Cutler defends frustration: 'I care about this'
September, 14, 2012
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Having just generated the second-worst passer rating of his career (28.2) in a 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler characterized his performance as containing some “good and bad”, while defending his display of frustration during the game toward the team’s offensive linemen.
“I care about this. This isn’t just a hobby for me. I’m not doing this for my health,” Cutler said. “I’m trying to win football games. I’m trying to get first downs, and when we’re not doing the little things, not doing the things the right way consistently I’m gonna say something. If they want a quarterback that doesn’t care they can get somebody else.”
Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireJay Cutler recorded the second-worst passer rating of his career (28.2) on Thursday against the Packers.
The Packers sacked Cutler seven times and the quarterback tossed four interceptions, in addition to completing 41 percent of his passes. On a day in which Cutler suffered 12 hits, including four from Clay Matthews, who also nabbed 3 ½ sacks, the quarterback expressed frustration with the protection up front on several occasions.
In the first half, Cutler appeared to yell at center Roberto Garza and guard Chris Spencer after one play. But left tackle J’Marcus Webb seemed to take the brunt of Cutler’s wrath for missing on blocks that led to sacks and hits on the quarterback.
Webb downplayed the notion that Cutler yelled at him as the two walked toward the sideline in the second quarter, saying, the quarterback was prompting the team to move the ball, while adding that everything said was “positive.”
“I got myself in some bad situations today; not using my hands, ducking my head (against Matthews),” Webb said. “I’ve got to learn from that. It’s an emotional game, and things happen; things get said. You just have to move on and go on to the next play; take it for what it is.”
Right tackle Gabe Carimi understood Cutler’s level of frustration with the protection.
“When you get hit that many times, that’s on the o-line,” Carimi said. “So we need to do a better job of protecting Jay and give him more time.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, former Washington Redskin Patrick Ramsey is the last quarterback to suffer at least seven sacks and throw four interceptions in a game (Oct. 13, 2002). The last Chicago quarterback to suffer at least seven sacks and four or more interceptions in a game was Bobby Douglass (Nov. 21, 1971 against the Detroit Lions).
For Cutler, the outing on Thursday goes down as his worst statistically since Dec. 20, 2009, when he produced a passer rating of 7.9 in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens after completing 10 of 27 for 94 yards with three interceptions.
Cutler didn’t complete a pass to No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall until there was just 7:20 left to play.
Cutler blamed two-man coverage for the struggles the Chicago offense experienced. Coming into the game, the quarterback said he and offensive coordinator Mike Tice discussed the possibility of the Packers playing the coverage.
“They played two-man 90 percent of the game. So we’ve got to try to get other guys involved and get them out of it,” Cutler said. “We never challenged them in that and they never had to get out of it. So it was an easy game for them.”
The Packers expected to force some turnovers, and safety Charles Woodson said his team wasn’t offended by Cutler saying “good luck” earlier in the week regarding the prospect of it playing physical man coverage against Chicago’s receivers.
“I don’t know if we took it personal, but we thought it was kind of funny that all of a sudden they’re the team to beat because they’ve got a couple of new guys,” Woodson said.