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Mike Tice: 'Jay and I are good' after overblown incident

Updated: October 4, 2012 7:08AM



Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice looked surprised when Jay Cutler got up and walked away from him during the Bears-Cowboys game on Monday night. But he laughed when asked about the incident Wednesday at Halas Hall.

''He probably had enough of me telling him why the [third-and-one] play didn't work,'' Tice said. ''I get enough of me sometimes, too. I can talk a little bit, as you guys know.

''Jay and I are good. I really admire his play the other night. I really admire how he's prepared himself right now. I really admire how he's bought in.

''It's an emotional game. Sometimes I'm sure we all wish we had handled things differently -- and I'm not saying he should have handled that differently, but it's an emotional game.

Tice acknowledged being angry about a third-and-one play that failed in the second quarter of the Bears' 34-18 victory over the Cowboys. Michael Bush was stopped for no gain and Robbie Gould kicked a 43-yard field goal to give the Bears a 3-0 lead.

''[In] the heat of the battle, it's tough. A lot of things happen on the sidelines. A lot of things happen over the course of a game. I was really angry about the fact that we didn't make that third-and-one. I was in his ear from the time he came off the field to the time he went over and put his helmet down. At a certain point probably enough's enough.''

Cutler said he talked to Tice about the incident, but only because it was ''blown out of proportion.''

''We talk about it just because it's so prevalent in the media for whatever reason, but it wasn't an issue then and it's not an issue now,'' Cutler said. ''We're happy with the win. We're looking forward to Jacksonville. We've just got to keep working hard and offensively take another step forward.''



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