Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
While Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is dating a beautiful blond star — as did his Dallas Cowboys counterpart Tony Romo — a close friend of Cutler’s said the Chicago QB and his girlfriend Kristin Cavallari “don’t want to have a Jessica Simpson problem.”
In other words, Cutler and the former star of the reality show “The Hills” don’t want their romance — clearly intensifying in recent months — to distract Cutler from his job at hand: taking our Bears all the way to the Super Bowl.
During Romo’s relationship with Simpson, many of his teammates and other key staffers in the Cowboys organization were convinced Romo’s love life had a detrimental effect on his on-field performance.
“Especially when you’re in the postseason — but frankly anytime during the regular season, too — you’ve got to be all about the game, the game, the game,” said the Cutler chum.
While Cavallari did tell People magazine last weekend that “I’m in love” with Cutler, another source (present at Cavallari’s 24th birthday party Saturday in Las Vegas) says the actress and TV personality “also made a big point of stressing, ‘Jay and I will have lots of personal time together, once the season is over — and that better be after Feb. 6, when the Bears win in Dallas!’ ”
Cutler, while unable to join Cavallari for her Vegas birthday bash, did send her a huge bouquet of pink flowers.
† While all concerned are keeping pretty mum about Cavallari attending Sunday’s NFC championship game against the Packers, there are rumblings that her desire to see her man win that key game just may lead her to Soldier Field.
“But if she does show up this weekend, you can bet she will do nothing to interfere with Jay’s preparation for that game,” the source said. “She wants him to focus on winning as much as any diehard Bear fan.”
† Cavallari often has said she loves the low-key atmosphere of the Chicago area (where her mother and other family members live) compared to the lack of privacy afforded her in celebrity-obsessed Southern California.
MORE ROMANCE? As expected, Jake Gyllenhaal taking ex-girlfriend Jenny Lewis to the Golden Globes on Sunday immediately had “back together” stories flying around the Internet.
Don’t believe it. While one Gyllenhaal friend thinks the former couple are “friends with privileges,” a longtime associate of the actor insists there’s no romance there now — merely “a solid friendship.”
However, Gyllenhaal reportedly bet a pal Sunday that his showing up with Lewis would “make the Enquirer’s website before the show was over.”
† “Saturday Night Live” mainstay Jason Sudeikis and “Mad Men” star January Jones’ seven-month fling has flung. The relationship apparently petered out due to a frequent cause of breakups: living far away.
Sudeikis, of course, is New York-based, while Jones works and lives in L.A.
THIS FLICK WILL KILL: Upcoming Oscar co-host James Franco is said to be planning to star in — and possibly direct — a film based on serial killer Richard Ramirez. Known as “The Night Stalker,” Ramirez terrorized Southern California in the 1980s and was known for climbing through bedroom windows before slaying his victims.
He currently sits on Death Row in California for committing at least 14 murders.
PHOTO FLASH: It took Chicago’s photographer-to-the-stars Victor Skrebneski more than a year as the photo guru at Today’s Chicago Woman — but he finally got a man on the cover of TCW.
Top local trainer Clark Lichty is the lucky guy — representing the 25 men featured (with 25 women) in the mag’s February “singles” issue.
SWEET IDEA: Marc Schulman and his Eli’s Cheesecake team will be “feeling the hunger” for another Super Bowl win by hosting a pep rally from 11 a.m. to noon today at their Eli’s cafe at Montrose and Forest Preserve Drive, featuring the Ridgewood High School cheerleaders teaching the Super Bowl Shuffle — and handing out lots of “Go Bears” cheesecakes, cupcakes and cookies.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Yes, that was Common sighted at the Dana Hotel & Spa the other night.
Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.