Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had his voice back, although he tiptoed around a few questions during his press conference.
Here are some highlights:
* On frustration with the run-pass ratio, and if his relationship with Mike Martz is at all strained: "[Laughs] Anytime, I think it's across the NFL, whenever you're losing games, there's a little bit of a sense of panic and a sense of doom. We've just got to get over that. You've got to keep working. You take a look at the film, and it wasn't just one thing. It was across the board. Every single person made a mistake at some point in that game. You don't want to blame one person. But if we take away some stuff, we're right there in it. We've just got to keep working. There were a lot of positives on the flip side."
* On how much input into the game plan he would like to have: "That's not my job; never has been. I never really wanted to be an offensive coordinator either. So this is Mike's system. This is what Mike does. One-hundred percent, I've bought into it since the first day of install. I'm gonna keep believing in it, and keep trying to run the plays to the best of my ability."
* On if he expected the offense to be further along by now: "Yeah, Week 1 we were good. We were clicking. We had a good balance. But more than that we executed the plays. We didn't have as many mistakes. We didn't have as many mentals out there, and that's the biggest thing. It doesn't really matter what defense we're going against, who it is. It's about us and us going out there executing."
* On if the Bears should scale back the offense, given the struggles: "You know it's not really Mike's M.O., and I don't really see us doing that."
* On getting away from the run against the Packers: "Mike saw some stuff in the secondary that he wanted to take advantage of and that's what we went with."
* On seeing Greg Olsen Sunday: "I went through it when I went back to Denver and played in a preseason game there. It's part of the business. He'll be fine."
* On his low completion percentage: "In any offense, [completion percentage] is important. You want to complete balls, and you want to do it at a high rate. We've had some pressure the first three games and I've had to dump the ball, had to get rid of it, had to throw it away. You know, there's a lot of things that contribute to that."
* On if this is a must-win Sunday against the Panthers: "I don't think we need to go that far. We want to win them all. This is an important game for us. We're gonna go out there. We're gonna do everything possible to win. There's a lot of football left. There's a lot of things that can happen. I don't think we need to start panicking quite yet."
* On where his offense is most challenged: "We've got to convert on third down. That ties into the rest of that stuff. So if we're converting third downs and giving ourselves manageable third downs... those third-and-longs, at the end of the day, we're not gonna be able to convert a high rate of those. So first and second down, getting enough yards to put us in position to be successful on third down and keep the chains moving, keep the clock moving and keep our defense off the field."
* On Carolina's defense: "They're a solid defense. A lot of stuff coming over from Philly, Ron Rivera from here and in San Diego. So they've got a lot of different elements to their defense. It's just a matter of us sorting it out. I think the theme of this conference right now is it's about us. We've got to take care of us first."
* On confidence in his offensive line: "Yeah, I don't have a choice. Those are the guys we've got to go with, and we've got to get them ready, and I've got to believe in them. So at the end of the day they're gonna do the best possible job they can for me."
* On if shorter passes would improve his accuracy: "We're more than a year into this offense and this is what we do. We're not gonna change. You can't halfway just decide to overhaul the offense. It's just not possible. It's not realistic. We're just gonna have to get better at the offense we're running right now, and execute it on a consistent basis."