Jay Cutler didn't deny speculation that he directed an expletive at Mike Martz during Sunday's win over the Vikings and said he doesn't regret it, but the Chicago Bears quarterback did say there is no rift between him and the offensive coordinator.
An on-field camera showed Cutler looking perturbed after getting the call for a second-down play with 49 seconds left in the first half of the Bears' 39-10 victory over Minnesota. After the team broke the huddle, Cutler looked toward the sideline, and a microphone caught him saying what appears to be "... f--- him." The Bears were leading 26-3 at the time.
"I'm a competitor. So is [Martz]," Cutler said Wednesday. "So is everyone on this offense. Whether we are up three touchdowns or three points, a second- and third-down call is as important as any one in the game. It is what it is. We're good. We're moving on."
When asked by reporters after practice about the incident, Martz claimed ignorance.
"He's directing that at who?" Martz said. "Well, if it was at me, that's probably the nicest thing that [a] player has ever said to me during the game. Hey, you've got to understand that during the course of a game, a lot of things get said. It's a very strong, very competitive environment. That stuff is ... that's not an issue really; just part of the deal. During a game, a lot of things get said, trust me, by everybody. So that's not an issue."
Martz sits up in the booth and relays the plays to quarterbacks coach Shane Day, who passes it on to Cutler with a radio. The Bears have wasted several timeouts this season because of difficulty getting plays to Cutler in time.
"I'm not going to make a big deal of it," Cutler said. "It's not a big deal. We're all on the same team."
Cutler, who completed 21 of 31 passes for 267 and two touchdowns against the Vikings, has had his two best games of the season the past two weeks. After running for his life in a loss to Detroit, Cutler complained that the Bears might want to modify their offensive scheme.
Against the Vikings, the Bears used more two-tight end sets and employed the running back to pick up rushers. Cutler was sacked only once and appeared to consistently have more time to pass, despite a Vikings pass rush led by league leader Jared Allen.
Cutler said it's not surprising his actions have become a story given the number of cameras at NFL stadiums.
"They have cameras everywhere now," Cutler said. "That's the media. That's how it is these days. They're going to try to create stories and try to find anything to make something out of nothing."
ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright contributed to this report.