No feud feelings between Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler…mostly


No feud feelings between Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler…mostly

Years after the fact, as far as any lingering contentiousness between Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, the latter finds any notion of a feud or hard feelings between them a bit amusing.

The two exchanged unpleasantries in a December 2007 game in which Cutler was under center for the Denver Broncos and had words with Rivers after a defensive stop by the Chargers. Film of the incident made it appear that Rivers was barking at Cutler.

Out of that grew The Feud.

“It’s funny because there was really about 5-10 seconds of interaction that kind of sparked the so-called rivalry, us against one another,” Rivers said, laughing. “Other than that there’s really been nothing there other than that 5-10 seconds of a little banter back and forth.

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“Other than that, shoot, I’ve always thought he was a heck of a player. We had some good games when he was in Denver and now we only play Chicago every four years.

"There’s nothing there for me. Shoot, even after that, it was always a handshake prior and after, and we don’t really know one another.”

But Cutler was considerably more pointed not that long after their spat. On "The Best Damn Sports Show, Period" during the 2008 season, Cutler made it clear he didn’t care for Rivers.

"We're not best of friends, at all,” Cutler said. “We don't really have a lot of contact with each other. It's become a nice rivalry. I'm just not that big of a fan of the guy. I don't like how he carries himself. I don't like some of the stuff he does on the field."

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Rivers and the Chargers won four of the five games the two started against each other before Cutler was traded to Chicago in 2009.

Unrelated to anything having to do with their relationship, Cutler has suffered at the hands of the Chargers. It was in the 2011 game in Soldier Field, won by the Bears to reach 7-3 at the time, that Cutler suffered a broken thumb while trying to make a tackle after throwing an interception. 

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.