Pernell McPhee yelled at Jay Cutler after interception, expressing frustration of all Bears fans
Monday was not the best night for the Chicago Bears. They lost at home, on Monday Night football, to a Philadelphia Eagles team starting a rookie at quarterback.
And in the third quarter, they lost their starting quarterback. Jay Cutler was picked off by linebacker Nigel Bradham on a first-down pass, and shortly after, Cutler took himself out of the game with an injury to the thumb on his right (throwing) hand. On Tuesday morning, there was a report that Cutler suffered ligament damage in the thumb against the Houston Texans in the season opener and tried to play through it against the Eagles. But as noted by Chicago-based writer Julie DiCaro, Cutler practiced all week last week, and was not listed on the Bears’ injury report.
But at the tail end of Bradham’s runback, after Cutler tried to tackle the Philadelphia defender, he was confronted by one of his own teammates. Veteran defensive lineman Pernell McPhee, who signed with the Bears last year as a free agent and was on the sideline in street clothes because he’s on the physically unable to perform list, was caught by cameras getting in Cutler’s face:
— Matt Clapp (@DaBearNecess) September 20, 2016
It’s impossible to know what McPhee said to Cutler, but he clearly doesn’t look happy.
To his credit, after the game Cutler said he had no issue with what McPhee had done.
“I’m fine with that,” Cutler told reporters. “He’s a passionate guy. Everyone’s got a lot invested into this, and he does as well. No one likes to lose. No one likes to lose in that type of fashion. He’s upset. I’m upset. Everyone is upset in that locker room right now. But the good thing is that we’ve got a bunch of good guys in there. We’ve got a bunch of good coaches, and we’ve 14 games left.”
Cutler has been a regular source of frustration for Bears fans over his time in Chicago, so there are probably more than a few who saw what McPhee did may have stood up and applauded him.