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Jay Cutler

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.

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4 responses to “Jay Cutler

  1. thepidemic January 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I believe that he showed he ISN’T tough. That was the biggest game and opportunity of his life, and he watched it pass. Will they ever get back to the NFC title game with him taking the snaps? Maybe? but I think it’s far from a guarentee. Also, like you said before, if he just wasn’t going to play, then at least be wearing a headset or something. Contribute to your team any way you possibly can.

    Since I am sooooo not a steeler fan, i say, “go pack!”

  2. berger987 January 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    1. “a team cannot bring in their starter or 2nd string QB after they have brought in the 3rd string QB” are you freakin serious? That’s a rule?? It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard! I’m not saying you’re wrong, it’s just crazy if it’s a rule.

    2. I don’t see how you say Cutler quit in this game, the biggest game of his life, yet you still say he is tough because he takes a “beating.” I know he got sacked 56 times this year, but he still stayed in there.

    3. Everyone needs to stop bagging on the guy. If he was limping emphatically, it would’ve been a different story. Ever dawn on people he was just sucking that part up?

  3. dmills14 January 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Yeah I just remember them saying that on the radio when I was listening to it. I didn’t think it made sense either. Who knows maybe I heard it wrong?

    And I say he quit because when he was officially ruled out he just kinda stood on the sidelines and didn’t really help his team like a leader should by giving them advice and showing some emotion instead of just waltzing around the sideline doing nothing.

  4. thepidemic January 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Agreed. Not so much that he quit playing, but it appeared that he just quit on the team. What he endured during the season, and what happened in the NFC champoinship game are two completely different issues. I don’t think the # of how many times a guy is sacked is an actual representation of how tough the guy is. A player can get sacked 100 times in the mid section and still be just fine as opposed to a player who could be sacked just 5 times, but in very problemtaic locations. Does that make the guy who got sacked much less often less tough? I dont believe so. I think he showed a lack of emotional and psycological toughness when he chose to not contribute in some other facet on the sidelines, much like LT a few years back against NE.

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