>>Cutler In Sync With New Offensive Coordinator
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler seems to have found a younger offensive coordinator to his liking.
Adam Gase is the fifth, and youngest, offensive coordinator to work in Chicago with Cutler. The other four didn't work out. However, Cutler and the 37-year-old former Denver Broncos coordinator are in lockstep under new coach John Fox.
"Adam's younger than some of the guys I've been around, that's about it," Cutler said Wednesday. "He does an exceptional job of communication, making sure the quarterbacks are comfortable, making sure he, (quarterbacks coach) Dowell (Loggains) and myself are all on the same page when we go on the field.
"He doesn't want to call a play and me not know why he's called that play."
Gase spent the last six seasons on Denver's staff, including the last two as offensive coordinator. Denver led the NFL in scoring and total offense the last two years.
Of course, Gase's offense did this with Peyton Manning at quarterback. Now he has Cutler.
Ron Turner, Mike Martz, Mike Tice and Aaron Kromer preceded Gase in Chicago, with Martz having the most success in getting Cutler to realize his potential.
Gase said he's already been able to tap into a few of Cutler's strengths in order to get the new offense working.
It's apparent intends to use Cutler's ability to move out of the pocket and throw.
Scrimmages have included an assortment of bootleg passes and moving pockets.
>>Zook Enjoying New Role With Packers
Ron Zook speaks with what seems like a perpetually hoarse voice. It could be from all the yelling and cajoling that comes with having coached football for more than three decades.
So Zook's resume might look odd, at least at first, for being away from the sideline for two years after getting fired as the head coach at the University of Illinois following the 2011 season. He returned to coaching in 2014, when the Green Bay Packers hired him as a special teams assistant coach.
Now Green Bay's special teams coordinator, Zook is back in his element - and he's savoring every minute.
"Slice of heaven," Zook said Wednesday.
His job with the Packers is to improve special teams play, especially after two mistakes haunted the team during last season's NFC Championship game. The Seattle Seahawks converted a fake field goal for a touchdown, and later recovered an onside kick. A 16-0 lead at halftime turned into a 28-22 loss in overtime.
Zook was promoted to replace the fired Shawn Slocum. Some veteran players who were mainstays on special teams have left Green Bay, too. There are new arrivals, particularly rookie receiver-returner Ty Montgomery, who could be thrust into key roles.
Early in camp, the focus is on terminology and teaching techniques on skills like protecting a kicker. Coach Mike McCarthy said the team has added some new special teams drills.
There is an emphasis on pace and tempo, which is a focus on offense, too. It might look even chaotic, sometimes, as players shuffle from drill to drill, and the coaching staff continues to assess players.
Punter Tim Masthay, a six-year veteran, said Zook seems to be always on the move.