Jay Cutler has been bombarded with criticism from his fellow pros who took to Twitter to condemn him for sitting out most of the second half of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Al Dannity says we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about the Chicago Bears’ quarterback.
Twitter goes wild I sure hope Jay Cutler didn’t have access to a smartphone while watching on the sidelines yesterday. A string of current and former NFL pros lined up to lambast the Chicago Bears’ quarterback for exiting the game with an apparent knee injury early in the second half. Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals was Cutler’s harshest critic tweeting “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”. Maurice Jones Drew, running back with the Jaguars, questioned Cutler’s toughness “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one…”
Super Bowl betting fans that were rooting for Chicago to make it to Dallas could empathis with Kerry Rhodes’ reaction “Cmon cutler u have to come back. This is the NFC championship if u didn’t know!” Former Buc Derrick Brooks questioned the extent of Cutler’s injury “the knee injury has to be VERY VERY INJURED, if you come out, Philip RIvers played on torn acl, now its pick, SERIUOSLY JAY CUTLER”. Even Primetime himself, Deion Sanders, was critical of the Bears quarterback “Im telling u in the playoffs u must drag me off the field. All the medicine in pro lockerooms this dude comes out! I apologize bear fans!”
Leaping to conclusions Jay Cutler has made mistakes in his life, he’s hardly the first NFL player to do so. None of the men I mentioned above is a trained doctor or physiotherapist, nor am I for that matter. I don’t know what’s wrong with Jay Cutler’s knee but frankly the assumptions being made that he was weak to not keep playing are foolish at best. Chicago’s trainers weren’t happy with Cutler’s condition at half-time but decided to give him a chance to test the knee. When he felt no improvement the decision was made by the medical staff to bench him.
In a season where injuries and the risks to players have been highlighted repeatedly, particular by the NFLPA, it’s short-sighted for pros to jump to conclusions on the health and toughness of their contemporaries. Cutler may have been injured or he may have pulled himself for reasons that are less worthy. I don’t know and for all their experience, neither do the NFL stars who criticized the quarterback. Before we hang this man, let’s wait to hear what the doctors say.