This will not take another stab at analyzing last week's antics of your favorite Chicago boor.
This will not quote another Hall of Fame player or Bears teammate criticizing Jay Cutler for comportment unbecoming a franchise quarterback.
This will not include any attempts to interpret Cutler's body language or parse anything he said Wednesday at Halas Hall, not even Cutler snapping at a photographer, "Are you gonna sit there the whole time?"
As Cutler might say dismissively, you can Google prima donna and figure out what compels athletes like him to diss professionals doing their jobs and dodge responsibility as only he can.
This will look forward to Cutler's capacity for resilience, not back at his regrets.
"It is a dead issue,'' Cutler declared of his sideline altercation with left tackle J'Marcus Webb against the Packers.
Oh, what a slow, painful death it was. But Cutler is exactly right. The time has come for the Bears to try to instill peace across J-Webb Nation and move on to a happier place. They cannot approach it any other way publicly or privately.
Besides, Cutler's last blowup matters much less than his next one will in the context of the 2012 season. And, rest assured, Cutler will blow up again. If neither fatherhood nor the Bears surrounding Cutler with everything he wanted in the offseason failed to change an educated, articulate 29-year-old, I doubt anything can.
A man has to consider his behavior wrong before he changes it and I am not convinced the Vanderbilt grad can spell w-r-o-n-g. Nobody will know if Cutler truly learned from his mistake in Green Bay until the next sign of trouble. That group of people waiting to find out might include Cutler's teammates, 15 of whom are spending their first season in Chicago and conceivably still wondering about their so-called leader.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall can step forward admirably, as he did Wednesday, to support his buddy and suggest players in the locker room believe in and still "love Jay.'' But it is fair to wonder if Marshall spoke for the consensus. Cornerback D.J. Moore's comments stood out partly because, until Marshall was heard, no teammates defended Cutler as strongly as Moore criticized him.
The way the season started with a 41-point outburst against the Colts, it appeared a big question this year would be how the Bears would handle success. But after a humbling loss to the Packers punctuated by Cutler's meltdown, the Bears have given us more reason to wonder how they will respond to failure.
How will Cutler react the next time adversity strikes and all eyes are on him? Anybody who says they know is guessing. Realistically, we won't find out until the Bears visit the Cowboys Oct. 1 for "Monday Night Football,'' or perhaps later against playoff-caliber teams such as the Lions, Texans or 49ers. We aren't likely to learn much Sunday at Soldier Field.
Which is why this "defining week'' for the Bears — what Robbie Gould called it Tuesday night during his weekly show on WMVP-AM 1000 — probably won't reveal as much about the Bears' character as they will want us to believe. Applaud Gould for candidly framing the Rams game so dramatically, but remember whom the Bears are playing. Funny how well teams can bond against opponents who went 2-14 last year.
The Rams have a fine young quarterback in Sam Bradford and a high impact new coach in Jeff Fisher but have no business coming within 10 points of the Bears. Not considering a Rams offensive line weakened by injuries might start its third-string left tackle, former Arena Football League player Ty Nsekhe. Not forgetting that the Bears still have a roster good enough to threaten the Packers.
"It's pretty early for a defining week, you know?'' center Roberto Garza agreed. "But it's a big game.''
It is for offensive coordinator Mike Tice, who was outsmarted by Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, abandoned the running game and alarmingly never adjusted to a simple "2-man,'' coverage. It is for running back Michael Bush, a backup in name only as he fills in for the injured Matt Forte. It is for left guard Chilo Rachal, making his first start in place of Chris Spencer on an offensive line that gave up seven sacks. It is for Webb, who can begin proving he isn't the NFL's softest 6-foot-7, 333-pound starter.
It really isn't for Cutler, who could throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns Sunday without answering the essential question he created for himself: Can he keep it together if things start to fall apart against a good team?
That issue will stay alive until Cutler kills it with composure he too often lacks.