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Post-Game Quotes: QB Jay Cutler

Posted Dec 23, 2013

On how tough it was being down 21-0 in the first quarter:

CUTLER: “Yeah, it’s hard. We should have started faster. We needed to start faster. We were down 14-0 pretty quickly and then soon 21-0. It’s hard to get in a rhythm because it’s pass, pass, pass. We’re putting our offensive line in a bad position, a lot of one-on-one blocks. They did a good job of taking away the outside lanes and then kind of blitzing our back. We were trying to keep [RB] Matt [Forte] in. They had a good plan. We have to give them a hand. They beat us pretty thoroughly offensively.”

On whether knowing what happened around the country before the game gave them a sense of momentum going into kickoff, and how it gave away so quickly:

CUTLER: “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. So 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 just have to go out there and play football which we didn’t do very well.”

On what allowed Philadelphia to create pressure consistently throughout the game:

CUTLER: “Like I said, we were down 14-0 pretty quickly and trying to climb back into the game, passing the ball. It’s hard on the offensive line with the one-on-one. That’s the thing, they do a lot of one-on-one blocks. It creates pressure on the edges and if you pass the ball, pass the ball, pass the ball, you’re going to get home at some point. We just have to do a better job early in the game of staying out of that situation, starting better, and getting some points up earlier.”

On whether, as a team, they study the tape of this game or forget about it and prepare for Green Bay:

CUTLER: “I don’t think we’ll study this one much. There’s not much to study. We got beat down, it was a different type of game. We were playing a little bit of street ball there 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 is going to be a waste of our time. We have Christmas coming up so it’s going to be a shorter day for us. We are off tomorrow, so guys just have to re-group, stay together, and it’s one game. One game away.

On what effect this game has on his confidence:

CUTLER: “None. Like I said, we had a great week of practice. We had a good plan. They just had a better one. It’s going to happen across the NFL. These guys went to Minnesota last week and had a similar game as we had today, and they come back today and they bounced back pretty well. Nothing says that we can’t play well next week.”

On whether it’s disappointing on a personal level to not build off the strong game against Cleveland:

CUTLER: “Personally, I’m not worried about it. As a team offensively, we didn’t play as well as we wanted to. A majority of that falls on my shoulders rightfully so. I’ve got to play better and in turn the rest of the guys will as well.”

On what happened on the interception that was returned for a TD:

CUTLER: “Bad ball. He did a good job of re-routing the slot and then sliding out there, but he’s just got to put it a little bit further out there.”

On what the mix of emotions is like right now having played a performance like that and knowing they’re seven days away from a title game:

CUTLER: “I’m not even thinking about this game to be honest with you. It’s done, it’s over with. I’m on to Green Bay. This game is wiped clean. I think the rest of the locker room is the same way. Not much we can do about this one. We just have to keep moving forward and concentrating Green Bay now.”

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