Monday, January 24, 2011

Cutler Critics Out of Line : Bear Goggles On | A Chicago Bears Blog:
"In the days and weeks to come, the full extent of the injury will come out. If it turns out the Cutler wasn’t seriously injured, I’ll be the first one to pile on, but after the beating he took over the last two years, I think Cutler’s earned the benefit of the doubt. If one of the media darlings like Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers gets dinged in the game, the world gasps and Rachel Nichols and Pam Oliver and every other sideline bimbo is painting a picture of woes and misery. Jay Cutler gets hurt and everyone just calls him a quitter. Why? Because he likes to keep to himself and doesn’t pimp himself out to advertise TV’s and sports drinks.
Somewhere Rick Reilly is laughing."

The criticism of Cutler is just amazing. It clearly shows that sports "opinionators", I can't call them "journalists", are severely biased by personal feelings toward a player and not the facts at hand. See, they all loved Brett Favre because he was outgoing, ebullient, demonstrative, a good ol' boy. So anything he did, even trying to play when he was clearly incapable of performing at all, was deemed heroic and THE standard.

Even when continuing to play obviously was detrimental to his team! Did any of these critics see how Cutler was performing? SOMETHING was affecting his throwing A LOT. Could it have been his knee? Duh. Throwing a football is not just about your arm. So wisely, the coaches determined he needed to be pulled. The depth of the team at qb is not Cutler's fault.

My take on the game was that it was a tremendous defensive effort by Chicago. Aaron Rodgers, probably the best qb in the league, was effectively shut down. Unfortunately, he managed to get 2 good drives in before the gates were closed. And GB was fortunate Brian Urlacher cannot run like Devin Hester. Caleb Hanie turned in a near heroic performance in relief. In Chicago's last drive, however, in GB territory with time running out, Mike Martz called a strange reverse-type play which was stuffed. This forced a 3rd down throw which a rattled Hanie had intercepted to end the game. I would have hoped Martz could have called a shorted pass play or a simple run play (reverses are VERY iffy) on on second down so Hanie would not have been pressured so much on 3rd. Besides at that point, GB was letting up a bit on the run and Chicago was getting 7-10 yards per run in that drive.

I like Mike Martz as an OC and head coach. I find him fascinating, interesting and fun to watch. His trouble, from my limited perspective, seems to be that he is too much a player's coach. I think it hampers his judgment. He loves his players and that sometimes causes him to see the upside too much to the detriment of being able to see their weaknesses. So he feels they can run any play he calls at any time. And he had those kinds of players in St. Louis at one time. He came very close this year. I hope he is able to return next season.

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