The assassination of the coward Jay Cutler by everyone
On Sunday, I watched live as Jay Cutler got HAMMERED on Twitter during the second half of the NFC Championship game. Just killed. The general consensus was that Cutler was soft, heartless, gutless and any number of other unpleasant things. There were some attempts at a defense, making the point that it is usually pretty hard to diagnose knee injuries over the TV, but those were few and far between. It turns out that Cutler has an MCL tear in his knee -- a pretty serious injury. So, the question we need to move to is not about why Cutler was out of the game, but why was everyone so quick to accuse Cutler being a quitter. It all goes back to what I said in October -- Jay Cutler is a jackwagon.
Back when the Redskins played the Bears, that Culter insult was the headline for my game preview. My main point was that Cutler was a jerk and I was glad the Redskins didn’t trade for him (ahh - nuanced discussions about the finer points). But I’m obviously not alone with the perception that Cutler is a pouty, self-serving tool. The idea that he quit fits with that narrative. It doesn’t help when he just kind of stared out into space for the rest of the game, not getting treatment, not helping the other quarterbacks (poor Todd Collins. He did not look like a NFL quarterback out there). He looked like he was sulking. And if you think Cutler is a sulker, it’s easy to jump to conclusions.
Jay Culter has a real reputation problem. Lots of people said things like “[Brett Favre or Ben Roethlisberger or Peyton Manning or Tom Brady] would still be in the game.” We’ll never know if they could have played through an MCL tear. I think we do know that if one of those guys DID go out of the game, no one would ever question his injury.
The real story here is that very few people gave Cutler the benefit of the doubt, which is pretty crazy when you think about it. I mean, it’s the NFC Championship game -- Cutler’s a tool, but he’s not THAT big of a tool. I knew I didn’t like Jay Cutler, but I had no idea that so many other people associated with football felt the same way. While I can’t say I’m happy with the Redskins QB situation (PLEASE DON’T TRADE FOR CARSON PALMER), I’ll say it again - I’m glad they don’t have Jay Cutler.
| January 24, 2011; 12:38 PM ET
Categories: Jason Woodmansee, Redskins | Tags: Jason Woodmansee, Redskins
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