|Should Cutler apologize for publicly yelling at his left tackle? (AP)|
You can see why on the sideline just about every week. He's either got an irritating smirk on his face or he's yelling at somebody or he's just generally looking unhappy. Not that it's a requirement to be smiling on the sideline and friendly with the media, but Cutler also doesn't help himself by being so surly.
Of course he had reason to be during the Bears' 23-10 loss to the Packers on Thursday when Cutler took the brunt of seven sacks, including a ridiculous 3.5 by Clay Matthews. Cutler -- who, mind you, also tossed four interceptions -- made sure his offensive line knew how he was feeling by yelling at left tackle J'Marcus Webb and then giving him the shoulder bump when he was done screaming (and not the good kind of shoulder bump, more like the Dr. Perry Cox kind).
And if you ask former Bears captain Adewale Ogunleye, Cutler, if he wasn't the team's franchise quarterback, would “get his butt beat” for his attitude. “If this is in the street, and you bump a man that is 300 pounds, Jay is in serious trouble,” said Ogunleye, who was teammates with Cutler in 2009.
“If you are not doing your job, yeah, someone should be allowed to get in your face,” Ogunleye said Friday morning on WSCR-AM 670 (via the Chicago Tribune). “But if you live in a glass house, you can't throw any stones. So the way I am looking at the game, no one is yelling at Jay when he is throwing the ball [four] times to their defenders. And you've got to have some sense of accountability. At the end of the day, you start losing the respect of your teammates, you start losing the respect of that offensive line when publicly you're bumping people and yelling at them in their face. I don't think it is the right thing to do.”
Look, there's no question Cutler should be frustrated with his team's offensive line. Even with the offense in max protection for much of the time, Green Bay's defense dominated Chicago's line. And considering Cutler got beat up last season, forgive him if he's tired of getting blasted in just about every game he plays
But he still has to show a modicum of respect. In fact, one former player thinks Cutler should go as far as to apologize to his left tackle.
“Clay Matthews has beaten many offensive tackles who are a lot better than J'Marcus Webb,” former Patriots standout Tedy Bruschi said on ESPN radio. “So when you get on somebody and embarrass somebody on national TV for getting beat physically, it's almost like you're kicking a man when he's down. Ok, yes, you lost. He's just not better than Clay Matthews. Clay Matthews was better than him on that play. There's nothing you can do. There's no scheme or anything. It was one man against another, and you lose. You kick him when he's down, it's not the right thing to do. …
"To tell you the truth, this has to be made right, somehow, someway. Jay Cutler -- I think publicly -- has to acknowledge the error of his ways and apologize to the entire offensive line. Because you just didn't pick on one member of the offensive line ... offensive linemen will tell you they are five guys playing at one time, but they are all linked. That's the most solid positional group on the football field. They eat together, meet together and spend so much time together, and when you pick on one of their own, they take it personally."
Winning, of course, will solve most of these problems, because as Bill Belichick has proven, a frosty public persona is forgiven by Super Bowl championships.
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