Cutler ignored Tice as he came off the field and, when Tice sat beside him on the bench, jumped up and walked off, leaving Tice to pursue him (see the video here) and prompting yet another internet storm of criticism of Cutler’s often petulant body language.
“They take a 10-second clip and blow it out of proportion,” Cutler said on his weekly radio show (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.”
It could have been worse for Cutler, who earlier this season bumped and yelled at a teammate during a game. At least he played well, completing 18-of-24 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and a 140.1 passer rating in the Bears’ 34-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
“From now on,” Cutler joked, “I’m not going to go get a drink of water on the sidelines.”