More miscommunication about Cutler interception

  • Chicago Bears' Devin Hester (23) can't make the catch in the end zone during the first half of the preseason NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday.

    Chicago Bears' Devin Hester (23) can't make the catch in the end zone during the first half of the preseason NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday. Associated Press

Published8/18/2009 12:30 AM

BOURBONNAIS - Wide receiver Devin Hester said he was offended when he first read Jay Cutler's comments about the quarterback's interception in the preseason opener.

The pass intended for Hester was thrown into coverage and picked off by the Bills' Leodis McKelvin.


After the game, Cutler said: "Devin's more of a go-get-it guy. He's really not a back-shoulder, jump-up-and-get-it (guy). So you learn from it. We made some mistakes. It's the first preseason game. We've got some time to correct it and keep going."

Cutler told Hester he didn't mean it as a slight, although that's the way it was portrayed in another newspaper.

"I was (offended) when I read it, but then he said he didn't say it," Hester said of Cutler. "You can't go with what the papers say. You've got to go to the source and see what really happened, and he told me he didn't say none of that.

What Jay told me, he said that he didn't mean I wasn't a go-up-and-get-a-jump-ball-type guy, but I was one of those guys you've got to throw it out there and then go get it."

Cutler threw 6 passes to Hester, who had 2 catches for 22 yards. To some, it seemed Cutler was shifting the blame for the interception to Hester, but that's not the way the wide receiver is taking it.

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"It wasn't no criticism or anything like that," Hester said. "He was saying, 'You are not a 6-foot-8 receiver. You can't go up and get everything. But we know you are the type of receiver if we throw it out there, you'll go get it.' "

Hester said his relationship with Cutler is fine and will get even better as they become more familiar working with each other.

Plenty of blame: Offensive coordinator Ron Turner hinted that there was room for improvement from Cutler and Hester on the interception that has generated so much attention.

"It was pretty good," Turner said. "(Cutler) got a little bit of pressure, so he slid up in the pocket. Once his rhythm is off, (now) he's got to forget about it, come off (the primary receiver) and take his check-down. He'll learn that with more reps, and it'll be there."

Replays showed that running back Garrett Wolfe was wide open underneath. Turner said Hester ran a good route, but that in some situations, he needs to be more like a defensive back


"I think he misjudged it a little bit," Turner said. "If he can't make the play, he'll go up and break that up, which I've seen him do a bunch of times. He just kind of mistimed it and thought it was coming (right) to him."

Trainer's table: Cornerback Charles Tillman went through his most strenuous work since mid-June back surgery, running multiple sprints the width of the football field with fellow cornerback Zack Bowman (hamstring), who is getting closer to returning, although it isn't likely to be Saturday against the Giants.

Defensive tackle Matt Toeainia and linebacker Nick Roach, who suffered mild concussions against the Bills, were held from Monday's practice, as was safety Danieal Manning (hamstring). Defensive tackle Tommie Harris, tight end Greg Olsen and running back Matt Forte practiced after sitting out the preseason opener, but Harris and Olsen were not at full strength.


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