of his quotes in the manner of “Simms noted with extreme sarcasm.” He’ll be here, along with Nantz for week one to call Bears versus the Cincinnati Bengals, who I have already made my Super Bowl Champion pick.

So I’ll have much more with both Nantz and Simms, as there’s a lot of audio to go through, and a lot of it is gold. And we still have 10 days till the Bears and Bengals kick off the NFL season. In the meantime, here’s what the talking heads had to say about Cutler, Trestman, the Bears et al.

All interviews are exclusives.

To keep this from being approximately 3,000 words, I included a snippet of their opinions; it’s the soundbite version. To read the rest of what they had to say about the Bears and the NFL, just click their name where highlighted.


Phil Simms

“I think Jay Cutler is probably learning things about the quarterback position that he has never had mentioned to him in his life,” Simms said.

“So is that important? You’re right, it is. It’s very important. You take somebody with his talent and you tweak it a little, you get greatness. You could coach somebody else and coach them enough to be their greatest, and still have an average player, but Jay Cutler is an extremely talented guy, and there’s no doubt he needs to polish his game.”

“If he polishes it up a little, then it’s going to turn out really well."


Bart Scott

“It’s either put up or shut up for him." {Cutler}

“We’ll see. I think them not giving him an extension is really saying this is your defining year. We put the weapons around you, we invested in an offensive line. I think they’ll come up with something creative to protect him. All teams have flaws, so they’re going to have to figure out how they’ll tweak the system, turn the protection, but if you give Cutler time, he’ll make all the throws.”

Bill Cowher

“I like Marc Trestman, I’ve actually coached with Marc. It’s a big year for Jay Cutler, it’s well documented. It’s a tough division."

“If they can get off to a good start that would make a really big difference for them. I think the defense will be okay, sure they lose a middle linebacker, but I’ll think they’ll be fine.”

Rich Gannon

"I went and worked with Jay for a day this offseason, Marc Trestman and I were together a couple different places, most notably in Oakland. Jay, to me, it’s all about trusting. Trust in the system, the players around him, trust the coaching staff and if he can do that I think he’ll be successful.”

“But, he’s got to work through some demons, he’s had some bad experiences as a quarterback and because of those experiences I don’t think he’s trusted the guys he’s worked with,”

Greg Gumbel

“It’s no secret, it starts with the quarterback, and in Jay Cutler you have one of the more strong armed guys in the world. So he’s a good place to start."

“I hear good things about the coach, but people who make predictions at this time of the year are flat out stupid, and I will say they’re flat out stupid, because you don’t know how the loss of key people from the previous year will affect the team, you don’t know how new people coming are going to blend, you don’t know how rookies are going to perform and injuries,”

Dan Marino

“With the new coach, it’s always tough. I like Trestman, I’ve known him for a lot of years and he’s a very knowledgeable guy. I think he’ll do a great job, but any time you have to do a whole new transition with a new staff and new personnel, it’s going to be difficult. They’re going to challenge, but I think it’s going to be difficult for them to win that division."

Shannon Sharpe

“I know they have a lot at stake with Cutler going into the last year of his contract, and normally when guys go into the last year of their contract it works out really well. We saw how it worked out with Joe Flacco and some of these other guys."

“There have been some guys who have gotten fired because he hadn’t played well, and everybody keeps saying, he had a different offense. There’s a reason he has a different offense, because he wasn’t playing well in the previous offense, but at some point in time, you need to see to say it’s not the coach, it’s you."

“And that’s the way it should be. I think coaches get too much credit and too much blame. I can coach Aaron Rodgers, I can coach Peyton Manning that would be easy."


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Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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