Cutler: No need for Urlacher to apologize
After reports of a rift in the summer, their relationship again was fodder for discussion after Urlacher questioned the
Now, that’s gone.
Cutler leads the league with 20 interceptions and the
Yet on Wednesday, the focus was more on Urlacher’s comments.
“He didn’t have to apologize to me,” Cutler said. “I talked to him. I understand what he’s talking about. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for everybody in that locker room. I know where he’s coming from.”
In the Yahoo! interview, Urlacher called Cutler “a great player who can take us a long way” and said he still has “faith in him,” but he also hates “the way our identity has changed.”
“We used to establish the run and wear teams down and try not to make mistakes, and we’d rely on our defense to keep us in the game and make big plays to put us in position to win,” Urlacher told the Web site. “Kyle Orton might not be the flashiest quarterback, but the guy is a winner, and that formula worked for us. I hate to say it, but that’s the truth.”
The problem is that the
With Orton last season, the
“You can’t take anything personal in this game, especially whenever we’re losing,” he said. “I’m going to get a lot of blame. I’m aware of that. A lot of it should come my way. I’m understanding of that. I know Brian’s frustrated. I’m frustrated. There’s not much we can do.”
Cutler said it’s “100 percent fair” that he’s taking the blame even though there have been breakdowns in just about every area this season. There were signs of trouble even as the
Urlacher suffered a season-ending wrist injury in the season-opening loss at Green Bay. Linebacker
The offensive line has been ineffective all year, leaving Cutler under pressure and often on the ground. He hasn’t helped himself by making questionable decisions, leading to interceptions, and the
“Do we want to run the ball more?” offensive coordinator Ron Turner said. “Yeah, there’s no question about that.”
“We’ve struggled running the ball and Brian’s right,” Cutler said. “You don’t have to run the ball every play. But when you run the ball, you have to be effective. I think that’s the most important part. There are a lot of teams that throw the ball, but when they do run the ball, it’s effectively. I think that’s the main issue.”