Charles Woodson rips Cutler: ‘It’s the same old Jay’
STAFF REPORT, AP September 14, 2012 10:40AM
Green Bay Packers' Charles Woodson intercepts a pass in front of Chicago Bears' Earl Bennett (80) during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Updated: September 14, 2012 11:13AM
Earlier in the week, a confident Jay Cutler wished the Packers’ defensive backs “good luck” in trying to match up physically in man coverage with a new-look wide receiver corps led by Marshall. Stalked by Tramon Williams for much of the night, Marshall was targeted just five times and finished with two catches for 24 yards. And he couldn’t convert his one big opportunity, dropping a potential touchdown in the third quarter of the Bears’ 23-10 loss to the Packers on Thursday night.
Charles Woodson said the Packers took note of Cutler’s quote.
“It was everywhere,” Woodson said. “You know how it is. Once you make a statement these days, it doesn’t take long for it to travel and get to you.”
Moments after the game, Woodson told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols: “Heard some talk out of the Bears: Packers secondary not working coverage, bigger receivers ... we heard about it. We understand that Jay is excited about his new weapons, but it’s the same old Jay. We don’t need luck. Jay will throw us the ball.”
Cutler shrugged off any potential fallout from his comment, noting that the Packers didn’t play much man coverage.
“They didn’t play man, so why would they say anything?” said Cutler, who was sacked seven times and finished with a 28.2 passer rating, the second worst of his career.