Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers were AFC West rivals for several seasons, but the bad blood has evaporated during Cutler's time with the Chicago Bears.
“I have no issues with Jay at all,” Rivers said. “There will be a normal handshake, just like with all the other quarterbacks. There are really no hard feelings there whatsoever. There weren’t really any even that night, or after. Obviously the hype that ensued kind of built it up.
“It was just the timing of it really more than anything. Shoot, there are a lot of interactions like that that happen out here on this practice field during training camp with my own teammates. So, there’s nothing malicious about it. But you look back and go, 'That’s crazy what was made of it.' In hindsight you wish it probably never happened, but it was certainly not the big deal that it turned into.”
Cutler praised Rivers on a conference call with San Diego-area reporters.
“I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Cutler said. “He’s been a staple in this league for a long time. He’s put up huge numbers year in and year out. This year is no different. And no matter what their record is, what point of the game is or what the score of the game is, you know you’re going to get his best effort. He’s fun to watch.”