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And on the NFL Network last year, Martz criticized Cutler’s postgame demeanor following a season-opening loss at Green Bay. A visit with Cutler in Nashville after interviewing at Halas Hall went a long way toward easing any ill feelings.

Now, it’s his job to get Cutler to cut down on the interceptions after throwing 26 last season _ the most by a Bears quarterback since Sid Luckman’s club record 31 in 1947 and the most in the NFL since Brett Favre’s 29 for Green Bay in 2005.

Mike’s fun,” Cutler said. “It’s been fun getting to know him and being around him. He’s 24/7 football. There is no getting around that. Every once in a while he has a few jokes, he has a few stories. It hasn’t been a bad thing meeting with him a lot.”

There are some adjustments to make, with the seven-step drops and throwing to spots, but each sees some of himself in the other. Martz also sees some of Warner in Cutler.

“He has that Kurt Warner awareness, if you will,” Martz said. “He has such a keen sense of where everybody’s at. He sees everything, can diagnose it without even thinking about it, which allows him to excel with what we do. We keep trying to challenge him with a lot of new things, just try to keep pressing the envelope. And then when we get into the season, then we’ll come back and zero in each week. So we’re trying to get as many different concepts in with Jay as we possible can.”

He added Cutler has handled everything “remarkably well.”

“He has always tried to do everything just the way we’ve asked him to do it, and then when things do break down, the really great ones have a sense of just finding a guy,” Martz said. “He can do that. I think he’s been pretty remarkable so far. He’s everything that I had hoped that he would be absolutely.”