Jay Cutler regrets bumping Webb, but fine with confronting him
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 18, 2012 8:26PM
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears checks his hand after being sacked by Mike Daniels #76 of the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the game at Lambeau Field on September 13, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Updated: October 20, 2012 6:20AM
Jay Cutler admitted he shouldn’t have bumped left tackle J’Marcus Webb on the sideline during the Bears’ game Thursday against the Green Bay Packers, but he made no apologies for dressing him down for his poor play.
Addressing the controversy Tuesday for the first time on his radio show on WMVP-AM (1000), Cutler said: ‘‘I probably shouldn’t have bumped him. I’ll go with that. As far as me yelling at him and trying to get him going in the game, I don’t regret that. I shouldn’t have bumped him. I’ll stick to that.’’
Cutler admitted talking with the ‘‘powers that be’’ at Halas Hall, as well as with Webb and each member of the offensive line. He declined to provide details of those talks and didn’t shed much light on the reasons behind his incident with Webb.
‘‘I can’t put a definite reason why it happened; it happened,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘It’s an emotional game. I put a lot into playing quarterback, and I take it seriously. It’s just one of those things that happened during a game. Since then we’ve talked about it, and it’s really behind us.
‘‘I’ve talked about it with the powers that be, I talked about it with the offensive line — each of them individually — and it is what it is. It’s been blown up probably a little bit bigger than any of us
expected, but that’s what you have to expect out of the media.’’
Webb refused to speak with
reporters Monday, but Cutler said he would have been thrilled if Webb would have bumped him back. Or, better yet, shoved him.
‘‘Sure,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘Anything to let me know that, ‘Hey, I’m pissed off that I got beat, I’m going to try and rectify it, I’m going to try and get us back into this ballgame.’ ’’
He then took a dig at his critics.
‘‘But you can’t push or nudge, anything like that,’’ he said sarcastically. ‘‘We just established that.’’
Cutler also addressed losing his composure and whether he took responsibility for throwing four
interceptions in the game.
‘‘I think I had my composure, and I think I had my composure the whole game,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘We got beat. We got beat by a good football team. Offensively it starts with me, so I’ve got to play better, and it trickles down. It started early on in that game, and it never got better.’’
As far as cornerback D.J. Moore speaking out against Cutler and saying, ‘‘I don’t think you can act like that,’’ Cutler brushed it off.
‘‘He’s entitled to his opinion, and whatever he wants to say is up to him,’’ Cutler said.
While several former and current players have thrown barbs Cutler’s way since the game Thursday, maybe the most telling comment came from Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, who said on ESPN: ‘‘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 wasn’t about to get into a war of words with Woodson, though.
‘‘I can’t comment on every single person that says something; that’s not how I operate,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘I’m not a fan, like you. I’m not
going to read every single part of what people say and go, ‘Oh, he’s right. Maybe I should call him and say something.’ ‘Oh, man, he’s wrong. Let me call him and straighten him out.’ That’s just not how it’s going to go down.’’