Insightful Jay Cutler Knows He Has To Do Better


Sep 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

After being standoffish with reporters after the Chicago Bears season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills, Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler admitted on Monday during his radio show on ESPN 1000 that he should have made a better decision on the play that resulted in his second interception of the game on Sunday.

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  • "“Third down or fourth down, no matter what the situation is, I’ve got to do something better,” Cutler said. “Anything probably would have been better than what happened, obviously. It’s a huge play there. We’re trying to go down for the game-winning score, and you’re just trying to make a play.” –Jay Cutler, ESPN Chicago"

    In addition to Cutler’s radio show, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman also admitted that the quarterback was accountable for his mistakes during position meetings on Monday.

    "“Jay was very clear,” Trestman said. “We sit in a group and we all take accountability. I talk to the guys about the mistakes I made during the course of the game, and the guys are upfront. Jay just said, ‘I’ve got to take care of the football. I’ve got to throw it away,’ and that’s exactly what he said in the meeting. I’ve seen Jay in my time here do a lot of the right things with the football. I can’t speak for anything else. I’m disappointed for the team, and I see how hard he works and he puts into it. He lost himself for a minute and made a decision that I know we’ve seen other great quarterbacks make, and he certainly made it there. As I said today he’s taken accountability for that and responsibility for that decision.” –Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago"

    Cutler also spoke about his first interception and indicated that he and tight end Martellus Bennett were not on the same page.

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    "“I’ve got to put it out in front of him a little more,” Cutler said. “Me and Marty talked about it, and we’re on the same page moving forward on that. It just wasn’t exactly the look we wanted. We could’ve made it work though. I’ll live with that one all day. That one didn’t bother me at all. It was a play that Corey Graham made a heck of a play on it. It could’ve [gone] the other way. We could’ve made the play there. We didn’t. The latter one was the one you can’t live with.”-Cutler, ESPN Chicago"

    The insight from Cutler on Monday was refreshing after the quarterback didn’t offer any insight after the game on Sunday.

    With the exception of the two interceptions on Sunday, Cutler was effective. Cutler threw for 349 yards on Sunday and had a pair of touchdown passes.

    While the two interceptions, as admitted by Cutler, are on the quarterback, Trestman could have offered the quarterback a better play-call. Particularly on the second interception. The Bears were facing a third and one situation, and with the success that running back Matt Forte was having, the team likely would have picked up the first down had they gone with run play. Instead, Trestman called for a rollout that seemed as if it was meant to be a running play. This is not college football, style points are not needed.

    If the Bears would have stuck to the basics without getting too fancy, the team likely would have defeated the Bills with ease. Then again, not many victories are had when the team commits three turnovers.