Report: Chicago Bears Officials “Pissed” With Quarterback Jay Cutler


Sep 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes the ball during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. Buffalo won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler seemed to revert back to the old Jay Cutler on Sunday when the quarterback was addressing reporters after the game. Cutler, who had thrown two costly interceptions in the Bears’ loss to the Bills on Sunday, had an attitude with reporters after the game when the quarterback was asked about what went wrong on the field.

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  • That attitude, according to Dan Bernstein of 670 The Score, is something that Bears’ officials have been trying to alter ever since Cutler was acquired by the team in 2009.

    "[670 The Score]Sources have described to 670 The Score a concerted effort by multiple levels of the Bears organization to work with Cutler since shortly after he arrived, but never more aggressively than this past offseason in the wake of their commitment to another multi-year contract under the regime of general manager Phil Emery and his handpicked coach, Marc Trestman"

    The increased effort by the Bears, as Bernstein points out, is something that the Bears needed to do in light of the hefty contract extension given to Cutler and the criticism the quarterback took during the 2013 season with backup quarterback Josh McCown becoming a fan favorite for his character on and off the field.

    The Bears believed they were on the right path in terms of molding Cutler into a leader on and off the field, but then Sunday happened.

    "[670 The Score]“Really pissed,” was the exact wording from one privy to the thoughts of one executive.Instead of taking any blame, Cutler tried to invalidate the criticism of his obvious failure.“I mean, nobody knows what we’re doing out there,” he said. “I know you guys think you do, but you don’t.”"

    The Bears were so dismayed by Cutler’s demeanor on Sunday that the higher ups including head coach Marc Trestman met on Monday morning to determine how to save their project of turning Cutler into a leader.

    "[670 The Score]The immediate reaction to both Cutler’s performance and comments had the Bears huddling in their offices to assess the damage to their reclamation project, resulting in the next day’s limp, desperate effort by Trestman to convince us that Cutler really did understand, the coach repeatedly trying to explain how Cutler accepted full responsibility."

    Cutler seemingly understood the message from the Bears’ higher-ups on Monday as the quarterback was accountable for his mistakes on the field during the team’s season opening loss. 24 hours after the fact.

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    But Cutler’s turnabout on Monday has not stopped Bears’ officials from already having regrets about their commitment to the quarterback.

    "[670 The Score]The Bears have cared and do care, however, believing the two are somehow linked. And they are once again disappointed after thinking their commitment of millions of dollars and thousands of kind words would be reciprocated by a basic understanding of their expectations."

    There is a noticeable difference when watching the post-game press conferences of Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, or even Russell Wilson and then comparing those to Cutler. Manning, Luck, Brees and Wilson are all engaging and insightful when talking about their performances. Those quarterbacks are willing to take responsibility for their mistakes in a manner that establishes them as the leaders of their respective teams.

    Cutler, on the other hand, rarely takes responsibility for his mistakes immediately after a game and has never been too engaging with the media. Such mannerisms can be lived with when the quarterback is playing well, but on instances like Sunday, those mannerisms only highlight why Cutler may never be a true leader of a team.