During the second quarter of tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup between Chicago and San Diego, fans were treated to a Smokin’ Jay special – otherwise known as the quarter-yearly Jay Cutler INT-for-touchdown.

Okay, fine.  That’s the Jay we all know and love. No one said the life of a gunslinger was a safe one. It’s definitely not the easiest route to a Lombardi, but, unlike a certain quarterback who resembles my big toe, Jay is a born risk taker. He wouldn’t hesitate to spit in Papa John’s face if given the chance. Some men just need to unleash the laser rocket arm. Phil knows

Anyways. After the Charger’s touchdown, Jay modeled his patented Cutlerface. Thus, blocked out were the haters.


I have to imagine that every turnover reminds Jay of his now-infamous bathroom incident.

“Jay, your team is down and you just threw a second quarter interc-”

“Doooooooooonnnnnn’tt caaaaarreee.”

To be fair, there’s a lot of game left and – unlike most Bears fans – I appreciate Jay’s “prep school quarterback handling adversity” aloofness. He’s the most important player on the field for a bad team in rebuild mode. Every game, the only chance of a Chicago victory rests on Jay’s shoulders. Cutler knows he can’t allow himself to be taken out of the game – physically or mentally – so he gets ready for the next possession by activating the too cool defense mechanism. Best defense in the league ten years running.

The pick-6  produced a more animated reaction from Cutty’s counterpart.

Just sayin, Philip’s liable to catch one in the ear hole next time he steps to the plate.

Cutler and Rivers are famous rivals dating back to Cutler’s days in Denver.  I expected Rivers to get fired up. The guy’s an absolute maniac, after all.  What I wasn’t anticipating, though, was our dear friend and former Cutler confidant, Brandon Marshall, to come flying in from the turnbuckle with what, at first glance, appeared to be some well-timed subtweeting.

Cutler and Marshall were a high-powered tandem during the pair’s early days in Denver (2006-2009), and they picked up right where they left off when the Bears traded for Marsh prior to the 2012 season. Marshall became the first receiver in Chicago franchise history to have multiple 100-catch seasons, and he and Cutler were reportedly the best of buds.  Alas – like most flamboyant star wideouts in the NFL – when the team started losing games, Marshall became more of a headache than the organization felt was worthwhile. He was traded after last season and both he and Cutler have acknowledged that the two have not spoken.

So, what do we think?  Was Marshall subtweeting his ex-QB or actually showing support for his old teammate?

Luckily for Cutty, Chicagoans, and ESPN’s Neilsen ratings, the pick-six came early enough that we still have a one-possession ballgame. Plenty of time to make a comeback and then do this all again with a minute left.

Speaking of a comeback… No less than five minutes later Cutler marched the Bears downfield, capping the drive with a franchise record-setting 2-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett.

And B-Marsh ended any prospective controversy a concise tweet of support.

My apologies for doubting your intentions, Brandon.  I am a lover scorned.

UPDATE: CUUUTTTTYYYYYYYY DOES IT. Again. Mr. Fourth Quarter putting the Bears on his back, per usual. I’ll never be able to shake you, will I, Jay?

Not a bad snag for Zach Miller’s first TD since 2011.


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