Dionne Miller's 'Happenings from Halas' - September 19 - FOX 32 News Chicago

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings from Halas' - September 19

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Six days and loads of Jay Cutler criticism after the ugly Green Bay loss, the Bears are still 1-1. Though the way things seem from outside of Halas Hall they might as well be 0-8. It seems the wide spread questions surrounding the attitude and emotions of #6 have become all the buzz.

Right or wrong, his actions were the lasting impressions of a disappointing trip North. Brandon Marshall - still new to this kind of scrutiny- laughed a little and said "this is what makes Chicago, this market great...its week 2 and you all are talking about drafting a new quarterback."

He also said, it seems we (the media) are pushing the panic button. The Bears aren't. I don't think they should. I mean it's week 3. They are 1-1. And if week 1 had been anyone other than the 32nd team in the league, they wouldn't have looked like world beaters on offense and no one would have been shocked by a loss in Green Bay.

Marshall was very candid in his defense of Cutler. Saying "when Jay isn't fiery, I want a new quarterback" - ok I paraphrased a little, but that was the gist of it. When asked why Cutler gets so much criticism, Marshall explained it's because he's not Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

This is who Jay Cutler is. It's who he's always been. Marshall said Jay's yelled at him from time to time and that fires up the wide receiver. That's what Marshall needs. My assumption is Jay is always fiery with his teammates - that's what sets him apart. That's how he leads.

It was 'ear catching' to hear DJ Moore join in the criticism of Cutler.

Apparently I am not the only ear he got attention from. Moore told the Sun-Times that Lovie Smith called and basically told him when and where is appropriate to say critical opinions of his teammate. Lovie then re-iterated his stance on his players speaking their mind. If a player has something to say - put your name on it.

"But there is a reason we don't let everybody in - there are certain things we need to keep in our group," he said.

I agree and it's totally his call if he wants it that way. He's the head coach - the boss for these guys. They may operate as "independent contractors" but on Sunday they all where the same uniform.

And they need to be a united front. Locker room chemistry is a big part of becoming that. To me, that's the reason Lovie took issue with Moore.

There can not be a picture painted of division at Halas Hall. There isn't. But it's easy to hear Moore and assume.

Can we not do that and instead focus on the only way to get over a loss...go out and win the next one? That was a lot of news coming out of a back to work Wednesday - where there was little mention of an improving St. Louis team coming to town on Sunday. Can the Bears please play another game? Please...

Notes: Matt Forte is progressing but did not practice Wednesday. Neither did Julius Peppers (sore foot). Peppers will be fine. Forte is still a question mark. Anxious to see if he practices at all Thursday. But if not, Michael Bush will be absolutely fine. Different, but more than able to handle the running game.

Chilo Rachel was a starter for the 49ers in 2010. Last season he was benched. He will start for the Bears on Sunday at left guard. He's never played the position. But he's hungry to prove himself. In fact, he said "hungry is an understatement," - definitely cheering for him to do well.

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