Jay Cutler said he doesn't regret telling offensive coordinator Mike Martz, ''[Bleep] you'' during the Bears' victory over the Vikings on Sunday night, but added that it's all part of competitors being competitive in the heat of battle.
''Things happen You guys were fighting in the hallways last week,'' he said Wednesday, referring to an altercation between rival reporters in the media room at Halas Hall. ''I'm not going to make a big deal of this. It's not a big deal. We're all in the same team in this building. We're going to try and win football games.''
Cutler was clearly upset after Devin Hester dropped a catchable ball on a second-and-seven play at the Vikings 32-yard line with 43 seconds left in the first half. Cutler glared at the sideline, made the play call in the huddle and after breaking the huddle turned to the Bears' sideline and said, ''Tell Martz I said [bleep] you.'' The incident was caught by NBC's cameras and on-field microphones.
Tempers have flared among teammates and coaches throughout the history of the NFL, but rarely with a 23-3 lead, and rarely while a quarterback is trying to run a third-down play with the play-clock running. But Cutler said that was not an indication that his issue with Martz was more than an isolated incident.
''I'm a competitor. So is he. So is everyone on this offense,'' Cutler explained. ''Whether we're up three touchdowns or three points, a second- and third-down call is as important as any one in the game. It is what it is. We're good. We're moving on. Excited about his week's game plan and excited to go play in London.''