Jay Cutler On Relationship With Philip Rivers: 'I Don't Know Him'

A few years ago, when Philip Rivers was an up-and-coming star for the San Diego Chargers and Jay Cutler was a young gunslinger for the Denver Broncos, the two quarterbacks didn't exactly get together well. You could have said that there was a bit of a rivalry brewing between the two, right up until the Broncos traded Cutler to the Chicago Bears as part of new (and since-departed) head coach Josh McDaniels' attempted to overhaul the organization.

The animosity presumably stemmed from not-so-cordial confrontations like this one that cameras captured on national television a few years ago:


Fast forward a few years, and now Cutler is leading the NFC-contending Bears as they host the struggling Rivers-led Chargers on Sunday afternoon. Asked by reporters on Wednesday whether or not Cutler had "smoothed over" his relationship with Rivers, the star quarterback had some choice words (via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago):

I don't know him. You have his number or something, maybe we can call him up.

So, yeah. Clearly there's still some animosity brewing between Cutler and Rivers. At least Cutler can remind himself that he's actually been the better quarterback this year.

According to ESPN's new Total QBR statistic, Cutler has been slightly above-average as a quarterback this season, with a 52.8 figure that's good for 14th in the league. Rivers is 22nd with a below average 45.1 figure. The system is designed so that a 50 mark is exactly league average. The Bears are also riding high at 6-3 with a four-game winning streak, while the Chargers are 4-5 and riding a four-game losing streak.

Given how well Cutler's been playing lately, I'm guessing that his focus is solely on winning Sunday's game. Being able to beat Philip Rivers in the process is just gravy.

For more on Sunday's game, check out Windy City Gridiron, SB Nation's Chicago Bears blog, and Bolts From The Blue, SB Nation's San Diego Chargers blog. Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more updates.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.