Cutler: Players/Fans Accusations

I can’t imagine how a guy this huge gets injured playing quarterback, but in Sunday’s game vs. the Packers, Bears QB Jay Cutler was injured enough to….What? That’s not the Jay Cutler who plays for the Bears? Oh. Oh my. How…unfortunate.

As I was saying, Cutler was apparently injured enough to be taken out of the NFC Championship game with more than a quarter and a half to go in the game. I mean, he must’ve been severely injured, right?

Well, during the game there was an absolute shit-storm of tweets flowing through the veins of the internet about Cutler’s lack of heart, and questioning his toughness. I must admit, I was one of those people standing there thinking, “What the hell?”

Maurice Jones Drew was quoted on Twitter saying he played the whole season on a bum knee, no reason why Cutler shouldn’t finish out this game. Here in Pittsburgh, we’ve seen Big Ben play with broken ribs, concussions, a broken foot. We’ve even seen Ben’s nose break during the first series against the Ravens only to see him return and finish the rest of the game! So what the hell happened to Jay Cutler?

Is it just because he wasn’t crying and screaming at his teammates that we are thinking like this, or is there some legitimate concern here? Has he lost his fans in Chicago? Can he win them back? Will he be traded? What was the actual injury? Is it because of his type 1 Diabetes that he wasn’t able to take the cortisone shots, and thats what ultimately kept him out? Are you a Bears fan? What do you think about this whole thing?

I want to hear from Bears fans. Have you lost all faith in Cutler? Do you think he’s tough, but has no heart? Do you think he’s great and would happily cheer him on next year, or have you already burned your #6 jerseys? People keep talking about how Cutler will have to win Chicago back over…Has he even lost you yet?

I have heard a lot of people defend Cutler’s honor, including his coaches and his teammate Brian Urlacher. Shouldn’t that be enough? I’ve alaways been an athlete and have played competitive sports my whole life. I’ve played through illness, sprained ankles (we used to just say, “tie that shoe tighter and lets keep ballin’), a broken thumb, a pulled lower back muscle, strained quads and more. Granted, basketball is not quite the same thing as football, but come on. I know what it feels like to want to play so badly that nothing is going to keep me from going out there and playing, short of amputation or death. That’s what I didn’t see from Cutler. The fire. I think that’s what most people wanted to see and didn’t. But I also think those who have been paying attention to Jay Cutler in his career have to know that’s just the kind of guy he is. He’s kind of an ass hole. He’s not an animated person. He has huge veins popping from his biceps and a fake tan. Wait…that the wrong Cutler again.

toughness though? Nobody can take 52 sacks and keep playing who isn’t one tough SOB. So whether or not he could have played, his toughness is not in question. His heart though? That’s up for debate.

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4 responses

  1. Ok, here’s the deal. An MCL sprain (literally a tear, but they’re not calling it a tear because it’s a grade II sprain, meaning it’s not completely severed) means that if his knee is subjected to certain loads (like stepping up and planting to throw, or evading Green Bay’s excellent pass rush) his knee will literally fold in a direction it’s not supposed to fold. I know other players have toughed it out and played through broken ankles etc., but you can still stand on and be functional with something like a broken ankle, assuming you can stand the pain. I could keep going, but I’d rather not.

    Unlike a lot of Bears fans, I’ve been extremely supportive of Cutler since we traded for him. I knew it wasn’t all his fault for the disaster last year and the beginning of this year. It’s not just a coincidence that he started playing really well after the bye when the O-line magically started playing football. As Adam said, you can’t argue his toughness. The dude takes a pounding, and only missed one game (because of league rules, no less). He’s also playing with diabetes.

    As far as his heart, I feel like when a dude like Olin Kreutz says he saw Jay’s leg basically “wagging” (that’s my word, he used shaking) back and forth in the huddle (note this was in the first half, so he played more than the one series in the 3rd quarter on it) it’s not just his team having his back for no reason other than team harmony.

    I think it all stems from the media crucifying him over the season. So what if he doesn’t like talking to the media? I don’t give a damn, the guy can throw. But because of it, everybody has this negative perception of him. Especially his “demeanor” on the sideline, which has been talked about in the media as well. I’m running out of time, so I guess I’ll get to the point…

    Why haven’t any of Cutler’s teammates said anything? Anytime you ask a Bear, they say he’s one of the toughest on the team (obviously you can’t be the toughest on the bears without being named Urlacher, who missed a whole season with a broken hand, but nobody is mentioning that).

    And perhaps the biggest indicator (unless I missed something), why haven’t any of his old teammates on the Broncos said anything? He basically pouted his way out of there. Don’t you think they’d be quick to jump on the wagon if it were true?

    January 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

    • adammeckler

      Great points, Louis. I think you’re right that his general demeanor and lack of interest in media attention has thrown him under the bus. When you leave room for debate, there will be debate. By not being in front of the media, and not be an animated person, people don’t know what to think.

      I heard someone talk yesterday about how when Pouncey came out of the Steelers game, he came back on the sideline with crutches. They were joking that he was probably begging for crutches after seeing how the people crucified Cutler. You could also see him screaming at the offensive line on the sideline. No one questioned why our pro bowl center, and the brains and bronze of our offensive line (to quote my brother, Jon) didn’t come back in the game.

      Its too bad Bears fans have been so quick to slay Cutler. Nice to hear that you’re sticking with him. He really is the first stable QB Chicago has had in many, many years. Just ironic/unfortunate that he was injured so badly in the biggest game of the year. The last thing Chicago needs is another change at QB.

      January 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

  2. Great article here. Man, the news never stops in the NFL eh? It has been really interesting to see all the different angles that people have been taking with regards to the Jay Cutler story. The players obviously have a dislike for Cutler and were not going to give him the benefit of the doubt on anything. I think it shows a lack of respect from his fellow NFLers, which can’t be a good sign for a player. Despite his god given abilities and him taking his team to the NFC Championship this year there is definitely something missing in Cutler. I personally think the players had the right to talk because, well, it’s a free country right. However, it can’t be any good for Cutler and Chicago has to figure out where they wanna go with their QB situation because I know a lot of NFL fans are calling for the Bears to go in a different direction.

    January 26, 2011 at 2:08 am

    • adammeckler

      Yeah, I have a few friends that are looking to just get rid of him, sacrifice next year, and hopefully be bad enough to draft Luck the next year. Bringing a team to the NFC Championship doesn’t always mean all it implies though. We saw that with Rex Grossman…where is he now?

      I personally saw a team that never had a chance to win in the first place. The Packers are a great team, and the Bears kinda limped to the NFC Championship game. Figuratively speaking. They had a weak schedule and an even weaker division (until the Packers rallied late and hit their stride) that gave them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Then all they had to do was beat the 7-9 Seahawks. I don’t think anyone in the media actually took them seriously in their chances against the 6th seed in the NFC.

      Thanks for commenting. Nice blog yourself, I checked out a couple of the articles.

      Chris Ross’ Blog ya’ll: http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/

      January 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

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