Winning is Only Thing Bears QB Cutler Can Seek Do In Storm of Perceptions

Suddenly, in Chicago, Steve Bartman isn’t looked upon with the same level of scathing disdain as he was a week ago  Now, it appears that Jay Cutler has supplanted Bartman as persona non grata in the Windy City after Chicago lost the NFC Championship, the Halas Trophy, and a berth in Super Bowl XLV on home soil.

Two weeks ago,  Cutler was king as he joined Otto Graham as the only other quarterback in the history of the playoffs to throw and run for two touchdowns in a playoff game.  Leading the Bears past the Seattle and into the NFC Championship against arch rival Green Bay, the returns on the trade that landed Cutler from Denver were beginning to pay off.  Cutler was beginning to erase the quarterback ghosts of  the past.  After all, Bears fans have been aching for a start quarterback to come along and allow them to forget the likes of Shane Matthews, Steve Stenstrom, Cade McNown, Jonathan Quinn and Moses Moreno.

Yuck.  In fact, double yuck.

But as we’ve seen in the past, all it takes is a week for your luck to change just that fast, because in the blink of an eye Cutler has gone from hero to heel after sitting out a majority of the second half in last Sunday’s NFC Championship loss against Green Bay with some degree of a knee injury.  How could this be?   How badly was Cutler hurt?  What was the severity of his injury?  Was it so painful that he couldn’t gut it out?  Why can’t he go back out there?  Why does he look it’s no big deal?  How come he’s not in the face of Lovie Smith and the coaching staff, demanding to go back into the game?  These were just a sampling of questions racing through the minds of Bears fans and football fans alike as we watched the surreal moment of the Bears going it without their starting quarterback and eventually turning to third stringer Caleb Hanie.

His absence in the most critical time of need for the Bears drew the ire from former and current NFL players (Maurice Jones-Drew, Darnell Dockett, Derrick Brooks to name a few).  Cutler’s guts, leadership and toughness have all come under heavy fire, without a hose in sight to douse the flames of criticism without knowing the true seriousness of Cutler’s injury.  Speaking of flames, photos surfaced after the game of Bears fans burning Cutler jerseys in the parking lot.  Cavaliers fans would be proud.

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3 Responses to “Winning is Only Thing Bears QB Cutler Can Seek Do In Storm of Perceptions”

  1. Darrell says:

    In case you missed it, everything you said has been refuted. Cutler was pulled for a valid injury twice, had only six plays to recover before Hanie was put in. None of the players mentioned above could have overcome those odds and the rules. Hanie and the rest of the team said Cutler was engaged and helpful. Moreover, they all say he is a great teamate. I watched the game and saw him cheering and wearing the headset yet no media outlet republished those photos. Clearly the media is lazy and/or has an agenda. These pictures do not sell the perception they want to create. Controversy sells. Shame on them and you for siding with the twitter twits, most of which have recanted by now anyway.

  2. Phil says:

    Your a blowhole. It took more courage for him to leave the game than to try and play with a bad leg.
    You sound like another gutless blogger instead of a Bears fan.
    Cutler is the best thing to happen for the Bears offense and you write this nonsense. Maybe you need to find another team.
    BTW try using spellcheck, you need it.

    • Frank says:

      Phil, thanks for you remarks. It shows just how childish and very classless you are by resorting to calling me a blowhole. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on this matter, which is fine by me. But consider this: in Chicago’s illustrious history they have guys like Payton, McMahon, Singletary, Sayers, Dent and presently Brian Urlacher. Now, if you can honestly tell me that despite an injury, against coaches and trainers’ orders they wouldn’t have stormed the field to return to an NFC title game, then be my guest. But by my accounts, I’m pretty sure the Bears would have to call in the Navy to escort those guys off the field had a decision been made where they didn’t think it was appropriate to return to the game. Like it or not, the perceptions are out there that Cutler has a credibility issue. Just look at what his peers in the NFL think of the guy by their remarks. And my piece didn’t even hit the fact that he flat out was stinking terrible even before he got hurt. What’s the excuse for completing barely half of his passes and overthrowing Devin Hester two or three times? The perceptions have been out there and they’ll continue to be out there. He comes off aloof, borderline arrogant and by him standing on the sidelines in his own world, staring off into the abyss of the afternoon without offering support to Hanie certainly does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to help his image around the league. If I were a Bears fan, I’d like to think giving up four picks and a player for Cutler, you’d expect the kind of leadership you see from Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. But in your case, apparently you were tickled pink about the way the whole fiasco went down.