When I suggested Sunday afternoon that Jay Cutler was less than sincere in his “I would boo us too” postgame statements, the Cutler defenders came out.
The reality is, taking any coach or players' post-game comments literally is dangerous.
Cutler was clearly trying to fend off questions about his mutterings, caught on camera before halftime, as fans at Soldier Field booed the team.
On Monday, he brushed it off again on “The Jay Cutler Show.” And he should have.
Cutler had the right to be frustrated going into halftime, and he definitely had the right to be annoyed by boos for his now 6-1 team.
He has a dry sense of humor, a load of sarcasm and he's learned to be even more closed off as the season goes on. It just doesn't help him to be honest, so why would he be?
He, like every athlete and coach, claims to not read what's written about him. And he blames plenty of it on websites trying to get hits.
But his comments continue to evolve. So someone must be listening.
After the loss at Green Bay, Cutler took none of the blame. He was lambasted for it. And since then, he's made a point to bring up his own failings. He did it Sunday and he'll do it again.
It's becoming almost Lovie-esque.
The real question is whether it matters.
For his image and his pocketbook, it does. But it's clear he couldn't care less.
For his teammates' support, it does too. But while things are all rosy, he's good there too.
For his play on the field, probably not, especially if the Bears keep winning.
And the fans feel the same way.
Win, and they'll forget.
Walk away from your coordinator, throw your teammates under the bus, so what?
For those thinking this is normal, it isn't.
The Patriots had a bad start, including a home loss to Arizona, and there wasn't booing at Gillette.
The Packers looked bad against Jacksonville, but Aaron Rodgers didn't have a sideline breakdown or blame his teammates there.
And the Vikings got waxed at home, run all over by rookie Doug Martin, but there were no incidents there.
But the fans here must be used to it.
Mutter what you want Jay, as long as the Bears score more points.
And that's what he's done, though it's hard to give him all the credit.
The defense has been the leader of this, if we're all honest.
If the Bears start to lose when the schedule gets tough, however, watch how things will change. And Cutler will only make it worse.
He'll point fingers, lose his team and fans, and this whole love/hate relationship will reverse.
Thank goodness for Cutler, that hasn't happened yet.
And until it does, he can keep on smiling.
The pick: Tennessee is another team that will be overmatched by the Bears' defense and just susceptible enough to their offense. Expect a better outing than last week, because why shouldn't you?
Bears 28, Titans 12