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Lovie Smith insists Jay Cutler didn’t have input on Mike Martz
Bears coach Lovie Smith said quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t influence Mike Martz’s future with the team.
Smith told the Sun-Times that he talked to Martz Tuesday, informed his staff then Cutler, who was at Halas Hall on Tuesday. A report Thursday said that Cutler went to the team’s headquarters and let Smith know he was in favor of Martz not returning, before the coaches had a chance to meet.
“That didn’t happen,” Smith said. “I didn’t talk to Jay until after I talked to Mike.”
Smith said that Cutler reiterated his support of the head coach’s decision.
Martz told the Sun-Times Wednesday that he had nothing against Smith or Cutler.
“There’s nothing to analyze,” Martz said. “This is a personal thing for me. There isn’t anything to talk about or discuss.
“I have great memories of Chicago. The people there are great.”
On Smith, Martz said, “It was a thrill to join Lovie’s staff.”
On Cutler, Martz said, “Jay is so talented. He got comfortable [in the offense]. But that’s on Jay, not myself.”