After the first disastrous series of the game, Cutler improved. He hit Brandon Marshall for four passes and set up Matt Forte for a 58-yard pass. But Cutler made one huge mistake in trying to force a pass to Marshall when he was double-covered in the end zone. Marshall had no shot at the ball, and San Diego's Donald Butler had no problem getting his hands on it. Cutler admits it was his mistake.
"Had a bad ball to Brandon [Marshall] on the pick. I should have checked that ball down, try to move on, keep the drive going. Guys are getting better. We’ll take a look at this film tomorrow and keep working," Cutler said after the game.
Bears coach Marc Trestman took responsibility for the pick as well.
"I told him ‘that’s a play that I want to accept accountability for as well’. We haven’t run that play a lot. I can do a better job of coaching it and put him in a better position to succeed in that play because he was in a position to do that and we just didn’t get it done. It’s something we can work on. He’s shown me he’s not going to make the same mistake twice on any play that we’ve been running throughout camp, so I’m encouraged that the play will continue to run and we’ve just got to do a better job of it and I’ve got to do a better job of coaching it."
Cutler has thrown 100 interceptions in the regular season over the course of his career. Why do we care so much about this one pick? Because it's a mistake Cutler has made in the past, and Trestman is supposed to help him change and grow as a quarterback. If he doesn't learn from this mistake, what's the point?