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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: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:31 pm

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I don't think you should comment unless you watch football. The Bears and Cutler were 12 - 6. What do you mean by "begin to win".

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:20 pm

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"Jay Cutler the quarterback simply wasn't very good on the game's biggest stage" Why not apply that same logic to Rogers who had a QB rating of 55 and did nothing the whole 2nd half with the game still undecided. Hanie the Bears third string QB outplayed him. Cutler didn't plat very well but he also suffered from poor feild position most of the first half. The Packer punter was the MVP for the game with 5 punts inside the 20. It's  funny to see some of the narratives produced after a game, that would be absolutely rediculace, if a football had bounced a different direction on ONE play.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:08 pm

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I was at the game - about 20 rows directly behind the Bears' bench.  He sat at the "bottom third" of the bench by himself or with another "random" for about 75% of the time he was out and the other 25% he stood down near the end of the line (a VERY short span of time he rode a bike).   At no time did he make any effort to stand next to or speak with the coaches or other players in the game EXCEPT for the Urlacher pick.

I have as much disdain for the ridiculous media in this country (sports or otherwise) as anybody but he was almost textbook for "WHAT NOT TO DO" in order not to look like a jerk.  He probably needs to spend some of his millions on a PR guy and/or life coach to try and resurrect his image. And I'm the same guy who insists to this day that Evander Holyfield was "asking for it" with Mike Tyson by headbutting him over and over again (and it wasn't called) during their match. 

Seriously, Cutler is just a clown.  Unless of course, he begins to win and then the rest of the lemmings will fall all over him like hes the next Elway/Marino/Young/Montana combined!!!

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 1:30 pm

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I'm a Packer fan and I think people rushed to judge Cutler because he is a easy target.  He does what he wants and doesn't care what others think as long as he gets the job done.  I watched the game and saw Cutler with the sullen look on his face, which was most likely due to not playing in the game.  I also noticed he had a ear piece in which I'm sure linked him to the Coaches and the plays that were being run on the field.   He was also sitting next to the Qb's who replaced him and yes Fox showed him not helping but again did they notice Hanine had his head buried in the photos of the last series and may have been looking at something Cutler told him before the camera took the shot?  People who are not involved or do their reswearch should refrain from comment.       

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 12:34 pm

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And one more tidbit of FACT.  After Urlachers int it was actually reported from the sideline that it was the first time Jay cracked a smile and that he congradulated his teamate.  So how on earth can Prisco actually report and put quotations in a story filled with LIES.  I am not a bitter fan.  Just stating the Facts.  Articles written by people who only saw the what fox showed them VS the QB who actually was talking to Jay on the side line.  HMMMMM sounds like a lot of fabrication on the medias part.

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