When we first heard that Jay Cutler was going to be doing a weekly radio broadcast with Waddle and Silvy, it was surprising to some that a player that had such a seemingly distasteful opinion of the media would participate in a weekly show where he will be peppered with questions of varying intelligence. Today's broadcast figured to be more interesting since the Green Bay debacle, but in the end, Cutler didn't chew out Silvy or bump Waddle. Hit the jump for a highlight reel.
If you listened to the broadcast, I'm interested to know how others interpreted Jay's performance; and seriously, talking to the media is more of a performance and less of a factual representation of who a person is. There's a reason why players repeat the same mantras interview after interview and generally avoid spouting off about what they really think. I thought Jay was fun, snarky, engaging, and generally enjoying himself. He doesn't seem prickly, but he enjoys a brand of sarcasm and condescending humor that can be off-putting to some (especially if overdone).
Onto the broadcast highlights!*
*All of Cutler's answers are (sic) and should be considered paraphrases rather than direct quotes. I think I nailed most of it, but we'll err on the side of caution.
Concerning the Green Bay game and his performance:
I've got to play better, and it trickles down.
Started down, never got better.
Played us a little differently than in the past. Switched it up on us, and we didn't execute.
Game like that. Need to take care of the ball. Can't score without the ball.
On the J'Marcus Webb bump controversy
We've talked about it. It's really behind us... I've talked about it with the powers that be... the offensive line... each of them individually... its probably been blown up... by the media.
I probably shouldn't have bumped him. I don't regret yelling.
Silvy states that the general consensus is that you can yell but can't bump a teammate. Cutler's response:
Who makes that rule?
When asked about Webb's reaction to the bump, and whether Jay would've been happier if Webb pushed him back?
Sure. Anything to let me know 'hey, I'm pissed off too.' But you can't push or nudge, we just established that.
Did Cutler actually apologize to Webb?
That's between me and J'Marcus. He's our left tackle... internally, we circle the wagons. Win, lose, there's gonna be criticism. Someone trying to make a story out of something.
On the DJ Moore comment:
DJ's right. I'm not going to badmouth someone in the media.
On criticism about him (Cutler) and the offense's performance:
Can't let it bother you. There's always something they're going to say.
Media here is gonna scrutinize any little bit.
When asked how he responses to critics, Cutler said:
Silvy goes on about Cutler playing his best when he's having fun and not on the run, then mentions the Detroit game from last year when he was on the run. Cutler cuts him off with:
You just said I played best when I wasn't running around.
Silvy suggests some things that may have been bugging Jay during the Packers game (play calling, sacks, drops, etc).
These are just educated guesses at best... You're guessing. Admit that your guessing... this blows my mind.
The one throw Jay would want to do over?
The drop to BMarsh, put it up half a count quicker than I wanted to. Could've made it easier on him.
The interception when throwing to Marshall:
Came out wrong. Bad ball on my part, it could've made it... just kinda fluttered in the air.
On Michael Bush:
Undercover sign in the league.
On the playcalling:
(asking Silvy) Do... you... want to be the offensive coordinator?
Games are funny, you just never know how its going to play out.
I don't think you guys will be happy until we exclusively run everything from outside the pocket... its always something.
We gotta find ways to get Hester the ball... in space.
On the replacement refs:
Its not as clean a game you'd like to see. A lot of stuff after the play... more and more extracurricular stuff after the whistle... gotta clean it up... but it's a tough job.
Should the Rams copy what the Packers did on defense?
Also, apparently Cutler's nicknames for teammates include: Bushy (Michael Bush), BMarsh (Brandon Marshall), and J-Cam (Jason Campbell). And for Gilbert, Jay said Kristin does most of the heavy child-rearing at nighttime, since he's in season.
Overall the tone was rather light hearted compared to what some may have expected. Cutler and Silvy had some good back and forth, with Cutler chiding Silvy a bit at various points, but not contentiously. He's much more engaging when he finds an opportunity to joke or prod the interviewer; if he doesn't like the question (or maybe he's answering it for the tenth time today) he gives the standard athlete answer.