On the Cutler Quote

Here is the quote, currently causing controversy among the must-be-bored Chicago Bears beat writers:

"Devin is more of a go-get it guy, he is not really a back shoulder or
jump up and get it [guy],'' Cutler said. "You learn from it. We made
some mistakes. It's the first preseason game. Luckily enough, we have
some time to correct them and keep going."

This quote - those very same words you've just read - are being depicted as Jay Cutler throwing Devin Hester under the bus.  Those words.  Nothing else. 

Jay Cutler is not saying "the interception was Devin Hester's fault."  Jay Cutler is saying that he threw the wrong kind of pass to the wrong kind of receiver.  He's not giving the vanilla, untruthful answer that reporters seem to want.  They want Cutler to say, "I threw a bad pass.  My fault."  I want Cutler to tell the truth. 

And the truth is that Devin Hester is a speed receiver.  He's not Randy Moss.  Or Steve Smith.  What Cutler should have done is thrown the ball five-to-ten yards beyond him.  But he didn't.  He made a mistake.  And he threw an interception in a fake game.  You know what?  I'm not too worried about it.      


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  • Oh my gosh Oh my gosh Oh my gosh!!!!! FIRST!!! It's been so long!!!

  • Ok, I vented all my stuff yesterday, but did you see that pass? It wasnt any kind of "utilize a different skill to make the catch pass", it was clearly a wobly, half winged buckshot shot duck that was thrown way too short and he should have said that.

    Watch the pass again, I saw it like 8 times, I could be wrong. Then the other one that should have been a pick six, that was a receivers fault? He just needs to take reesponsibility and then say all the stuff about it's preseason and the game doenst matter and we are going to go back to work and get better. Everybody moves one and looks forward to the next game to see them improve. Like I said before, preseason should give you at least a glimpse of the things you hope for in the regular season.

    Where was that glimpse? I guess it was in Caleb Hanie which many of my fellow blog responders have said was great, but what about that fumble, does the guy have any sense that there is a 6 foot something 200-300 lb guy six inches away directly in front of him ready to take his head off? He made up for it though with the TD to Killer Tofu.

    Jeff, really, is there any validity in my desire to see a glimpse of our offenses potential, even with Olsen and Forte not in the game and to expect Cutler to be a leader and take responsibility or even just make more generic statements, something like "we have work to do"?

    I'm just saying.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Killer Tofu. Love it!

  • In reply to shonbear:

    True. Everything, offensively and defensively is pretty "Vanilla" until the bell rings and the games count. Every NFL team thinks their game plan is akin to THE MANHATTAN PROJECT.

    As for "the quote", sounds like a spin doctor made house call. I've already conceded that it was not "throwing Hester under the bus", but if you you want the truth, it's simple. It as a poor decision and a bad pass and that's not the fault of the reporters no matter what you think they wanted to hear. Apparently we are just going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

    On a related note, should Hester have made a better attempt to prevent the INT? Damn straight! In addition to being in the running for the league lead in dropped passes over the last couple of seasons, I would venture to say that our receiving corps does the absolute CRAPPIEST job of "turning defender" on interceptions, going all the way back to the pass to Moose in the Super Bowl that was returned for the clinching TD. What part of "An offensive interference penalty beats the snot out of a turnover." don't they understand?

    Putting the first pre-season tuilt into perspective, here are the week's leaders in passing yards:

    1. A. Feeley, PHI, 211
    2. T. Smith, BAL, 200
    3. C. Whitehurst, SD, 193
    4. B. Gradkowski, OAK, 161
    5. E. Ainge, NYJ, 148

    A veritable "Who's Who" of 2nd and 3rd stringers.

    In addition to KO,other notable starting QBs who had forgettable games this week included Matt "I'm the reason the Bears got Jay Cutler" Cassel & Kerry Collins. Super bowl QBs Warner and Rothlisberger passed for less than 100, COMBINED and neither got his team into the endzone.

    JDawg said it yesterday and it Bears repeating:
    "Glorified scrimmage".

    I submit the discussion, arguing, passion and angst generated is just another testament to the absolute dominating popularity that is the NFL.

    PS: Rex was the 3rd QB for Houston this week and was 0 for 1.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    The problem with bringing Hester into his answer is team unity. Let

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Cutler has a double gift. He knows where his receivers like to have the ball placed on throws. Plus, he can deliver those passes to the right location. For example, Cutler said Devin Hester likes lower throws, but the completions work best when he gets the pass off to him quicker. Because split end Earl Bennett played with Cutler at Vanderbilt, Cutler knows exactly the right places to make the most of Bennett's talents. To Cutler, Hester's skills resemble Royal's, and Bennett's talents are a hybrid of those of Royal and Brandon Marshall.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    "Now trying to revive his career as a reserve in Houston, the quarterback formerly known as Sexy Rexy lasted five plays. He threw a long incompletion, fumbled a snap, handed off three times, and then left the game with a hamstring injury."

    Which one of you guys would like to blame Olin Kreutz for the snap?

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Rexy is also out for next 4-5 weeks with a tweaked hammy.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Did that other Devin do much at all? I don't remember anything from him at all. Knox left an impression with a) the bobbled ball that was basically a pick-6, and b) a really nifty catch behind him on the right sideline later.
    Bennett looked good early.
    Hester was Hester.
    Dez was Dez.
    Igelesis was unremarkable.
    But I cannot remember the Other Devin on any given snap???

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Kellen Davis made the most of his opportunities Saturday.

    Poor Rex. I believe his night, speaking in baseball terms, would be considered a "Golden Sombrero".

    Damn. Another Sunday and another White Sox loss to a team they should own.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    All I got to say is it looked like Jay tried to force the throw and it came up short. It was a poorly thrown ball. End of conversation. I expected better desicion making from a player of his reputation and experience. So ok, he blew a pass. Own up to it, and move on. If things don't improve by next week, then maybe he's not ready to play in our system yet. If that's the case then open up the QB position for competition. That might inspire him to play better.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Holy crap! Someone actually read that quote and didn't jump to conclusions? Well done. I may have to check this place out again...

  • In reply to shonbear:

    What will be interesting is how Jay reacts to the media reaction. We know the dude has a (lucky for us) very thin skin at times. This is great - hey, it's also the preseason for the media! Time for everyone to practice! Very interesting comment by Kidron, this is the first time I've heard a Bears QB ever even mention "favored catching styles" of a receiver - maybe that IS the next level you get to with a "real" QB.

    As for the actual comment, let's face it, Jay is still learning these receivers and how to mesh with them.

    Cutler taught us immediately that we should not expect error-free ball with him at QB. But what I loved about him was how fast the ball comes out when he pulls the trigger, and how the ball looks coming out that fast. He will make our line that much better, and when he makes quick decisions, I think we will see much better throws coming out of the quick decisions than we have in the past.

    BTW, Devin showed me two (opposite) things in that game - one was I am amazed at how much improved he was as a receiver, considering how I initially thought he would be; the other was how far he has to go to really become an elite receiver. What Cutler was mentioning was another way of saying that if Hester has anyone around him, he'll probably be on the loser side of the transaction - he doesn't have any of the shielding skills or the out-physical them skills or the go up above them and get it skills. So he needs to either beat his man (typically doable for him), or the ball has to be thrown absolutely perfectly to him (I think will be doable for Cutler, at least a higher percentage of the time than we've seen in the past).

    I sure am pining for a real live NFL receiver - we got plenty o rooks, one major project in Hester and one sort of bona fide real receiver - who unfortunately is none other than Rashied Davis. I guess that says it all - come on rooks!! (and 2nd years) -

    Better bring it!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    What up dirty?

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Now that I'm finally posting again, a few more thoughts on Fake Game #1 -

    I saw some problems with tackling. For the most part, all the problems I saw were with players new to the Bears - Tino, Alafava are two... so hopefully we can teach them better tackling.

    I thought the line generally looked better at run blocking, which I assumed (and desperately hoped) would be the case. On that one failed red zone series early in the game, who was the guy who whiffed on the key play? The one we didn't replace, Olin Kreutz.

    Matt Forte better get in there - despite (what I thought was) better run blocking, Kevin Jones didn't do much with it. And Garrett Wolfe can be tackled by one of errant flying styrofoam cups at Soldier Field. That shit's not going to cut it, Garrett! Other "little" guys on who play your position are NOT that easy to tackle! Adrian Peterson is still the better #3 RB. Let Garrett make the team for the occasional wing formation and quick pass - and keep him on special teams, because he's still good there.

    Jay would have had his first (fake) passing TD if Lovie hadn't been so determined to stop the play. Maybe that's been talked about already.

    The D reminded me of last year - decent looking effort on pass rush that JUST BARELY wasn't effective, resulting on caught balls and positive play. Let's hope it improves - that was the Buffalo Bills we were missing against.

    Kellen Davis looked great. "All" Terenne was a man I never knew existed before I turned the game on, and he was making plays all over the place. Caleb Hanie is a solid backup. He showed his inexperience in lacking an internal clock which resulted in losing the ball once, but overall he looked like a good pick last year (wasn't he free agent non-draftee?).

    Brent, not so much.

    Special teams coverage looked good, thankfully.

    Henry Melton returned a kick - why? They didn't have anyone else to look at there?

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    I noticed that TD pass by Cutler too, the one Lovie cancelled out because he called a time out. It was to Rideau, it was perfect. Rideau put his body in front of his defender and there were 2 options 1) TD 2) dropped pass, nothing else. Too bad Lovie came in there.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    not like it's ever going to happen, but I would LOVE to see Mike Hass back in a Bears uniform. I was watching the Seattle pre-season game and he was constantly getting separation on DBs but the backup QB couldn't get him the ball.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Guys, I'm a bit concerned about 'Lando. Watching the poor Cutler passes, it looked as if Pace was dominated both in speed and in strength against the Bills no name DE. Not feeling too good about Jared Allen v. 'Lando Pace right now. Kevin Schaeffer also looked terrible allowing a DE to get a clean shot on Hanie. I know it's preseason so I won't sweat it too much yet.

    Also, the 3rd down conversions brought up terrible memories from last year. Thankfully Ron didn't draw up any FB dive plays to really rub the salt in the wounds. Offensively, I think there was an obvious emphasis on the passing game in order to get Cutler some work with the WRs. Clearly jay and his receivers need a bit more work before the Bears can rely a dominant passing attack to put up serious points each week.

    It's preseason, so I'm trying not to put too much stock into what I saw on Saturday, but as Max pointed out in his column - that game looked an awful lot like some of the bad games fans were forced to witness in 2008.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I was thinking the same thing on the blown 3rd and long plays by the defense. Like deja vu all over again.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    My notes from the game:

    -love that we have Des Clark and Greg Olsen this year. that seam pass was perfectly thrown. Defenses will have to be aware of that all season long.
    -Loved seeing Garrett Wolf run that guy over
    -Afalava stepping up was good to see and then seeing him on the training table almost made me vomit since it was the end of the 4th quarter and he was still in.
    -If there was a pro bowl position for "player who gets faked out the most on bootlegs" then Mark Anderson would be a perennial pro bowler.
    -Vash looked tentative and slow but better on the punt return.
    -liked the corner blitz from Graham but 10 for 10 is a little scary. our offense doesn't even go 10 for 10 in 7 on 7 drills in practice.
    -D looked good against the run. If teams were smart they would just kneel the ball on 1st and 2nd downs against us and then throw on 3rd.
    -Urlacher chasing down running backs again like 4 years ago was fun to see. Briggs is going to fun to watch this year.

    Good first game. No one super important got hurt and besides Comcast sucking and making me miss the entire 3rd quarter it was a good night. Go Bears!!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:


    Cody Balogh ba-lows. almost got Hanie killed.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Kyle took the arrow for every one of our receivers last year and they still sucked. I say throw them all under the bus until they show us they can play the game.

    Cutler is basically telling them to put their big-boy pants on and make a fucking play.

    These guys are used to dropping balls and getting away with it. Cutler calling out Hester for not breaking up an int. on a shitty throw let's them know those days are over.

    I am loving the reports of the stare-downs he's giving players who drop his passes in practice! If he can do that to Olsen and Forte for dropping passes maybe the actual WRs will get the fuck on the bus and out from under it.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    The 2 best things that happened for Jay Cutler this past weekend:

    1) The Eagles signed Michael Vick.

    2) Y.E. Yang ran down Tiger Woods at the PGA.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    "Cutler, Hester, & Ron Turner were AWFUL". Im so sick of all the assholes in the media(Sun Times & Tribune especially) and the negativity they spew.Its 1 goddamn preseason game!!!!! So Cutler didnt come out and go 11 for 15 for 126 yds and 2 scores???????? Holy fucking shit, its the end of the world!!!!! Get a fucking grip.The guy has had like 20 some odd practices with a new team , new wrs, and a new system.Ive been a Bear fan since I was 11 years old and Ive always been the eternal optimist when it comes to my team. Maybe im naive, maybe its the fact that I live in California and Im blinded by my love and pride for Chicago, but this is NO TIME TO PANIC!!!!! Fuck the media honks, Fuck the ViQueers, Fuck Aaron Rodgers. GO BEARS!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    BDG (Brent), sorry for lumping you in with bad quarterbacks. Shows you how out of it I've been, don't even know these guys' names right now.

    Speaking of the beautiful play to Des Clark, how'd you like Jay's oh-so-professional look-off - watching the center of the field, faking everybody out, then a quick turn and hits Des IN STRIDE - for a huge gain. Think we'll be seeing a bit more of that?

    And for whatever reason, I really didn't have much of a problem with Turner's play calling. Get the real guys in there (Matt and Greg, mostly) and I do think we're going to be moving the ball.

    Jdawg, loved your comments, the more of a prick Jay is this year the better we'll end up liking him, he's going to be a demanding SOB and it's about time someone was around Halas Hall!

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Rex Grossman is out for a month with a hamstring injury and Kyle Orton threw 3 picks in his first preseason game. Lets just all take a moment to appreciate Jay Cutler being our QB, despite perhaps a bad pass...

  • In reply to Dmband:

    2 bad passes. Just saying.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Yes, welcome back, Phil.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    You'd think with devin Hester being a former DB in college, he would have made some kind of attempt to break up that duck Cutler threw... I think there is certainly room for improvement in the "fighting for the ball" and "agressiveness" department, especially with his history as a DB at Miami. Obviously an offensive PI penalty is better than an INT, so hopefully next time Devin does what he has to do to keep the offense on the field.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    The wounded duck that Cutler threw up, Hester had ran passed. He's fast but the only thing that could have been done is clip him in the air. Overall, Hanie was the bright spot in this 1st fake game, but that was a Grossman like pass instead of tucking it and running from Cutler. Sorry, but it had to be said! He did get it together after some **** ups!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Taking about "trying" to make something out of "nothing"

    Are we going to comment on how Jay walks next and how that hurts the team?? Come on people!!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    All of this unnecessary drama reminds me of an MTV reality show. The bottom line is that we have a young pro bowl caliber QB and not Jonathan Quinn, Hutch, Rex Appeal, Neckbeard, Jeff Blake, Moses Moreno, Krenzel and any other 4th rate QB that found his way onto the most storied franchise in NFL history.

    I feel good about this year and no amount of bitching by nerd beat reporters, doomsday glass is half empty wusses or fair weather, complaining bitchers and moaners will change the fact that Jay makes the team a contender. Shut these idiots up and let the kids play.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    No matter how the play is perceived, the bottom line is the defense is horrendous and the wide outs are marginal at best. The ball was in the air a long time. Wounded ducks tend to stay in the air longer than a tight spiral.

    A veteran wide out would have altered his route and changed his speed to be in position to fight for the ball. This was not done.

    It appears that the receiver played the ball as a kick and not as a pass because the receiver stopped and waited as though no one could or would interfer until the receiver had an opportunity to touched the ball. Moreover, the receiver's effort after the interception is inexcusable.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I liked Turners take on Jays disposition after the scrimmage:
    "Jay is an emotional guy, he's a fiery guy, he's a fiery competitor, that's why he's an elite quarterback," said Turner. "He's got an aggressive mentality, he's emotional, it's very important to him and he's very competitive. So that's going to happen at times. That's not a bad thing, I look at that as a good thing. He's got an edge about him that you better have if you're going to be an elite quarterback in this league."


  • In reply to Dmband:

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    We are having a Jay Cutler Jersey Burning Party - Saturday at Wrigleys on Colfax in Golden...We will be burning and defacing Cutler #6 Jerseys and will even have Cutler Sucks t-shirts @ the event.

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  • In reply to shonbear:

    Jay Cutler would throw his mother under the bus if it made him look better. Bottom line you'll get used to it.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Those fans that want to place the blame on the Bear recievers are blind. I don't care who your reciver is when you throw the ball of your back foot they way he did. It will usually be an int. Cutler is not a savior.You'll find that out soon enough.

  • shon, i hear what you're saying. but these games are game plan free. they just line up and toss it around. i don't put any credence in anything outside the first half of the third preseason game.

  • Max, i'm a huge fan of trying to get D-Clark, Olsen, Davis and Hester on the field at the same time. It will never happen because it makes too much sense. I solved the healthcare crisis at 2am on Saturday night but my idea will never be implemented much like your idea will be ignored by our coaches even though it would be revolutionary.

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