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Monday Musings

Posted on: January 24, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 6:38 pm

--Did Jay Cutler check out Sunday? The facts are he had a knee injury. It's said to be a Grade 3 sprain of the MCL, which is a tear. That's tough to play on, but not impossible. Word is he wanted to play, but the doctors told him no.  Even so, why not fight to play? If Cutler was named Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, this isn't an issue. Since he's the distant, aloof Cutler, it is.  I know this: Philip Rivers played on a torn ACL. To me, that's the difference between these two. But to question Cutler's toughness, might be a stretch. His desire? Maybe. Toughness? No way. He takes a ton of shots and never seems to be fazed, aside from the bad body language. I talked with one NFL player Monday who couldn't believe that Cutler acted the way he did after the injury. "Even if he's hurt, he has to be involved with the game," the player said. "That's the worst of it." Cutler moped on the sideline most of the second half, seemingly disconnected from the action. Why not help the young Caleb Hanie? The bottom line is Cutler probably brings on a lot of disdain from the way he acts. But it's hard to know if he quit on his teammates. They defended him after the game, so it sounded as if they had his back. I think Cutler takes abuse more than most passers because he is so difficult to understand.  At dinner Sunday night at a nice Chicago restaurant, our waitress said Cutler would often come in after games with a large group. She said he wasn't very nice or social. "He texted on his phone all night," she said. That's Cutler. He doesn't let a lot of people in, which is why he seems to be an easy target. The reality is that even before he got hurt, he wasn't playing well. That, to me, is the bigger issue. Jay Cutler the quarterback simply wasn't very good on the game's biggest stage.

---In fairness to Cutler, the Bears need to get another receiver to help the offense. They have speed, but it is raw in Johnny Knox and Devin Hester, who I still don't think is a very good receiver. I would look for the Bears to take a receiver at some point in this year's draft.

---Todd Collins? Really? Todd Collins? He wasn't very good 10 years ago? Why was he listed as the backup Sunday?

----The Bears also need a corner. Charles Tillman had a good year on one side and Tim Jennings was a pleasant surprise on the other, but Jennings was shredded by the Packers Sunday. He's more of a nickel corner.  Zack Bowman, who was expected to start and be a breakout player, had a bad season and was benched.

---- The Jets need to find an outside rusher in the 3-4 scheme. If theses playoffs taught us anything about the Jets it's that they don't get pressure without blitzing. Bryan Thomas, Calvin Pace and Jason Taylor just don’t cut it. They need an upgrade at outside linebacker.

----I hated the call to hand the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson on fourth-and-goal from the 1. I know he's been good down there in his career, but either run Shonn Greene or roll Mark Sanchez out. The Jets let Sanchez throw on third down, and he threw an incomplete pass. The fourth-down play lacked imagination, especially when you consider the Steelers are so good at stopping the run.

---Hard to believe Packers corner Sam Shields wasn't drafted. Part of that could be because he played both receiver and corner for Miami. The Packers signed him because they knew he could run. Shields has impressed as the team's nickel corner, sealing Sunday's victory over the Bears with an interception with 37 seconds left. His play is a big reason why the Packers can use Charles Woodson as a safety in some defensive looks.

----Seeing all the NFL players sending out messages on Twitter about Cutler got me to thinking how much things have changed. It's open season on there. Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew was the harshest critic. He played all season on a knee that required surgery. But Jones-Drew did miss the final two games of the season.  So for him to question Cutler might open him up to the same type of scrutiny.

----Carson Palmer isn't going to retire. The guy loves the game too much. Don't believe the talk that he would do that if he was not traded. I know he's made a lot of money, and he could live on it the rest of his life, but what else replaces the competition for a guy who loves it?  He will be starting for the Bengals next season. Mike Brown, the team president, has already said he will not trade Palmer. So it's sit or play. Want to bet he plays?


Category: NFL
Tags: Jay Cutler

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:46 pm

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Phillip Rivers was injured and didn't finish the game. He played the next game with the torn ACL. So there is no difference between Rivers and Cutler. Who's to say that Cutler wouldn't have played in the Super Bowl had the Bears made it. Do some fact finding before you print your article Petey.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:40 pm

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I don't know what you're trying to say there, tommygun, but a torn ACL is worse. Much worse. Short of a LARS reconstruction (which isn't possible in most cases anyway), that will put most players out, in any sport around the world, for pretty much a whole season. That's if it doesn't end their career.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:57 pm

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Ok dippy, a torn MCL and ACL are two totally different injuries.  How did you get this job?????  You should compare like things, not just type stupidty.  Jay Cutler suffered a grade 2 MCL tear/sprain.  If I recall Jim McMahon suffered a similar injury and was out 7 weeks!!!!!  Oh wait that is factual data and doesn't matter in this new sports world.  Idiots who hate Cutler for being distant, please go to hell.  Who wants to talk to media idiots who can write or say anything and then withdraw it if they choose with now ramifications.  Jay, you are my QB and I am happy with that. 

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:46 pm

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Quarterback rating is over rated. Kinda like "W's" for a pitcher in baseball.

Rodgers was definately not at his best, but he made plays with his feet, scored a rushing TD, and had a number of plus 20 yard plays. The play calling got a little conservative at the end and Rodgers surely missed a couple throws, but he wasn't outplayed by a 3rd stringer who threw two picks.

Again, not a great Rodgers game, but he wasn't outplayed by Hanie.


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:38 pm

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For 50% of the game he was playing.  I am sorry but I take Hienes word over yours.  You must not have been paying much attention.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 1:35 am

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"Even so, why not fight to play?"...yeah why not flush your entire career down the drain so Prisco will think your a man?  What a freakin' clown you are little Petey!

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:30 am

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"real men" dont bash a guy because of what the tv cameras showed them. This is complete garbage, you are all terrible people. The real men of the world are sighing and shaking their head at you pompous, toolbags. What has the world come to? Bashing a guy because the camera's showed him sitting lookign distant. You dont know what the hell he was doing the other 2 hours he was not on the camera do you? You dont know anything.

NFL players and fans alike should be ashamed. I have never before seen such a hate fest. Its unreal.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:24 am

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This Horse crap comparison to Phillip Rivers needs to STOP NOW. ITS ONLY HURTING YOUR ARGUEMENT.

If you remember, Rivers got injured in the divisional playoff game, and sat in the 4th quarter. he then returned next week. Cutler did the same, sitting out the day of the injury.

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:33 pm

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Comeon, I saw the game. I saw him sitting over with both Collins (Ugh) and Hanie talking with them and going over plays on a big sheet of paper.  it was on national TV.  I was teh first to criticize Cutler.  I called him a expletive for a female cat most of the night.  If he's hurt, hes hurt.  He wasn't doing anything for us on the field.  I wish they would have started Hanie at the end of the 1st half. 

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:32 pm

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Well the best I can say is this wasn't written by Judge.  That guy is truly a Jay Cutler hater.  This though, comes close.  The truth is that the media doesn't like Cutler because he doesn't kiss their ass!!  Did anyone ever listen to the questions that sports writers ask after football games?  They're larger unintelligible.  Writers love Peyton Manning the most, and Brady a close second, because they take the bullshit questions writers ask and actually answer them like they are intelligible and mean something.  Jay Cutler doesn't.  Michael Vick used to not answer either.  If you listened to him this year he has now learned to give basic responsive answers, though they are not nearly as complete or nuanced as Manner or Brady.  Not even close really, but passable.  Drew Brees is liked as well because he gives nice answers.  The media likes players to play the game.  They reason that if they're going to make these athletes even richer by giving them free advertising, the least they could do is be a good sport and play along.  Fair enough.  The problem is that not everyone is the same.  Jay Cutler is a different dude.  I've live in and have watched the Bears since the mid-70s.  Cutler is by far the most talented quarterback we have had.  Much better than McMahon who really relied on Payton.  Harbaugh was smart, but lacked skills and had to deal with Maniac Mike Ditka.  As I've said since Cutler came to Chicago, he will be their quarterback for the next 10 years.  The idiots who burned his jersey are just that, idiots.  I read that a Green Bay fan was cut with a knife by a disgruntled Bears fan.  That guy should be put in jail.  What a jackass.  The point is that Cutler most certainly didn't just come out on his own.  He just got an extension and after the injury made some bad throws that worried the staff enough to rule him out.  Cutler was not yucking it up on the bench, he was dejected as he should be.  Darnelle Dockett is also an idiot and Maurice Jones Drew has missed more time in his short career than Cutler has.  The Bears lost.  The defense did not come to play in the first half.  The offense was stifled and the offensive line was like a sieve.  Cutler didn't get it done.  Collins sucked.  Hanie got a lot of credit for moving the offense but still threw 2 picks including one to a fat guy named Raji who returned it for a touchdown.  Better luck next year Bears.

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