LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wasn't apologizing or expressing any regret for shouting a profanity directed at offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
Instead, he brushed it off as nothing major.
"Things happen. You guys were fighting in the hallways last week," Cutler said Wednesday, referring to an argument between two reporters. "I'm not going to make a big deal of this. It's not a big deal. We're all in the same team in this building. We're going to try and win football games."
A TV camera caught Cutler shaking his head late in the first half after taking a play call through his headset during Sunday's 39-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Moments later, a microphone caught him apparently telling quarterbacks coach Shane Day to relay a message to Martz in the booth that was not exactly rated PG.
Asked if he regretted it, Cutler responded, "No."
Martz said he knew nothing about the outburst or the clip, saying, "Run that by me again?"
Told what happened, Martz laughed and said, "He's directing it at who?"
"Well, if it was at me, that's probably the nicest thing that a player's said to me during the game," Martz said. "No, you've got to understand during the course of a game a lot of things get said. It's a very strong, very competitive environment. That stuff, that's not an issue, really. That's part of the deal. But during games, a lot of things get said -- trust me -- by everybody. So that's not an issue."
The Bears (3-3) are preparing for this weekend's game in London against Tampa Bay (4-2). It's been a long year already for Chicago, with a stagnant offense and porous defense at times. And now this.
That Cutler vented in such a lopsided game seemed unusual and raised suspicions that there might be some deeper issues. Earlier in the week, he had called for changes while reiterating that it's not easy to maintain faith in Martz's offense when he's constantly being pounded by the defense.
He was sacked just once in two of the past three games against Carolina and Minnesota, although he was constantly on the run while being taken down three times in a loss at Detroit in between. He got the ball out of his hands quicker against the Vikings, and the blockers held their ground against Jared Allen.
As for the idea that there are lingering issues with Martz, Cutler shook his head no.
"I'm a competitor," Cutler said. "So is he. So is everyone on this offense. Whether we're up three touchdowns or three points, a second- and third-down call is as important as anyone in the game. So, it is what it is. We're good. We're moving on. Excited about his week's game plan and excited to go play in London."
Cutler realizes all eyes and ears are on him, that he's under a microscope and the cameras are a constant companion.
"They have cameras everywhere now," he said. "That's the media, and that's how it is these days. They're going try to create stories and try to find anything to make something out of nothing."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press