Bears quarterback Jay Cutler pushed back on the notion he lost the team after last Sunday’s disappointing performance in Tampa, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.
Bleacher Report reported that it spoke to an unnamed Bears player that claimed Chicago’s locker room has given up on Cutler. Another unnamed player told the website that Cutler’s lack of preparation was, “truly embarrassing” in the Bucs’ 36-10 victory.
Cutler finished the game 16-of-30 for 183 yards, two interceptions (one for a Pick-6) and two lost fumbles.
“Unnamed source, I’m guessing?” Cutler asked on Thursday. “The source could be a lot of people. It could be a made-up source. It could actually be guys in there. If people actually start putting their names on it, we can have a discussion about it.
The game before [versus Minnesota in Week 8] was the opposite end of the spectrum. Whenever you lose we all know what this position entails and when you do have a performance like that as a quarterback you’re going to get some of that stuff. I don’t feel like the locker room has ever [given up on me]. I’ve never felt like that in the locker room with those guys.”
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains denied that Cutler specific preparation played a role in Week 10’s lopsided loss.
“I didn’t see that 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.”