Jay Cutler regrets bumping OT
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Tuesday he spoke "with the powers that be" and the offensive line -- "each of them individually" -- about the incident during the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers in which he was seen yelling at and eventually bumping left tackle J'Marcus Webb.
Cutler doesn't regret yelling at Webb, but said: "I probably shouldn't have bumped him. I'll go with that."
"As far as me yelling at him and trying to get him going in the game, I don't regret that," Cutler said Tuesday on the "Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "(I) shouldn't have bumped him. I'll stick to that."
Cutler wouldn't say whether he apologized to Webb, stating that the situation was "between me and J'Marcus."
"We've talked. It's in the past. We're moving on," Cutler said. "He's our left tackle. He's my left tackle. I expect him each and every week to play at a certain level, and I think he expects himself to play that well, too."
Webb expressed a similar sentiment moments after Thursday's loss at Lambeau Field, and posted on his Facebook account on Friday: "There's nothing like having a bad game, but when you have it, you have to deal with it correctly. It's not how one deals with a win. How does one deal with a loss or bad game? I'm no different than you. Time to prepare. Go Bears."
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Webb gave up two sacks and also was responsible for two pressures. But his counterparts on the offensive line didn't perform much better when considering Cutler absorbed a total of seven sacks. Benched in favor of Chilo Rachal, veteran guard Chris Spencer gave up a sack, a hit and was responsible for two pressures, according to Pro Football Focus, a website that charts every play of every NFL game. Center Roberto Garza gave up a sack and a pressure, according to the site while right tackle Gabe Carimi allowed five pressures.
Still, cornerback D.J. Moore believed it was wrong for Cutler to single out Webb and expressed those sentiments Monday before the team took the field for practice.
"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."
Asked whether he heard Moore's comments, Cutler said, "I did." adding that "D.J.'s right; his last quote: 'I'm not gonna badmouth somebody in the media.' He's entitled to his opinion and whatever he wants to say is up to him."
I'm not gonna read every single part of what people say and go, 'Oh, he's right. Maybe I should call him and say something. Oh man, he's wrong. Let me call and straighten him out.' That's just not how it's gonna go down.” -- Jay Cutler
Bears coach Lovie Smith agreed, saying on Monday he was fine with Moore's comments, which came in a firestorm of criticism levied at Cutler on the heels of the club's performance at Lambeau Field. Cutler said he felt "indifferent" about the criticism coming from peers and former players now serving as analysts at various outlets.
"They have a job to do and that's to go on TV and either tear apart or congratulate, or do whatever they're trying to get accomplished in their show," Cutler said. "That's what it is. I can't get involved in every single person's opinion on my play, my character and my leadership skills."
Cutler expressed the sentiment that during the incident with Webb against the Packers, he was simply trying to motivate a player that even offensive coordinator Mike Tice has criticized for lacking focus. In bumping Webb, Cutler said he never lost composure but wanted a positive reaction from the offensive tackle and would have been fine with him reacting aversely.
"Sure, anything really to let me know that 'Hey, I'm (ticked) off I got beat. I'm gonna try to rectify it. I'm gonna try to get us back in this ball game,' " Cutler said. "I think I had my composure all game under the circumstances."
Cutler wouldn't respond to Woodson's comments.
"I can't comment on every single person that says something. That's not how I operate. I'm not a fan like you," Cutler said. "I'm not gonna read every single part of what people say and go, 'Oh, he's right. Maybe I should call him and say something. Oh man, he's wrong. Let me call and straighten him out.' That's just not how it's gonna go down."
Despite the rough outing, Cutler wants to move forward and focus on Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. Cutler said he's experienced "worse times than this game" and likely correctly predicted that a win might extinguish the current firestorm.
"As a player, you're gonna have ups and downs. You're gonna go through tough times," Cutler said. "A win cures all really in this business. There have been some tough times here in Chicago. There have been some great times."