Jay Cutler’s career has been full of ups and downs. It was reported earlier this week that Cutler’s teammates were not happy with his preparation, just a day after losing by 26 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cutler completed 16 of his 30 passes, compiling 182 yards and throwing two interceptions, as well as losing a fumble. Thursday afternoon, Cutler denied the reports that he lost the locker room.
“The game before it was the opposite end of the spectrum,” Cutler said via the Chicago Sun-Times, referencing just the week before when he led the team to a victory over the Vikings. “Whenever you lose we all know what this position entails and when you have a performance like that as a quarterback, you’re going to get some of that stuff.”
Cutler added, “I’ve never felt that in the locker room with those guys. But myself and the offense included, we’re definitely working to get better.”
He questioned the legitimacy of the report, and ended up declaring, “If people start putting names on it, we can have a discussion about it.”
Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said he didn’t see anything different in Cutler’s preparation that would have caused an issue.
“I didn’t see that [lackadaisical approach] in his preparation,” Loggains said. “But obviously, the way we played, I don’t think any of us were prepared. We need to do a better job coaching. We need to do a better job of executing plays.”
Loggains also agreed with Cutler in the sense that nobody complained after he won the previous week against the Vikings.
The Bears will be heading east to play the Giants on Sunday, who are coming off of a Monday night win against the Cincinnati Bengals. We’ll see if anything gets better for the Bears then, but even if it doesn’t, this is probably Cutler’s last season in Chicago.