It hasn’t taken long for Jay Cutler to win over the fans of Chicago, and the appreciation appears to be mutual.
In some comments to ESPN Radio in Chicago that are likely to gather too much attention in Denver, Cutler said Chicago was a more intense football town.
“In Denver, we didn’t have this many fans
at all,” Cutler said. “We weren’t even able to accommodate that many fans [at practice]. That’s Chicago Bears fans for you. They’re proud of
“It’s a lot [different]. Denver’s like a 6
and Chicago’s like a 9. It’s a quite bit different. Just the fans and
how passionate they are, that’s probably the biggest difference.”
We routinely criticize athletes for robotic interview answers, so it’s hard to get worked up about Cutler, who is one of the most open players in the league, whether you like what he says or not. Cutler knows where his bread is buttered now, and doesn’t seem concerned with his “legacy” in Denver.
He’s not particularly looking forward to visiting Denver during the preseason, either.
“Denver, am I looking forward to it? No. Just the whole hoopla that’s
going to come along with it,” Cutler said.
“I’m excited to go back and see
some of the guys there. I’ve got some really good friends back there,
and get back to Denver and see if my house is still standing. Other
than that, that’s about all I’m excited about Denver.”
The Denver Post finds it hard to get offended by the comments, but we doubt all Broncos fans will agree.
Look for them to be more like a “10″ when Cutler hits town. They may even borrow some phrasing from Cutler’s new teammate Brian Urlacher.