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Cutler says Bears' playoff preparation is 'business as usual'

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By Dan Parr

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The media room at Halas Hall was more packed than usual for Jay Cutler's weekly press conference, but Cutler said that's the only change he noticed this week as the Bears prepare for their first playoff game since the 2006 season.

"I think it's normal inside the building right now," Cutler said. "Guys are business as usual. We've had good meetings so far. Guys are attentive. I think the week off really helped everybody rejuvenate and get their legs back."

Cutler faced questions about offensive coordinator Mike Martz's game plan and the Seahawks' defense Wednesday, but some attempted to pry into more personal matters, including ESPN's Rick Reilly.

Reilly began his line of questioning by asking Cutler how many people in the room knew him well.

Cutler said he'd have to take a poll to figure that out, and the exchange between the two continued like this:

Reilly: Do you care if people know you personally or really well?

Cutler: I don't hang out with anybody in this room on a regular basis, except for Wednesday press conferences, so I'm sure it's kind of hard to get to know somebody within a 10-minute weekly press conference.

Reilly: Do you think your public image is true to who you really are?

Cutler: I don't worry about it. I don't know what my public image is.

As far as the plan for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Cutler was asked whether the running game would be featured more prominently than it was the last time Chicago faced Seattle. The Bears ran the ball only 14 times in their Oct. 17 loss to the Seahawks.

"I don't know," Cutler said. "We might throw it 60 times. It depends on what they give us. They've played some man. They've played some zone, depending on who they're going against. We're not for sure what they're going to do against us. We're going to figure out in the first quarter and go from there."

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