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Players mindful of Smith’s future, Cutler said
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said no one is immune from pressure this season. But, Cutler backed head coach Lovie Smith and noted that his future is on his mind.
“Lovie is one of the best coaches I’ve been around, and I know that everyone on this team has a great amount of respect for him as he does for us,” Cutler said, adding that his coach treats players well. “I know that some of the guys who have been here longer than me definitely have a lot of ties with him and want to go out there for him and play well.
“You never know what’s going to happen this year, if we don’t go out and perform, if Lovie is to stay or not. So, that’s definitely a question that – I’m sure – is in the back of everyone else’s mind. But we can’t worry about it. We have to play hard, and if we do that, everything else will take care of itself.”
Cutler pulled up about 20 minutes ago, and he chatted with reporters for about five minutes.
Other highlights from him:
* On what he wants to see: “How much information everyone retained.”
* Cutler said Mike Martz told him that they will continue to install more things to keep everyone “on their toes.”
* On the mood of this training camp from last year: “I think everyone is a little more comfortable. A little bit older, a little bit more mature, offensively, and there’s a little bit of a sense of urgency and a sense of excitement, on the offensive side of the ball.”
* On the importance of training camp practices: “I got to take as many reps as I possibly can, with this group, and this offense, because that’s what it’s about. It’s about seeing things. You’re going to make mistakes, especially with this offense. It’s just repetition, and seeing it over and over again. That’s the name of the game.”
* On if he has something to prove: “I think everyone does. I definitely do. I think this offense does, as a whole. It’s a young group of guys. There’s been some ups and downs. Some guys have been successful, some guys haven’t been successful. Everyone should have a chip on their shoulder, which is a great thing. A sense of urgency to go out there and play well.”