Friday, September 14, 2012
Bears: Jay Cutler rattled but defiant
By Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw four interceptions, took seven sacks and recorded the second-worst passer rating (28.2) of his career Thursday night at Lambeau Field. He screamed frequently at teammates, especially at left tackle J'Marcus Webb. He kicked Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson and was as defiant as ever after a 23-10 defeat.
"I care about this," Cutler told reporters. "This isn't just a hobby. I'm not doing this for my health. I'm trying to win football games. When we're not doing the little things or things the right way consistently, I'm going to say something. If they want a quarterback that doesn't care they can get someone else."
To me, there is a difference between caring deeply about the outcome of a game and growing so frustrated that you can't think straight. That's where Cutler appeared to be as he threw passes up for grabs and pinballed wildly inside the pocket in the latter stages of the game.
Woodson wouldn't discuss the fourth-quarter play when, on a blitz, he landed at Cutler's feet after a completion to Earl Bennett. Cutler appeared to kick Woodson after throwing the ball.
Woodson, however, made clear the Packers fully expected Cutler to crack at some point in the game.
"Well, Jay is a guy, he'll give you a chance," Woodson said. "You just have to be in position."
It's worth noting Cutler produced one of the worst games of his career in the second game of a season he has been given everything he could have ever hoped for. The Packers took away receiver Brandon Marshall, who caught two harmless passes, and their pass rush overwhelmed the one area the Bears didn't address this offseason: Their offensive line. The Packers blitzed on 13 dropbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They sacked Cutler on four of them and intercepting him on two others.
The only time Cutler has finished a game with a lower passer rating, according to pro-football-reference.com, was a 2009 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
More to come in a bit.