Jay Cutler tries to silence fans

Updated: September 11, 2012, 12:38 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler delivered a self-described public service announcement regarding the conduct of Bears fans when their team has the ball in the red zone.

Be quiet!

"Please, please, please, let's tone it down a little bit when we're down on the 20," Cutler said after leading the Bears to a 41-21 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Soldier Field. "You're more than welcome to yell and scream and do whatever you want to do after we score, but please let's go ahead and quiet the stadium down and save it until after we score.

"Thank you. PSA."

Cutler looked visibly upset as he tried to quiet the crowd Sunday, but the noise didn't seem to affect him much as he completed 21 of 35 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once and it was returned for a touchdown.

Communication may be even more important this season as Cutler has more freedom to audible at the line of scrimmage under new offensive coordinator Mike Tice.

On Monday, Cutler stood by his comments.

"As fans I think everyone complained about a lack of being able to audible and change the play at the line and save plays that were going to be headed into the wrong front or wrong coverage," he said on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "If we're going to have the ability to do that, which we had some stuff down at the goal line, the stadium has to be quiet for everyone to hear and for us to all be on the same page. If one guy doesn't hear it they are going to be running the wrong thing and that's the last thing we need.

"Some people I hear today are a little bit perturbed about the way I said it, but it is what it is. We need everyone quiet down there. End of story."

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday he too would prefer Bears fans to quiet down when their team is at the red zone.

"First off, talking to the fans, I thought they were outstanding on third downs and first and all of the downs," he said. "As a general rule, when our defense is out there, that's the beauty of having a home crowd, when our defense is on the field and their offense is trying to get the different communication that they have to go through.

"And when we have the ball offensively, yes, we would like for our crowd to be as quiet as possible then. Of course we'd love for you to cheer right after the play. But in between, when we're trying to communicate, yes, we definitely need them to be quiet then."

The Bears play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Thursday.

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