Maybe he just dreads the thought. Or maybe he really is that single-minded about what's directly in front of him.
But Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler isn't looking to the offseason or even to the season finale 11 days away.
Asked if 10 wins will be enough, Cutler said, "We can't worry about it.
"We've just got to get to nine wins. We can't go anywhere unless we get to nine and if we get to nine, we can talk about 10. But right now eight isn't good enough and nine might not be good enough either."
Asked about his concern that the Bears could start all over again if there's a new system/ coach: "I think that's a conversation for after the season.
"We're in the middle of the season right now. There's enough on our plate to worry about."
And asked about the uncertainty of what general manager Phil Emery will do following the 2012 season: "I don't think we can worry about that right now.
"We've got to worry about Arizona and then whatever happens at the end of the season, that's going to be a cause for concern and Phil's going to do whatever's right for this team."
Yes, plenty is at stake for a number of Bears employees over the next two weeks.
Lovie Smith. Most of his coaches. Cutler, who has a contract that expires after the 2013 season.
But Cutler is trying to stay upbeat.
"I think any time you lose games, you lose consecutive games, there's going to be that doom that sets in of what we could do differently, what we should have done," he said. "I think that's anywhere in the league. Even when I was in Denver, you lose a couple games here and there, and it's the end of the world.
"Once the season is over, I think that this organization will take time to let things settle down and figure out what the necessary steps are going forward. But as players, we can't worry about that. That can't be in the back of our mind, can't be anything we're concerned with. We can only have one concern right now, and that's Arizona."