(CBS) Jay Cutler is apparently shaking the stigma that he’s difficult to work with.

After just four practices together, new Bears quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh had only positive things to say about the Bears signal caller.

“Very impressed with Jay,” Cavanaugh told the Tribune. “Very impressed. He’s borderline football brilliant. I think he gets it. I think he knows the game. I think he knows offensive schemes. I think he knows defenses.”

As Cutler enters his fifth season with the Bears, the quarterback will need to impress as he’s scheduled to be a free agent following the 2013 season.

If Cutler can build off the 3,033 passing yards and 19 touchdown passes from 2012, he could be in line for a major payday.

“I think he’s embracing how we want to approach things,” Cavanaugh said. “There has been a lot of give and take.  We didn’t come in here with a mandate that this is exactly how we’re doing it and there is no leeway. We wanted his feedback. He’s been willing to do that. It’s a good working relationship now.”

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