The Chicago Bears are 7-1 and they have their league-best defense to thank.
Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown on Sunday in Nashville, giving the team seven defensive touchdowns in their last six games. With one more interception return for a score, Chicago will tie the NFL’s single-season mark, held by the 1998 Seahawks. That’s a massive boost on the scoreboard and one that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hopes will serve as motivation for his sporadic offense.
“Offensively, I still feel like we have a long way to go to catch (the defense),” Cutler said during “The Jay Cutler Show” on ESPN 1000 Monday (via ESPN Chicago). “We have to raise our game up to their level because they’re playing lights-out football. At the end of the day, I don’t want it to come back on the offense and say, ‘Hey, you didn’t win the Super Bowl. You didn’t go this far because the offense was lacking.'”
Cutler and company joined the party in Saturday’s 51-20 thrashing of Tennessee with four offensive touchdowns including three on passes from Cutler to Brandon Marshall. Over the last five weeks, Cutler has thrown nine touchdowns and only two interceptions while completing 64 percent of this passes. But the team is still prone to slow starts and miscues that Cutler has officially deemed unacceptable.
“That’s something I don’t want on my shoulders,” Cutler said, “and I don’t want to have to look the defensive guys in the eye and say, ‘Sorry, we couldn’t get it done for you guys.’
“I think there’s going to be a game where in December if we’re lucky enough to get in the playoffs and get a shot at making a run, offensively we’re going to have to come in and play. They’re going to need us down the line somewhere, and we’re going to have to answer the call.”
Speaking answering the call, Cutler also said he planned to vote for Mitt Romney on Election Day, but called his political preference “a touchy subject” when he was asked about it by co-host Tom Waddle.
As the Huffington Post notes, President Barack Obama advocated for a trade that would send Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to his beloved Bears when he welcomed the Super Bowl XLV champions to the White House in Aug. 2011.
White House spokesman Adam Abrams clarified the remarks, saying Obama “understands the value of having a reliable backup QB,” but did not specify whether Cutler or Rodgers would serve that role.