Turner still has confidence in Cutler

Harris returns to practice

August 17, 2009, 6:53 PM

By: Jeff Dickerson

Jay Cutler's first quarter pick last Saturday night is quickly gaining cult status.

The "interception heard round Bourbonnais" was still the hot topic Monday after practice, as offensive coordinator Ron Tuner weighed in based on what he saw on film.

"The look that we had was pretty good," said Turner. "He [Cutler] had a little bit of pressure, so he slid up in the pocket. Once his rhythm was off, and he had to slide up in the pocket, he's got to forget about it, come off and take his check down. That's the thing that he'll learn and get more reps and that stuff. [Wide receiver] Devin [Hester] ran a good route. When the ball was up he misjudged it a little bit. Obviously he'll go up, and if he can't make the play, he'll go up and break that up, which I've seen him do a bunch of times. That's not an issue, he just mistimed it and thought it was coming to him."

If only it was that cut and dried.

Cutler's postgame explanation caused many to wonder about the chemistry between the quarterback and Hester, and if any of those issues would linger over past the first preseason game.

"He [Hester] knows Jay believes in him," said Turner. "He knows Jay has a lot of confidence in him and will throw the ball up to him when he gets one-on-one, and when we have an opportunity, we're going to him."

"Jay is an emotional guy, he's a fiery guy, he's a fiery competitor, that's why he's an elite quarterback," said Turner. "He's got an aggressive mentality, he's emotional, it's very important to him and he's very competitive. So that's going to happen at times. That's not a bad thing, I look at that as a good thing. He's got an edge about him that you better have if you're going to be an elite quarterback in this league."

Other news and notes:

  • Lovie Smith praised defensive backs Al Afalava and Trumaine McBride for their performances versus Buffalo. What about veteran Nathan Vasher?

    "[He did not play] as well as he needs to play, but I'll say that about a lot of us" said Smith. "Some guys need to pick it up, of course Nate is one of them. But after one game, we're not game ready, regular season game ready, but we'll have another great opportunity this week."

  • Nick Roach and Matt Toeaina both suffered mild concussions over the weekend.
  • Danieal Manning sat out practice again with a sore hamstring. Manning may have to miss this Saturday's preseason match-up with the Giants at Soldier field.
  • Zack Bowman and Charles Tillman continued to run on a side field until the watchful eye of the Bears training staff. Bowman appears close to returning to practice.
  • Corey Graham briefly spelled Vasher at cornerback with the first team.
  • Earl Bennett, Brandon Rideau and Devin Aromashodu all pulled down tough catches during team drills.
  • Tommie Harris fully participated in Monday's practice.
  • The Bears worked out in shells--shoulder pads and helmets.
  • Matt Forte and Greg Olsen retuned to the field after missing Saturday's game in Buffalo.
  • Patrick Mannelly dressed for practice and is on the road to recovery.
  • Alex Brown came up with an interception during full team drills -- can he play in the secondary?
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