I can’t lie – I was one of those who saw Jay Cutler on the sideline Sunday and had LaDainian-Tomlinson-versus-the-Patriots flash through my mind. Ultimately, I didn’t think too much about it, though, because like the Tomlinson situation, it was impossible to know whether the player really had a choice in the matter.
But it certainly stokes the debate about this game, doesn’t it? It definitely made me think of the situation from a lot of different angles.
– Was I surprised there were a bunch of players who basically tweeted out (or said on TV) that Cutler should have kept playing? Maybe a little. Know this: Such raised eyebrows happen inside locker rooms from time to time. It’s just that usually, no one says anything publicly. This time it was different, from Maurice Jones-Drew to Darnell Dockett to a handful of other players, past and present. (Dockett tweeted that he’d want Cutler to wait for he and his teammates to clear out of the locker room before showing up given the situation, and then later said he was just trying to say “I would of (sic) went back in the game!”)
– Generally, players aren’t thrilled when they are criticized by the media. Many deal with it. They know it’s part of the deal. But I couldn’t help but wonder, had the roles been reversed, how they would have handled someone saying the same thing about them. I figure they’d probably say that’s the whole point – the same thing wouldn’t have happened to them. But that makes for an intriguing perspective.
– Many people have made the point Cutler – in this circumstance – may be a victim of his own personality. Over the years, he hasn’t exactly endeared himself to media, fans or players. Does that make him a bad person? I have no idea. But perception means a lot. And I agree that who Cutler is (or who he is believed to be) fed into the criticism. If it was Kurt Warner to which this happened, no way it blows up like this.
– I’m trying to think of the most memorable games I’ve seen (in person) of players dealing with a significant injury. I remember Donovan McNabb throwing four TD passes against the Cards in 2002 on what was later discovered to be a broken ankle suffered the third play of the game.
– The thing is, I don’t think it mattered. I think the Bears lose anyway. I think the last Chicago TD drive came in part because the Packers’ defense lost a little focus up 14 points against the third-string QB. I could be off base, but if Cutler had stayed in, I think the Packers stay after him.
Regardless, it’s certainly been the most discussed topic in the NFL today.
Tags: Darnell Dockett, Jay Cutler
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