They can't say Jay Cutler didn't put his best face forward this afternoon when he walked into the media room at Halas Hall and addressed the Bears' disappointing 21-15 defeat Sunday night at Lambeau Field, one of the worst performances of his career from the standpoint that he throw four interceptions. We're not going to interpret any words or slice up any quotes or spin this, we'll just put out parts of what said, particularly in relation to the game and the fallout from the game.
They said on TV you were nervous before the game, was that the case?
"I think everyone's nervous before the game. If you're not nervous, it means you don't care about it. It's probably time to hang it up. I think that whole locker room was nervous. Everyone had a few butterflies. It was the first game. It was the kick off of the season. It was a good nervous though."
So you were not more nervous than a typical game?
"No, not at all."
Were you satisfied with your composure during the game?
"Throwing four picks, it's tough. There's a lot of ups and downs. Normally in a game there are a lot of ups and downs. But the way we were coming on and off the field, I thought we did a good job of bouncing back. Even whenever I put the defense in a hole the way we did, the guys bounced back, made some plays and gave us a chance at the end."
Do you have to balance expectations for the receivers knowing they are young and inexperienced?
"We're young. That's no excuse, though. They know what to do. We practice it all week. We go over it. They know exactly what they're doing, and I thought they did a great job on Sunday for us. We'll continue to get better and better with those guys and I'll get better too."
What do you make of the analysis of everything from your facial expressions to sideline demeanor and is that expected?
"You expect it, and when you lose that stuff gets magnified even more. If we win that ballgame and I play a little bit better, it's going to be a lot better outcome. I'm sure some of the columns are going to be a little more positive. When you throw picks, you're going to get criticized, you're going to get picked apart a little bit, and that's as expected."
Are you being misperceived?
"I don't know. I haven't really read anything this week or previous weeks. I'm worried about the guys in the locker room; this offense, this team and how we're playing on a week-in, week-out basis. We're worried about the Steelers right now."
Are you familiar with the comments by Mike Martz and Jim Mora Sr. regarding your press conference? Have you heard them?
"I have not. I heard briefly about it. Like I said, we can't worry about that. I can't worry about that. Just worry about the guys in the locker room and getting better."
Was it one of your most difficult weeks?
"I'm disappointed. The locker room's disappointed in the loss. I'm disappointed in my performance. I let the guys down, four picks. But we can't dwell on it. I can't dwell on it. We've got to keep going. The city obviously is probably a little bit disappointed as well. We're going to bounce back, I'm going to bounce back. We're going to get better. That I can promise you."
More on Cutler later.