Bears tight end Greg Olsen tried to be polite, answering a line of Jay Cutler questions during a press conference Wednesday.
He didn't know the reporter by face, although Rick Reilly of ESPN is one of the most prominent sports journalists in the country.
What's Cutler's personality like?
"I don't really think his goal is to have people to get a certain thing," Olsen diplomatically said. "He is what he is, and he's our leader, he's our quarterback, and guys on this team, we know him, and that's all that matters.
"It's not a popularity..."
But before Olsen could finish the thought, Reilly asked if Cutler was misunderstood.
"Yeah, I do. I think people form their opinions on people, based on a lot of misinformation and what not. But, again, no one on this team, including Jay, is too concerned with that," Olsen said. "He's our guy, he's our quarterback, we all believe in him. He's our leader. He's a great teammate. All that stuff is not even a question around here, with the players."
Later, Olsen noted that he's surprised to hear people draw conclusions about Cutler, without actually interacting with him.
"Everyone else on the outside forms their opinions based off nothing, pretty much," he said.
But when Reilly asked if Cutler is funny, Olsen was ready to move on.
"Can we move onto something else?" he said, clearly annoyed.
So Olsen was excited to answer the next non Cutler related, whether it was about taxes or his New Year's resolution.
Cutler, meanwhile, sidestepped and downplayed every question.
Asked if about his public image, Cutler said, "I don't worry about it.
"I don't know what my public image is."
Full disclosure: I've known Reilly for more than a decade, and I've read his work -- most in Sports Illustrated -- since I was a teenager. As always, I'll be interested to read his take.