Jay Cutler delivers the best and worst of Jay Cutler

Even when he’s just waiting out a replay decision, Jay Cutler gives off a certain vibe. (L.M. Otero / AP)

 Updated at 3:14 p.m. with Cutler’s radio show

At some point in almost every game, no matter how he’s playing, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler does that Jay Cutler thing in which he simply cannot control his body language any longer and something Jay Cutleresque happens.

This time, he was snubbing his offensive coordinator rather than calling out a teammate and bumping him on the field, then later apologizing only for the bump.  In a 34-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, he showed up Mike Tice on the sidelines, jumping up and stalking off the moment Tice sat down next to him in an attempt to, you know, coach him up and work out the speed at which players were being given to Cutler.

“I don’t have to sit by him the whole game, do I?” Cutler asked reporters afterward, in that special way of his. “I know you guys have to sell papers. It’s hard out there. But you can’t blow up every headline. Things happen during football games. Just because I walk off and go get water doesn’t mean much.”

Indeed, it wouldn’t — if some variation of this didn’t seem to happen publicly nearly every single week. On his weekly radio show, Cutler dismissed the criticism.

“They take a 10-second clip and blow it out of proportion,” Cutler said (via the Chicago Tribune). “It’s unfortunate these things get so much attention. It happens on a weekly basis with teams and players. … I don’t want to talk about it. …. If I yell on the sidelines, I get killed. If I don’t say anything, I get killed. It’s a no-win situation.

“I think at the end of the day there is so much competition in the media … it is what it is. Mike and I are good. He’s my guy and he has my full support.”

Imagine what the controversy would have been like if Cutler hadn’t played well, completing 18-of-24 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and a 140.1 passer rating. 

“Jay managed the huddle well,” said wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who caught seven passes for 138 yards. “He was outstanding. He fired us up before the game. We fed off him.”

Marshall may have benefited from Cutler’s leadership during the week before Monday’s game.

“I just wanted him to play within the system and play a full game and not worry about the plays being called and not worry about balls coming to him and where they are going,” Cutler said (via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune). “Play Bears football. Play like he did in Denver with us. Let it come to him. I thought he was patient, he got a little chippy there in the first half [a week ago] and settled down and when his number was dialed up he made plays. That’s what he’s got to do. That’s his style of football and that’s where we are at right now offensively. 

“I think I am probably a little more the level-headed one, believe it or not, on the field than Brandon. He has a lot of highs and lows but when he is playing well he is hard to stop. We’ve got to keep even level and playing in the system and try to get him the ball as much as possible. That is my job.”

Can we have more of this Jay Cutler, please?

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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