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Cutler says pressure “makes me uneasy”

Jay Cutler, Cliff Avril AP

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler turned in a brave performance in Monday night’s loss to the Lions, toughing it out and playing well despite being under constant pressure behind Chicago’s leaky offensive line. But Cutler acknowledges that the pressure is getting into his head.

“Physically, it’s not that big of a deal,” Cutler said. “Mentally, it just speeds up my clock. It just makes me uneasy in the pocket. You take your eyes from downfield and you kind of check to see what’s going on in front of you, so [it’s more] psychologically and mentally [challenging] than anything. I don’t want to take the sack. I’m just trying to get rid of the ball as fast as possible.”

On Monday, the Lions routinely got pressure on Cutler without even blitzing: Detroit’s front four outplayed Chicago’s offensive line all night long. The Bears are responding to Monday night’s loss by shaking up their starting lineup, but the problems with the Bears’ pass protection aren’t going to be fixed that easily. Everyone thought going into the season that the Bears’ offensive line was going to stink, and everyone was right.

So Cutler will keep feeling uneasy. And if he keeps playing the way he did in a lost cause at Detroit, no one can question his toughness.

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  1. hoobsher says: Oct 13, 2011 9:54 AM

    shortly after lovie says “changes are coming,” was this really something you wanted to have said, jay?

  2. tigeralum2010 says: Oct 13, 2011 9:56 AM

    The bears have the worst offensive line I have ever seen. Not detracting from the lions front 7 but the bears have major issues. It still blows my mins they made the NFC championship game last year.

  3. tigeralum2010 says: Oct 13, 2011 9:57 AM

    *mind

  4. kalispellmt says: Oct 13, 2011 9:58 AM

    I feel for this guy. I say let him go as we rebuild.

  5. polarbear71 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM

    The WORST GM and OFFENSIVE LINE in pro football !!!

  6. joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM

    The best QB’s don’t feel uneasy under pressure, they perform the same way no matter what.

  7. westmantooth says: Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM

    So does his offensive coordinator being fired… discussions of trading him… Johnny Knox catching the ball one handed in practice… people questioning his toughness…

    Jay is very sensitive.

  8. clintonportisheadd says: Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM

    Cutler says pressure “makes me uneasy”

    ———————————-

    I guess that explains his decision to call off his engagement……

  9. mineallmine001 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM

    Getting rnu over by a 350lb line man going 10mph would make me uneasy too.

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 13, 2011 10:01 AM

    Martz is delusional. Why he doesn’t give the line more help is just a mystery. See the definition of delusional and thumbs up if he fits the bill.

    1.having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions:
    2. maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts

  11. clownsfan says: Oct 13, 2011 10:01 AM

    Why trade for a guy and then give him no protection or weapons? Then hire an OC who runs an offense you don’t have personnel for? Angelo, Smith & his entire coaching staff need to go.

    ps……pay Matt Forte already. He’s the only offense you have.

  12. richgannon says: Oct 13, 2011 10:01 AM

    What makes it worse is Mike Martz has no interest in even trying to protect his QB, never has never will…..I’ve never been a Cutler fan but I find myself rooting for the guy lately.

  13. mfclock says: Oct 13, 2011 10:02 AM

    The Bears should have signed ryan harris when he was available. Dude was good before mcdummy came in.

  14. tenotnamedmiller says: Oct 13, 2011 10:02 AM

    There was an offensive line in front of Cutler Monday night?

  15. kriswd40 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:02 AM

    I disagree that Cutler is going to keep feeling uneasy. Unless his line improves, it’s only a matter of time before he’s hurt and watching from the sidelines.

  16. jpost4887 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:03 AM

    We already knew you fold under pressure, Cutler, we already knew.

  17. bombacim says: Oct 13, 2011 10:06 AM

    Great way to use a franchise qb, Angelo, Lovie and Martz. Maybe you should take notes from the guy you ousted that is now heading up Carolina. He built the offense around the quarterbacks skills. Not trying to force your “methods” upon him.

    Cutler is a good quarterback in the right system. Probably best suited for west coast systems. It does no good to have him throwing to spots on the field where the wr cannot get to because they are not good enough. He has the skills, he is not Marc Bulger.

  18. joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2011 10:07 AM

    “And if he keeps playing the way he did in a lost cause at Detroit, no one can question his toughness.”

    Until he stands there and delivers the ball KNOWING he’s going to get drilled, he’s no tough guy, sorry.

  19. dfeltz says: Oct 13, 2011 10:09 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM
    The best QB’s don’t feel uneasy under pressure, they perform the same way no matter what.

    _____________________________-

    Say that to Tom Brady after the playoff loss to the Jets last year.

  20. yoimthefootballguru says: Oct 13, 2011 10:11 AM

    lmao if u dont like pressure dont play qb in the nfl go back to vandy

  21. homelanddefense says: Oct 13, 2011 10:15 AM

    Seriously, there is not a QB in history that wouldn’t feel uneasy under constant pressure. Not Montana, Brady, Marino, Manning, etc.

  22. bmorelikeme says: Oct 13, 2011 10:16 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM
    The best QB’s don’t feel uneasy under pressure, they perform the same way no matter what.

    ———————————–

    The best QB’s usually don’t get pressured…funny how that works.

  23. orangeflh says: Oct 13, 2011 10:17 AM

    Cutler showed a lot of sack (pun intended) on Monday night.

    I still don’t particularly care for him, but he definitely earned some respect.

  24. comeonnowguys says: Oct 13, 2011 10:17 AM

    Empty backfields with no chipping against Detroit’s defensive line, and he was hit every other dropback. He was a stud Monday.

    He’s literally had his brains bashed around for three years, and that quote you used as the headline is by far the most critical thing he’s had to say about his team.

    But yeah, he’s a wuss and a terrible teammate.

  25. comeonnowguys says: Oct 13, 2011 10:23 AM

    @joetoronto

    The best QB’s don’t feel uneasy under pressure, they perform the same way no matter what.

    Put any other QB behind center for the Chicago Bears and see where that gets you. The defensive linemen are beating him to his backstep.

  26. derikeve says: Oct 13, 2011 10:24 AM

    He still has the lingering effects from last years torn labia

  27. minnysoda says: Oct 13, 2011 10:25 AM

    NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BrINT Favre says If I had all that talent around me I would never be touched and would have won 2 Super Bowls already.

    Cmon Jerry sign me too a contract. I gave Detroit inside info on how to beat the Pack I played for the Queens. Let me play for the Bears give me a chance to screw TT one more time

  28. bearswinby1 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:25 AM

    The Lions will get beaten twice by GB and will lose to the Saints, then lose to Chicago at home…Just like the Bears have for losses so far…GB, NO and DET at home.

    The Bears will get right and confident when they play sh**ty teams like KC and MN too…DET is being fed this confidence by the schedule makers, while the Bears get kicked in the butt by PFTs top 2 power ranked teams in the first 3 weeks…

    Its a long season, we’ll see how it goes.

  29. steelerdynasty2010 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:28 AM

    somewhere, our lineman are laughing….at least our qb never throws our sorry line under the bus like this….shameful

  30. wikidpissah says: Oct 13, 2011 10:33 AM

    joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM

    The best QB’s don’t feel uneasy under pressure, they perform the same way no matter what.

    ______________________________________

    That may be the stupidest thing you’ve ever typed here. NO quarterback performs the same under pressure.

  31. baltimorons says: Oct 13, 2011 10:42 AM

    That’s a great quality for a quarterback.HA!!!

  32. midwestguru says: Oct 13, 2011 10:51 AM

    so sad to see Cutlers talents never being appreciated behind this madness in Chicago. Without him or Forte im thinking we would have the worst offense in the NFL for sure.

  33. emmettotter says: Oct 13, 2011 10:58 AM

    Roethlisberger has proven over the years that even with a bad O-line, you can still make a ton of plays, whether in short yardage or throwing downfield. Ben is a unique specimen because he is hard to bring down, but if Brady or Manning had the same subpar O-line the Steelers have had for the past 5 years, there is no way they would have been as successful.

  34. clintonportisheadd says: Oct 13, 2011 11:08 AM

    Jim Everett doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.

  35. snowpea84 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:09 AM

    Sucks to be Cutler. Maybe Carmini will develop, and they can add another guy or two in the coming offseason so that next year he gets an extra second to see that his below average WR’s still aren’t open. JK. They are average WR’s who won’t be open.

  36. joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2011 11:10 AM

    wikidpissah says: Oct 13, 2011 10:33 AM

    joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM

    The best QB’s don’t feel uneasy under pressure, they perform the same way no matter what.

    ____________________________________
    That may be the stupidest thing you’ve ever typed here. NO quarterback performs the same under pressure.
    ************************************************
    Sorry to get your panties in a knot but ya, the great ones stare down the barrel, make the throw and take the hit.

    Cutler reminds me of Jim “Chrissy” Everett.

  37. purpleguy says: Oct 13, 2011 11:16 AM

    Cutler played great monday night, and I hate to say it since it will be against my team, but the QB pressure won’t be as intense at home without crowd noise playing on the Soldier Field cow pasture.

  38. kennyrogerschicken says: Oct 13, 2011 11:18 AM

    bmorelikeme says: Oct 13, 2011 10:16 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM
    The best QB’s don’t feel uneasy under pressure, they perform the same way no matter what.

    ———————————–

    The best QB’s usually don’t get pressured…funny how that works.

    —————————-

    I suppose you’re right, as I haven’t seen any pressure on Aaron Rodgers the last 5 weeks and he’s been on fire.

    Oh, wait……

  39. mecos47 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:21 AM

    Cutler has just been sacked!

  40. rajbais says: Oct 13, 2011 11:24 AM

    Did you hear that Mike Martz?????

  41. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 13, 2011 11:25 AM

    emmettotter says: Oct 13, 2011 10:58 AM

    Roethlisberger has proven over the years that even with a bad O-line, you can still make a ton of plays, whether in short yardage or throwing downfield. Ben is a unique specimen because he is hard to bring down, but if Brady or Manning had the same subpar O-line the Steelers have had for the past 5 years, there is no way they would have been as successful.
    ————————————-

    Hate to break this to you but Manning HAS had a terrible O-line since 2007 (since Ugoh busted, Jake Scott left in FA and Tarik Glenn retired) and yet he is the least sacked QB in the league in that stretch.

    Roethlisberger creates his own sacks by holding onto the ball too-long and always looking for the big-play downfield.

    Manning’s OL has been terrible and had terrible “talent” since 2007 – Kyle DeVan, a full-time starter jumped ship to Philly and has already been benched, Charlie Johnson the full time LT is already making Vikings fans yearn for the fatso version of Bryant McKinnie, Mike Pollack a busted 2nd round bust has been repeatedly benched and now is a backup.

    Having said that, Cutler’s line is probably alot worse and NO QB plays well under pressure for as long a stretch as Cutler has. The one QB we’ve yet to ever see under constant pressure is Brady – the dude is a joke and doesn’t even move his feet in the pocket anymore and just stands there flat-footed because he KNOWS he will get 10 seconds to throw

  42. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 13, 2011 11:27 AM

    Cutler is going to be a quivering mass of jell-o on Sunday night when he has Allen, Williams, and Robison in his face on every snap.

  43. alldayvikings says: Oct 13, 2011 11:28 AM

    I hope jared allen and the d-line of the vikings are reading this!

  44. philwauke says: Oct 13, 2011 11:30 AM

    All the talk about Cutler ducking out in the second half of the game last year is Crap. Would you want to be behind that oline with one leg?

  45. dwhitehurst says: Oct 13, 2011 11:32 AM

    Grats Lions fans. Now is your time to shine. You’ve earned it.

    For any fan of neither team, it will be a great game, but as for a Packer fan like me, I honestly do not look forward to watching my Packers play you guys on Thanksgiving. A “win” for us might just be to keep Rodgers from getting injured/knocked out of the game by your monster DLine. I mean, Suh is a QB’s worst nightmare. He ragdolled our best Olineman Sitton in last year’s 9-7 loss to you guys, and on half the plays Sitton had help! I’d argue that Suh is the most dominating DLineman to play the game since Reggie White. Scary.

  46. dallasisgoingdowngary says: Oct 13, 2011 11:33 AM

    “And if he keeps playing the way he did in a lost cause at Detroit, no one can question his toughness.”

    Prediction: He won’t, we will

  47. detroitfootsketball says: Oct 13, 2011 11:36 AM

    @bearswinby1 ok so you think detroit has played a weak schedule if your right or wrong what does that have to do with the oline play of another team?

  48. packchampxlv says: Oct 13, 2011 11:40 AM

    Cutler’s “fashion shoot” on E:60 made me incredibly uneasy.

    And proud that my team has a baller QB.

  49. zenofobe says: Oct 13, 2011 11:46 AM

    Martz’ ‘system’ only worked for a short time about a decade ago with exceptional personnel. Since then, it’s been a recipe for weird play-calling, few wins, and lots of QB punishment for the teams Martz has talked into deploying it. Cutler is a good QB who deserves to play for an OC who’s not an egomaniac.

  50. khmer379 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:17 PM

    After sunday night he’ll feel uneasy alright when he realized that his team will be tied with the viking in the nfc north standing

  51. tatatoothy says: Oct 13, 2011 12:25 PM

    I want to know who Cutler’s sleeping with that’s hotter than Kristin Cavallari…

  52. thegonz13 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:28 PM

    And this guy plays the most pressure-filled position in the game?

    Surely you jest, buddy! Get out of the business pronto!

  53. medialovesthecowboys says: Oct 13, 2011 12:34 PM

    Wow, I actually kind of feel bad for Cutler. For all you Internet tough guys who want to trash him for being soft. I doubt anybody posting on here could take multiple licks from Suh.

  54. sojumaster says: Oct 13, 2011 12:38 PM

    So Cutler will keep feeling uneasy. And if he keeps playing the way he did in a lost cause at Detroit, no one can question his toughness.
    ——————————————–

    Its hard to tell if the author was being sarcastic or not.

    Thumbs up if you think it was sarcastic.

  55. mattyice86 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:47 PM

    People forget this guy was a beast in Denver. He had brett favre complex but he was young. Now as long as he’s in Chicago you won’t see him pass for 3900 ever again..

  56. minkytails says: Oct 13, 2011 12:55 PM

    I’m no Cutler fan. I think he’s whiny and a prima donna… BUT, anybody who questions his toughness needs to spend less time on Twitter and reading PFT, and more time watching football.

  57. ijahru says: Oct 13, 2011 1:26 PM

    why do people keep saying Mike Tice is a great coach?

  58. gmen1987 says: Oct 13, 2011 1:54 PM

    Mike Martz has been a cancer no matter where he goes and Chicago is no exception.

  59. imjinbrdgr says: Oct 13, 2011 2:09 PM

    Cutler says pressure “makes me uneasy”

    Yea you and every other QB in the league Jay. You just don’t admit to it.
    Its just like being around very beautiful women. I ‘d never admit to it but they do tend to have a certain affect on me.

  60. emmettotter says: Oct 13, 2011 2:13 PM

    blue18hutthutt says: Oct 13, 2011 11:25 AM

    Hate to break this to you but Manning HAS had a terrible O-line since 2007 (since Ugoh busted, Jake Scott left in FA and Tarik Glenn retired) and yet he is the least sacked QB in the league in that stretch.

    ___________

    No one in their right mind would ever say that in the last 10 years the Colts have ever had a worse O-line than the Steelers. Please, dude. Like Brady, Manning learned the system behind a line that kept his uniform pristine for years. Can a veteran adjust to a line getting worse? Yes. Roethlisberger didn’t have that same benefit when he started.

  61. granadafan says: Oct 13, 2011 2:17 PM

    Yeah getting rid of a veteran center, Olin Kreutz, was a faaaaaantastic decision. Never mind that he was a great leader on the team and well respected, hey, they saved some money at least that they won’t use to pay Matt Forte!

    PS, Cutler letting the football world know he doesn’t like pressure probably wasn’t the wisest decision. Defensive coordinators have to be salivating.

  62. jsalis13 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:22 PM

    steelerdynasty2010 says:

    somewhere, our lineman are laughing….at least our qb never throws our sorry line under the bus like this….shameful
    —————————————————-

    This is the third year of having an offensive line that may as well not even play. The fact that this took so long to surface is remarkable.

  63. sommerday says: Oct 13, 2011 2:23 PM

    The refs were protecting Cutler better the O-line.
    The refs were acting like Cutler was wearing a skirt.
    Unfortunately, this is Goodell’s NFL.

  64. wafflestomp says: Oct 13, 2011 2:35 PM

    In other Breaking News, Water is Wet.

  65. riihab says: Oct 13, 2011 2:40 PM

    How long before the dementia kicks in for Jay?

  66. frank booth says: Oct 13, 2011 3:01 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 13, 2011 10:07 AM
    “And if he keeps playing the way he did in a lost cause at Detroit, no one can question his toughness.”

    Until he stands there and delivers the ball KNOWING he’s going to get drilled, he’s no tough guy, sorry.
    ===================================
    Joe- not sure how much football you watch or if you watch any at all. Cutler has been sacked 70 times in the last 21 games and hit 123 times in those same 21 games. He is the most sacked QB in 2010 and 2011, and is 4th in 2011 in QB hits and was 8th last year (quarterback hits are times hit after passing the ball). He stands in there more than most quarterbacks and takes some absolutely brutal hits. He got clobbered a few times in the Saints game.

    He was one of the most hurried QB’s last year and continues to be that this year.

    Joe, football is a great spectator sport. When you get some time, you should turn on a game and watch at least one. Watch a few more, and maybe you’ll even have some intelligent insights on the subject. When it comes to Cutler getting hit and standing in there, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

    FYI, Joe: As you learn about football, keep this in mind- A kicked extra point is worth 1 point, or you can run or pass it in for 2 points. Just a tip to help you along.

  67. thetechnocrat says: Oct 13, 2011 3:12 PM

    Too much onions or garlic makes me uneasy.
    Seeing how the front office handles personnel would make me worried.
    Seeing the rush that he sees constantly would make me soil me undies.

  68. schmitty2 says: Oct 13, 2011 3:56 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM
    The best QB’s don’t feel uneasy under pressure, they perform the same way no matter what.

    I didn’t know Jon Gruden used the alias “joetoronto”

  69. kbv510 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:01 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 13, 2011 10:07 AM
    “And if he keeps playing the way he did in a lost cause at Detroit, no one can question his toughness.”

    Until he stands there and delivers the ball KNOWING he’s going to get drilled, he’s no tough guy, sorry.

    I’m surprised idiots like this can comment on the sport when they don’t even watch it properly. Jay Cutler’s has been playing the past two years “knowing” that he will get hit the minute he takes a snap. In the Detroit game, it looked like the only lineman that was there was the center and after snapping ball even he disappeared.

  70. denverdude7 says: Oct 13, 2011 6:17 PM

    Jay C,

    I’d be willing to bet that Denver isn’t looking too bad these days is it? At least the O-Line attempts to block. Plus, throwing to wide receivers who actually catch the ball is becoming a foreign concept to you isn’t it?

    All I can say is be careful what you wish for, you just might get it you whining, sniveling little turd.

    ROTFLMAO !!!!!!!!

  71. Dr. Kronner says: Oct 13, 2011 6:31 PM

    bearswinby1: Very astute commentary.

    I’m a Lions fan, and reading the comments on here it sounds just like when we had Martz. He is making your O-Line look worse than they are. Eveeryone wanted the whole line cut, and then I remember how much better our line looked as soon as Martz left.

    Dump the whole Coaching staff. This is karma for hiring the old Lions staff in the first place.

  72. honolulubluekoolaid says: Oct 13, 2011 9:36 PM

    bearswinby1 says:
    Oct 13, 2011 10:25 AM
    The Lions will get beaten twice by GB and will lose to the Saints, then lose to Chicago at home…Just like the Bears have for losses so far…GB, NO and DET at home.

    The Bears will get right and confident when they play sh**ty teams like KC and MN too…DET is being fed this confidence by the schedule makers, while the Bears get kicked in the butt by PFTs top 2 power ranked teams in the first 3 weeks…

    Its a long season, we’ll see how it goes.
    ——————-

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha…

    Good luck with the Vikings this week….they are better than you think.

    5-0………period.

  73. savannahrose44 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:27 PM

    As long as Martz is in Chicago Cutler will feel “uneasy” much the same as Alex Smith did in San Fran.

  74. 1historian says: Oct 16, 2011 7:18 AM

    The Chicago Bears ARE pro football – they’ve been around since the invention of dirt, they started out as the Decatur Staleys, for pete’s (or anyone else’s) sake, and their present management STILL hasn’t figured out how important it is to have a good offensive line?

    And this team is owned by descendants of Papa Bear?

    Sad

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