Even though it occurred four days ago, the sideline incident involving Jay Cutler and J’Marcus Webb Thursday night in Green Bay was still a hot topic of conversation Monday at Halas Hall.
After Webb yielded a sack to Packers linebacker Clay Matthews in the second quarter of the Bears’ 23-10 loss, Cutler yelled at the third-year left tackle as they left the field and bumped him after they reached the sideline.
When asked about the situation Monday, different Bears players had vastly different perspectives. Center Roberto Garza focused on Sunday’s home game against the Rams, right tackle Gabe Carimi downplayed it, and nickel back D.J. Moore said he felt that Cutler crossed a line.
Garza stressed that the Bears are concentrating solely on the Rams. Asked about the situation with Cutler and Webb, Garza said: “What happened last week, it happened. Now we’re moving on and focusing on the Rams and what we need to do to win the football game.”
Carimi thinks the incident is being blown out of proportion.
“I didn’t realize how small the push was to me,” Carimi said. “I didn’t notice anything on the sideline. It gets just blown up really. Everything’s recorded. We were all just trying to win a game, so we didn’t even recognize it. I think we’re going to move on and we’ll be fine.”
Asked how he would have reacted had it happened to him, Carimi said: “Honestly, it was barely a shove. So I don’t think I would have even recognized it until it was brought up [by the] media.”
Moore disagreed with Cutler’s actions.
“I don’t think you can act like that, to make it seem like it’s just my fault or whatnot,” Moore said. “I think it’s just wrong. I would feel the same kind of way if he was to [treat] me like that. It would make it seem like, ‘Well, the reason that I’m having a bad game is because it’s what you’re doing and not about me taking accountability for myself because I’m throwing these types of passes or doing this type of read.’ It’s a tough situation.
“I think when you act like that with your own teammates on the sideline, it’s just something different that you normally wouldn’t do. You might say it in the locker room or something. But to do it like he did it is just different. It’s just weird.”
Asked whether he felt Cutler should address the team, Moore said: “I think it’s just him. That’s the type of guy he is. He’s not going to hold anything back. So if he was to talk to the team I guess you would kind of feel weird about it because it’s really not just his thing.”
Coach Lovie Smith said that he was more concerned about other things Thursday night, namely how the Bears were performing.
“Things go on always that you guys don’t see,” he told reporters. “You had a chance to see something that was unfortunate. It’s no more than that.”
While Smith doesn’t like when players are quoted anonymously, he had no problem with Moore speaking his mind.
“If you put your name behind something and you want to voice your opinion, you can voice it,” Smith said. “For us it was business as usual today. We’re getting our football team better.”
Asked whether he prefers a fiery quarterback like Cutler or one with a more easy-going demeanor, Smith said: “It’s pretty simple. I like Jay Cutler and everything that he is. I am not trying to trade any of our players. The week before, you didn’t hear an awful lot of this stuff.
“We were talking about how good we were and how we were playing. So we’ll get back to that where the focus is on the play on the football field. That’s what I was disappointed in: our play; the way we as coaches prepared our guys and the way we played during that game. But we’ll correct that. We’ve lost games before. We’re not the only team that has lost a big game that we thought we would win. But we’ll bounce back.”
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