Bears QB Jay Cutler reaches his pique
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org October 18, 2012 9:18PM
JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears attempts a pass during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 7, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:07AM
Quarterback Jay Cutler said he has come to grips with the fact that the whole world will be watching his every move when the Bears play in prime-time games.
“It is what it is,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m going to play my brand of football and let the cards fall where they may.’’
But the attention that comes with the buildup to a marquee game such as the upcoming showdown with the rival Detroit Lions on ‘‘Monday Night Football’’ at Soldier Field can be a little overwhelming.
Before a full house at the Halas Hall media room Thursday, Cutler was asked about critiques from Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Phil Simms and Terry Bradshaw. And he quickly reached his limit.
‘‘I think you have to have a certain edge out there as a quarterback,’’ Cutler said when asked if he agreed with Simms’ assessment that Cutler plays angry.
Simms meant it as a compliment.
‘‘Angry is a big part of being a quarterback in the NFL,’’ Simms said on the CBS Sports Network.
‘‘Everyone has got an opinion,’’ Cutler said in response. ‘‘That’s the world we live in. That’s why you [reporters] are all in this room. That’s why you guys get paid to do your job, is to have opinions. And they are opinions. They’re not facts.’’
Asked if some comments cross the line, Cutler said, “Some are personal. Some aren’t. I can’t internally process each one of them. I’ve got to worry about trying to win games on Sunday and the guys in my locker room.’’
But he did acknowledge in a Sun-Times story this week that Bradshaw’s criticism bothered him. Right?
“I’m not going to get into this,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘It’s not going to happen. So anything else about Detroit? No? All right.”
And with that, Cutler walked away from the lectern. After a bye week, the next game can’t come soon enough.
In six games against the Lions, Cutler has an average passer rating of 102.7 (10 touchdowns, one interception), with ratings of 99.6 or higher in five of them. The Bears are 5-1 against the Lions with Cutler at quarterback.
Wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester sat out practice with a quad injury. ‘‘He should be OK,’’ coach Lovie Smith said.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (broken hand) is out for the Monday night game.