Cutler values wins more than passing fancy
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http://www.trbimg.com/img-1353880915...-20121125/1280 Brandon Marshall bragged to Jay Cutler’s face in the middle of last Sunday’s win over the Vikings that he had just gone over 1,000 yards receiving for the sixth straight season.
Cutler jokingly responded to Marshall’s self-indulgence as “disgusting.”
On Wednesday, Cutler told the media at Halas Hall that he has no statistical-envy when it comes to his primary receiver. The Bears' pedestrian overall passing game is not an overwhelming concern.
“Eight and three, that’s the only thing I view," Cutler said of the Bears NFC North-leading record. "I couldn’t tell you one stat. 'B’ obviously is well schooled on his stats. Not only his stats, but every other receiver in the league. So he’s got that. That’s receivers for you. The good ones are all like that. They want the ball and they want the ball up.”
Marshall, who caught 12 passes against the Vikings to go over 1,000 yards this season, said Wednesday that he has loftier goals.
“To me, a 1,000 yards…you know, we have 16 games. I’m thankful…I’ve been blessed to have a few years with 1,000 yards. But I think that should be easy when you have 16 games. I won’t share my exact goals, but 1,000 yards is not my goal. So I’m not proud of 1,000 yards. I’m not proud of 100 catches. But one thing that has changed since I have been here…you know, my No. 1 goal is to win. And it’s the same with Jay.
“He doesn’t care if he throws for 4,000 yards, break records….he doesn’t care. He just wants to win. This guy is a selfless guy and a lot of people don’t know that about him. He’s not driven by money, he’s not driven by the media. He is focused on what he has to do and I appreciate that about him.”
Cutler is planning for Sunday’s game against Seattle with a re-structured offensive line in front of him. Right guard Lance Louis is out for the season with a knee injury and tackle Gabe Carimi, who made the emergency move to guard last Sunday is expected to play guard again.
“It’s not like Gabe hasn’t been playing all year,” Cutler said. “He’s got a good feel. And Edwin (Williams) has played in there before for us, so we will see how it goes.”
Asked what adjustments he might have to make behind a makeshift line, Cutler said: “I’ve got to get rid of the ball and keep those guys protected. We have to throw a lot of different looks at the defensive line and the secondary. We’ve got to get (Marshall) going. Hopefully we get Matt Forte going a little bit. It’s a collective group but I drive the thing, so I’ve got to get off to a fast start.”