Jay Cutler’s TV debut: Bears vs. Titans preseason tilt
Kevin Burkhardt, who will be calling games alongside Cutler and Charles Davis in FOX’s No. 2 NFL broadcasting crew, told Adam Schein on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Friday the group’s first game will be the Bears vs. Titans tilt in Tennessee on Sunday, Aug. 27, during the second week of the preseason. Cutler announced Friday he has agreed to a broadcasting deal with FOX.
In his first game, Cutler gets to analyze a team he knows inside and out, having played in Chicago the past eight seasons. The pairing should make for an interesting sideshow. Will Cutler rip his former teammates and coaches? Will he come out of the gate with kid gloves?
While some scoff at Cutler joining the TV world given his gruff approach to the media during his professional career, the quarterback could surprise. Cutler is intelligent, well-spoken when he wants to be, and his unvarnished attitude could translate well to television.
“I think the advantages far outweigh the negatives and the advantages are he knows his team well,” Davis said of Cutler calling a Bears game in his debut on Friday’s Up to the Minute Live. “He knows what they like to do. He knows their scheme. He understands what they’re to trying to accomplish, in terms of preseason, what they need to add in order to get better. I would dare say that he’s going to have an encyclopedia of (info) for just about everyone in the league.
“Think about how long Jay’s played. Think of the number of teams he’s played against. Quarterbacks keep a book on not just their opponents, but the coordinators, the coaches they work against.”
“This year is my year and I’m not going to worry about the future,” added Glennon, noting he was surprised the Bears drafted Trubisky.
Jameis Winston’s caddie the last two years insisted he would have signed with the Bears even if he knew they’d use the first-round pick on a quarterback.
“I would still have [come] here,” Glennon said.
While in March it appeared Glennon would have no competition for snaps, Trubisky’s presence changes the landscape. Glennon said he plans to focus on this year and not worry about future seasons.
“They brought me here to be the quarterback this year and nothing has changed so in my mind I have to go out and play well,” he said.
Glennon added the meetings are geared around him preparing to run Dowell Loggains’ offense in 2017. The 27-year-old noted that while he’s focusing on this season, he’ll still help educate Trubisky.
“Am I going to help Mitch as much as I can? Definitely,” Glennon said. “But, my job is to win football games for the Chicago Bears.”
News of the move was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Kimberly Jones.
Since being released by the Giants in mid-February, Cruz had garnered interest from the Bears, Jaguars and Ravens, but only met with Chicago. His unceremonious departure from Big Blue continued to bother him as he went unsigned throughout the offseason, even up until this week when he told a radio show that his dip in production down the stretch in 2016 was due to the Giants’ front office intentionally sabotaging his season.
Cruz is the fourth notable wide receiver to join the Bears this offseason. Chicago has signed former Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton, former Titans receiver Kendall Wright and Cruz’s ex-teammate Rueben Randle to complement Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.
There’s no telling whether Cruz will find his footing in Chicago’s deep but competitive receiving corps; that’s for a spicy training camp battle to decide. But his signing in the Windy City allows for the wide receiver to rewrite his career with a rebuilding unit after multiple injury-addled seasons with the Giants.