Jay Cutler Gets No Respect
Apparently Jay Cutler is the new Rodney Dangerfield. Everyone seems to be enthralled by the heart (or lack thereof) of Cutler. It’s been the lead topic in every sports show on ESPN. Does Cutler have heart? Did he give up on his team? Was he really injured? The Sports Minion admits, as an avid Chicago Bears fan, I too, questioned the logic of Cutler. But, I gave him the benefit of the doubt, and hoped that if he could play, he would. Especially after watching Todd Collins atrociously try and throw a football, Cutler would have to have the common courtesy or at least enough arrogance to show he has a stronger arm than John Elway.
It didn’t matter if Cutler was seriously injured or not, his peers, immediately, had a lot of negative things to say about the Bears QB. Maurice Jones-Drew, Darnell Dockett, and Kirk Morrison were just a few fellow players to express their dislike for Cutler, “his” decision not to play, and the severity of his injury. They made their comments without any knowledge of the situation, and did so as Brian Urlacher later stated while “sitting, watching our game at home.”
As expected, the next day it was revealed that Cutler did in fact suffer a torn MCL, and didn’t give up on his team. Also, thankfully, his injury was one, he could recover from. Do you remember the day Bo Jackson suffered his career-ending injury? It did not look like an injury that would cause the talented halfback to cut his promising career short.
Fortunately, the Bears are a class organization, and his teammates and coaches stuck up for him and have his back. I hope Cutler comes back next year with something to prove. I am in agreement that the guy doesn’t have that “it” factor or the swagger of Tom Brady or even Aaron Rodgers, but he’s got some talent, a strong arm, and it should motivate him to take his game to the next level next year. Remember, no one expected the Bears to even make the playoffs this season, let alone the NFC Championship game, and Cutler was an important factor in their surprise success.