The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears for the right to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. You wouldn’t know it though because the headlines from the game weren’t about the Packers winning. It was all about Bears quarterback Jay Cutler going out of the game with a knee injury. That didn’t go over so well with his peers around the NFL who retreated to their Twitter accounts to unload on the guy.
If i’m on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room
~ Darnell Dockett/Arizona Cardinals
Its hard to know, but it def looked like it. RT @LSUFAN869: @LanceMoore16 Cutler gave up wouldn’t you say?
~ Lance Moore/New Orleans Saints
All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one…
~ Maurice Jones-Drew
I’m no fan of Jay Cutler. The Chicago Bears are not my team and he’s not the guy I’d want leading my team as the quarterback. Maybe he’s a little soft and spoiled. Maybe he’s the modern-day Jeff George or Cryin’ Ryan Leaf. Nobody likes a prima donna. I get that.
What I like even less are a bunch of jock sniffing sportswriters and NFL players like Kerry Rhodes, Darnell Dockett and Maurice Jones-Drew whose teams didn’t even MAKE the playoffs sitting on their butts talking (or tweeting) all this CRAP about another man’s guts. My threshold for pain is not yours and vice versa. I love those old war stories about old players like Jack Youngblood balling on a broken leg or Ronnie Lott having part of his thumb removed so he get back in the game. That’s all very macho but Jay Cutler is NOT Jack frigging’ Youngblood.
NFL Network analyst Deion “Prime Time” Sanders said about Cutler, “Folks I never question a players injury but i do question a players heart.”
What the hell does a guy who played as soft as Sanders know about “heart?”
You can look through every highlight NFL Films has on Prime Time and not find one hard hit. More often that not the Sanders method of tackling an opposing player was to push them out of bounds if they were near the sidelines or grab a leg, hold on for dear life and wait for reinforcements.
Cutler’s body language on the sidelines was lousy. Maybe he wasn’t listening to the plays being called in or trying to advise third-stringer Caleb Hanie. And maybe–just MAYBE–he was bummed out to the max at not being able to play in the biggest game in his career.
It’s not as if Cutler was having a great day anyhow before he was taken out of the game by head coach Lovie Smith. Cutler finished the day with 14 attempts and 6 completions for 80 yards and one interception.
“I don’t give a shit about players around the league who are watching the game from home,” said Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.”It’s easy to talk shit about someone while you’re sitting on your couch watching the game. That’s all I’m saying. I don’t understand it. I don’t get it. Let them sprain their MCL — or do whatever he did to his knee — and let them get back in the game. Let’s see them do that, see how well they run the ball, or see how well they do at whatever position they play. I don’t agree with it. It’s easy to write that stuff on the Internet.”
Against the Seattle Seahawks–the “champs” of the putrid NFC West with a 7-9 record who stomped Lance Moore’s Super Bowl winning New Orleans Saints into a greasy stain—Cutler ran for two touchdowns. He was sacked 57 times behind a rickety offensive line. I watched him get pounded like a nail by the New York Giants who took him down nine times and beat the hell out of him. Cutler is also a Type 1 diabetic who has to check his blood sugar during games. This guy may not the most macho stud in the NFL, but no way is he a pussy either.
If you turn on the radio or ESPN you’ll hear a ton of former jocks and current jock-sniffing yakkers rip Cutler as a gutless coward who quit on his team in their biggest game of the season. There will be polls asking if Cutler faked his injury. There is one thing they will all have in common: not one of them will have the ability to read Jay Cutler’s mind or walk in his shoes.
Urlacher has been the unquestioned leader of the Monsters of the Midway for ten seasons and he’s a throwback to other Bears linebackers such as Dick Butkus and Samurai Mike Singletary. If Urlacher has Cutler’s back and his teammate was hurt that’s good enough for me. It should definitely be good enough for the losers around the league who were running their mouths instead of running down the field on NFL championship Sunday.
I’ve never blogged about Jay Cutler or the Chicago Bears before and I doubt I ever will again. At least I sincerely hope it’s not over something as ridiculous as this.