Black and Blue all over: Cutler, Turner get to work

April, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

As it turns out, Monday was the first official day of Chicago's offseason strength and conditioning program. It proved fortuitous timing for the Bears, who last Thursday acquired quarterback Jay Cutler from Denver in exchange for Kyle Orton and three draft picks.

(Chicago had its minicamp March 17-19, but players and coaches have mostly been off since then.)

Cutler was on hand Monday and began meeting with offensive coordinator Ron Turner to learn the Bears' offense. In an interview with ChicagoBears.com, Turner said he is beginning the work of identifying the parts of his offense that best fit Cutler's skills.

Turner: "We're going to run our offense We've got everything in our offense to take advantage of his capabilities. It's just a matter of the emphasis. We'll change some things there with him. That's one thing as a coach that you always try to do and I'm always trying to do is maximize the talents of our players, not just the quarterback but [tight end] Greg Olsen, the wide receivers, the running backs with [Matt] Forte and the things he can do, and we'll do the same thing with Jay. We'll run our offense, but we'll emphasize the things that he can do really well."

It will be interesting to see how that task plays out. The Bears' offense under Turner has traditionally been a run-first scheme that asks quarterbacks to manage the game with quick-read passing. Cutler's big arm is a rare commodity. How will the Bears use it? We'll start to learn more next month, when the Bears are scheduled to begin their on-field Organized Training Activities.

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