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I have always defended Jay Cutler from the very beginning.  Although I admit, there were some moments where I questioned him.  I questioned him when he demanded a trade in Denver. I questioned whether or not he really could be a GREAT quarterback especially after his disastrous 2009-2010 season.  Despite my questioning, I still believed he could be a good quarterback in the league who would end up winning at least one Super Bowl.

Call me crazy but I still believe in him even after what happened yesterday.  All the negativity has surrounded Cutler for a very long time and yet he has never cared what anyone thinks of him.  Apparently he never cared till I read the heart wrenching piece by Jim Trotter.

This line stuck out the most: "He then turned his back to reporters, fiddled with some things on a shelf and bit his lip as tears welled."

So apparently he cried over being criticized over his lack of toughness by analysts and players.  It's one thing to call out a player for being aloof or boorish but to be called weak is really out of line.

Jay Cutler, weak?  I certainly don't think so. The man plays with Type 1 diabetes, he's been sacked 57 times this year alone and yet he has not complained about it. Still questioning him? He took a shot to the chin and still stayed in the game. He's been dinged and bruised - he still played. Still questioning him?  I remember last season when he took a hit during their game against the Browns.  Cutler bit down on his tongue and the blood was everywhere - he still played. Still questioning him?

Current players took their jabs at Cutler through Twitter and to each one of them I will say this:

To Jones-Drew: Your team was 8-8 and FAILED to make the playoffs. Quit talking.

To Dockett: Didn't you have a quarterback who sat there "laughing" on the sidelines during Monday Night Football while you guys were getting BLOWN OUT.

To Curry: You're questioning the same guy who just BEAT your team the week before.

Even former players had their say and to each of them I will say this:

To Deion Sanders: You sat out two seasons with TURF TOE.

To Dilfer: You're nothing.

Deion Sanders and Trent Dilfer have always hated Cutler. They never liked him because of the way he conducts himself and the way he plays.

While I can see why people don't like Cutler for his seemingly poor attitude but people really don't know him. He may not be as personable as some of top tier quarterbacks but that's just the way he is and people will never accept him because of that.

He has declined endorsement deals because he has said he has not proven anything. He has done charity work recently for diabetic children at a Chicago hospital but only the media knew of this after a week it happened. He doesn't want to advertise his charity work because he knows he doesn't need to.

After big losses he has stayed behind to look at film. He has improved his numbers from last season. He IS working hard, he IS there for his team, and he IS a good person.

He does have the approval of his teammates but people will never accept him. He is "too different" and he doesn't "fit the mold" of a "true" NFL quarterback. But that's what is so likable about Jay Cutler, he just doesn't care about what you think of him. Just don't dare to question his toughness.

Perhaps this is a true wake up call for Jay Cutler. He might just need to change his attitude towards the media in order to gain some sort of acceptance.  Or maybe he won't do anything but he really does need to do something in order to salvage his career.

January 24, 2011  02:46 PM ET

I love you and your thoughts.

people need to not jump the gun until a medical professional gives an offical opinion on an injury (nor non-injury). it's a shame he's not more likeable, this never would have happened, but then he wouldn't be the jay cutler that you love and stalk. ;)

January 24, 2011  03:12 PM ET

All he needed was a bag of ice or crutches, and this wouldn't even be an issue.

But I agree, he's going to have to give up the aloofness, or he'll continue to get crucified by the media.

January 24, 2011  07:57 PM ET

Thanks for sticking up for Jay - very insightful piece

January 24, 2011  08:03 PM ET

Well written Blog JGirl.

January 24, 2011  08:10 PM ET

Great points. All I had to hear was Brian Urlacher standing up for him. If Brian believes in him he's OK in my book. As a matter of fact, a lot of his teammates stood up for him. As far as I'm concerned, the other players sitting at home, the talking heads and the media in general should just bend over and kiss him where the sun don't shine! Jay doesn't need to change for the freaking media. If that's who he is, then that's who he is.

None of us know what's in another's heart...

January 24, 2011  09:18 PM ET

Thanks JGirl, I agree 100% and feel better after reading this. Nice to hear you say some of the things I was thinking (Deion Sanders).

January 24, 2011  09:54 PM ET

All good points. The former players who pretend to be journalists should be reprimanded or fired for their unprofessional conduct in trashing a player before knowing the facts. They have a right to their opinions, but they also must be held to journalistic standards of ethics if they are employed as such.

January 25, 2011  09:43 PM ET

Thanks for all your input everyone. :)

Love you too Gigi lol

 
September 2, 2011  08:42 AM ET

As practice was ending and the team assembled around Lovie Smith for the requisite wind-down words from the head coach, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher went over to the sidelines and brought 10-year-old Collin Wehr of Northbrook out to be part of the huddle. After things broke up, Cutler brought Collin back to the sidelines, where he set up with an "NFL Network" microphone and a chair next to him for interview subjects to sit.

Collin has cancer. Brain cancer. Terminal, very late-stage, to the point where it was determined that his body wasn't strong enough to take any more treatments.

"No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child. Cutler, Peppers, Smith, Tillman, Urlacher ??? they???re all big guys".

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