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Cutler on Urlacher: "You can't take anything personal in this game"

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Jay Cutler said he has spoken with Brian Urlacher since the linebacker shared his thoughts on lots of things related to the Bears with Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, but was clear that Urlacher didn't owe him an apology for anything.

Urlacher was critical of the Bears' identity as a football team, and specifically an offense.

"Look, I love Jay, and I understand he's a great player who can take us a long way, and I still have faith in him," Urlacher told Silver. "But I hate the way our identity has changed. We used to establish the run and wear teams down and try not to make mistakes, and we'd rely on our defense to keep us in the game and make big plays to put us in position to win. Kyle Orton might not be the flashiest quarterback, but the guy is a winner, and that formula worked for us. I hate to say it, but that's the truth."

Said Cutler: "He doesn't have to apologize to me. I talked to him. I understand what he's talking about. It's frustrating. It's frustrating for everybody in that locker room. So I know where he's coming from."

What's interesting is this is the second time Urlacher has been talking about Cutler with Cutler not present and some controversy has arisen. Ex-Bears wide receiver Bobby Wade, who is friends with Urlacher, told KFAN in Minneapolis that Urlacher called Cutler a word for a female anatomical part that we're not going to use in this here space. Urlacher strongly denied it when he got to training camp.

"I don't know,'' Cutler said when asked if it was a coincidence. "I'm not going to get into that. I don't worry about that."

But Cutler said he can see how others would take Urlacher's remarks as a shot at him.

"You can't take anything personal in this game, especially whenever we're losing,'' Cutler said. "I'm going to get a lot of blame and I'm aware of that and a lot of it should come my way. I'm understanding with that. I know Brian's frustrated. I'm frustrated. There's not much we can do."

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If I side with Urlacher on anything here is simply the fact that he lets his emotions out (although in a questionable manner), but nonetheless expresses his frustrations, rather than bottling them up and hiding them behind pc rhetoric. And I can;t blame him with all thei ssues running around, it personally relieves me that at least one of the players is man enough to express the frustration and anguish we fans are feeling and finally expressing.

As for Cutler, I must give him credit for agreeing with Urlacher on the issue and not taking the remarks to heart. Both of them proved to be mature and man enough to understand the issues and emotions flying around the team and possibly us fans.

Yes its frustrating, but Jesus Brian just shut up already, you are making the Bears look totally unprofessional with this garbage. I know your a media nut case that needs the spotlite, but shut up. Your injured, you can't do jack about jack. Quit trying to get your name in the papers and zip it. Lovie needs to put a leash on his dogs but instead is not only letting this go but saying its ok to do this. Is he nuts your pro team start acting like it. You have a game this week like doesn't Jay and the rest of the team have more important things to deal with, not their injured defensive captain bashing them from his nice warm house while he is trying to hook up with three different chicks.

Don't make Steven Seagal deputy Sherrif come to your house and talk with you. What next is Paris Hilton going to start slamming on Cutler or maybe some crazy strippers.

Ish, what are you thinking? That the team needs this kind of distraction? If you don't think that Urlacher has pissed a lot of people off, a lot of teammates, you are fooling yourself. What he did is foolish and immature and not what a true teammate does. And it's not just Cutler. He ripped Forte too.

He's a hypocrite too, because everyone knows how much he hated the Tampa two when it was installed. I think the reason he "loves" Lovie so much is because he thinks he can do anything and not get called on it.

The truly amazing thing is that he spouted this BS to someone other than Jay Glazer.

These things I know to be true:

1. Urlacher is not the great teammate people think he is;
2. Cutler is a man and a teammate for taking the high road and not getting in the mud with Urlacher; and
3. Cutler is going to be here a lot longer than 54 and is going to be the leader of the team.
4. Who is acting like a leader and who is not gets clearer all the time.

Brian, just shut up.

Cutler is not a winner. BU is correct. Good thing the Bears drafted a winner in Dan Lefevour. Like Brady and both Mannings and Montana and Warner ... Lefevour is a winner. All those guys have different skill levels. But they win. Cutler has not won since high school. He's forgotten how.

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