In a trying season that’s had the same kinds of bumps and bruises the Chicago Bears suffered on offense a year ago, emotions have run high at times.
Even with a 20-point lead late in the first half Sunday night, that was the case for quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears were already well on their way to blowing out the Minnesota Vikings 39-10 when NBC cameras and microphones caught Cutler delivering a not-so-nice message to the sideline.
Cutler was moving from the huddle to the line of scrimmage when he turned to the sideline and yelled: “Tell him I said (bleep) you.”
The bleep, of course, will rhyme with the word truck if you search the Internet and find the video that is all over the place.
Who is “him?” Cutler wouldn’t need to ask the sideline to pass along a message to someone there. It’s easy to wonder if Cutler’s message was directed for offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who operates from the coaches’ box. The Bears have been disheveled on offense much of the season, burning timeouts when they haven’t gotten plays in on time or had plays matched with the wrong personnel. But things worked relatively well in the beatdown of the Vikings.
“I don't think many guys were upset last night,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “You have to be careful about those cameras and the access that you guys get now. Some things you don't want to know. It's like you guys in the media. I don't want to know what you're saying down here always. If you had cameras here, you'd find out a lot of things that most people don't want to get out.
“So, for us, some things are sacred a little bit. Like the locker room for the players. You don't want cameras and microphones down there. So, again, there has got to be more important things to talk about than that type of stuff — football.”
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