Jay Cutler Talks Trash and More News and Notes from the NFC North

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 09:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks for a receiver against the Indianapolis Colts during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field on September 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Colts 41-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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'Good luck.'

That's the message Jay Cutler had for the Green Bay Packers' secondary. 

Oh, and he would like them to play press coverage.

Cocky? Maybe, especially after just one win. However, that's Jay Cutler these days according to Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago.

Unlike in years past, it's no false bravado though. He has the best set of weapons he's ever had, a much better offensive coordinator and that should fill him with confidence.

You want your quarterback to be a little cocky. 

Calling out the opposing defense though... well, while I like the moxie, I always think it's a dangerous game.

Take the New York Jets. You have to love Rex Ryan's bravado—for the first year. After a couple of years you just want to say to him, 'Dude, just quit yapping and win.'

Cutler has one win under his belt this year, and the Packers looked more than a bit off last week.

However, Chicago is not without flaws, and the Packers are well equipped to make mincemeat of a shaky offensive line. They have a very potent offense as well, and the Bears' secondary has some question marks.

Cutler has every reason to be confident. Every right to be cocky.

He might want to avoid calling out a division rival just before a huge game.

On the other hand, what would we write about if he didn't?

Moving on to other smack talking divisional rivals...


Chicago Bears

Mark Potash of the Sun-Times says the Bears could actually play with a lead against Green Bay thanks to their new-fangled offense.

Interesting tweet from the Tribune's Vaughn McClure regarding the varied combinations defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli threw at Indianapolis.

Over at ChicagoBears.com, Larry Mayer talks about how the Bears have done on a short week along with some other things in his Q&A this week. 


Detroit Lions

MLive.com's Justin Rogers thinks the Niners are vulnerable to the Lions' big-pass weapons.

I was excited to see that Holy Schwartz! has a new post up analyzing the clock 'error' at the end of the Lions' win on Sunday.

The Free Press' Dave Birkett says Matt Stafford could throw for 350 yards this week.


Green Bay Packers

Aaron Nagler in his alternate reality persona at CheeseheadTV.com gives you everything you need to know going into the Packers-Bears tilt tonight.

The Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn says the Packers should deal Greg Jennings before the trade deadline.

Over at Pocket Doppler, Colleen pontificates a bit on the continued referee labor strife.


Minnesota Vikings

Judd Zulgad at 1500 ESPN says the Vikings are looking to mix up their defensive schemes a bit.

This is only kind of vaguely attached to football, but the guys at Daily Norseman are helping their sister site 'Hockey Wilderness' try to win money for a very worthy charity called Defend the Blue Line, which helps the children of military members get involved in hockey. All you have to do is head to Facebook and vote.

I love Chris Kluwe. He continues to entertain me, yes, but he also stands firmly for what he believes in and isn't shy about speaking his mind. He recently slammed a politician for writing to the Ravens saying linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo should keep his support for gay marriage quiet, and when Commisioner Goodell also backed Ayanbadejo, Kluwe (who has disagreed with Goodell on, well, everything else) supported his Commish.


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