CB D.J. Moore criticizes Jay Cutler for his antics in loss vs. Packers
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 17, 2012 9:52PM
Chicago Bears v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Updated: October 19, 2012 6:19AM
A say-the-right-thing attitude pervaded Halas Hall on Monday after a weekend of digesting Jay Cutler’s sideline tirade and shoulder bump with left tackle J’Marcus Webb, so cornerback D.J. Moore, like he often is in coverage, was on an island.
“I don’t think you can act like that, though,’’ Moore said. “To make it seem like it’s just my fault, I think it’s just wrong. I would feel some kind of way if he was to do me like that, to make it seem like, ‘Well, the reason I’m having a bad game is because of what you’re doing and not about me taking accountability for myself because I’m throwing these type of passes and doing these type of reads.’ It’s a tough situation.’’
During the 23-10 loss Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers, cameras caught Cutler yelling, “Get your [bleeping] head into the game!’’ It then appeared that Cutler, who threw four interceptions, wanted to put an exclamation point on his message by bumping Webb.
Asked if Cutler works under a different set of rules because he’s the quarterback, Moore said, “Sometimes, but when you act like that, though, with your own teammates on the sideline, it’s just something different that you normally wouldn’t do. You might say it in the locker room, but to do it like he did, that’s something different. I don’t know; it’s just weird.’’
Don’t expect a teammate to sit Cutler down and let him know that not everyone appreciated it, either.
“The quarterback? He makes a lot of money, and he can throw the ball,’’ Moore said. “He’ll be all right. He’ll throw a couple of passes, and they’ll forget about it next week.’’
Next week? It already has been forgotten by many. The offensive line couldn’t stop the Packers from sacking Cutler seven times, but it had a solid protection scheme Monday.
Right tackle Gabe Carimi, who also struggled, made it seem like more media hype than fact.
“I didn’t realize how small the push was,’’ Carimi said. “I didn’t notice anything on the sideline. The atmosphere, it just gets blown up. Everything is recorded. We’re all just trying to win a game, so we didn’t even recognize it. I think we’re going to move on, and we’ll be fine.’’
Asked if he would feel differently had he been the target of the tirade rather than Webb, Carimi said, “It was barely a shove. I don’t think I would have recognized it until it was blown up by the media.’’
Cutler’s attitude is no surprise to his teammates.
‘‘He’s not going to hold anything back,” Moore said. “If he were to talk to the team [about the tirade], you would feel weird about it because it’s really not his thing.’’