Surprisingly, Jay Cutler addressed the profane comment he uttered last Sunday toward offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
The second surprise was that Cutler had some killer material.
The Bears' quarterback was caught on camera and microphone vs. the Vikings shouting to the sideline, telling quarterbacks coach Shane Day to relay a message to Martz in the Soldier Field coaches' booth.
"Tell him I said '(expletive) him," Cutler was heard saying.
Asked about the exchange, Cutler likened it to a loud, heated, verbal altercation between two media members last week that spilled into a hallway at Halas Hall.
"Things happen," Cutler said. "You guys were fighting in the hallway last week."
After the laughter died down, Cutler continued.
"You know, I'm not going to make a big deal if it's not a big deal," he said. "We're all on the same team in this building. We're going to try to win football games."
Martz claimed not to be aware of the sound bite that has already made its way to YouTube, but when informed of it, he laughed it off.
"That's probably the nicest thing that a player said to me during the game," Martz said. "You've got to understand that during the course of a game a lot of things get said. It's a very competitive environment.
"That's not an issue really. It's just part of the deal. During games a lot of things get said, trust me, by everybody. So that's not an issue."
Cutler said he didn't have any complaints with the omnipresent cameras that are part of NFL game coverage.
"They have cameras everywhere now," he said. "That's the media, and that's how it is these days. They're going to try to create stories and they're going to try to find anything to make something out of nothing. It is what it is, and that camera is going to be there."
Cutler said he did not regret the message he sent to Martz, even though the Bears were already up 23-3 late in the first half.
"I'm a competitor, so is he, so is everyone on this offense," Cutler said, "and whether we're up three touchdowns or we're up three points, a second- or third-down call is as important as anywhere in the game."
Cutler and Martz both seemed satisfied to put the episode in the past.
"We're good," Cutler said. "We're moving on. (We're) excited about this week's game plan; excited to go play in London."
"He's just a dependable guy who does a great job in the slot," coach Lovie Smith said. "He's a consistent football player in just about any role we put him in, from being on special teams to returning a punt to of course playing receiver."
Bennett has been one of QB Jay Cutler's favorite targets since they played together at Vanderbilt.
"I love playing with Earl," Cutler said. "He's a tough player who helps the running game and the passing game. Without him, obviously we took a little bit of a step back."
--Veteran DT Amobi Okoye was impressed by rookie Stephen Paea's NFL debut against the Vikings that included a sack for a safety on his second NFL snap.
"It definitely raises the bar for everybody," Okoye said. "During camp, I said that even the guys that we let go after the cuts, that everybody here is a starter, (or) a potential starter in the NFL. It does nothing but get each and every one of us better because there's no room to slack. He had a great first outing."
Okoye recalled his first NFL sack as a rookie with the Houston Texans in 2007.
"It was against the Panthers and Jake Delhomme," Okoye said. "I had a two-sack game, actually. It was the second game of my rookie year." Okoye said he saved some mementos from the milestone.
"The helmet, the cleats, the gloves," he said. "I think I might have kept the jock strap."
--Devin Hester was named NFC special teams player of the week after scoring on a 98-yard kickoff return in Week 6 against the Vikings and setting up a field goal with a 27-yard punt return on his only opportunity.
The touchdown was the 16th kick-return score of his career (11 punts, 5 kickoffs), which extended his NFL record. Hester added 91 receiving yards on five catches, including a 48-yard touchdown grab and received two game balls from his teammates, one each for his contributions on special teams and in the offense.
BY THE NUMBERS: 17 -- Devin Hester's career return touchdowns (11 punts, 5 kickoffs and a 108-yard return of a missed field goal). He is tied for second most in NFL history with Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, and trails only Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (19). Hester has reached the mark in just 82 games, while Woodson played in 238 and Sanders in 188.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm excited to go. Not really, though. I'm not that into sight-seeing or whatever, so I mean, buildings and whatever, the bigger they are ... I'm just looking at them hoping they don't fall on me." -- Bears nickel CB D.J. Moore.
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