|Urlacher says Cutler's antics aren't a big deal. (US Presswire)|
For some reason, a subset of the NFL-watching world was surprised by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's behavior during last Thursday's loss to the Packers. We were treated to various instances of Cutler Face, and then there was the whole on-field incident with his left tackle, J'Marcus Webb.
Cutler has since apologized for cursing out the man responsible for protecting his blind side.
“It's been blown up probably a little bit bigger than any of us expected, but at the same time that's what you have to expect out of the media," Cutler said earlier this week. " ... We've talked. It's in the past. We're moving on. He's our left tackle. He's my left tackle. I expect him each and every week to play at a certain level, and I think he expects himself to play that way, too."
We were one of the few (only?) places to defend Cutler after his four-interception performance against Green Bay. Yes, he might have anger-management issues, but he also didn't have much help from his teammates. Such developments tend to be frustrating.
But Cutler's teammates don't have a problem with their quarterback. Presumably because they're accustomed to that perpetual frown but also because they know the media is forever looking for an angle even when one might not exist.
"I didn't pay attention to it locally or nationally," linebacker Brian Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure Thursday. "Everyone was asking me about it, but I still haven't seen what happened. And I don't really care what happened.
"Whatever happened, it's over with now. We've moved on. It doesn't seem to be an issue. Someone told me there was a mutiny against Jay in our locker room. If there was, I didn't know about it. I guess we're supposed to be mad at him, but things happen on the sideline."
Yeah, but Cutler not only dropped an f-bomb on Webb -- on the field and in clear view of the television cameras! -- he also bumped him. (In case it's not obvious, we're being sarcastic here; this is football, people say naughty words and hit each other.)
"People get mad," Urlacher said. "I've gotten in spats with coaches, players as well. It happens. ... People get pissed off and sometimes do things we shouldn't do. But it happens. … It's not a big deal. You lose your emotions sometimes out there and you get mad. But once it's over with, it's over with. We spend a lot of time around each other, so you better get rid of it real quick. It's going to be a long season if we don't."
The Bears should get back on track Sunday when they host the Rams. If they don't, Urlacher could be onto something: the season could get really long really quickly.
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