Why does he have to "dial it back" for Cutler? A Vanderbilt guy who supposedly has a high IQ and already knows this offense.
A high enough IQ to be the least liked teammate in the NFL, enough to behave arrogantly throughout all his stops in the pros and consistently underachieve and not give a darn about what people thought or said about him. That's about all his "high IQ" has achieved....and this BS of "knowing this offense", do you really think Gase's head coach shot at creating and calling an offense today is the same he had years ago as a mere assistant at various stops? Wait, I should rethink that question. I'm sure it's pretty much the same because it still sucks today.
Oh, and BTW, does Vanderbilt produce the best football-IQ in the game? I think "book" smarts, even advanced, space age, NASA endorsed math taught across the land, especially, in its birthhome somewhere in Virginia, is quite different than football-IQ. I would prefer a true, under appreciated, hard working, strong character craftsman like say, Doug Flutie, to a hi-what-is-it-for-IQ guy professor at Somewhere Virgina U. Flutie wanted it, was a true leader, overcoming his size and criticism that he could never make it, and was reliable and could be counted on to produce. I'm sure you can come up with a better choice than Mr. Flutie but I would guess you get the message.
So, yes, it had to be dialed back.