Jay Cutler Ripped by Peers for Leaving NFC Championship Game with Knee Injury

Emergency quarterback Caleb Hanie was forced to enter the NFC Championship Game for the Chicago Bears after starter Jay Cutler left with a knee injury and Todd Collins stunk. Cutler played poorly in the first half, hobbled off the field with a bum knee, but started the third quarter. After leading a three-and-out his first drive of the quarter, he did not return. People immediately began questioning his toughness and determination for leaving the game.

Players infrequently have the opportunity to play for a Super Bowl berth, and here was Cutler giving it up. No details were immediately available about the extent of Cutler’s knee injury, but it didn’t matter to his critics, many of whom were current or former players.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew wrote on his twitter “Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now… When the going gets tough……..QUIT..” That was after seconding a tweet suggesting Cutler was suffering from a bruised ego more than anything else. He followed up his initial tweet saying “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one…”

Former Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks added to MJD’s tone. He tweeted “HEY there is no medicine for a guy with no guts and heart” and that was on top of saying “the knee injury has to be VERY VERY INJURED, if you come out, Philip RIvers p[layed on torn acl ,now its pick,SERIUOSLY JAY CUTLER.” You can overlook all the typos and poor grammar to get the point: everyone is questioning Jay Cutler’s toughness after he pulled himself out of the NFC Championship Game.

Eagles CB Asante Samuel wrote “‘If he was my teammate I would be looking at him sideways. … I luv my QB @mikevick he has the heart of a lion. I guess others are scared of success.” Jags linebacker Kirk Morrison was similarly perplexed, saying “If my knee was hurt or acl/mcl/pcl sprain, I would not be standing up on the sideline.”

No matter how poorly he was playing and how much he was bothered by his knee injury, there is no excuse for taking yourself out of such an important game for anything less than a debilitating injury. Cutler will have a lot of explaining to do after permanently ruining his reputation amongst the media, critics, teammates, and peers. Maybe DeAngelo Hall was right about him. And honestly, the only excuse he could possibly have at this point would be a concussion. If the Bears want to protect their franchise quarterback, that’s what they need to say happened.

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  • Anonymous

    There is a huge difference betwen being hurt and being injured. The trainers and med. staff make that call – not the QB. I beleive that if he could have played he would have played. And the only team mate I have heard say anything about Cutler coming out of the game was Brian Urlacher who basically politely bitch slapping a some stooge press guy for asking the question in the first place. I also find it interesting that the “players” making comment in the press are those who could not/did not get to the titlle game. And on top of all this Martz’s offensive schme leaves the QB very exposed. Cutler has been mugged all season back there. Nine sacks in one half & a consussion and his toughness is being questoned?! Come on man! Find another target.

  • Anonymous

    Asante: he has the heart of a lion that is why he killed animals I suppose, he is a real A.H. first class

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUGZSCOZHLNOUTAGHWSGO4BTWY James T

    It is evident that a lot of people don’t like Cutler one thing for sure is that he is not a punk,if he was a quitter he would quit when he getting his butt sacked like crazy during regular season,Chicago fans in general are too fickle.Bears lost thatgame for the following reasons 1 first series of game let Packers go all the way down field and score,2 too much 5 and 7 step drops no qiuck throws and no imagination in playcalling,no huddle wasn’t used until it was too late and Cutler could have used that edge earlier

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1675230172 Lem Utu

    The NFL Standard of Toughness is Jack Youngblood playing on a broken leg and Ronnie Lott losing a finger at halftime. Jay Cutler has failed to live up to that standard. Most human beings will fail that test too. But if I’m the QB of the Chicago effing Bears, I need more than a sprained MCL to justify sitting out the 2nd half of an NFC Championship Game. No defense for this Bears fans. Do you really trust this guy to win anything for you? Why? Has he ever done it anywhere he’s ever been before? You’ll never win anything with Jay Cutler as your QB