Jay Cutler’s antics aren’t among Bears’ problems
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 15, 2012 8:23PM
Jay Cutler made no apologies for his behavior during the Bears’ loss to the Packers — and he shouldn’t have to. | Jonathan Daniel~Getty Images
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:49AM
Here should have been the list of concerns at Halas Hall over the weekend:
No. 1: Linebacker Brian Urlacher playing old, soft and slow, almost looking tentative with a knee injury.
No. 2: The offensive line, which needs help from tight ends and running backs to block.
No. 3: Play calling.
Nowhere on that list is quarterback Jay Cutler dressing down left tackle J’Marcus Webb on the sideline in the 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. Cutler told Webb to “get your [bleeping] head into the game,” then bumped him with his shoulder for emphasis.
Yet, the public began another “Exploring Jay Cutler’s Psyche and Body Language’’ therapy session, which has taken place ever since he was acquired from the Denver Broncos before the 2009 season.
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“Hey, hey, quit calling the [bleeping] plays! When I call pass block, block! We’ll run the ball, but when I [bleeping] call pass block, block!”
That gem was from the lovable Peyton Manning to center Jeff Saturday in 2005 during a game.
“You got to start to fight! Or are you just going to lay down? Fight!” That was Tom Brady to his offensive line two seasons ago.
So now “get your [bleeping] head into the game” is the breaking point for a fan base?
There’s still some romantic idea that an NFL quarterback is supposed to be a square-jawed hero, loved by his teammates as he gently pats them on the rear after a bad play, telling them, “It’s OK, big guy, I don’t mind Clay Matthews driving my tailbone into the grass every play.”
Cutler isn’t always a likeable guy. Not by the media, and definitely not by groups of players in his own locker room.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
Is Brady loved by all of his teammates? Was it well-received after a heart-breaking loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl that his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, was caught on camera saying, “You need to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot [bleeping] throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time?”
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If anyone is looking for an apology from Cutler, look elsewhere.
“If they want a quarterback that doesn’t care, get somebody else,” Cutler said.
There’s the rub. The Bears can’t.
Cutler is the most talented quarterback the franchise has had in decades. Any chance of holding a Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season rests on him being upright.
If Webb, Gabe Carimi or whoever can’t protect, they are replaceable. A franchise quarterback isn’t.
That doesn’t mean Cutler was solid in the loss to the Packers. He made terrible decisions and had awful throwing mechanics.
“We thought it was kind of funny that all of a sudden they’re the team to beat because they’ve got a couple new guys,” Packers Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson said. He also told ESPN, “It’s the same old Jay,’’ when asked about Cutler’s four interceptions.
It is the same old Jay. In his seventh year in the league, he’s not going to change.
Certain Bears players have no choice but to embrace that.
Or, even better, block for him.