(MCT) – Winning can defuse any burgeoning sideline controversy and shift the focus to the play on the field, where the Bears have improved to 3-1 after Monday night’s thrashing of the Cowboys.
Jay Cutler insists “I am not an actor,” yet he managed to convince a large segment of an attentive national audience that he dissed offensive coordinator Mike Tice when he popped up and walked away as soon as Tice sat down next to him on the bench after one series.
Instead, Cutler insisted Tuesday during his weekly radio show that any negative interpretation of that scene was media embellishment rather than what viewers saw with their own eyes.
“They take a 10-second clip and blow it out of proportion,” Cutler said on WMVP-AM 1000. “It’s unfortunate these things get so much attention. It happens on a weekly basis with teams and players. ... If I yell on the sidelines, I get killed. If I don’t say anything, I get killed. If I walk away, I get killed. It’s a no-win situation.”
While videos captured the awkward sideline episode, the Bears quarterback continued to blame the messenger.
“There is so much competition in the media ... it is what it is. Mike and I are good,” Cutler said. “He’s my guy and he has my full support.
“It wasn’t anything about Mike. We got in a third-and-1 situation ... we had talked about getting into third-and-short all week. And we didn’t convert. It was a crucial point in that game and we have to convert. Good call, we just have to execute it.
“Mike came over there and said: ‘We have to make that,’ and I said: ‘I know.’ Got up and got some water. Watched the defense for 10 seconds, came back and talked to Mike about what we were going to get into the next series and we’re off and running.”
Cutler lauded his offensive line, in particular left tackle J’Marcus Webb. Two weeks ago, Cutler berated and bumped Webb along the sideline to spur national reaction.
“He played well,” Cutler said. “Gave him a little bit of (blocking) help, but there were some plays where we just left him wide open and ... he was up to the challenge.”