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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: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:18 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

What does having Type 1 Diabetes have to do with having no heart?  Madden hasn't been making much sense for the last couple of years.  Either this story is missing some parts or Madden is spewing garbage.

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:07 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Who cares about his Diabetes, there are plenty of players in the NFL with conditions they have to live with to play the game. Again, who cares what John Madden thinks. I don't care about his toughness or heart, this guy is not a winner and as a Bears fan I don't believe this guy will ever win a SB...and isn't that what it's all about, winning the ultimate game...he just dosen't have what it takes.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:00 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Very likely the team doctor(s)/trainers made the decision and kept him off the field. It's fairly easy for a trained to determine that particular injury and, once determined, the Bears would not want a highly paid resource like their QB to risk a much more significant injury. As an EMT, I know the potential long-term effects of further damage. I'm pretty certain the Bears medical staff would tell him something along the lines of "absolutely not!".    

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:00 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

This post doesn't do Cutler as much justice as Madden did him. Cutler has Type 1 Diabetes, meaning he is Insulin dependent. Those with type 1 are the people with the glucose monitor on their waist, which "monitors" their glucose levels, and secretes glucose via a needle into the patient when the level is too low. Cutler cannot use this on the field, meaning he will have to monitor his levels without the monitor. 

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:55 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

I'm sure I've been a bears fan longer than you because I was in NO for '85 game. Cutler is his own worst enemy. I've seen the last 25 years of Bears QB's and he has the worst demeanor and attitude of all of them. Even Rex stood and took all the that was a stand up guy, maybe not as talented at Cutler but a better person.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:50 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

They would have had to drag Favre or Elway off the field...those dudes were warriors.  IMO, this guy has no heart.
I thought everyone went too hard on Cutler, but there's no question he doesn't have heart a Favre or Elway has. He might of been too hurt to play, but at least look like your somewhat interested in whats going on. I think many Bears fans are just as upset with that. He sat on the bench most of the 2nd half and didn't even look like he cared if they win or lose. If he's your leader and as tough as everyone on the Bears says he is, why isn't he trying to help and cheer on his team mates?

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:48 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Vandy was the only school who would give him a free ride- look it up. Even back then the college coaches knew he was a loser. Do you think Eli Manning did OK in college. Never won an SEC title or a BCS game but he turned out alright for being on a bad team...why because he's a good QB the opposite from Cutler.

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:47 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Give it a rest! Cutler is a rock on the field & off.  Thank god he listened to the coaches and stayed out. Just think if he played longer & ripped his knee worse or go another concussion. Next years playoffs look out, all this crap will make Cutler only stronger. GOOOOOO BEARS!! and for one game GOOOOO STEELERS!!

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:44 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

I live in Wisconsin now but I lived in Illinois most of my life and I've always been a Bears, Cubs, Hawks and Bulls fan. I work in the inner city of Chicago so don't tell me about Chicago. Culer is not a winner...period. You made my point for me, the Bears aren't that good but won because of there defense, they should have lost to GB the first time this year if it wasn't for Urlacher and Biggs fumble recovery. I've heard for two years that Cutler is a franchise QB- nothing could be further from the truth. He's been in the NFL for 5 years and has shown nothing that would indicate he can be a winner.

By the way, Madden is an old man and nobody cares what he thinks.

Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:40 pm

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Actually, my point was that bringing up Cutler's record at Vandy as being a losing record is meaningless.  Winning at Vandy is made very difficult by the academic standards.  So maybe the reason he didn't win in college is because he wasn't on more athletically gifted team.

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