Young: Cutler lost games; needs Martz

Updated: February 5, 2010, 1:17 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Hall of Famer Steve Young said if Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler accepts Mike Martz's disciplined coaching style, he could achieve greatness.

"Mike is more of a technician about quarterbacks than people realize, and that's what Jay needs," Young said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Jay needs parenting; he needs guard rails; he needs structure. All those things mean the same thing. He leaks oil. The way he plays, the ball flies around a little bit. And he has to be more careful."

Cutler threw 26 interceptions and 27 touchdowns as the Bears struggled to a 7-9 record.

"He lost a lot of games for the team," Young said. "You can't do that.

"He's a good player and can be a great player if they can put enough structure around him and force him, from his footwork to how he throws and reads the defenses and where he puts the football. Not a straitjacket, but structure. And I think Mike Martz hopefully will give him that."

The relationship between Cutler and Martz, who was hired Monday as the Bears' offensive coordinator, will be one of the more intriguing subplots for the Bears in 2010. Martz, while working as an analyst for the NFL Network, criticized Cutler's comportment after his four-interception performance in the season-opening loss in Green Bay.

Before Martz got the job with the Bears, he flew to Nashville, Tenn., to talk with Cutler.

"[Martz] is a guy that in the middle of [Cutler's] drop in practice will stop practice and tell him, 'That footwork will lose football games,' 'That decision will lose football games,' " Young said. "As long as Mike stays on top of him and really parents him properly, I think Jay has a chance to really blossom."

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