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Now that the MRI results are out, the real debate on whether Cutler is ‘tough’ or not should begin.
MRI tests revealed that Cutler sprained his MCL. Not a significant injury, and probably an injury he could have come back in the game on. But Collins inability to get anything going made Lovie Smith bench him and put in Caleb Hanie. Now to my knowledge, and if I’m wrong here feel free to comment and tell me, a team cannot bring in their starter or 2nd string QB after they have brought in the 3rd string QB.
Anyways, back to Cutler. Cutler wasn’t playing his greatest in the first half. He couldn’t get the ball in the endzone, or anywhere on the field for that matter, and that was probably one of the focus’s as to why he didn’t return. But when it’s the NFC Championship, and your the teams leader, their starting QB, you should be giving it your all to try and come back and play. I understand that doctors and medical staff said not to play, and your coach listened, I really do, but you have to voice your opinion in some way. Not just go out there for a series, throw a couple bad passes, and then just waltz off the field for the rest of the game.
In my mind, Cutler quit. It’s not that he isn’t tough by any means. I mean he has been sacked more than any QB in the league the last two seasons. He takes a beating every game. But when he finally had the knee injury in the game, and doctors advised he didn’t play, Cutler quit. Lovie Smith went with his back-ups, and Cutler slowly walked around the sideline just keeping to himself. I understand that when you get knocked out of a game you are going to be very emotional about it, but you have to do the mature thing and back your teammates up. Give some guys a good ol’ slap on the ass, start yelling from the sidelines. For God’s sake show some emotion!
So in the end I still think Cutler is tough. He is a tough and physical player who is ready to win ballgames once he fixes a few mechanics of his. But you can’t quit in the NFC Championship game. He let a lot of fans down that day, and even though they overreacted(jersery burning. He isn’t Lebron people!), he will still feel pressure from them come next season. He will just have to prove himself all over again.