Chicago Bears: The Right People Like Jay Cutler & Other NFC Notes

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 18: Brandon Marshall #15 and Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears wait during a time out against the Washington Redskins during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Is there strife in the Bears' locker room? 

To hear it over at, the answer is no, at least as far as Jay Cutler's receivers are concerned.

While there may be issues elsewhere within the team regarding Cutler (and other than rumors we don't and won't know), the most important guys are happy with him. 

Both Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester had nothing but praise for Cutler, even if Marshall allowed for the fact that Cutler is "totally different than any quarterback I've ever been around."

That's what his receivers like about him, Marshall says, that he does march to the beat of his own drum.

He's not cuddly. He's not handing out lollipops. He is a passionate player who cares about his team, no matter how many shots of him frowning on the sideline get snapped.

When Giants rookie running back David Wilson fumbled in Week 1 and looked like he was crying, more than a few fans had an issue with that, to which I asked, "Would you rather have a player who doesn't give a damn?"

While even Cutler will admit that bumping J'Marcus Webb was something he shouldn't have done, I'd rather him yell at Webb or someone else than the quiet acceptance of Kevin Kolb, Mark Sanchez and the like. Those are quarterbacks who aren't going to succeed, while Cutler, like him or not, has to date.

Ultimately, nobody has to like him outside of his receivers. Even his offensive linemen don't have to want to invite him out for drinks after a game. 

His receivers are the guys he needs to bond with, the guys who he needs chemistry with.

At the end of the year, Super Bowl or not, that's the measure we might be better served looking at with Cutler because that's how the Bears will be successful anyway.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

The Tribune's Dan Pompei says that the Bears blitzed the Cowboys more than they had blitzed anyone else in this early season. has a great video about Cutler's take on the Mike Tice sideline brouhaha.

Another Tribune piece, this one by Jared Hopkins, showing a different side of Brandon Marshall.


Detroit Lions's Justin Rogers says the defensive line didn't step up against Adrian Peterson until it was too late.

Dave Birkett at the Free Press says that while 1-3 is 1-3, to Lions president Tom Lewand, this 1-3 feels different.

The Detroit News' Josh Katzenstein says that Lions will dwell on their 1-3 record going into the bye week, for good or ill.


Green Bay Packers

Over at, Zach Kruse gives us his grades for the offense after the first quarter of the season.

The Green Bay Press Gazette has a piece about running back Cedric Benson and his status as lead back in the offense.

The Journal-Sentinel's Lori Nickel says that the more consistent the lineup, the more consistent the offensive line is.


Minnesota Vikings

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus writes a scouting report piece for 1500 ESPN each week and has a nice piece up on the Tennessee Titans today.

Daily Noresman's Ted Glover has his quarterly report on the team complete with painful song reference in the title.

Maybe Ted's right on, though, as the Pioneer Press says that every year the Vikings have started 3-1 they've made the playoffs.


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