Cutler blames poor throws on mechanical issues
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter December 16, 2013 9:05PM
Updated: January 18, 2014 6:28AM
Disregard the butterflies in Jay Cutler’s stomach and the pressure that weighed heavily on his mind Sunday.
Neither was the reason for his first-half struggles — at least as much as the quarterback-controversy narrative would indicate.
It was another body part — his right hip — that forced many of Cutler’s mistakes.
Cutler said Monday that most of his bad first-half throws came when he threw left because his right hip wasn’t pushing through on his delivery.
“The wind would catch it, and [it would] fly right out,” he said Monday on his weekly radio show.
Both interceptions came on throws to his left — a tipped ball in the end zone on the first drive and one in the second quarter returned by the Browns’ Tashaun Gipson for a 44-yard touchdown.
Cutler said “a lot of that was probably just from rust” — he hadn’t played a full game in over two months because of a torn groin and a high ankle sprain.
After the second interception, an overthrow to Brandon Marshall, coach Marc Trestman and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh talked to Cutler about his mechanics.
“We all saw how he handled the adversity in the game,” Trestman said. “It didn’t start out well for him.
“He was excellent on the sideline with Matt and his teammates after the second turnover.
“Matt was very forthright with him, and I mentioned his mechanics. Matt did as well.
“He just moved forward.”
Cutler called the 38-31 victory stressful because of “all the doubts of whether we’re doing the right thing” starting him over Josh McCown.
“I didn’t feel like I was pressing,” he said. “Didn’t feel like I was trying to do more than I should be doing.”
Cutler felt well-supported by teammates despite national reports to the contrary. In a separate radio interview, general manager Phil Emery said he saw a united locker room after the game.
Cutler acknowledged hearing rumors about other teams interested in signing him when his contract expires after this season and said he wants to stay in Chicago.
“There’s gonna be speculation until we hopefully get a deal done,” he said.
He said he would love for McCown to return, too, but didn’t “want to make decisions for Phil.”
He had one nice problem Sunday: celebrating the victory on the sideline with Marshall, though a bit too early.
Trestman spoke to him about it Monday morning.
“We gotta kinda clean that up,” Cutler said.