Jay Cutler's touch-and-go relationship with the Chicago fans hit another rough patch Sunday. Cutler turned the ball over three times in the first half against the Panthers (two fumbles, one INT) and the Bears were roundly booed as they headed off the field at halftime down 13-7 in an eventual 23-22 victory.
Cutler, uh, did not take it well (Warning: potentially NSFW language below).
(GIF courtesy of The Big Lead)
Without audio, we're left to try to lip read Cutler's reaction there. One take:
Twitter crowd-sourced consensus is that #Cutler said "These f---ing fans, I swear to god."#Bears
— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) October 28, 2012
Cutler's not immune to hearing boos at home, though it's a definite 180 from Chicago's last game. During a Week 7 Monday nighter at home, Cutler shook off a vicious hit from Ndamukong Suh to stay in the game and lead the Bears to an important victory. The crowd saluted Cutler several times in that one, including when he returned to the field following that sack.
The game's result also helped mend some fences -- Cutler led a fourth-quarter TD drive, finishing it off with a pass to Kellen Davis, and later took the Bears into range for a game-winning field goal. It's worth mentioning, too, that Cutler's counterpart Sunday was Carolina's Cam Newton -- he's dealt with a fair share of criticism over his body language and his performances, both on the field and in postgame press conferences.