Posted by Danny Goldin on January 24, 2011
So unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve heard plenty about today’s most controversial sports story – how Jay Cutler was pulled from yesterday’s Packers win due to a knee injury. After the injury, a number of athletes went to Twitter to express their disgust at Cutler not toughing things out, though Cutler’s coach and teammates defended him vehemently. A number of journalists have blasted those Tweeters for not knowing what they were talking about, and it’s been revealed that Cutler did indeed suffer a torn MCL. Still, I have a few things I wanted to get off my chest:
- Alright, so he tore his MCL. Guess what? This game was to go to the SUPER BOWL! There’s no tomorrow if you lose. You put everything on the line, especially when you consider that a sprained MCL isn’t something that can put a quarterback’s career at serious risk if you play on it, as opposed to something like a serious concussion or rotator cuff injury. Philip Rivers played nearly the entire 2007 AFC Championship game with a torn ACL, a much worse injury. And we all remember the Byron Leftwich game at Marshall, when he BROKE his shin and had to be carried down the field, but still finished out the game. Even if Cutler may not have been 100 percent healthy, anyone with any heart or toughness in his situation simply would have stayed in the game. If he’s able to stand up on the sideline without any crutches, he’s able to throw a football (because it’s not like his upper body had any ailments). I’m sorry, you just won’t be able to convince me otherwise. Conclusion: Cutler COULD have stayed in, if it was up to him.
(Quick side note: I worked at an overnight sports camp until 2008. I once had a kid who was in his last year as a camper. He tore his ACL two weeks into camp, but couldn’t come to grips with the fact that his last year as a camper would be ruined if he opted for surgery. He decided to hold off on surgery and continued to play basketball, football, floor hockey and softball every day for six more weeks. Just sayin’).
- Sure, it wasn’t Cutler who made the decision to be pulled from the game, it was the Bears’ coaches and medical staff. But Cutler didn’t even put up a fight! As bad as Alex Smith’s career has been, he at least had enough self-respect and confidence to defend himself when Mike Singletary tried to bench him in a Week 5 matchup against the Eagles. The fact that Cutler failed to defend himself is simply ridiculous. Are you telling me he couldn’t demand medical attention, and at least put on a knee brace and test things out on the sideline? COME ON, MAN!
- Clearly Cutler was able to stand up and move around. With that said, it’s UNNACCEPTABLE that (as far as we’re aware) he didn’t try to help or even cheer for his backups, Todd Collins or Caleb Hanie. Hanie is a second-year undrafted rookie who had 14 career passing attempts before the game. He CLEARLY could have used the advice of a veteran watching the game from the sidelines. I don’t see how Lovie, Urlacher and company can defend Cutler after that.
- It really ticks me off that some Bears fans have said that Chicago would have won the game had Cutler not gotten hurt. First off, HE STILL COULD HAVE PLAYED, if, you know, he had a heart. Second, he finished 6-of-14 for 80 yards with an interception and zero points on the board. Yeah, not only is he soft and heartless, but he’s also a choke artist!
Oh, and one last point. So I mentioned that Rivers and Leftwich both played hurt, and it totally slipped my mind that one of our very own beloved Packers scored a 99-yard touchdown WITH A BROKEN LEG!