D.J. Moore criticizes Jay Cutler
Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore called teammate Jay Cutler's actions in the team's loss Thursday to the Green Bay Packers "wrong," saying Cutler "is what he is" and "he's always been that way so I don't expect him to change."
When you act like that with your own teammates on the sideline, it's just something different that you normally wouldn't do.” -- D.J. Moore
Cutler was seen screaming at offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb and bumping into him on the sideline during the 23-10 loss. Webb had a tough game trying to block Clay Matthews, who had 3½ of the Packers' seven sacks. Cutler threw four interceptions.
"It happens sometimes, you know," Moore said. "Sometimes players get beat. Sometimes they have bad games. Sometimes the quarterback holds it too long. It happens. It's football."
Moore was asked what he thought of the national perception of Cutler and whether that was correct. ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi said Cutler should publicly apologize to Webb and the offensive line, while Lomas Brown said he would have confronted Cutler if the quarterback put his hands on him.
"What did he do? Did he shove the guy? I think so," Moore said of the perception being correct. "I don't think you can act like that, though, to make it seem like it's just my fault or whatnot."
Cutler after the game said he just cares about winning.
"I care about this," he said Thursday. "This isn't just a hobby for me. I'm not doing this for my health. I'm trying to win football games. I'm trying to get first downs, and when we're not doing the little things, not doing the things the right way consistently I'm gonna say something. If they want a quarterback that doesn't care they can get somebody else."
Webb after the game dismissed the incident.
"You know it's an emotional game and things happen, things get said and you move on to the next play," Webb said Thursday. "Take it for what it is. "He was just saying 'let's move this ball,' 'let's get this touchdown.' Positives."
Tackle Gabe Carimi said Monday that the Bears will be fine.
"I honestly saw it. I didn't realize how small the push was to me," Carimi said. "I didn't notice anything on the sideline. The atmosphere, I mean, it gets just blown up, really. Everything is recorded. We're all just trying to win a game, so we didn't even recognize it. I think we're going to move on, and we'll be fine."
Moore talked about the issue of accountability.
"I just think it's wrong, honestly," Moore said. "I would feel some kind of way if he were to do me like that and make it seem like 'well, the reason that I'm having a bad game is because what you're doing' and not me taking accountability for myself because I'm throwing these types of passes or doing this type of read.
"So it's a tough situation. When you act like that with your own teammates on the sideline, it's just something different that you normally wouldn't do. So you might say it in the locker room or something, but to do it like he did it, it's just weird."
Moore was asked if people in the locker room were talking about the incident.
"Not really. I didn't even know what happened until I looked on TV, and it makes you feel a certain way a little bit," he said. "He is what he is."
Carimi said Cutler doesn't need to address the team.
"No. We're all men here," he said, "and if there's something to be said, it's already been said."
As to whether someone needs to talk to Cutler, Moore said: "The quarterback? And he makes a lot of money? And he can throw the ball? He'll be all right. He'll throw a couple of passes and forget about it next week."
Smith tried to defuse talk about Cutler after practice Monday.
"Don't have a take on it," he said. "There are a lot of other things I was more concerned about in that game. Things go on always that you guys don't see. You had a chance to see something that was unfortunate. There's no more than that."
But Smith had no problem upon hearing of Moore's criticism.
"I have no problem with any of our guys," he said. "I have a problem if a teammate said or a source said, but if you put your name behind something and you want to voice your opinion, you can voice it.
"But again for us, it was business as usual today. We're getting our football team better."
ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson contributed to this story.
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