Cutler believes Urlacher is on his side

Updated: December 3, 2009, 6:40 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Jay Cutler says he knows Brian Urlacher well. And the Chicago Bears quarterback says the only thing his superstar teammate is guilty of is a poor choice of words.

After reports of a splintering relationship during the summer quieted, Urlacher re-ignited the talk with his comments to Yahoo! Sports last weekend. The Bears linebacker, who is out for the season with a wrist injury, said he wondered why the the team has gone from emphasizing the run to the pass under Cutler.

Urlacher also praised former Bears quarterback Kyle Orton, traded to Denver with draft picks in the offseason for Cutler, saying Orton "might not be the flashiest quarterback, but the guy is a winner, and that formula worked for us."

So did Cutler take the Orton comment as a dig?

"I know he's frustrated, not only with the fact that we're not winning but that he's not out there playing with us," Cutler said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 Chicago. "Should he have chosen his words a little bit better? Possibly, but we're not going to get into that. I'm not going to lecture him on that. He's been in this league longer than I have, and he's been very successful with what he's done. He's still my teammate. I wish we still had him, but I'm not going to get into a battle of whether he should say certain things or not."

In the Yahoo! Sports interview, Urlacher called Cutler "a great player who can take us a long way," adding he still has "faith in him," but he also hates "the way our identity has changed."

"We used to establish the run and wear teams down and try not to make mistakes, and we'd rely on our defense to keep us in the game and make big plays to put us in position to win," Urlacher told Yahoo! Sports.

With Cutler being asked to react to another round of comments by the linebacker, Cutler was asked if Urlacher hasn't welcomed his quarterback.

"I feel the opposite, I really do," Cutler said. "Since I got here he's welcomed me, the defense has welcomed me. It's an older team with a lot of veterans, a lot of high-character guys, especially defensively. They've been very supportive of me. There have been a few comments out there that I think have been taken out of context a little bit. But I think Brian has always been on my side, and he will be as long as I'm here."

Cutler, who leads the NFL with 20 interceptions, said he has talked to many coaches from his past to help him snap out of a nightmare debut season in Chicago.

"It's one of those years where nothing really is going my way," Cutler said. "We're getting some balls that seem to have magnets to defenders. I know what I can do on a football field. I'm still confident in my abilities. But like I've said numerous times, it doesn't happen overnight. We're still learning as an offense. Until we all come together, it's not going to be perfect."

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