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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Injury Report: Jay Cutler's Feelings. Should Chicago Trade Cutler?

Jay Cutler might have sprained his MCL during their loss to the Packers last weekend but the more serious injury was to his feelings.  An MCL sprain can take 2-3 weeks to heal but Cutler may never get over the pain all of his peers' comments had on his psyche.  When Asante Samuel is calling you out for missing time due to "injury" I can only imagine how awful you must feel.

Sure it's fun to poke fun at Jay Cutler because he always looks so sour and mopey.  He might as well be the anti Tim Tebow.  But an MCL injury means that your knee is highly unstable, so when he would step into his throws, he couldn't plant with his left leg like he should have.  Not that he was having a lot of success early in the game but this injury more or less guaranteed errant passes on top of the fact that he was risking serious injury to the already damaged and unstable knee.  So maybe it was a good move for him to come out of the game even though he never appeared to be seriously hurt.
What most people found troubling was his complete detachment from the rest of the team after he came out.  He basically just sat there on the sidelines with his hood up and stared off into space as though this game and a chance at making the Super Bowl meant nothing to him.  Cutler was continuously shown day dreaming while sitting next to 3rd string QB Caleb Hanie who was going over plays when the Packers had the ball.  Rather than helping Hanie with advice or telling him about what the defense was doing it certainly looked like Cutler was completely indifferent.  Granted that might be his normal face but he wasn't even interacting with Hanie at all.

The question now isn't whether he was injured or not but rather, what kind of a team leader is he.  There have always been doubts regarding Cutler's leadership ability but it was pretty clear that this guy is not a great leader.  We see tremendous leadership out of the top flight QBs and it just might be their leadership that makes them great, not things like arm strength.  Guys like Brady, Manning, Brees, Roethlisberger have all demonstrated their burning desire to win but when Cutler mopes around on the sidelines like he isn't even part of the team you have to question whether or not he has it.  Unless the Bears have seen it in practice I think they should think about trading him if they don't think that he can get you that Super Bowl ring.  After such a successful season, he does huge trade value right now despite all this.

Cutler is super excited when he was traded to Chicago

There are a ton of teams who would love to have Cutler's problems at the QB postion.  Maybe he isn't a top tier QB but he could be a great veteran guy to have while a young team searches for the next star QB of the future.  How about a San Francisco or Washington?  I think both Chicago and Washington should consider trading McNabb and Cutler straight up.  Why not?  Yes Cutler has more upside at this point and both organizations/QBs would have been better if they had any WRs to throw to but a change might do everyone some good here.  Even though Bears GM Jerry Angelo and Head Coach Lovie Smith came out in Cutler's defense this morning, I can't believe that they don't have some doubts as to whether or not this guy can pull it together and get them a ring.  

Proof that he is capable of positive emotion

The NFL is a business and the best at this business are the ones that understand value.  Jay Cutler has great value right now and if they Bear's don't think he has what it takes to win the Super Bowl there is no sense in letting him lead your team to hopeless seasons while his value decreases.  I'm not saying they will or even that they should, but I have to think that they'll consider the possibility of trading Cutler over the next few weeks.  Or maybe they could just get him a few guys to block and then a few others for him to pass the ball to.  That would probably help too.

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Justin!! said...

Ha, I have actually never seen Jay Cutler smile, so this was very informative

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