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Bears coach Lovie Smith tries to dismiss controversy

Updated: October 19, 2012 6:19AM



It didn’t exactly have the emotion of Terrell Owens’ teary-eyed, “That’s my teammate … that’s my quarterback’’ speech from 2008, but Bears coach Lovie Smith made it clear Monday that Jay Cutler is his quarterback.

“It’s pretty simple: I like Jay Cutler and everything that he is,’’ Smith said. “I’m not trying to trade any of our players. The week before [after beating the Indianapolis Colts], I didn’t hear an awful lot of this stuff. We were talking about how good we were and how we were playing. So we’ll get back to that.

‘‘The focus is on the play on the field. That’s what I was disappointed in — our play, how we as coaches prepared our guys and the way we played. But we’ll correct that. We’ve lost games before. We’re not the only team that has lost a big game that we thought we would win. But we’ll bounce back.’’

Smith took a barrage of questions about Cutler’s tirade, and in classic Lovie fashion, he did his best to dismiss the story.

“Don’t have a take on it,’’ Smith said. “There are a lot of other things I was more concerned about in that game. Things go on always that you guys don’t see. You had a chance to see something that was unfortunate. There’s no more than that.’’

Smith was asked if Cutler or left tackle J’Marcus Webb had been spoken to about the flare-up, and he made it clear it was Bears business.

‘‘You know I’m not going to go into anything that we would handle internally, and I’m not going to start now,’’ Smith said.

Cutler will address the media Wednesday. Webb refused media requests after practice.

Cornerback D.J. Moore spoke about it, saying, “I don’t think you can act like that.’’ Smith had no problem with Moore’s take.

“D.J. Moore said that?’’ Smith said. ‘‘I have no problem with any of our guys. … I have a problem if a teammate said or a source said, but if you put your name behind something and you want to voice your opinion, you can voice it.’’ It didn’t exactly have the emotion of Terrell Owens’ teary-eyed, “That’s my teammate … that’s my quarterback’’ speech from 2008, but Bears coach Lovie Smith made it clear Monday that Jay Cutler is his quarterback.

“It’s pretty simple: I like Jay Cutler and everything that he is,’’ Smith said. “I’m not trying to trade any of our players. The week before [after beating the Indianapolis Colts], I didn’t hear an awful lot of this stuff. We were talking about how good we were and how we were playing. So we’ll get back to that.

‘‘The focus is on the play on the field. That’s what I was disappointed in — our play, how we as coaches prepared our guys and the way we played. But we’ll correct that. We’ve lost games before. We’re not the only team that has lost a big game that we thought we would win. But we’ll bounce back.’’

Smith took a barrage of questions about Cutler’s tirade, and in classic Lovie fashion, he did his best to dismiss the story.

“Don’t have a take on it,’’ Smith said. “There are a lot of other things I was more concerned about in that game. Things go on always that you guys don’t see. You had a chance to see something that was unfortunate. There’s no more than that.’’

Smith was asked if Cutler or left tackle J’Marcus Webb had been spoken to about the flare-up, and he made it clear it was Bears business.

‘‘You know I’m not going to go into anything that we would handle internally, and I’m not going to start now,’’ Smith said.

Cutler will address the media Wednesday. Webb refused media requests after practice.

Cornerback D.J. Moore spoke about it, saying, “I don’t think you can act like that.’’ Smith had no problem with Moore’s take.

“D.J. Moore said that?’’ Smith said. ‘‘I have no problem with any of our guys. … I have a problem if a teammate said or a source said, but if you put your name behind something and you want to voice your opinion, you can voice it.’’



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