Jay Cutler not motivated by MJD
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said Wednesday he wants to keep his controversial history with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the past as the teams prepare to face each other Sunday in Jacksonville.
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Jones-Drew sparked a controversy during the 2011 NFC Championship Game by criticizing Cutler via Twitter for coming out of the game against the Green Bay Packers. It wasn't immediately known, but Cutler suffered a sprained MCL and the Bears lost 21-14.
"What's in the past is in the past," Jones-Drew said Wednesday. "A lot of things have changed. I've had two kids and got married. I heard he's got married and had a child. Matt Forte has got married, I saw him at (my) wedding. So a lot of things have changed since then."
Jones-Drew wouldn't revisit the reasons he tweeted what he did.
"I think I explained that enough two years ago," he said. "I really don't want to get into that.
"Jay said it best, that is not going to affect this game what I thought about him two years ago or what I said about him two years ago."
Cutler was asked during "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000 on Tuesday whether he has extra motivation to beat the Jags because of Jones-Drew.
"He doesn't play defense, so I think he's going to have his hands full with our guys," Cutler said.
And Cutler doesn't expect Jones-Drew to talk to him before or after Sunday's game.
"There's nothing to talk about. He won't," Cutler said. "(If he did approach me) I'd say 'I'm doing pretty good.'"
When Cutler came out of the game in 2011, Jones-Drew tweeted: "Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT.. "
Other players also criticized Cutler, although it subsided once it was learned that Cutler had suffered the sprained knee ligament.
Jones-Drew just wants to leave it in the past.
"I never got a chance to work it out with him," Jones-Drew said. "That was two years ago. I'm just happy that he's smiling. You know for a while he wasn't smiling during the year and you always want to see players having fun and enjoying the game. So it's good to see him smile."
ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report.