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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Cutler to leave trash talking to pro

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Jay Cutler's days as a Twitter trash talker with the Bengals' Chad Ochocinco were short lived. The Bears quarterback, who exchanged tweets with the outspoken Cincinnati receiver on Monday in advance of their game on Sunday, told Waddle and Silvy Tuesday that he will leave the cyber-bragging to the NFL's social media sensation.

Jay Cutler
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has thrown six of his seven interceptions during Sunday night games.

"I'm going to have to bow out of that," Cutler said. "Chad is great. He's a fabulous player. He is a social media sensation. Once Wednesday starts I'll probably be out of that whole situation.

"The guy does some different stuff but I think that's 100 percent him. That's his personality. That's how he is on the field. I love watching him on film. He comes to practice, he comes to work, and he does what he has to do to get himself prepared to play."

If Cutler is going to let his play do the talking, he knows he and the offense will have to improve after a 21-14 loss Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons. Cutler threw two interceptions, including one in the red zone, and running back Matt Forte lost a fumble at the 1-yard line.

"We've got to get better. I've got to get better. The whole team in general, we've just got to do some things to help us win ballgames," Cutler said. "We're just not getting it done with the turnovers and interceptions. The trouble in the red zone, [the Falcons] didn't really do anything to really stop us. I think the entire offense felt good about our game plan and what we had going into it. It was just a matter of us making mistakes and making costly mistakes, really. Turnovers and penalties in the red zone; you just can't do that and expect to be a good offense."

Cutler said there is no need to worry about Forte who has struggled in his second season with 294 yards rushing, a figure that includes a 121-yard game against Detroit. As ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert points out, that means Forte is averaging 43.2 yards a game against everyone but the Lions, who rank 19th in the NFL in rushing defense.

"Matt is doing the best he can," Cutler said. "He's a great running back. He's done everything we've asked out of him. We've just got to keep plugging away.

"We're not seeing a lot of Cover 2 yet which is understandable. People are going to do different stuff against us and take some stuff away outside and make us try to run it. We're seeing some crazy looks. We've seen a lot of safety blitzes, we're seeing a lot of corner blitzes, we're seeing a wide array of stuff which is pretty typical early in the year."

Cutler has gotten some heat for the Bears' offensive struggles -- seven interceptions in five games will do that -- along with offensive coordinator Ron Turner, whose unit ranks 27th in rushing offense. Cutler insisted his relationship with his coordinator is fine.

"Ron is doing a good job. He asks my opinion a lot during the game. Whenever we've got time on the sideline they ask me how I feel about it. If I don't like it, I'll say no, let's do something else. Nine times out of 10 they will give you something else. It's a work in progress not only for him but the entire offense. Ron has some new weapons and a new quarterback so we're all working together. Luckily enough for us there is still a lot of football left."

As for Cutler's old team, the Broncos continued to shock the NFL by improving to 6-0 after a victory over the San Diego Chargers Monday night. Quarterback Kyle Orton, traded from the Bears along with draft picks for Cutler, is having a career season, passing for 1,465 yards with nine touchdowns, one interception and a 100.1 passer rating. Cutler, who watched the game, said he is happy for Denver even after going through a messy divorce with his former team.

"A lot of people think I'm wishing the worst for the Broncos and Josh McDaniels. I don't," Cutler said. "I watched the game last night. I have friends on that team. I talked to some of them afterwards and congratulated them. They're playing really good football. I'm happy for those guys offensively, defensively.

"This league is funny. It's all about timing," he said. "You could be one of the best players in the league but if you're not in the right system, you don't have the right people around you, there're a lot of different aspects that go into making a player or breaking a player. It's working for Kyle. It's working for Josh, and it's working for the Broncos. They've got a good thing going."