Cutler: 'If I played better, it's a different ball game'

Cutler: 'If I played better, it's a different ball game'
September 30, 2013, 7:00 pm
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By Charlie Roumeliotis

Before Sunday, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had not thrown a single interception in five career games against the Lions at Ford Field.

After Sunday, that total quickly jumped to three -- in addition to a lost fumble that resulted in a defensive touchdown for Detroit.

And those turnovers are something Cutler loses sleep over.

"It bothers me," Cutler said on The Jay Cutler Show on ESPN 1000 with Waddle and Silvy Monday. "Some of those other throws you look at and I'm not for sure why I missed it for whatever reason. I was loose with the ball on the fumble. On three-step drops, the ball has to go. I know the reasoning behind that."

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Cutler finished the game with a season-high 317 passing yards. But he also finished with a 57.4 completion percentage, a season-low.

And a handful of those incompletions and interceptions came on throws he makes on a daily basis.

"I missed some throws I usually make," Cutler said. "On two of the picks, one to [Brandon Marshall], I underthrew it and the one to [Alshon Jeffery] was just high. I had a clear line of sight, my feet were good, I just missed him ... I just have to work on it and get accustomed to make those throws on the move."

Cutler absorbed most of the blame, and also noted the positives from his teammates Sunday.

"After watching the film, a lot of bad things happened, but a lot of good things happened as well," Cutler said. "The offensive line played great, the defense played great. I put them in a bad spot numerous times ... the whole second half we were in a two-minute drill.

"If I would have played a little bit better ... I think it's a different ball game."

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But Cutler reassured his listeners that the Bears are still hovering at the top of the division with lots of football left to play this season.

"We're 3-1, we're still in a good place in the division," he said. "It's not a four-game season, it's 16 so we got to keep getting better."