Toub: Talented Jay needs leadership work
January, 16, 2013
By Staff | ESPNChicago.com
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesDave Toub said that while Jay Cutler is an talent, he needs to improve as a leader.Dave Toub said Wednesday that while Jay Cutler is an "extraordinary talent," he needs to work at his leadership skills, and that's something for new Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman to address.
After spending the last nine years as the Bears' special teams coach, Toub left for the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday. Toub interviewed for the Bears head coaching position, which was filled by Trestman on Wednesday, and Toub said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 that the subject of Cutler played a major role in the interview.
" I think Cutler is a great asset," Toub said. "He's an extraordinary talent. He just ... there are certain aspects he just needs to get better at, and it's his leadership skills. And I think that's something he'll work on down the road and hopefully he gets better at that."
When pressed on the subject, Toub didn't want to elaborate.
"I'm not going to really get into it, specifically, but that's something that Coach Trestman will deal with," he said.
When he announced the firing of Lovie Smith, Bears GM Phil Emery said the lack of offensive production and consistency was one of the reasons for the decision. Despite having talents in Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, the Bears ranked 28th in total offense this season.
Cutler ranked No. 20 in the NFL with an 81.3 passer rating this season. He also was sacked 38 times, which was the fifth most in the league.