September 8th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Former Colts head coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy has always been a good friend of Bears head coach Lovie Smith. So, when he talks about the Bears he usually says nice things.

Not to say his views are biased. He just speaks the truth about the team he beat in Super Bowl XLI to bring a Lombardi Trophy to Indianapolis.

Dungy appeared on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago today and he had some things to say about the critics who are against this Bears team.

Here’s what Dungy had to say:

“I think they will get better on defense. I think Jay Cutler with another year in coach [Mike] Martz’s system, they are going to improve offensively. I think everyone is looking at their offensive line and maybe that’s the reason, people are saying they lost Olin Kreutz, and they lost some key members there. But I like the Bears. I like they way they put things together.

“Now they are in a tough division. Green Bay obviously, is very very good. Detroit has impressed me in the preseason. So, maybe that’s a thing people are looking at. Does Detroit catch Chicago this year? But I don’t think so. I think Chicago is going to be very formidable.”

“I heard the criticism about him not playing at the end of the playoff game last year. I thought that was absolutely ludicrous,” Dungy said. “Jay Cutler, you can question some things, but you can’t question his toughness, his desire. I mean, I’ve seen the guy stand in the pocket [and] deliver balls while getting blasted, and I just thought that was totally unfair.

“I did think that he needed to mature as a quarterback when he got there, and I think he’s done that. I think Coach Martz has really helped him. He’s getting that chemistry with his receivers, and I do think he is playing better than he did two years ago.”

All quotes from ESPNChicago.com

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