Jay’s Ordeal

Did Jay Cutler cop out in Sunday’s NFC championship game? Could he have gone back in the game after his sprained MCL against the Packers? Only Cutler and the team doctors know, but what I do know is that the NFC championship was on the line. It is the gateway to the Super Bowl. As a professional athlete, the ultimate goal is to win championships, and Cutler may have passed up on  one of those opportunities.

At first glance, one must question Cutler’s physical toughness, but in the post game press conference veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher stood up for Cutler.

“Jay was hurt,” 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.”

After Urlacher defended Cutler, I dropped all my concerns of his physical toughness.

What about his mental toughness? This is where Cutler slipped Sunday. After coming back out of the game in the 3rd quarter, Cutler just mentally checked out. He mentally threw in the towel. Instead of supporting his team or even helping third string quarterback Caleb Hanie. There was a shot on TV of Hanie dissecting photos of the Packers defense after a drive while Cutler sat beside him staring off. The least Cutler could do is help Hanie.

As the Chicago Bears look forward to next season, they must put this behind them. Cutler made his mistake. I hope he learns from it and moves forward. The Bears are a solid team and should make noise again in the 2012 playoffs.

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One Response to “Jay’s Ordeal”

  1. Great article here. Man, the news never stops in the NFL eh? It has been really interesting to see all the different angles that people have been taking with regards to the Jay Cutler story. The players obviously have a dislike for Cutler and were not going to give him the benefit of the doubt on anything. I think it shows a lack of respect from his fellow NFLers, which can’t be a good sign for a player. Despite his god given abilities and him taking his team to the NFC Championship this year there is definitely something missing in Cutler. I personally think the players had the right to talk because, well, it’s a free country right. However, it can’t be any good for Cutler and Chicago has to figure out where they wanna go with their QB situation because I know a lot of NFL fans are calling for the Bears to go in a different direction. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/emotional-disconnect/

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