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."