Bennett targets chemistry with Cutler
July, 26, 2013
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhMartellus Bennett understands the value of having a strong relationship with the QB.BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Having studied interactions between Tony Romo and Jason Witten earlier in his career in Dallas and after working with Eli Manning in New York, new Bears tight end Martellus Bennett came to realize the value of strong communication with his quarterback, and how eventually, it enriches chemistry.
“When we watch film I sit right behind (Jay Cutler) so I can whisper in his ear. It sounds kind of creepy,” Bennett said Friday. “I sit right behind him so I can whisper in his ear and ask him, ‘Hey, is that what you wanted?’ And he’ll just give me a thumb up. I know I probably get on his nerves because I’m always talking to him.”
Still, it doesn’t stop Bennett from attempting exhaustive interaction with the quarterback.
“I try to eat with (Cutler) as much as possible. I try to talk to him, drop by his room, even if it’s not about football; let him get to know me as a person,” Bennett explained. “He knows my background, and he knows I’ve got to feed my family. I’m helping him feed his family and we all understand that. I think it takes your game to another level. If you get personal with the wives and everyone’s family, their kid(s), you’ve got to go a little bit harder (on the field) for their family and those guys as well.”
But is Cutler open to that?
“Everybody’s open to that,” Bennett said. “Me and my wife are probably two of the coolest people in the world. It’s like Jay (Z) and Beyonce, then it’s me and my wife, then, it’s David Beckham and Victoria.”
“It was a fast start for the defense,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “Chris Conte made a heck of a play in the back end and got the defense off to a fast start. In between, I thought the offense picked it up. There was a lot of good execution out there. We spread the ball around to our guys. We intended to do that today. I thought Jay was extremely sharp throughout the middle portions of practice. We had some pre-snap penalties, which always hurt you. As I told the defense, two turnovers and a stripped ball will win games.”
“I guess you could say he’s coaching on the fly,” Earl Bennett chuckled.
“I thought he was really on rhythm today,” Trestman said. “It’s a process throughout training camp we continue to work on. He got the ball out of his hand on time. You can’t configure the pass rush. So it’s not quite the same as it’s going to be on Sunday. But he’s doing everything he has to do. Until you look at the tape you don’t know, but I thought he had a very good day.”
“I got two today,” Melton said. “I always try to make Cutler mad. He always talks to me in the locker room about it. He doesn’t like when I do that. Neither does the o-line. They want to throw me down when I do it.”
What did Cutler do on Thursday when Melton batted down a pass?
“He just shook his head at me,” Melton said, laughing. “He hates when I do it.”