NFL Network’s Scott Hanson reported from Lake Forest, Ill., on Wednesday with the latest on, about and from Jay Cutler.
Cutler struggled in his Bears debut Sunday, as he threw four interceptions in a 21-15 season-opening loss to the Packers. Cutler told reporters three days later that he was less than thrilled with his performance, but he’s “confident” he’ll be better this Sunday against the Steelers.
“I’m disappointed in my performance. I let the guys down [with] four picks,” Cutler said. “But we can’t dwell on it. I can’t dwell on it. The city is obviously a little bit disappointed as well. We’re going to bounce back. I’m going to bounce back. We’re going to get better, that I can promise you.”
What also disappointed some people was Cutler’s demeanor at his postgame news conference. Two former NFL coaches — Mike Martz and Jim Mora — were rubbed the wrong way and questioned Cutler’s maturity on NFL Network’s The Head Coaches show.
“When I saw that postgame press conference last night, I thought he looked completely immature,” said Mora, a former Saints and Colts coach. “He acted like he didn’t even care.”
“He just doesn’t get it,” added Martz, a former coach of the Rams. “He doesn’t understand that he represents a great head coach and the rest of those players on that team. … Somebody needs to talk to him.”
While Cutler said Wednesday that he doesn’t pay attention to media coverage, Bears coach Lovie Smith defended his quarterback.
“It’s a little disappointing, especially coming from a couple of former coaches to make those types of comments about Jay,” Smith said. “Everyone who has been around him, his teammates, former coaches, they know what type of player he is, what type of person he is. He represents our organization well.”
Mora, of course, is well known for his postgame press conference in which he coined the now infamous “Playoffs!? Don’t talk about playoffs!” rant. He jokingly suggested that his expertise could help Cutler.
“Having always handled my postgame press conferences in a professional way, I’m an authority on these types of things,” Mora said. “I could give him a tip or two.”