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For Cutler, it's all fundamental after Lions loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm •  Published: September 30, 2013
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman had no major problem with Jay Cutler's decisions. His fundamentals were another issue.

Cutler threw three interceptions, lost a fumble and the Bears fell for the first time under Trestman with their 40-32 defeat in Detroit on Sunday. With Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints coming in this weekend, Chicago (3-1) can't afford a letdown from anyone, let alone its quarterback.

Against the Lions, the Bears were outplayed in just about every area. The defense gave up 139 yards rushing to Reggie Bush. Special teams struggled, but Cutler stood out for all the wrong reasons.

"I don't think what happened yesterday means that it has to happen next week or the week after," Trestman said. "It could, but we're working to prevent those situations from happening. We got guys committed to do that."

Cutler's sound mechanics and decision-making helped lead the Bears to three straight wins to start the season. But he sent out a reminder on Sunday that for all his talent, he's still prone to the sort of performance that leaves others shaking their head while wondering if he can lead a team to a Super Bowl.

Poor footwork led to an underthrown floater and an interception that Glover Quin returned 42 yards to the Chicago 2. That led to a 2-yard TD catch for Calvin Johnson.

In the third quarter, Louis Delmas picked off a pass that sailed on Cutler. Then, Cutler held on too long before getting sacked by Ndamukong Suh, and Nick Fairley returned the fumble 4 yards for a score that put Detroit up 37-16 late in the quarter.

"I see him do so many things in practice, moving his feet and doing the right things," Trestman said. "But he's got to hang onto the ball on the quick throw he had to the left backed up. He dropped the ball down. He put it in one hand. He's got to have it in two hands and he's got to throw it away or move on. He was trying to make something happen there late and he let his fundamentals go there as well. These are things he's done better this year and we're just going to continue to work at them."

Cutler has eight touchdowns and eight turnovers this season (six interceptions, two lost fumbles), and he's coughed it up about as many times as he's found the end zone in his career.

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