The last 24 hours have probably been the most face-time I’ve seen Jay Cutler get on ESPN in recent years and once again it wasn’t good. Since everyone else is taking shots at Jay, I might as well express some of my thoughts. Honestly, I think it is unfair that many people are questioning a players’ toughness, when one doesn’t know the severity of the injury. I’m not Cutler nor do I know what he’s thinking. How am I to judge that he should have played the rest of the game with an MCL sprain? I am more surprised that he is getting all this heat from an injury. If anything, he should be criticized of his bad game. The best decision he made all day was sitting out the rest of the game. Cutler was ineffective healthy, so his chances of being effective with a knee injury were slim; especially when you can’t put pressure on it. I just don’t think one can judge a player’s toughness when you don’t know all of the facts barring an injury. Hell, I can’t judge since I’m not even on the playing field. Cut the guy some slack. He was obviously disappointed that he couldn’t play. Cutler led the NFL in being sacked (52) and only missed one game this season with a concussion. If anything, Cutler’s lucky to only have missed one game all season with that inconsistent offensive line of his. Not only that, Cutler has been playing his whole career with diabetes. I don’t think his toughness should be questioned.
I obviously wasn’t the only one ticked by the calling out of Cutler’s toughness; this is what his teammates had to say about it.
“Jay was hurt,” Brian Urlacher said. “I don’t question his toughness. He’s tough as hell. He’s one of the toughest guys on our football team. He doesn’t bitch. He doesn’t complain when he gets hit. He goes out there and plays his ass off every Sunday. He practices every single day. So, no, we don’t question his toughness.”
“You wanna talk about a guy who’s been sacked 52 times in a season and only missed one game, and you tell me he’s not tough,” Chris Harris said. “For a guy who plays this game every week with diabetes and you tell me he’s not tough. It kind of rubs me the wrong way and pisses me off.”
I may not be your biggest fan, Jay, but I won’t question your will or your toughness. I never had an MCL injury before so I am in no position to judge. I wasn’t on the field during that NFC Championship game either, so my opinion is irrelevant. But I can say that you had a great season and all those pouting Bears fans should be proud of what your team has accomplished this season. I would love to see my team there, but unfortunately the Dallas Cowboys tanked as usual. I do think that Cutler’s attitude and body language needs improvement. I won’t go through any more assumptions because who knows how I would have reacted if I had to sit out a game with Super Bowl implications on the line due to injury. Regardless, things in Chicago could be a lot worse. No one expected the Bears to have this good a season. Hats off.
Some of the Tweets on Cutler
Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back Jones-Drew — “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one.”
Arizona Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett — “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!”
Jacksonville Jaguars Linebacker Kirk Morrison — “Jay Cutler better go put some Tussin on that knee and get back out there.”
Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback Asante Samuel — “”If he was on my team I’d be looking at him sideways.”
Former All-Pro cornerback Deion Sanders — “Im telling u in the playoffs u must drag me off the field. . . . Folks i never question a players injury but i do question a players heart.”