The image of Jay Cutler struggling through the first half — and standing on the sideline through the second half — of the NFC Championship Game isn’t an easy one to forget. But one Bears teammate says Cutler has to forget it.
Bears running back Matt Forte says that from what he’s seen of Cutler during the Bears’ player-organized workouts this offseason, Cutler seems to be focused on next season, and not dwelling on how last season ended.
“What he has to do is forget what happened, and I think he already has,” Forte said on ESPN 1000. “Just seeing him out when we were running routes, he’s 100 percent throwing the ball just like he’s always done, taking drops and looks very good. So he has to forget about what happened, and continue to play at that high level he was at winning all those games last year. I think he’s going to come out and do that.”
The Bears haven’t discussed their workouts publicly as much as players on some teams have, but Forte said they’ve been regularly working together, with Cutler as the leader.
“We had a lot of contact,” Forte said. “The weather is crazy up here, but once it finally got good enough to where we can go and safely run routes and catch the ball, we got together multiple times every week. Everybody from the skill positions was there catching balls and running routes. So I think it was a really good thing that he got everyone together.”
For all the criticism Cutler took from all corners after the NFC Championship, all indications are that the Bears’ locker room stands firmly behind him.