Monday, September 24, 2012
Cutler Show: Offensive line improved
Jay Cutler said the offensive line improved, and he said shoving teammates is off limits.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Monday that he won't change his sideline demeanor despite the controversy surrounding his bumping into teammate J'Marcus Webb, although he plans to adhere to an unwritten rule scripted by the co-hosts of his radio show last week.
"I'm not allowed to shove anymore," he joked during "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "The unwritten rule, you can yell, you can't touch, bump, graze, shove."
But that doesn't mean he'll turn into a choir boy. The fiery Cutler was seen screaming at Webb, an offensive tackle, and bumping into him -- Cutler called it a graze -- on national television during the Bears' 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13. Cutler was sacked seven times in that game and threw four interceptions.
Cutler explained after the game that he cares about winning, and despite the cameras picking up his tirade, he won't become less animated.
"I don't think you can play this game like that," he said. "I don't think you can be aware of cameras and everything. I think you have to play it the way you play it.
"That's how I play football. I'm never going to be really (aware) coming off the sideline or during a game of where cameras are situated on the field."
Rams defensive end Chris Long sacked Cutler twice during the Bears' 23-6 win on Sunday.
"I thought our offensive line improved," Cutler said. "I thought Chilo (Rachal) coming in there did a good job at left guard, brought a little bit of an edge, brought a little bit of fire in there. But they're getting better."
Did Webb improve?
"I think so. (Offensive coordinator Mike) Tice grades those guys," he said. "We'll find out tomorrow when we go in, exactly how everyone performed.
"We got better offensively, I know that, and he's part of the offense."