Jay Cutler gets a lot of criticism, but you can't say he's unrealistic.
He knows Sunday night did not go well.
The Bears quarterback attributed a poor offensive night to several different things, but he mainly pointed to the Eagles' dominance in the 54-11 pounding. A fast start by Philadelphia coupled with a slow start by the Bears made for a disastrous evening in the City of Brotherly Love.
"We should've started faster," Cutler said at the podium following the game. "We had to start faster. We were down 14-0 pretty quickly and then 21-0. It's hard to get in a rhythm because it's pass, pass, pass. We're putting the offensive line in a bad position, a lot of 1-on-1 blocks. ... They had a good plan, we've got to give them a hand. They beat us pretty thoroughly offensively."
Cutler was questioned as to how the Bears' playoff situation impacted their performance. Losses by the Packers and Lions earlier Sunday meant a win would've sent the Bears to an NFC North championship and a playoff berth. Cutler, not searching for excuses, said no.
"We felt good going into the game. I thought we had a good plan. I thought we had some really good practices this week. Obviously we didn't play like it," he said. "I don't think any of that other stuff really affected it. We knew our situation going into the game, but all that stuff dies away pretty quickly and we're just out there playing football, which we didn't do very well."
So now, the Bears have to win their final game if they want to play in the postseason, a Sunday-afternoon date with the rival packers in Week 17. What can they learn from Sunday night's loss? According to the quarterback, not much.
"I don't think we'll study this much. There's not much to study. We got beat down," he said. "It's a different type of game. We were playing a little bit of street ball just trying to crawl back into it. Pass, pass, pass. Two-minute situations in the middle of the third quarter. It's unrealistic, so to really go back and study it, it's going to be a waste of our time. We've got Christmas coming up, so it's going to be a shorter day for us. We're off tomorrow. So guys just have to regroup. We'll stay together. One game. One game and we're in."