11:50 AM CDT, October 20, 2011
Look, Jay Cutler wouldn’t have to use naughty words if offensive coordinator Mike Martz would simply call the game plan Cutler told him to call.
Cutler didn’t deny he F-bombed Martz in Sunday night’s game, nor did he have any regrets about the episode caught by TV cameras and microphones. In no particular order, Cutler has now been victimized by NBC, Fox, TMZ, his offensive line and offensive coordinator.
Martz said he wasn’t aware of what Cutler was saying. Great. More communication problems.
Don’t kid yourself, people. Martz has a pottymouth, too. It’s just that instead of F-bombs, he calls seven-step drops.
Funny thing is, the third-and-long call of a draw play that prompted Cutler’s expletive might’ve saved Cutler some punishment. It was an obvious passing down, which has a way of working out badly for Cutler’s health. So, a case could be made that Martz actually made a smart call, a survival call, and he still got F-bombed for it. So Bears.
Imagine what gets said when the Bears play a good team.
We’re running a web poll asking how you feel about Cutler’s F-bomb on Martz. You have two choices: “No problem with it during heat of the battle’’ and “Shows QB’s lack of maturity, leadership skills.’’ I’m thinking there should be a third choice: “What took him so (bleeping) long?’’
I got an email from someone about Cutler: “Now Chicago sports-fans (sic) and media should know why Denver not complaining about his leaving . . .’’ Yes. Well. Happy Kyle Orton to you, pal. And you’re about to find out why the football world is laughing about Tim Tebow starting.
Taping his “Countdown to Kickoff’’ show on Comcast SportsNet, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs blah, blah, blah, money, money, money, yadda, yadda, yadda, gimme, gimme, gimme, 73-yard pass, 88-yard run, 79-yard pass.
It’s not what they say, it’s what they don’t. Today’s example comes from Lovie Smith. Earlier in the week, the Bears coach was explaining why he didn’t just demote safety Chris Harris, but made him inactive against Minnesota in favor of rookie Chris Conte and inexperienced Major Wright: “I as head football coach felt like I knew what Chris could do.’’ That’s code for “I know what Chris cannot do.’’ Thing is, I’m sure Harris could’ve played 15 yeards deeper than any safety in the history of the world the way rookie Conte did. At one point, Conte was so far back it looked like he was covering the Bean.
Harris asked for a trade, but that didn’t work any better than Lance Briggs’ demand to be dealt. The Bears’ defense just can’t execuite on or off the field. Maybe Briggs should ask that Harris be traded and Matt Forte should demand that Briggs sut up.
Did you catch the oft-fined Brandon Meriweather saying the NFL is going too far in its crackdown of illegal hits: “They teach you growing up that you’ve got to be violent and put the fear of God in people, but when you get to the league that you’ve been dreaming about your whole life, they tell you to change your game 100 percent or get money taken from you.’’ Fear of God is one thing, pal, fear of cheap shots is another.
Meriweather has been fined by the league and demoted by the Bears. Raise your hand if you don’t understand why Bill Belichick ran him out of New England.
Devin Hester was named NFC special teams player of the week. Leslie Frazier was named second consecutive idiot coach who kicked to Hester.
Stephen Paea made his debut at defensive tackle with a safety and a right to start this week. He also made everybody wonder what the coaches were waiting for. It’s one thing for a good coach to put a player in position to succeed, but the Bears defensive coaches couldn’t even put this guy in a position. Yeesh.
The Bears and Bucs are both walking into a potential letdown game after beating divisional opponents. Difference is, the Bucs beat a good team.
The Buccaneers left for London early this week to get acclimated to the time change and especially the field. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said Wembley Stadium is “slipperier than what you expect, so it’s important for our guys to be able to practice on it and with the right cleats on.’’ The Bucs have been practicing in England since Monday. The Bears won’t get there until Friday. So, c’mon everybody, sing along with me: “London Bears are falling down, falling down, falling down . . .’’
The Bears decided to travel Thursday night because they wanted to stay close to their regular schedule: Wednesday practice, Thursday practice, Friday light practice, Saturday walk-through, Sunday give up big plays.
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