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09:10 AM ET 07.14 | Perception became reality for Jay Cutler when he arrived in Chicago three years ago as the anointed savior of a Bears franchise bereft of a big-boy quarterback for ages. Cutler initially was seen as aloof, condescending and generally unapproachable. There would be the occasional rolling of the eyes after a routine question from a reporter. And there were second-hand stories about Cutler refusing to sign an autograph or doing so reluctantly. Those stories appear to be history as Cutler now has gone out of his way to embrace his celebrity with apparent genuine joy. We're not likely to see Cutler performing on "Dancing With the Stars" as fiance Kristin Cavallari did, but he is making progress.

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July 14, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Most of us grow up sooner or later...


Now - about that offensive line...

July 14, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Aloof? Is that a synonym for ret....... No I guess that's not quite pc these days is it? OK mentally challenged?

July 14, 2012  09:24 AM ET

He has difficulty escaping from himself!!!

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July 14, 2012  09:35 AM ET

I wish him luck. The man is fighting diabetes which I'm sure can't be easy and from what I understand can make you a bit prickly. Sure, a grown man should be able to monitor his behavior, but the truth is that there is a plausible explanation for why he's more moody than most.

July 14, 2012  10:25 AM ET

Give him a candy bar and a coke

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July 14, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Now - about that offensive line...

<crosses fingers>

July 14, 2012  10:44 AM ET

"There would be the occasional rolling of the eyes after a routine question from a reporter".

I have no problem with that. Many of their questions are eye-roll worthy to begin with.

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July 14, 2012  11:02 AM ET
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I wish him luck. The man is fighting diabetes which I'm sure can't be easy and from what I understand can make you a bit prickly. Sure, a grown man should be able to monitor his behavior, but the truth is that there is a plausible explanation for why he's more moody than most.

I believe Jackie Robinson, Walt Frazer, Joe Fraser, Sugar Ray Robinson, Buster Douglas and a host of other Athletes, had diabetes! I don't remember them to be people who were a bit prickly!

July 14, 2012  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Now - about that offensive line...

Maybe they're getting even. Roll your eyes at these guys coming at you, punk:)

July 14, 2012  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Now - about that offensive line...

Maybe they're getting even. Roll your eyes at these guys coming at you, punk:)

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July 14, 2012  11:24 AM ET

Interesting. In Denver he came across as a spoiled frat boy with a strong sense of entitlement; if he had progressed to aloof and condescending by the time he hit Chicago, and now has progressed to dealing with the realities of being a pro QB, then maybe there is hope for him. I think I will make an effort to give him another chance this year.

July 14, 2012  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Interesting. In Denver he came across as a spoiled frat boy with a strong sense of entitlement; if he had progressed to aloof and condescending by the time he hit Chicago, and now has progressed to dealing with the realities of being a pro QB, then maybe there is hope for him. I think I will make an effort to give him another chance this year.

All true. Had he had a decent coach when he came into the league, he might have progressed farther socially. Unfortunately he was stuck with the vastly overrated Shanahan who cultivated the entitlement attitude in him and others.

July 14, 2012  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Interesting. In Denver he came across as a spoiled frat boy with a strong sense of entitlement; if he had progressed to aloof and condescending by the time he hit Chicago, and now has progressed to dealing with the realities of being a pro QB, then maybe there is hope for him. I think I will make an effort to give him another chance this year.

There were stories about how, after being drafted, there was a dinner with John Elway where Cutler apparently spent most of the meal looking at the TV above John's head and blatantly ignoring whatever it was Elway was trying to tell him about what it took to be a QB in the NFL. He never seemed to be afraid to be the guy to replace Elway (something you couldn't say about Bubby Brister, Brian Griese or Jake Plummer), and he had the arm and ability to maybe replace Elway, but I never got the feeling that he would listen to anyone and learn how to replace Elway.

It seems like he has progressed a lot in Chicago. They lost that Monday night game to Detroit, but Cutler was moving around in the pocket and making a lot of great throws under a heavy rush. That was something you never saw him do consistently in Denver.

July 14, 2012  12:24 PM ET

Cutler is a good guy. No one in Denver ever had a beef with him, except for weenie arm pea brained reporters who wanted a story. Same in Chicago. He doesn't defend himself because he really does not care what some fool says about him so that fool can get a paycheck from a news org. People are more ticked off by the fact that he is not all wrapped up in what others think about him than they are about anything he says or how he performs on field. When he got sacked a ba-jillion times in Chicago he never ratted out his line. He took the hits and played hard. What's the beef on him really?

July 14, 2012  12:29 PM ET

Anyone can re-invent themselves when it is pre-season and you don't have any losses yet. This guy is full of himself. Reminds me a bit of Jeff George. Lot of talent. Does not have the personality to handle it. Every time that guy steps on the field I love to watch the game because now I have a team to root against

 
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