After Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returned to practice Tuesday, he spoke to reporters for the first time since Sept. 19, the night he sprained his right thumb severely enough to miss the next five games, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
When asked about having coach John Fox’s support, Cutler said, “”He doesn’t have a choice, I guess, at this point. Brian is out, so I’ve got to go. I’ve had good conversations with Foxy this week, last week, the week before. There’s never been any strain in our relationship. We’re both very open and honest, and we’re on the same page. We just want to win football games.”
He was also asked how he felt when Fox opened the starting role up to Hoyer shortly after he was hurt. “It is what it is. Anytime you have a backup quarterback—and to Brian’s credit, he played well,” Cutler said. “I think as a team, we wish we would have won some more of those ball games. But Brian went in there and did a great job. My discussions with everybody that I have relationships with in here were positive, and whenever I was ready to go, I’d be ready to go. There was never any discussion regarding (whether I’d take back over) with me.”