Cutler's Corner - 12/6/06

Jay Cutler discusses the learning curve of the NFL, the confidence in the locker room and the pressure of facing the San Diego Chargers. Check out the full transcripts from today's media sesion.

Jay Cutler

On what he learned most from his first start
"I learned a lot. I knew it wasn't going to be perfect going into it. I think the expectations were pretty high, obviously. Coach Shanahan talked about it being a process, and I knew it was going to be a process. (I'll) just take it one game at a time, learn from my mistakes and move on."

On whether expectations were too high
"I don't know. I think everyone was pumped up. A lot of people thought we'd go out there and throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns and win by 30. But I think we took a little bit more realistic approach to it and knew there was going to be some good and some bad. We had a chance at the end. It was just (that) turnovers got us earlier in the game."

On his first experience getting "Denver quarterback criticism"
"Yeah, that's good. I deserve it. I made some mistakes out there, things that I shouldn't do, but there were some positives, too. There was good and bad."

On what his expectations were
"Like I said, I went into it being realistic. I knew it wasn't going to be perfect. I knew I was going to make mistakes. I knew I was going to miss some reads and some throws, and I did. I've just got to get better and keep working."

On whether he thought the game plan was too much
"It was complicated, but a lot of the stuff that was complicated we really didn't even do during the game. It was kind of basic throughout the game. Our running attack was working, but just those turnovers really killed us."

On what he expects after getting through his "Welcome to the NFL" game
"'Welcome to the NFL, Week 2, I guess. There's going to be some good and bad again. This defense is good, and they've got a great offense. They're an all-around really good team. They just beat us here, so we'll have our hands full this week."

On whether the speed of the game began to slow down for his as the game progressed
"Yeah, there were a few times, but then we drove down and I threw that pick early. Then we had a couple consecutive fumbles and things were starting to click a little bit. Then we got some bad field position a couple times, and ended up going three and out. So I was starting to get on a roll, but every once in awhile something would happen. That's football. You've got to work through it."

On whether he's begun answering his phone again
"No, it's on silent. I look at it every once in awhile."

On having an interception run back for a touchdown
"It's going to happen. It's going to happen again sometime. You're just trying to make a play. You get rid of the ball instead of just taking a sack. But I worked my way out of the first guy and the second guy, I didn't really see him. It's one of those things that happen."

On stretching the field more in the future
"Yeah, we had some stuff in the game plan. It just didn't get called. We didn't like some of the looks we were getting. The times we did go to Javon (Walker), it was kind of a double-coverage situation, so it was tough to fit it in there. We've got some stuff in there this week to go downfield and some short stuff like we did last week, so we'll just see whether or not Coach Shanahan is feeling it in the game. Maybe we'll call it, maybe we won't."

On getting comfortable with the coaches and other players
"The offensive line, receivers, Coach Shanahan, Dinger [Assistant Head Coach Mike Heimerdinger], it's a process. Like he said last week before the game even started, they've got to feel me out – what I like to do. I've got to feel them out with what they like to call, we've got to find a middle ground."

On whether he's comfortable running the bootleg
"We did it in the preseason. I was comfortable with it then. We did it in college, so it's fine. Their defensive ends were flying up the field, so you can't do that stuff."

On San Diego's defense
"They're good. They're very good. They fly around the field. They like to bring pressure. Their cornerbacks are good. They try to keep things in front off them, so we're going to have our hands full. They're going to be a better defense than they were last time just because (Shawne) Merriman's back."

On whether the team's confidence is shaken
"I don't think so. This is a veteran group. We've got some guys that have been around a long time and that know that there are some waves you've got to ride in an NFL season. I think we're confident in the locker room, and we'll be ready to go."

On whether he's spoken much to QB Jake Plummer
"I talked to him this morning a little bit, and we talked Monday when we came in, talked about the game and stuff. He gave me a few things. Jake's been great about the whole thing, so I'm not worried about him at all."

On Chargers LB Shawne Merriman causing havoc for opponents
"He's been doing that since he got in the league, and that's nothing new to anybody. He's a good football player. He flies around the field and makes plays."

On whether he prefers being under center or in shotgun
"We're under center a lot here. I was shotgun a little more in college, so I'm still feeling out (Center) Tommy (Nalen) a little bit and he's still trying to get used to me. My hands are a little bit different than Jake's. It's a process."

On whether he feels the shotgun is more natural for him
"No, I think you talk to a lot of quarterbacks they'd rather be out of the gun. You see things better. You don't have to worry about the exchange, for the most part. But you can't do a lot of the stuff we need to do out of the gun."

On whether stopping San Diego from keying in on the run is dependant upon his performance
"I guess so, but we ran the ball well against Baltimore. We ran the ball really well last week. So I think it's just a mindset of our linemen, our backs and our receivers to go out and block, and I think we can run the ball no matter what."



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