Cutler appeared genuinely hurt when asked about the comments, saying: “No comment on that.” He then turned his back to reporters, fiddled with some things on a shelf and bit his lip as tears welled.
Coach Lovie Smith should have grabbed Cutler by the facemask, shook it real hard, and said, “Kid? This here is the NFC Championship Game . If we WIN this game, we go to the Super Bowl . If we LOSE, we sit on the couch and eat ‘tater chips and watch the PACKERS go to the Super Bowl. The PACKERS, Cutler! The GREEN BAY FREAKIN’ PACKERS!!!”
“Cutler bit his lips as tears welled.”
Tell ya what, Bears medical staff… when you do that MRI on Cutler’s knee, run the device up his body a little bit and see what the kid has for guts in there too, why don’t ya?
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars RB — @Jones_Drew32
“All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one…” “Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now… When the going gets tough…QUIT.” He was referring to Florida coach Urban Meyer who quit after five seasons for health reasons.
Derrick Brooks, former Buccaneers LB — @DBrooks55 “HEY there is no medicine for a guy with no guts and heart”
Darnell Dockett, Cardinals DL — @DDockett “If I’m on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room! #FACT.”
Matt Barnes, Lakers forward — @Matt_Barnes22 “I can’t believe Jay Cutler hasn’t even TRYED (sic) to come back.. This is to go to the Super Bowl.. That’s crazy”
Roman Oben, former Giants and Bucs OT — @R_Oben “Jay Cutler must answer the critics about his toughness, or lack there of… #Bears”
Kerry Rhodes, Cardinals safety — @kerryrhodes “Cmon cutler u have to come back. This is the NFC championship if u didn’t know! … Kerry Rhodes speaks.”
Cutler’s teammates, most noticeably linebacker Brian Urlacher (a marvel of medical science with a head the size of a softball), have come running to his defense. From the same Sports Illustrated site link referenced above…
“I don’t give a [expletive] about players around the league who are watching the game from home,” said Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.”It’s easy to talk [expletive] about someone while you’re sitting on your couch watching the game. That’s all I’m saying. I don’t understand it. I don’t get it. Let them sprain their MCL — or do whatever he did to his knee — and let them get back in the game. Let’s see them do that, see how well they run the ball, or see how well they do at whatever position they play. I don’t agree with it. It’s easy to write that stuff on the Internet.”
Yeah? Bull hockey! Cutler was standing on his two feet. He was walking up and down the sidelines. He was doing so without a limp. And if he really was dinged up to where he couldn’t go, he could have put on a pair of headsets, grabbed a clipboard, done something to rev up his dispirited teammates… done something other than sit there alone on the bench with his wool cap pulled down looking like a scolded pup.
SORE KNEE? There’s a banner hanging from the rafters at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame . It shows a battered, beaten football player with blood dripping from his head. The legend on the banner reads, “Back in the day, a torn ACL was referred to as ‘a limp.’”
No one is saying that Cutler should have kept playing if he had a serious injury. Although… others have done just that when it counted!!!
RONNIE LOTT — The story that personifies Ronnie Lott is the amputated pinky finger . in 1985, during the season finale against Dallas, Lott collided with Cowboys RB Tim Newsome and crushed much of his left pinky finger. He came off the field but did get back on. Originally I thought the pinky was amputated right there on the sideline, but as Lott himself clarified , that happened in the offseason. In their first round playoff game the following week, Lott had his fingers taped up and played through the pain of the crushed finger. Either way, that’s quite the bad-ass.
PHILLIP RIVERS — Played the 2008 AFC Championship game… THE WHOLE GAME… with a torn ACL.
Can you imagine BRETT FAVRE being taken out of a game with a boo-boo owie in his knee?
KID, if you can STAND, and you can WALK, and you can HOLD THE FREAKIN’ BALL, if you can move in the POCKET, you are GOOD TO GO!
It’s the freakin’ NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!!! If you win, you have two weeks to rehab, rest, and make the boo-boo knee all better!
Now, you face a long off-season where the injury to your knee will pale in comparison to the injury to your reputation, which wasn’t all that healthy in the first place.
And dude? They’re burning your jersey. In CHICAGO !