Fans' encouragement meant a lot to Cutler


Two days after throwing four interceptions and facing national criticism for his on-field behavior during a loss to the Green Bay Packers, Jay Cutler said he experienced some welcome support from Bears fans.

"I was out on Saturday running errands, and you never know (how) the fans are going to react," the Bears quarterback said Tuesday on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "After a game like that you don't really blame them for booing you or saying negative things because you asked for it. But I was out doing some stuff, some errands, it was middle of the day, and I bet there was five, six, seven people who came up and they were like 'Hey, keep your head up. We're rooting for you guys. It's a long season.' That meant a lot to me."

After the Bears cruised to a 41-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts -- and Cutler passed for 333 yards -- they followed up with a 23-10 loss to the Packers during which Cutler was sacked seven times and was seen screaming at and bumping left tackle J'Marcus Webb.

Cutler said he trusts Bears fans to realize that it's a long season full of highs and lows.

"It's a great football town. You're talking about generations of fans, and they understand it probably better than a lot of people that it's a long season," Cutler said. "They've seen ups and downs before but at the end of the day they want us to be successful. I think they understand that's what we're trying to do."