Jay Cutler: The Most Hated Man in Chicago; Vindication for Josh McDaniels?

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Jay Cutler, shown here lounging on a plaid blanket during the Bears' playoff loss.
We all know the story on the Rams' new offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels. Young prodigy offensive coordinator for the Patriots, runs offense during Greatest Offensive Season Ever, snatched up by Denver Broncos, given far, far too much control over personnel decisions, blows up entire team by feuding with and then trading away quarterback/top wide receiver/running back/dude who fills the ice tub. That old chestnut.  

It was ugly. There's no denying that whatsoever. J-Mac (to go along with K-Mac, get it?), was a disaster as a head coach. Like so many coaches too young for the job, he combined real arrogance and a massive inferiority complex into a nightmarish package of franchise dynamite. 

When the Rams hired McDaniel to take over for the departing Pat Shurmur, the reaction in Denver was less than excited over their former head coach's new opportunity. After all, this was the man who had dismantled what should have been an exciting young team stuffed with talent and led it straight into the basement in the AFC West. You couldn't blame them for being a little bitter toward the guy. 

I do wonder, though, if any of those Denver fans feel any differently today after watching Jay Cutler's performance yesterday in the NFC Championship game. Cutler didn't play particularly well, but that's really not the story. The story is what he did when he wasn't on the field; more specifically, the time he spent not on the field at all. 

Sometime late in the first half Cutler apparently suffered an injury to his knee. He came back out to begin the second half, but quickly exited after missing a completion in a three-and-out series for the Bears

Cutler didn't return, standing on the sideline the rest of the game as his team attempted to come back against a Packers squad that ultimately held on to the lead they built in the first half. He wasn't receiving treatment, wasn't riding the bike, and worst of all, wasn't talking to his backups offering counsel. It was not, to put it lightly, what you wanted to see from your franchise quarterback. 

The response was immediate and brutal. Twitter erupted with criticism from players both past and present. Derrick Brooks, future Hall of Fame linebacker, was especially scathing after the Bears' third-string quarterback took over, saying, "There is no medicine for a guy with no guts and heart." 

Deion Sanders stopped short of that level of vitriol, but had some harsh words of his own, tweeting, "I never question a player's injury, but I do question a player's heart." 

After the game Cutler's teammates and coach defended him, as teammates do, but there has been enough smoke around Cutler for long enough now to wonder if there isn't fire to go along with it. His reputation is one of aloofness, arrogance, and a severe lack of leadership. You can add Soft to that list now. 

Soft may be the single worst thing you can say about a football player, to be honest. I remember when Shaun Alexander's name (and this was back when he was good), and the dreaded S word were mentioned in the same sentence, and the angst which followed. A player labeled as Soft is almost universally looked down upon. Cutler already has enough of a bad reputation following him around; an incident like this one could follow him the rest of his career. 

So I wonder if the Denver fans feel any more charitably toward Josh McDaniels now. After all, a huge part of the reason he was so hated was his driving Cutler out. Watching Cutler have success under Mike Martz in Chicago certainly didn't help matters any. Now, though, we have Cutler standing on the sidelines with no crutches, no wrap, no nothing, as his team watches their season go up in smoke. Maybe McDaniels wasn't barking up the wrong tree after all when he decided Jay Cutler was just more trouble than he's worth. 

Or maybe not. McDaniels crashed and burned in Denver, Cutler is now on the verge of pariahdom in Chicago. Maybe the injury to Cutler's knee is more serious than everyone realises at the moment and a lot of people are going to owe Jay Cutler an apology. And let's face it, as excited as I am about Josh McDaniels being the Rams' new offensive coordinator, I don't particularly want to hang out with the guy. He and Cutler both seem like guys you wouldn't much like if you had to be around them very much. They're probably both at least moderate assholes. But I do wonder what Broncos fans think of their former quarterback now. 

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guest
guest

Love the picture Haah!

Rholly81
Rholly81

I guess you forgot. he threw 2 touchdowns and ran for 2 the previous week...Beware your JD talk..and wait and see what happens next year. Wait until JD turns his ever enlarged ego at your roaster

Funkyou
Funkyou

You all are morons. Probably jealous, probably not nearly as talented, and probably just broke and stupid. Jay Cutler's injury was serious. You can't plant and throw on a leg where the crucial tendon/ligaments are torn, period. Not without sustaining permanent damage to your leg. Why do that to yourself over one game, also if you cant THROW because of the injury, why be in there????

Think about it people. Besides, who really cares?! The Ram's are all that matter.

Abeguyz
Abeguyz

Official diagnosis: TORN UTERUS...take that all you haters. The little beyotch was in some serious pain.

Fernando
Fernando

The only redeeming part(s) of JmD's tenure are Brandon Loyd and Tim Tebow; neither of which SHOULD have been redeeming as they should not have been necessary from the start. Shanahan was able to manage Cutler.

Mike
Mike

This isn't news to us Broncos fans. We've known this since his first couple of years in Denver. The MRI could come back with some significant injury report but that is totally beside the point. Where was he when the QBs behind him were trying to pick up the slack? Pouting. Where was he when the team needed their leader to light a fire under them and get that game back? Pouting. Maybe Jay Cutler has a "golden arm" but with all the crap said about Tim Tebow, at least Tim's a guy that plays every game like its the Super Bowl as opposed to a guy who treats the NFC championship like its a preseason game. Where ever Jay Cutler plays you can bet that that team will continue a legacy of being almost great.

Sailor79
Sailor79

Jake Cutler should visit the Wizard of OZ. He is in need of a heart, courage, and a brain to realize that quitting on your team in playoff game is very bad mojo.

Sirbry70
Sirbry70

BTW-Great shot of Sanchez yesterday...he picked his nose and wiped it on the backup QB...yes caught on camera!!!! Way to be ready to play in the Championship game!!!!

Sirbry70
Sirbry70

Wow, this is very interesting...Cutler is an increadible talent!!!! I can't believe the haters in here. If Cutler would have injured his knee and the Bears would have won, then none of this conversation would be going on right now. As far as I'm concerned, Denver would have been much better off with Cutler and Marshall (also with the other players Mc"Idiot" ran out of Denver!!!) Great job!!! Go over and screw up the Rams now!!!! I have played sports and worked for 10 years at an Orthopaedic Surgeon's office and everybody's body reacts differently. I've seen players not be able to play with just a torn meniscus and then I've seen players play with a completey torn ACL and MCL. So you can't judge the level of tolerance Cuter has, you are not him!!! I would take him back in Denver over Orton any time.

Mspellich
Mspellich

Was it Custer @ Wounded Knee. LMFAO!!

Mavasauris
Mavasauris

I am a Broncos fan and am glad to see both of the yahoos out of Denver, It's time for Denver to get serious on the field and play some Defense. Living in Chicago I do enjoy watching the circus act that the Bears seem to enjoy to put on.

Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious

Crybaby Jay is Drew Bledsoe with neither the heart nor the smile. He compiles a 140 passer rating one week, and the next it's a 30. In fact, if you compare his statistics with Kyle Orton over 13 games this season, Orton clobbered Cutler in passing (by 800-plus yards) and INTs (four fewer), and was his equal in touchdowns scored (20). That Orton wasn't in the championship is entirely the fault of the Napoleon on the Sidelines.

Yup, I'm a Broncos fan, and there's another reason why Mr. Pout practically begged to be railroaded out of town sporting brand new tar and feathers – that is, besides his 17-20 record in this dusty old cowtown. McDaniels has all of the inter-personal skills of a Sherman tank, to be sure, but when he flubbed handling Cutler from the get-go, Cutler and/or his agent (same thing) did an end run around McD and tried to play him off against owner Pat Bowlen publicly for a better deal. At one point during the weeks-long soap opera, Bowlen stepped up to the mic and cryptically told the media he had "100-percent confidence" in his new coach. What did they expect Bowlen to do – admit he screwed up when he hired McD? It wasn't going to happen. Most people know it's career suicide to back your boss's boss into a corner and jab your index finger in his chest... but I guess Crybaby Jay isn't most people, is he?

mcdsux
mcdsux

If you pay attention to the author of this colon and the denver fans you would realize that this criticism of cutler stems from the fact that cutler is not a team player. instead of stepping up and offering assistance or likewise to his teammates, he just stood there on the sidelines with the smug look on his face watching his team fail miserably. what a self centered prick. the validity of his injury doesn't matter here in denver what does matter is his actions after the injury

Broncos_diva
Broncos_diva

I am a Broncos fan and to answer your question...no I won't go soft on McD. He traded away a lot of our talent (Marshall and Hillis are two that really come to mind). Furthermore, I don't think anyone can judge Cutler if you aren't the training/coaching staff of the Bears or a doctor that is working on his case. I cannot understand how people can really jump to conclusions on something they aren't a part of.

bloggingafterhours
bloggingafterhours

That can't be Jay Cutler in that picture because his leg isn't dangling off due to an MCL tear. Everybody bitches and clamors over concussions and safety, then Cutler hits the sidelines after tearing his MCL and those same people rush to comment about his softness like a bunch of jagoffs.

Golfresources
Golfresources

When Tony Dungy coached at Tampa Bay (and I believe Lovie Smith was on his staff) there was one central theme everyone adhered to - No Excuses, No Explantions, We Do What We Do. It will be interesting to see what is said from Cutler (and his medical report) over the next few days.

HowdyYall
HowdyYall

Jay Cutler = Bartman's new best friend. lol

someonethatsnotyou
someonethatsnotyou

other than having to go through the last 2 years. we may be in better shape now that were rid of both cutler and mcdaniels here in denver. . .

Artnsue23
Artnsue23

I'm from Colorado and I have been and always will be a big Broncos fan. And yes. We hate McDaniels that much. He dismantled a team with a lot of potential out of arrogance and pride. I hope he is able to help the Rams, but he was a disaster as a head coach.

Shot of Reality
Shot of Reality

Chime in here, all you athletes, who have ever played a down of football, or basketball, in a competitive situation . . . with a torn MCL or ACL? Crickets chirping . . . chirp, chirp, chirp. Your leg feels like it's about to fall off from the knee down. So it's not necessarily about the pain, although that's pretty gruesome as well, but it's about performing. It's not a bruise, or a cut, or strain, or a twist . . . it's a break, a tear of a ligament that holds your d*&% leg together. No amount of pain medication in a shot is going to help that Deon Sanders! You're one of the biggest cry babies and whiners to ever play the game. Maybe you didn't do it in the locker room to the media, you just chose to do it on the field, to the refs and other players!

dejahthoris
dejahthoris

Cutler is not soft and he would have been out there if he could. I think it is sickening how people are treating him.

T-Money
T-Money

I notice that all of the negative comments in reference to Cultler are from Black players. Where were these same players when Ladainian Tomlinson had the same mysterious injury. As usual it's only racism when it's white folk criticizing black people. It's true & you know it's true. :(

Jackdeelee
Jackdeelee

I feel like your questioning the opinions of sports writers and not the actual mood in Denver. Is there really this swell of anger that McDaniels traded away a middling, journeyman quarterback amongst the fans? Do you suppose Broncos supporters think the Bears success rests entirely with Jay Cutler, and not with their defense, punt returns, and a resurgent Matt Forte? As Cutler showed yesterday, it's his poor play that's the problem, not his unwillingness to play even worse on an injured knee.

abutterflyloves
abutterflyloves

Exactly! The Broncos knew Jay Cutler wasn't a QB, but a Quarter-Pounder with cheese. Where will Jay end up? Tennessee? Arizona? Who cares really?

Guest
Guest

Denver fans knew a long time ago that Cutler was a cry baby and a quitter. We knew he'd choke when the going got tough.

Hihon2001
Hihon2001

That picture an caption is absolutely perfect

Sabbath
Sabbath

How do you know Mike? Were you at the game? Or did you just see what the cameras showed you for thirty seconds? I was at the game and I watched it again (as I usually do to see and hear the things I couldn't at the game). Cutler was right at Collins' and then Hanie's side when the defense was on the field. So, what's your point again? Oh yeah, that you are an uneducated moron still suckling from yo mama's teet. Enjoy Tebow dumba$$ He'll make a fine fullback someday. Well worth that 15th pick in the draft though...

tim
tim

you are a fucking unemployed retard, they are called facts, look them up when you are done banging you sister-cousin

BroncoLoon
BroncoLoon

If it was a tear or broken bone then he would of been on crutches and not walking around on the sideline like nothing was the matter really with his knee. I don't question his knee but I do his heart!!!

SuperTed19
SuperTed19

There is a huge difference between an ACL tear and an MCL tear. I have had both - going the ACL route twice - and I have played after both. The pain and instability of an ACL injury made it impossible to play again without surgery and rehab. The MCL injury, on the other hand, was something that could have been braced and allowed me to continue playing IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE INJURY. I was not in a championship game - or anything close - so I decided to wait the 4-6 weeks before taking the field again. If it had been "the big game" I was playing, that knee would have been braced and I would have been back on the field!

Bottom line: Unless there is a risk of doing further damage to the knee or the pain is unbearable, there is no compelling reason NOT to play in the conference championship with an MCL injury.

I JUST DID
I JUST DID

doesn't change the fact that he has no heart... did he even offer any help to the back ups? did he try to rally the team? NO he quit on the game and his team. Come on dude I thought this was blatantly obvious to everyone that watched the game. Granted he was "injured" he could have still helped.

Anony
Anony

Actually, as a coach, I've had athletes continue to play with torn ACL's. Had one athlete refuse to see a doc for 4 months because they knew something was wrong and didn't want to end the season. As it turned out, there was little holding the knee in place when the visit finally did occur. That athlete worked through the pain all season and refused to slow down. Sanders nailed it. Sanchez was wrecked at one point in the AFC game and came off of the field looking like he couldn't throw ten yards with his arm hanging down. One quarter later and he is throwing bombs. There is enough cortizone (and other remedies) in those locker rooms to remedy an injured herd of elephants.

Anony
Anony

You mean those "black" players like Bruce Gradowski and Mark Schlereth......

Sirbry70
Sirbry70

It was a MCL sprain...(ie. tear) and no with a tear you do not always need to have crutches

Sabbath
Sabbath

Did you play in the NFL? Did you play QB? Was medical and coaching staff telling you that you cannot go back in the game? Do you also have Juvenile Diabetes and therefore cannot be given cortisone? Answer to all is almost certainly "no". So please keep your uneducated opinion to yourself. Put the blame where it belongs - overmatched O-line, sub-par receivers, out-coached. That's it.

tim
tim

Everyone is different and every injury is different a tear on one person could affect someone completely different w/ the exact same injury. The structural integrity of his knee was not there, his upper leg was sliding independent of his lower leg making it impossible to plant, cut, or any other move that is necessary to avoid getting your head sit on by a 300 lb angry black man. And Cutler injured his knee before the half, was diagnosed w/ a MCL tear @ half, was told by the doctors and trainers to not go back in, went back in anyway and was pulled by the COACHES because he could not function. Do some research into the actual facts before you jump on his back like all the Booya channels you have obviously been watching all day.

tim
tim

He was on the bench talking to Hanie when the defense was on the field. FOX never showed it, You saw about 30 seconds of cutler and jumped to conclusions. Only idiots give opinions before they have all the facts.

Sabbath
Sabbath

He has diabetes and cannot have a cortisone injection - but thanks for chiming in with your abuses as a coach. Deion Sanders was a panzy who avoided any contact at all possible costs, so he is not an authority on "softness" or quitting - as he did many times as a 49er

tim
tim

So how is your athletes knee holding up now? As a coach, you probably ruined this kids chance of playing at a higher level or even being able to run a few years after this happened. You sir are the biggest of douche bags, one that doesn't care about anyone but your own glory @ the exploitations of others. Cutler was pulled by the coaches, the structural integrity of his knee was compromised and coaches who are actually good at their job, protected their QB and his FUTURE. Maybe you should realize the facts (you and the media)before you cast stones you meatball!

Rj
Rj

What do you coach... foosball?

Football Fan
Football Fan

Wow. I am surprised that you're so inattentive as someone who claims to be a coach. Mark Sanchez came off the field holding his left, non-throwing arm. The pain and any injury to that arm had no bearing on his right, throwing arm.

really?
really?

wow you sound like a horrible coach. letting your players take possibly irreversible damage for the machismo and mask the pain with cortisone. Nice.

Clevername
Clevername

I haven't heard anything from Gradowski. I must have missed that. And, I don't agree with the racism angle. However, it's a well known fact the Mark Shlereth is African-American.

tom
tom

I agree...I remember seeing him talking with Hanie on the sidelines on the bench and now everyone saying he did nothing....Cutler is a talent on the field...if he was really pulled by the medical staff then he shouldn't play....He was getting crushed behind the WEAK o-line already in the game and with a torn MCL, he would have probably caused even more damage trying to get away from the GB defense. He tried for the series right out of the half and it didn't work well. So their best scenario was to try something else. I think the Bears play calling was really poor throughout the game to much running...Cutler didn't look great, sure, but he also didn't give the game away in any aspect. His ONE interception was on a phenominal play by the defensive back and if he weren't in PERFECT position, that pass was picture perfect. Also Hester quit on his route on their first drive which resulted in the over-throw. People are so stupid and if they just would watch the game, instead of jumping to conclusions, they would see that the Bears were running alot on 1st and 2nd downs and penalties really cost them long 3rd down plays.

Anony
Anony

You are right. My mistake. I stand corrected on the arm.

Anony
Anony

It's a bit difficult to knowingly allow a player to "take possibly irreversible damage" when that player is functioning just fine and simply complains that her knee hurt. Yes, I said, "her." I'm not a doctor, therefore I don't diagnose. She showed up, wrapped up and practiced, not letting on how much pain she was in until the-season-was-over. Players are nicked up all of the time and everyone has pain of some sort to work through. It's part of being an athlete. It wasn't until after the season anyone, including her, knew the extent of her injury.

Pain is different for everyone. For that girl, she played through a completely blown ACL. Cutler, didn't.

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