Biggs: Cutler says interceptions not a vision issue
It’s not a vision issue, said Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for his league-high 18 interceptions.
That’s the same number he threw last season in Denver when the Broncos’ lousy defense was blamed for him having to play from behind too much that mistakes happened.
A question for Cutler after Sunday night’s 24-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was if his eyes betray him, particularly in night games. Cutler has type 1 diabetes.
“No,’’ Cutler responded. ``We’ve had good (blood/sugar) numbers all year long. Diabetes has never been an issue. It will never be an issue.’’
Perhaps it was fitting that the Bears’ final offensive play ended in an interception, a tipped pass intended for tight end Greg Olsen that linebacker Tracy White deflected and free safety Sean Jones picked off. Batted passes happen. The Bears’ first red-zone opportunity ended when Cutler tried to fire to Olsen—triple covered—at the goalline. That ball was nearly picked off, and was indicative of the kind of decisions that have led to five picks in the red zone already for him.
Twelve of Cutler’s 18 interceptions have come in four prime time games. He’s on pace for 29, which would be two shy of the franchise record and six less than the league record 35 slung by Vinny Testaverde with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1988. Testaverde is colorblind and a Tampa radio station rented a billboard with a blue background. It read: “Vinny thinks this is orange.’’
If the picks pile up anymore for Cutler, who has two more than New York Jets rookie Mark Sanchez, they’re going to be mocking him.
“I think it is totally a coincidence, I really do,” offensive coordinator Ron Turner said of the interceptions at night. “It's not a situation where it's night, it's prime time and maybe he's trying to force the issue too much. That is not the case. I went back and looked at all of them—that hasn't been the case. I don't know.”
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