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Lovie Smith Supports Bears QB Jay Cutler, Shrugs Off Criticism
Bears coach Lovie Smith voiced support Monday for Jay Cutler in the aftermath of the sideline confrontation between his quarterback and offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb during last Thursday's loss at Green Bay.
Smith was asked if he would prefer Cutler to be fiery with his teammates -- as he was with Webb -- or be more of a calm leader on the field.
"It’s pretty simple: I like Jay Cutler and everything that he is," Smith said. "And I am not trying to trade any of our players. The week before, you didn’t hear an awful lot of this stuff. We were talking about how good we were and how we were playing. So, we’ll get back to that where the focus is on the play on the football field.
"That’s what I was disappointed in: our play. The way we as coaches prepared our guys and the way we played during that game. But we’ll correct that. We’ve lost games before. We’re not the only team that has lost a big game that we thought we would win. But we’ll bounce back."
Nickel back D.J. Moore openly criticized Cutler on Monday for being "unfair" to Webb. Moore said Cutler knows he was wrong for pushing Webb and yelling at him on the sideline.
Cutler said he was unaware of Moore's statements and declined to comment on the matter.
Smith didn't seem to have a problem with Moore speaking out.
"D.J. Moore said that? I have no problem with any of our guys ... I have a problem with a ‘teammate said' or ‘source said.’ But if you put your name behind something and you want to voice your opinion, you can voice it," Smith said. "But again for us, it was business as usual today. We’re getting our football team better."
Source: Chicago Tribune
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