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John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:11 am
Posted by Andy Benoit

John Madden is as passionate about football as anyone alive. Still, it’s not often that he gets riled up. J. Madden (US Presswire)

Appearing Thursday on Sirius radio, the legendary commentator sounded off on the Jay Cutler criticism. Here’s what Madden said (via Pro Football Talk):

“I’ve been in football for over 50 years. I’ve never questioned a player’s toughness. I never have.  Whether it was in coaching, broadcasting, whatever.

“There’s no one in the NFL that has a tougher job to do than Jay Cutler. I think playing quarterback in the NFL is the toughest thing you can do. I think throwing a forward pass and having guys rushing you and hitting you when you’re looking downfield and throwing the ball is the toughest act you have to do.”

After talking about how Cutler plays with Type 1 diabetes, Madden picked up the intensity.

“And then people are looking at him, they put a camera on him, and they say they don’t like his demeanor,” he said. “Demeanor hell!
“Live a day in his shoes. Type I diabetes is not a daytime thing.  It’s not a week thing.  It’s not a month thing.  It’s a life thing.  And it’s every day, and it’s every day for 24 hours.”

Madden’s grandson suffers from Type 1 diabetes.

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Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:59 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

I thought Madden passed away 2 years wait, that was JoPa.  My bad...

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:44 pm

Diabetes aside, Cutler is hard to root for

I am one of those so-called "bitter Denver fans," but my issues with Cutler don't revolve his exit.  It's his unwillingness to even appear appreciative of his opportunity or accepting of his role as a leader.  If paying customers expect a smile and courtesy from a waiter or a stockbroker, how is it so irrational to want that from a quarterback?

Cutler's got a larger-than-life job, but seems to treat it with the dread that comes from more ordinary existences. We might expect a certain drabness from delivery-drivers or folks stuck in a cubicle, but not from leaders who play a symbolic game for our vicarious entertainment.   Quarterbacks, especially the stars, by the nature of the gig have the honus upon them to be symbols for their team and their city or region.  Cutler seems to blatantly ignore that aspect of his job description. 

If he could show even a sprinkle of good-natured grace, or a dash of respect for the reporters making a fraction of his one-game salary, it would do more for the public-perception of type-I diabetes than all his TD passes combined. 

There is absolute truth in Cutler not playing the media game, but there is also truth that the media create the only access that many fans have to the game.  Jay's decision not to play one game becomes a de-facto decision not to play another.  True enough that we, as fans, don't "know" what "really goes on," but that's true of every superstar in every sport.  Somehow many of the others have avoided building the unfortunate reputation that Jay has constructed. 

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:39 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

I never questioned Cutler quiting. He and the trainers, coaches make that call.  I did and will question Cutler on helping the backup QB's. I feel like Cutler quit on the team as soon as he was out. He sat by himself and had a dejected crybaby look on his face. He just played as much as he could against the enemy and studied them for days before. He should have had his face and QB know how in every friggin play as well as encouraging the backup QB's. He didn't help anymore after he was out, His diabetes or injury was not at the level to prevent him from being a part of play calling, strategy and spirit. That's what classified him as a loser and a quitter.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:20 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

good for you John. i love it

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:12 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

yes, but these guys take cortisone shots and get back out there. Cutler is Diabetic and cant take those shots for the immediate feel good.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:54 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Guys like Favre and  Phillip Rivers have just set a high standard for toughness and playing with injuries in the playoffs.Rivers played numerous games with torn ligaments in his knee a few years ago. Not all players are able to play at a high level when they are injured and Cutler is just one of those guys. He also may need to gain some leadership skills, but he still has the talent to be a great QB in the NFL.

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:40 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Well done by Mr. Madden,again folks it was the coaches decision to take Cutler out.Im a Broncos fan and was rooting for Cutler.Still wish we had him.Moving forward Tebow is a winner and like Vick he will get better.We need his energy to transfer over to if. 

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:30 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

OMG all u people should not turn on the comp

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:21 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

You all kill me.  Okay, what happens if he comes back in the game and they lose 21-0.  Then everyone would be griping and moaning that he didn't know when to take himself out and he cost the team.  The reason the Bears lost the game was because they lost it as a team.  Yeah, Hanie lead them back.  That's because the Packers did not prepare for him.  I pretty much guarantee that if Hanie had been the starter and would have been prepared for, he probably would have laid an egg (example:  Tyler Thigpen with the Dolphins this year.  Made an amazing comeback one game when he came in after Henne and Pennington get hurt.  Next game he is the starter and the team struggles to make 100 yards total offense.  Face, the people that want to complain about Cutler would have complained about him no matter what, unless he would have won the game.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:18 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

I'm not a Bears fan, but I am TOTALLY with Madden on this one. People think they can look at someone's "demeanor" for two seconds through a camera lens and poof! they have it all figured out. What a joke. To boot, his coach said after the game that it was HIS (coach Smith's) decision to not let him return. Some people (ahem, Maurice Jones Drew, Mark Schlereth et al) should be eating a huge helping of crow right about now, after this verbal dressing down by John Madden himself.

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