Thursday, October 17, 2013
Cutler not expected to repeat 2010 game
By Michael C. Wright
Washington coach Mike Shanahan won’t count on Jay Cutler reliving his four-interception game against the Redskins from 2010 when the teams meet Sunday at FedEx Field.
During a 17-14 loss to the Redskins at Soldier field that season, the Bears turned the ball over on their first five possessions of the second half and on six of seven drives in the third and fourth quarters. Cutler helped cornerback DeAngelo Hall become the first player in NFL history to intercept four passes in a game, and he accomplished the feat in a span of 21 minutes, 16 seconds in the second half.
Shanahan isn’t expecting a repeat performance.
“No, Jay is one that can wipe things out just like that,” Shanahan said. “He doesn’t have a long memory. He’s very competitive. He’s going to give it everything he’s got. But after something’s over, he can concentrate quickly on the next game. I know there were a couple of words here and there said. That’s football, competitors after a game.”
In the aftermath of the loss, the Bears went on to win five in a row. But that streak came after Cutler and Hall exchanged words during various interviews. Immediately after the contest, Cutler said “there’s no reason to shy away from him. That’s hard for me to say after throwing four picks to a guy. Still, if we had to play them tomorrow, I’d still go after him every time if we could.”
A day later, Hall expressed amusement on NFL Network after learning of Cutler’s comments.
“After those comments, that makes me think he still hasn’t learned his lesson,” Hall said. “So, you know, if I had to play Jay Cutler every single week, man, I’d be in the Hall of Fame.”
Cutler refrained from discussing Sunday’s rematch with Hall on Sunday when asked Monday during “The Jay Cutler Show” on ESPN 1000.
“Next question,” Cutler said.
When the Bears last faced the Redskins, Cutler’s top two receivers included Johnny Knox and Devin Hester, with Earl Bennett serving as the No. 3 and Greg Olsen at tight end. Cutler suffered four sacks in that game behind protection that included left tackle Frank Omiyale, left guard Chris Williams, center Olin Kreutz, right guard Roberto Garza and right tackle J’Marcus Webb.
So Cutler’s supporting cast this time around is significantly improved, especially on the outside with receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and up front with a revamped offensive line.
Given his close relationship with Cutler, Marshall surely knows the history between his quarterback and Hall, but he complimented the cornerback, saying, “I’m looking forward to it.”
“You know what, DeAngelo Hall, man, he turns it up a notch against bigger receivers,” Marshall said. “So I’m excited for the challenge. He’s a guy that you’ve just got to stay focused and stay in your zone, because if you come out of your game, that’s when he starts to win. It’s one of those games, man, where you’ve got to strap up, put on extra padding because he’s tough.”