Piling on Jay Cutler is Unnecessary Roughness
By: Charlie Miller | 1/25/11, 11:46 PM EST
I am a Vanderbilt alum. I say that so if that knowledge somehow affects your opinion of my credibility on the Jay Cutler issue, you can stop reading now. If you believe that just because I share his alma mater, that could cloud my judgment, very well. That's your perogative.
The NFC Championship Game proved to be a hard-fought valiant defensive game (at least after the first Green Bay series). Two terrific defenses making life miserable for two talented quarterbacks.
I was disappointed to see Cutler leave the game early in the third quarter. I hated to see it for him, his teammates and coaches, Bears fans and myself. (In that order, by the way.) It was clear to me with Tood Collins at quarterback, what I was rooting for would not happen. What I was rooting for was an exciting, close game.
But then Caleb Hanie breathed a bit of fresh air in the Bears’ attack — and along with the help of Matt Forte — made the game interesting.
But that isn’t the purpose of this blog.
No, that purpose would be to call out those ex-players, fans, current players and other media members who criticized Cutler from hundreds of miles away.
Just exactly how much pain was Cutler in at halftime? How much stability did his knee have? What were the doctors saying? What were his coaches saying?
Darnell Dockett, Maurice Jones-Drew, Deion Sanders, Mark Schlereth and others didn’t know the answer to any of those questions. Yet they — behind some twitter-given right — cast stones at Cutler’s character, threw arrows at his heart, challenged his toughness with venom.
Dockett said that “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!” Now that’s being a great teammate, Darnell.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for analysts to question players. I suppose it’s their job, really. But an even more disturbing notion is that suddenly these “experts” saw this as an opportunity to attack Cutler’s psyche, his aloof nature, the notion that he isn’t a good teammate, whether you can trust him or not, and other semi-related issues. It’s funny how none of those “experts” questioning Cutler’s relationship with teammates has never shared a locker room with him. While those that do share the locker room, and those that actually had something at stake in the game on Sunday, have — to a man — defended their quarterback.
Hey, if Brian Urlacher supports Cutler, that’s all I need to know. And it doesn’t matter what my alma mater is.
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