Six days after watching a rout from his couch, quarterback Jay Cutler looked and sounded like a new — if not, at least, a renewed — man Sunday at Soldier Field.
Cutler played “fiery,” receiver Brandon Marshall noted, appearing more animated than usual, even drawing a taunting penalty for flipping the ball at Minnesota Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson at the conclusion of a five-yard run. The numbers don’t do justice to the yeoman-like performance of Cutler, who tied offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb’s shoe in the fourth quarter [seriously] and might have re-taped Charles Tillman’s ankle on the sideline [kidding].
“He was fired up,” Marshall said of Cutler, who missed the 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers with a concussion. “His balls had a lot of zip on them all week. He wanted it perfect in practice, and it showed in the game.
“It transferred over because he was on fire.”