Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thursday's highlights: Jay Cutler
By Michael C. Wright
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Here are some highlights from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's media session on Thursday at Halas Hall.
Q: Is everything coming into place, finally?
A: We’re getting there. It’s a process still. I think we’re all still learning offensively -- receivers and tight ends and running backs and [offensive coordinator] Mike [Martz] himself is learning about us, so it’s definitely still a process.
Q: Why were Devin Aromashodu’s snaps limited so significantly against the Cowboys?
A: He was banged up a little bit. It’s going to happen. Devin is still one of our receivers. We’re going to count on him sometime down the line.
Q: There’s quite a bit of hype with both teams being 2-0 headed into the game. What’s your feeling?
A: It’s a big game. Every game is a big game, but this is Green Bay. It’s a Monday night game. We’re going to get playing, going, so do they. They’re a good team. They had a good year last year. They’re continuing it this year. So it’s going to be a good test for us.
Q: How is the Monday Night Football atmosphere different?
A: It just puts an extra day of preparation, just an extra day of anticipation into it. As far as the game, once we get out there, it’s just going to be another game for us.
Q: In this offense, is throwing the ball away more important?
A: Than … not throwing it away?
Q: Than making a bad throw, taking a sack, etc.?
A: Sacks and throwing it away, that’s part of it. That’s a 10-yard loss, and a sack’s going to be better than a turnover. Take either one of them.
Q: Is there a future for seven-step drops in this offense, given all the pressure you’ve been under?
A: Yeah, [there’s] got to be. The guys we’re putting in there, they get paid too, so they’ve got to go out there and play.
Q: How is this year’s Packers team different than last year’s?
A: Similar. Really good. Physical. Fast. Really good linebackers. Good secondary. They’re going to try to put some pressure on you in some fashion. Matthews is having a heck of a year, so far, the first two games. Charles Woodson is back at it again. It’s a good defense. They’re going to be flying around.
Q: Can you expose the Green Bay secondary?
A: We’ve got to protect. We’ve got to figure out what they’re going to do up front. We’re still going over our game plan a little bit. We’ve got an extra day ahead of us, so once we figure them out up front, we’ll see what we can do.
Q: How much progress has Devin Hester made since you got here?
A: He’s getting there. He’s definitely an NFL receiver. He’s definitely a weapon. We’ve just got to find ways to get him the ball. When he’s open, we’re going to throw it to him. Like I’ve said before, he’s a key part of this offense.
Q: What makes Packers linebacker Clay Matthews so good?
A: He’s got a high engine. His motor is always going. He gets off blocks really well. Once he does get the quarterback in his sights, he attacks really well and finishes. You don’t see many guys get away from him.
Q: Was it harder to throw the ball away or take a sack prior to this season?
A: The throwaways against Dallas, I didn’t really have a choice. It wasn’t like I sat there and sat there and didn’t have anybody open. I was flushed out of the pocket, so that’s a little bit different. We’re still taking chances in this offense. We’re still pushing the ball down there. We’re still throwing it through some tight windows. But definitely, every quarterback matures a little bit as their career goes on.