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Jay Cutler downplays bench incident with Mike Tice

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During the second quarter, ESPN cameras televised Bears quarterback Jay Cutler get off the bench and walk away after offensive coordinator Mike Tice sat down next to him.

Cutler may have been frustrated with the late delivery of play calls from the sideline; he used a timeout with 6:08 remaining in the first quarter.

But Cutler downplayed the incident after the game. Two weeks ago, in Green Bay, Cutler was captured bumping into left tackle J'Marcus Webb.

"It wasn't about anything," Cutler said. "I don't have to sit by him the whole game, do I?"
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Reporters are not permitted to speak to coordinators and assistant coaches after games, but Tice will next be available Wednesday.

Asked if there were communication issues, Bears receiver Brandon Marshall coyly said, "Jay frustrated?

"No, Jay's never frustrated or mad. That's part of the football game. We wanted to have a lot of rhythm coming into this game. It took a quarter to get there. We finally got there. I think we all saw the tempo of the game throughout the second half."

Cutler responded, putting together one of his finest games in a Bears uniform.

He finished 18 of 24 for 275 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was 140.1, his highest mark since the 2010 season.

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I like both Cutler's and Marshall's tongue-in-cheek comments, especially Marshall's. Coaches have to realize that they are not the performers on the field, and failing to do so cann and does often lead to frustrationon the parts of the actual players.

Those exchanges have happened to EVERY PLAYER AND COACH in the NFL. Chris Motensen from ESPN even tweeted a reminder to the masses that Kurt Warner pulled an even "colder' brush-off to Dick Vermiel in the Super Bowl.

Everybody ... calm down.

Cutler's passer rating against the leagues number one defense? 140+


Here's to hoping Cutty can keep it under control next week.

Has everyone so quickly forgotten about last year's screaming match between Tom Brady and his OC Bill O'Brien?! Take a look. It makes anything between Cuter, Webb, and Tice look insignificant:

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