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Jay Cutler says he likes Mike Tice, really he does

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Jay Cutler knows it looks like he doesn’t care for Mike Tice, but according to him, nothing could be further from the truth.

Cutler told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times that Tice’s background as a player, and the versatility that gives him, bought him a level of respect that previous coaches might not have enjoyed.

He gets it as a player; that’s the thing of it,” Cutler said. “He knows what it’s like to be a player. He knows what it’s like to install, then get to the game, call a play and it not work.

“He puts a lot of ownership and accountability on the players because we’re the ones out there. He’s like, ‘Hey, if you guys don’t like this, tell us you don’t like it and then let’s make a change and figure this out.’ He’s really good about that.”

That looks like a thinly veiled shot at former offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who had a brilliant set of drawings and wanted to make sure the mere mortals running them didn’t mess them up.

“If I had to pick, if it was up to me, I would want control over and be able to do stuff and put in the best plays and be able to audible sometimes,” Cutler said. “That’s the fun part of being a quarterback. Going up to the line and be like, ‘All right.’

“It’s more of a mental game.”

Cutler insists he respected Martz, but that his former play-caller’s system wasn’t a fit for his personaltiy.

“He was just a different philosophy, a different mentality. He called his plays. And he was really good at it. He was amazing at it,” Cutler said. “He would put you in positions, and he’d say, ‘Hey, throw it here, in this coverage, and a lot of times it worked.’

“I just wasn’t built like that, I didn’t come up in the league like that, so it was a different system for me.”

The fact he can communicate openly with Tice helps, because it puts him back on the comfortable footing he had in Denver with Mike Shanahan. And he said that allows him to move past the sideline flap in Dallas, when cameras showed him walking away from Tice while he was talking.

“Even when everything happened in Dallas, and it got blown out of proportion, we were talking on the way home,” Cutler said. “On the bus, he was like, ‘This stuff is getting out of hand.’ I said, ‘I know. It is what it is.’ We were cool then.

“If you’re a player in the NFL, there have been times when this stuff happens, where someone yells at a coach, walks away from a coach, curse at a coach, tells them they don’t know what they’re talking about. It happens. It was one of those things that happened, and they caught it on camera.

“But literally, 10 seconds later, he came over and I was like, ‘We got to make that. We got some more stuff we can call.’ And he said, ‘I totally agree. Let’s go.’ And we moved on.”

Cutler’s problem is largely one of perception. He often looks like a jerk when he stomps away from a coach, and acts like one many times, such as shoving and cursing at his linemen. But he’s playing good football, and if those around him can work around that, they’ll all benefit.

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  1. purpleguy says: Oct 10, 2012 10:02 AM

    This isn’t a big deal, and I don’t know what Tice would be concerned about, since it looks like Cutler is a prick to pretty much everyone.

  2. blacknole08 says: Oct 10, 2012 10:04 AM

    Cutler wouldn’t dare talk to or disrespect any of his defensive teammates like that. They would just return one of his picks for a TD.

  3. nfloracle says: Oct 10, 2012 10:05 AM

    I wish Cam Newton had one half of Cutler’s desire to win. Then Carolina wouldn’t spend the rest of this season sinking to the bottom of the toilet.

    Cutler gets a bad rap. I’m not a Bears’ fan but I like Cutler because he’s real… not like the platitude-spouting players we see so often in interviews.

  4. dustinq says: Oct 10, 2012 10:09 AM

    The Bears will eventually implode. Cutler lacks the mental fortitude to deal with adversity, and the offensive line will eventually push him to the brink of a nervous breakdown.

    They’ve played well lately, but this is still a team coached by the same ole, same ole, Lovie Smith.

    Early playoff exit coming.

  5. linebusy says: Oct 10, 2012 10:10 AM

    Basically, he’s admitting he’s a spoiled rotten child. If everything goes his way, he’s happy. If the OC calls a play that he doesn’t want to run, he’ll pout and stomp away. When the OC babies him and gives him his way, he’s happy again. So, the OC doesn’t have the flexibility to install and run the game as he sees fit, he has to install and run the game in a way that Jay will be happy with. Then, of course, when the OC calls the game in that manner and things don’t work, it’ll be the OC’s fault again, with Jay still stomping on the sidelines.

  6. knackstermyea says: Oct 10, 2012 10:14 AM

    In related news….Cutler has been playing through injuries.

  7. larryboodry says: Oct 10, 2012 10:19 AM

    “Cutler’s problem is largely one of perception. He often looks like a jerk when he stomps away from a coach, and acts like one many times, such as shoving and cursing at his linemen. But he’s playing good football, and if those around him can work around that, they’ll all benefit.”

    Never thought I’d say this, but nice post about Cutler, Darin…although that ‘perception problem’ might – just maybe – diminish if reporters would not not use words such as ‘stomp’ to describe what was actually a ‘walk.’ (And that headline doesn’t help, either, but progress is progress!)

    And his sideline issue with Webb was not only blown out of proportion, but seems to have worked, as J’Marcus and his fellow linemen have really stepped up their play lately.

  8. cuda1234 says: Oct 10, 2012 10:21 AM

    Cutler doesn’t have a “perception” problem, he has an illness that can make him moody and a petulant media that has decided to hate on him (just like they do with his predecessor who took the Bears to a SuperBowl). Leave the guy alone and let him play.

  9. fuglyflorio says: Oct 10, 2012 10:24 AM

    Cutler has maturity issues. He’s a lot like Philip Rivers. Two QBs that will never live up to their potential because they don’t have the mental toughness.

  10. rneedham1440 says: Oct 10, 2012 10:35 AM

    Jay is criticized when he appears apathetic. Jay is criticized when he comes off as overly emotional. It sounds to me that a lot of people just don’t want to like Jay Cutler.

    Personally I like a QB that plays with emotion. When I get fired up, I’ll do and say stuff that I wouldn’t normally do…and I can safely say that there isn’t one person that hasn’t done that. The whole thing about blowing off Tice was a symptom of his frustration with the offense, and mostly himself, and he needed a second to cool down. Can we please stop taking 10 second clips and over-analyzing them to diagnose someone’s personality?

  11. larryboodry says: Oct 10, 2012 10:47 AM

    What Jay actually said:

    “If I had to pick, if it was up to me, I would want control over and be able to do stuff and put in the best plays and be able to audible sometimes,” Cutler said. “That’s the fun part of being a quarterback. Going up to the line and be like, ‘All right.’”

    What ‘linebusy’ twisted it to mean:

    “Basically, he’s admitting he’s a spoiled rotten child. If everything goes his way, he’s happy. If the OC calls a play that he doesn’t want to run, he’ll pout and stomp away. When the OC babies him and gives him his way, he’s happy again. So, the OC doesn’t have the flexibility to install and run the game as he sees fit, he has to install and run the game in a way that Jay will be happy with. Then, of course, when the OC calls the game in that manner and things don’t work, it’ll be the OC’s fault again, with Jay still stomping on the sidelines.”

    You cannot tell me that Jay’s qoute, taken in context, wouldn’t be echoed by every QB in the league.

  12. alewatcher says: Oct 10, 2012 11:00 AM

    Mike Martz was a ridiculous coach for the Bears. Martz was not a “Bears football” coach, and I have no idea why they thought he would be.

    Besides, to run the Martz offense you need an O-line that can give the QB time for a seven step drop. Otherwise, all you do is get your QB killed, which is pretty much what happened to Cutler under Martz.

    Martz is a one-trick pony who can’t adjust his system to accommodate the players he has to work with.

  13. squared80 says: Oct 10, 2012 11:10 AM

    Mike Tice is one of the dumbest coaches in the league. That’s an objective opinion, too. Remember his head coaching gig in Minnesota? Total moron on every front.

  14. kurly00 says: Oct 10, 2012 11:10 AM

    Cutler is a competitive jerk. He wears his emotions on his sleeves. You get his opinion of the truth even if it is a bit course.

    That is what makes him a good leader.

  15. larryboodry says: Oct 10, 2012 11:12 AM

    fuglyflorio says: Oct 10, 2012 10:24 AM

    “Cutler has maturity issues. He’s a lot like Philip Rivers. Two QBs that will never live up to their potential because they don’t have the mental toughness.”

    Okay, let’s see…After starting 3-1 in ’09, Jay and the Bears hit the wall, posting a wretched 2-8 mark in their next ten games, before rebounding to win the last two games.

    In ’10, Jay went 10-5 in 15 starts, plus 1-1 in the playoffs.

    Last year, 7-3 before the broken thumb, 4-1 so far this season…Aside from that horrid 5-9 start in ’09, Jay’s record in his last 32 starts is 23-9, and 9-1 in his last ten games.

    Hate all you want, that’s pretty damn good.

  16. CKL says: Oct 10, 2012 11:15 AM

    I’m not Cutler fan but there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with anything he said here.

  17. ltrain11 says: Oct 10, 2012 11:17 AM

    larryboodry says: Oct 10, 2012 10:19 AM

    “Cutler’s problem is largely one of perception. He often looks like a jerk when he stomps away from a coach, and acts like one many times, such as shoving and cursing at his linemen. But he’s playing good football, and if those around him can work around that, they’ll all benefit.”

    Never thought I’d say this, but nice post about Cutler, Darin…although that ‘perception problem’ might – just maybe – diminish if reporters would not not use words such as ‘stomp’ to describe what was actually a ‘walk.’ (And that headline doesn’t help, either, but progress is progress!)

    And his sideline issue with Webb was not only blown out of proportion, but seems to have worked, as J’Marcus and his fellow linemen have really stepped up their play lately.

    Could not agree with you anymore. I think this is the closest thing Darin has ever posted to being remotely positive of Cutler. Personally I like seeing him yell at Webb on the sideline, It’s called accountability. If I go to work and am not efficient I get scolded too. It is no different than what Rodgers did a few series later with James Jones for running the wrong route resulting in an INT. Same goes for Romo ripping into Dez Bryant during the Monday night game for the same reason. People in the media love to rip on Cutler because he doesn’t give scripted rainbow and sunshine interviews, well I say good for him. You complain because he shows no emotion and then you complain because he shows too much? You don’t get to eat your cake and have it too.

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 10, 2012 11:17 AM

    When you have a guy who definitely has an arm stronger than Elway, you are going to put up with some of the warts and red marks.

  19. lollygagger8 says: Oct 10, 2012 11:43 AM

    Cutler has a rocket launcher for an arm, not debating that. But he needs to realize other team mates are looking at his actions on field (and off) and he needs to act like a leader instead of a crybaby when he doesn’t get his way.

  20. ezwriter69 says: Oct 10, 2012 11:46 AM

    If you don’t publicly disrespect your coach, you don’t have to spend two weeks explaining how much respect you actually have for him, despite your very public acts of contempt towards him. Just a hint, Jay.
    BTW, Martz got to two super bowls and won one, how many titles do you have again, ever, at any level? Ah… yeah, any day now you’ll have a bunch, right…

  21. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 10, 2012 11:51 AM

    Jay Cutler gets criticized when he mopes and is emotionless.

    He gets criticized when he shows emotion and fire to win.

    What do you guys what?

  22. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 10, 2012 11:56 AM

    Cutler’s problem is largely one of perception. He often looks like a jerk when he stomps away from a coach, and acts like one many times, such as shoving and cursing at his linemen. But he’s playing good football, and if those around him can work around that, they’ll all benefit.
    ____________________________

    That’s not HIS problem. The coaching staff doesn’t care. The BEARS fans don’t care. The City of Chicago doesn’t care.

    We judge him by the turnovers and mistakes he makes versus the wins. That’s how I like to judge my Quarterback. I don’t know about you. I leave the body language analysis to the experts. Otherwise the National media is just looking for an excuse and a storyline for IF the Bears collapse. You know they are going to come back to the Packers game and J’Marcus Webb.

    Regardless of how much he mopes and complains he’s still better than the QB’s we’ve had in the last decade or more.

  23. opietaylor says: Oct 10, 2012 11:57 AM

    Cutler is a good dude. Some people especially reporters don’t like him because he usually exposes their stupidity. He is underrated due to the morons on espn and NFl network that think they are mightier than thou. Plus his woman is smoking hot

  24. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 10, 2012 11:59 AM

    Where is the story about how he was sacked 9 times in the first two games and only 5 in the last 3?

  25. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 10, 2012 12:02 PM

    ezwriter69 says:
    Oct 10, 2012 11:46 AM
    If you don’t publicly disrespect your coach, you don’t have to spend two weeks explaining how much respect you actually have for him, despite your very public acts of contempt towards him. Just a hint, Jay.
    BTW, Martz got to two super bowls and won one, how many titles do you have again, ever, at any level? Ah… yeah, any day now you’ll have a bunch, right…
    _____________________________

    You do when reporters keep asking you about it. You know the media isn’t going to ever let it go. If you say “next question” or “I don’t want to talk about it.” The media is going to bash you for that saying you still don’t like the guy.

    Martz won Super Bowls waaay back when? What has he done lately but get quarterbacks killed?

  26. sharksfan97 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:02 PM

    This guy is a head case and his team wins in spite of him not because of him.

  27. justbqb says: Oct 10, 2012 12:24 PM

    Has anyone seen Cutler’s response to the question on Carimi’s subpar performance in the last game? He knows what he is doing. Webb needed that push from his quarterback.

  28. larryboodry says: Oct 10, 2012 12:36 PM

    sharksfan97 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:02 PM

    “This guy is a head case and his team wins in spite of him not because of him.”

    And you know this how, exactly? Oh, that’s right, the media told you these things, so they must be true.

  29. fwippel says: Oct 10, 2012 12:38 PM

    Jay Cutler continues his mission to follow in the footsteps of Jeff George.

    Honestly, if I were Cutler, I’d avoid making Tice angry. Tice is 6′ 8”, a fomer TE, and could probably kick Cutler all over the field.

  30. dino2997 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:20 PM

    The vast majority of Bears fans who have seen Cutler play every single game support him no matter how desperately the media tries to portray him as a bad person. He is an extremely gifted, competitive QB.

    I understand the vast majority of Non Bears fans are influenced by the media but keep in mind the media sees a huge bullseye on Cutler’s back. Take for example the title of this article:

    “Cutler says he likes Mike Tice, really he does”

    Need I say more?

  31. larryboodry says: Oct 10, 2012 2:02 PM

    dino2997 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:20 PM

    “The vast majority of Bears fans who have seen Cutler play every single game support him no matter how desperately the media tries to portray him as a bad person. He is an extremely gifted, competitive QB.”

    You make a very good point…I am among those fans who has seen every game, and I’d be willing to bet most of Jay’s detractors have not. They see the carefully chosen clips and hear the negative sound bites, and they rush to spread their hastily formed and unfairly biased OPINIONS.

  32. teejaysplace says: Oct 10, 2012 2:09 PM

    It’s funny, Cutler does have this annoying fratboy persona about him much of the time, but the Jay Cutler you see on his radio show is noticeably different from the version that the media gets post game. I’m not going to hunt for excuses or reasons why post game Jay is a bag of hurt, but I will say that the other guy is affable, answers questions in detail, jokes with his fans and seems to be genuinely liked by his co-hosts. As such, I think it’s unfair to label him so decisively, as that’s clearly not the way he acts all the time. Plus, in this NFL, things could be A LOT worse. He hasn’t gotten arrested for running over a meter maid, or shooting himself in the thigh, or raping women in clubs. If a few snarky answers at a podium are the worst this guy has to offer, we should probably take it.

  33. nbcruinedpft says: Oct 10, 2012 5:28 PM

    Amen to all of the above.

    Fact is, the media’s been trying to create a negative narrative around Cutler ever since he left Denver.

    I really think their bias against him goes back to that whole saga. And if you ask anyone NOT blinded by Denver-centric bias, they’ll tell you how Jay was lied to by the new guy (McDaniels) and the owner, Pat Bowlen, manipulated, insulted, and ultimately betrayed (they got rid of Shanahan, Marshall AND Bates, after promising Cutler they wouldn’t get rid of Bates, at least, and THEN they not only openly pursued a trade for Matt Cassel, but McDaniels threw it in Cutler’s face as part of some ego trip)– and only THEN, after all that, did Cutler ask for the trade out of town.

    The media is powerful, and very herd-minded and tight-knit. So when all the media in Denver decided to side with the team (DUH, afterall, they know what side their bread’s buttered on), they were able to spin the tale to make it all about “Cutler the petulant crybaby”, instead of telling the truth about the lying, scheming, bungling new coach, who stormed into a situation intent on showing everyone “who’s the new boss”, and the complicit owner that allowed him to (that immature coach, by the way, is one who time and countless player testimonies have proven to be a pompous and cantankerous fool).

    Anyone can go back and look at two things from that whole episode: Cutler’s OWN comments and account of the situation, and the media’s totally disconnected depiction of it.

    Doesn’t seem so much different than now, does it? The media’s STILL smearing the guy, and willfilly ignoring reality.

    See, the thing is – once the media has created a narrative about someone, they have to do everything they can to support and perpetuate that narrative, no matter how far removed from the truth. Conversely, they ignore or downplay anything that DOESN’T fit the narrative (i.e. Jay’s coaches and team mates love him, he does great work for charity, is friendly and accessible to fans, works hard, plays tough, plays through pain, is committed to the team, is a good leader, has been the best QB Chicago’s had since McMahon or Luckman, etc. etc.)

  34. chi01town says: Oct 11, 2012 12:20 AM

    The Chicago Bears need to put out the word to the media. Im talking about people like (Dan Pompei) that needs to be told that Jay Cutler dont have to talk to you AT ALL… he can walk away from you an anyone that talks bad about him.

  35. digital muscles says: Oct 11, 2012 10:39 AM

    This just in Jay Cutler does not care! Get over it people.

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