Jay Cutler got some unwanted sideline camera attention during a 34-18 victory over Dallas at Cowboys Stadium.
Cutler completed 18 of 24 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears improved to 3-1, but was questioned afterward about an apparent sideline disagreement with offensive coordinator Mike Tice that was captured by ESPN’s cameras.
Two weeks after his sideline shoving incident with tackle J’Marcus Webb in Green Bay, Cutler at one point Monday night seemed unhappy with a call or a delay in getting a play sent in from the sidelines. When Tice went to sit down next to Cutler on the bench, ostensibly to talk to his quarterback, Cutler promptly popped up without acknowledging Tice and walked away as he took a drink of water.
On his weekly radio show Tuesday, Cutler dismissed the incident and voiced support for Tice.
“They take a 10-second clip and blow it out of proportion,” Cutler said during his weekly “Jay Cutler Show” on WMVP-AM 1000. “It’s unfortunate these things get so much attention. It happens on a weekly basis with teams and players. … I don’t want to talk about it. …. If I yell on the sidelines, I get killed. If I don’t say anything, I get killed. If I walk away, I get killed. It’s a no-win situation
“I think at the end of the day there is so much competition in the media … it is what it is. Mike and I are good. He’s my guy and he has my full support.
“It wasn’t anything about Mike. We got in a third-and-one situation… we had talked about getting into third-and-short all week. And we didn’t convert,” he said. “It was a crucial point in that game and we’ve got to convert. Good call, we’ve just got to execute it. Mike came over there and said: ‘We’ve got to make that,’ and I said: ‘I know.’ Got up and got some water. Watched the defense for 10 seconds, came back and talked to Mike about what we were going to get into the next series and we’re off and running.”
Cutler later jokingly said, “From now on, I’m not going to go get a drink of water on the sidelines.”