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Jay Cutler says fans recognized offense had a "lousy performance"

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler admitted on his radio show Monday that offensive players were “a little frustrated” with their performance in a 23-22 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

But on ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy Show, Cutler also delicately danced around the latest analysis of his body language and on-field exchanges.

As he was coming off the field Sunday at Soldier Field, cameras captured Cutler muttering what appeared to be an expletive as fans cascaded him and his teammates with boos.

“I think the Chicago fans know it was a lousy performance,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000.

In the first half, Cutler was four of nine for 40 yards with one interception and a lost fumble. He also was sacked six times.

“I mean I’d boo us too,” Cutler said after Sunday’s game. “I told those guys it was a boo-worthy performance, if you will.

“It was pathetic, offensively, what we put out there.”

But Cutler stepped up in the fourth quarter, rallying the Bears from a 12-point deficit. He completed 12 of 14 passes for 106 yards with a touchdown in the fourth quarter, bolstering his standing as the league’s best quarter in the final 15 minutes of a game.

Still, Cutler wasn’t pleased.

He said Monday that offensive players need to do more, including himself.

“It’ll take time for the offense to develop,” he said. “We’re winning games — defense is keeping us in it.”