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.