“I care about this,” Cutler said.
“This isn’t just a hobby for me. If we’re not doing things the right way, I’m going to say something. If they want a quarterback that doesn’t care then they better get someone else.’’
Cutler is a prickly personality who doesn’t do himself any favours.
According to Profootballtalk.com, some within the Bears’ organization are worried that the other players might revolt on Cutler sometime this season if things continue to not go well.
There’s also those on the other side.
Cutler talked smack about Green Bay’s secondary, which only got the Packers more amped up for the game.
Charles Woodson and Cutler had a few words for each other on Thursday and Woodson was happy to chirp after the game.
“Heard some talk out of the Bears: Packers secondary not working coverage, bigger receivers … we heard about it,” Woodson told ESPN.
“We understand that Jay is excited about his new weapons, but it’s the same-old Jay. We don’t need luck; Jay will throw us the ball.”
This could get mighty ugly.
Cutler might have to do better next time out minus running back Matt Forte, who has a high ankle sprain.
The Bears will work out Steve Slaton on Saturday.
Hard as it is to believe, a Forte injury might be less concerning for the Bears than Cutler’s behaviour.
Anthony Hargrove, one of four players who were suspended for being part of the New Orleans Saints bounty program, insists he is innocent.
“I don’t think any of the evidence they have against myself or any other players is strong,” Hargrove said to ESPN.
“And so I’ve taken a stand in the beginning and I continue to have the same stand, as innocent.”
Hargrove said no money was exchanged as part of a bounty program.
“No, not me, not my teammates, no one,” he said.
“That’s not the way the game is played. You can’t play the game like that.”
Hargrove said he wants his suspension overturned completely, not just reduced, since he doesn’t believe he did anything wrong.
STEELER STARS OUT?
On Thursday, it appeared James Harrison would play on Sunday against the New York Jets.
A day later, with Harrison still unable to practice, that looks unlikely.
Harrison and Troy Polamalu are listed as questionable and not expected to play.
Running back Rashard Mendenhall was listed as doubtful and likely will wait another week to make his season debut.
Pierre Garcon will be a game-time decision for Washington due to a foot injury … Oakland centre Stefen Wisniewski will make his season debut on Sunday in Miami and long-snapper Jon Condo might play as well … Cincinnati linebacker Thomas Howard is done for the season after tearing his ACL at practice on Thursday. The seven-year veteran led the Bengals in tackles last season … Carolina expects Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart to play on Sunday against New Orleans … Safeties Madieu Williams (Washington) Taylor Mays (Cincinnati) and Rahim Moore (Denver), have been fined $21,000 each by the NFL for unnecessary roughness. Houston defensive end Antonio Smith was fined $21,000 for kicking Miami guard Richie Incognito. Several other players faced lesser suspensions … Following Thursday’s loss to Green Bay, Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher said: “Maybe we’re not as good as we thought we were. We’ve got a long ways to go and that’s obvious.” … Tim Tebow denied a report that he will ask for a trade if he isn’t a starter by the end of the season. “I find that pretty funny,” Tebow said … Indy will be without linebacker Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Austin Collie is doubtful again.
WILL ROMO GET AN EXTENSION?
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently said that the team wasn’t planning to offer Tony Romo an extension.
According to ESPN, that’s not necessarily the case.
The report said Jones has told Romo the team wants to give him a new deal and there has even been some preliminary talks on the matter.
The quarterback’s contract is up after the 2013 season and his cap hit will grow from $8 million U.S. to $16 million U.S. next season.
Signing Romo to a more cap-friendly deal would give the Cowboys more options with the rest of the roster.
According to Profootballtalk.com, a Romo extension isn’t expected to happen anytime soon though.
“I haven’t even thought about it,” Romo said.
Romo apparently would prefer to bet that he will continue to play well this season than take a deal now.
He might also be less willing to negotiate now after a less than supportive off-season from Jones and the Cowboys who gave him lukewarm support following the 2011 campaign. Romo’s regular season numbers are tremendous, but he has been unable to carry the Cowboys to postseason success.
Romo is finishing up a six-year, $67.4 million deal, but is 32 years old.