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As long as any Bears fan can remember, they have someone to hate. Whether it be Rick Mirer, Cedric Benson, Rex Grossman, Lovie Smith, Jerry Angelo, the entire McCaskey family, etc.  The new target is non other than their upcoming star, Jay Cutler.

I have been a Bears fan my entire 28 year life, and I have never seen a fan base hate players as much as Chicago Bears fans do. Being from Chicago, I also am a White Sox fan, whose fans can also be rough, but not like this.

The word I can best describe Bears fans is brutal. In 2009 the Bears acquired QB Jay Cutler and a 5th round pick(turned out to be Jhonny Knox) in exchange for 2 first rd draft picks, a third rd pick, and QB Kyle Orton. The reason this trade happened is because Cutler and Broncos new head coach Josh McDaniels were not compatible. McDaniels wanted Matt Cassel to run his short, but heavy passing offense. Jay's skills do not really fit that bill. Cutler felt unwanted and wanted out of Denver. What Jay didnt know is that where he was headed could get alot worse.

In the acquistion of Cutler, Bears fans were questioning giving up 3 draft picks and Orton in exchange for him, but most accepted it because they said that GM Angelo would have blown those picks anyway. Cutler played the 09-10 season in Chicago ending up with 27 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions. Not what you would expect from a 4th year QB? Don't take this the wrong way, but Peyton Manning finished his first 5 seasons with 130 TD's and 104 INT's. Cutler's first five seasons, he's had 104 TD's and 79 INT's. Now, while I am not comparing Cutler to Manning, I am simply showing a numbers comparison. This also includes Jay having three different offensive systems in 5 years, and Manning one. Not to mention going from one of the best offensive lines in football, to one of the worse with the aging Bears lineman. The Bears finished the 09-10 season at 7-9, disappointing.

Starting the 2010 season, Bears fans were already on edge with Cutler, saying he was a mistake to trade for. On top of that, they brought in a new offensive coordinator, new QB coach, and a new O-line coach. The perception of the Bears around town was they they would be 3rd or 4th in the division. After starting the season with wins over the Lions, Cowboys, and Packers, the fans started to believe in Cutler and his abilities as a franchise quarterback. In week 4, the Bears and Cutler went down hard(literally) to the Giants with Cutler getting sacked 9 times in the first half and sustaining a concussion. What a difference one week can make.... Cutler began to get pounded by Chicago fans and media, saying that he just wanted out of the game and that he staged a concussion. In his 5 year career, he had never missed a game due to injury, but still Bears fans questioned his will. He missed week 5 after failing his post-concussion tests. Once he returned in week 6, the Bears lost to Seattle, and again next week to Washington. The roller coaster of Jay love-hate continues.

In week 8, the Bears have their bye week and move offensive lineman to different spots after seeing Cutler sacked 27 times in the 6 games he had played in. They came out after the bye and won 5 straight games, including one against the Eagles who was said around the NFL to be the team to beat. The Cutler love was in full effect, as the Bears were now 9-3. The love even continued through the 36-7 loss to the Patriots, because the Bears went on after that to beat the Vikings and Jets where Jay threw 6 TD passes and ran for another. They had clinched a first round bye. Cutler finsished the 2010 season with 23 TD's and 16 INT's. Now, their defense was good, but would not have won 11 games without Jay at quarterback.

Entering the playoffs, Bears fans were saying that Cutler was their guy, and with the defense the Bears were playing, they could be unstoppable. After the bye, the Bears played the Seahawks, and beat them with their unstoppable offense, and devastating defense. Cutler passed for 2 TD's and ran for 2 TD's in his first ever postseason game. It really is hard to explain the buzz around Cutler and the Bears at this point, because the hated rival Green Bay was up next. Leading up to this game, Bears fans were saying that this was their Super Bowl, not the game played on Feb. 6... All they wanted to do was beat the hated Packers in Soldier Field. The next turn of events can change not only opinions, but someones life. The Packers came out and executed their gameplan to perfection, and taking a 14-0 lead. There is no question that Cutler was a little off in the first half of this game completing just 6 of 14 passes for 80 yards and one interception. Just before halftime, Jay was seen walking to the locker room with a limp. Oh no.... Starting the second half down 14-0, Cutler came out for the first series, and was immediately pulled by the medical staff. They said he could not return. Jay stood on the sideline and watched his Bears go down 21-14 to the Packers. What happens next can not be re-done. A navy blue #6 Bears jersey is being burned in the soldier field parking lot, mass tweets, and texts go out calling Cutler expletives saying he has no heart, and that he is no leader. Not to mention the players around the league saying similar things on Twitter. Embarrasing.

Within 2 hours of the end of the game, I had recieved countless calls and texts asking ''How you can back this guy?''. Bears fans had already forgotten that without him, we wouldn't have been there. They had already forgot their predictions of a third or fourth place in the division. They had already forgot that he helped us win the NFC North Division. They had forgotten everything. Jay Cutler is now the man that they hate as Bears fans. This is the reason that I do not go to bars or friends houses to watch Bears games. I am embarrased to be associated with people that sway so much from week to week, rather than backing up their quarterback, our quarterback.

When asked about the criticism of his injury, Jay responded "I have no comment", turned around, bit his lip, as tears started to fall. I am one of the biggest sports fans that I know, but I can actually seperate my emotions and still see things clearly despite the fact that my favorite team just lost. Who is anyone to question Cutler's toughness or the severity of his injury? Its not you, and it's not me. It is the doctors who are paid alot of money to make sure the players we love to watch stay healthy. And after finding out that he has a Stage II tear of his MCL, maybe some will be more forgiving. But knowing Bears fans like I do, most will not forgive because he lost a single game to the Packers(who are honestly, a better team). I have already wondered what next year will bring for Jay when he returns to Soldier Field, and have concluded that it is all about how Bears fans are feeling that particular day, or week.

 

 

 

January 25, 2011  12:50 PM ET

His teammates, Including Brian U have defended him. That's all I needed to hear. Jay get's a bad rap because he doesn't kiss the media's rear. Jay is Jay, not everyone has Drew Bree's personality. I don't know if Jay will become an elite QB, but he wasn't the main problem last year OR this year. It was the OLine...

January 25, 2011  12:52 PM ET

You have to keep in mind that the loudest voice is what most of us hear. If a crowd of 20 people are in a room and only one thinks Cutler "tapped out", that is the voice you will hear - the other 19 will just keep quiet and feel bad for their QB. I can guarantee you that a large majority of Bears fans are still behind Jay 100%; this one sure is. Here's to a speedy recovery for Jay. Let's get some O-line help in the draft and a big target at WR, so our QB can throw a ball up once in awhile and have some faith that our guy can go up and get it. Small, speedy receivers can't do that.

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January 25, 2011  04:23 PM ET

Miketag, I think your rage is misplaced. Just because you're salty that the Bears lost doesn't mean you need to take it out on the fans. That's how Bears fans are, as you pointed out. They look for a scapegoat the moment the game is over. Keep in mind that a lot of Bears fans also happen to be Cubs fans, who also look for the first ONE person to blame for the woes of the team. My opinion, you should just join me as a Packer fan! Mwahahahaha!

January 25, 2011  04:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I agree with Unbiased. But note - with all the QB issues the Bears have had over say the last 10 years, what QB's have they drafted? Please list them and the round taken over the last 10 years MikeTag. The list one be too long or impressive if my memory serves me right.

Well, my point was that if the bears hadnt traded away their 1st rd picks from 09 and 10, they would have had to draft a qb in the early rounds of the draft. You also have to think if they had a chance to get a player even close to a franchise quarterback. They had the 18th pick in 09', which would have landed them Pat White since Stafford and Freeman were already drafted by that time. Again, that is the Pat White on the Dolphins who couldn't even start over Hanie or Pennington.... In the 10' draft, they wouldve had the 11th pick, which would have led to a choice of Tim Tebow or Jimmy Clausen with Bradford off the board.... Those are not my idea of franchise qb's, which makes the trade look that much better.

January 25, 2011  10:17 PM ET

From one Bears and Sox fan to another , your stats are on the money but your excuse making for Jay cud is weak . Being a former football , baseball , and basketball player I played with twisted ankles , knees problems , dislocated fingers , in allstar games, regular season , and playoff games . It's whats inside your chest that counts , don't make excuses for a guy that has no heart . Michael Jordan played injured , with a fever , the flu you name it and if you were a fan of the Bulls or wasn't you saw him win 6 championships . Big Ben played with a boot on his foot during the regular season look where the Steelers are going to the SB and will win their third title . Speaking of Peyton Manning two years ago he started the season with knee problems and should have sat out 4 games of the season but he played through the pain because his team needed him to make the playoffs . True champions play hurt , sick , nothing can stop the strong will of a winner . I told my friends when the Bears signed Peppers they would win 10 games and make the playoffs because he is a difference maker on the defense and teams have to game plan to stop him and they laughed at me , needless to say I got the last laugh . But Peppers open up the game for Brian and Lance who benefitted from his presence on the field . Everybody that knows anything about sports knows defense wins championships but you need a good offensive leader to put points on the board and Cutler couldn't figure that out in the biggest game of his career , but Caleb Hanie figured it out . So all your stats on the Bears and what they gave up and got are good you're a good stats guy . But in sports your stats don't mean jack if you don't have HEART .

January 26, 2011  06:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

From one Bears and Sox fan to another , your stats are on the money but your excuse making for Jay cud is weak . Being a former football , baseball , and basketball player I played with twisted ankles , knees problems , dislocated fingers , in allstar games, regular season , and playoff games . It's whats inside your chest that counts , don't make excuses for a guy that has no heart . Michael Jordan played injured , with a fever , the flu you name it and if you were a fan of the Bulls or wasn't you saw him win 6 championships . Big Ben played with a boot on his foot during the regular season look where the Steelers are going to the SB and will win their third title . Speaking of Peyton Manning two years ago he started the season with knee problems and should have sat out 4 games of the season but he played through the pain because his team needed him to make the playoffs . True champions play hurt , sick , nothing can stop the strong will of a winner . I told my friends when the Bears signed Peppers they would win 10 games and make the playoffs because he is a difference maker on the defense and teams have to game plan to stop him and they laughed at me , needless to say I got the last laugh . But Peppers open up the game for Brian and Lance who benefitted from his presence on the field . Everybody that knows anything about sports knows defense wins championships but you need a good offensive leader to put points on the board and Cutler couldn't figure that out in the biggest game of his career , but Caleb Hanie figured it out . So all your stats on the Bears and what they gave up and got are good you're a good stats guy . But in sports your stats don't mean jack if you don't have HEART .

I love that people attack jay for a lack of Heart or lack of Leadership. They do this because it's easy to do since you do not need proof and nobody has an actual way to measure it in people. Wow you played with a twisted ankle congrats, so does everyone. MJ played with the flu? No exactly a torn MCL now is it. Jay went out their for numerous series with a torn MCL. It wasn't that he wasn't strong enough, nor that he didn't have the heart (as shown by him playing with the injury): it was that he was unable to perform the game-plan to the level that would win the game with the knee injury.

Jay Cutler didn't lose the game for the Bears. Poor coaching did.

January 26, 2011  07:50 PM ET

Stanley,
On a totally unrelated note, we are currently headed up to Wisconsin for a truck-load of cheese and beer.

Sincerely yours,

A Packer Fan

January 27, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I love that people attack jay for a lack of Heart or lack of Leadership. They do this because it's easy to do since you do not need proof and nobody has an actual way to measure it in people. Wow you played with a twisted ankle congrats, so does everyone. MJ played with the flu? No exactly a torn MCL now is it. Jay went out their for numerous series with a torn MCL. It wasn't that he wasn't strong enough, nor that he didn't have the heart (as shown by him playing with the injury): it was that he was unable to perform the game-plan to the level that would win the game with the knee injury. Jay Cutler didn't lose the game for the Bears. Poor coaching did.

Quit making excuses for Jay he didn't execute the game plan and couldn't score any points so to save face he opted out but Caleb Hanie did score on short notice in 1 quarter . The least Jay Cud could have done was show some spirit on the sidelines wave your hands something to encourage your team instead of looking lost . Excuses , excuses is that all you got ? No that's right it's Lovies fault .

 
August 11, 2011  12:42 PM ET

No, it was never Lovie's fault... Lovie is a defensive minded coach, and a good one to boot. Don't throw me in with alot of Bears fans that say that...

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