Given all that went on off the field last week before the Bears crashed and burned again on the field Monday night, it makes sense that even a press conference was too tricky to pull off successfully.
Plenty of reporters likely had questions for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday night. Few of them got to ask any, however. Cutler appeared at the podium earlier than expected after the 31-15 loss to the Saints and began fielding questions from the few people in attendance as an announcement was made in the locker room to the local media that Cutler was taking his turn at the microphone.
“We’ve got to play better and take a look at the film and try to see exactly what slowed us down,” Cutler said. “They had a good plan. They had a good plan. They mixed it up pretty well against us. They showed us a few new things. They knew what they were doing. … just trying to get better for these two games and just going out and trying to give a good performance offensively.”
That took about 30 seconds, at which point Cutler was informed that the rest of the media were on their way into the room. With a somewhat surprised look, Cutler asked if they were going to wait before getting up, saying thanks and avoiding the rush better than he did against the Saints with a quick departure from the room before the rest of the press corps arrived.
There were surely more questions for Cutler, although not too much more for him to say. There’s not a lot of need to describe what everyone saw on the field on Monday night. The same disasters unfold over and over again for the Bears this season and there wasn’t anything specific to this one that would have provided an explanation for fixing everything.