Someday, these tumultuous first days of the Jay Cutler era in Chicago will mostly be forgetten, just like the early days in Denver when Broncos fans booed the crap out of John Elway.
For now, Cutler is only getting heat from the media. There was an article Wednesday analyzing the variety of Cutler facial expressions. (Such as pouting, super pouting, and blue steel.) Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Morrissey, meanwhile, is already searching for someone who can “stand up” to Cutler and give him “dose of reality.”
Cutler was also criticized by some of Lovie Smith’s former coaching brethren, including close friend Mike Martz. Smith doesn’t appreciate it.
“I looked at
Jay’s comments that he made, and it’s a little disappointing especially
coming from a couple of former coaches to make those type of comments
about Jay,” Smith said Wednesday.
“Everyone that has been around him, his teammates, former
coaches, they know what type of player he is, what type of person he is.”
Smith isn’t planning to talk to Martz about the comments he made.
“I’m trying to get ready for Pittsburgh,” Smith said. “I’m talking to my wife, a little bit, right
now. Everyone else is a little bit lower on my list.”
Clearly Smith is not going to hammer Cutler publicly, and nothing that’s transpired thus far is overly surprising. Looking disinterested at pressers and forcing a pass or four is part of the Cutler playbook. You know what you are getting. (Cutler’s style can also come in handy because he sounds so unaffected by overblown media storms like this.)
“[Cutler] represents our organization well,” Smith said. “We’re glad he is on our football
team, but at the same time we cannot be concerned about criticism
coming from the outside. Right now it’s easy to dogpile us because we
didn’t play well. But how you get rid of things like that is to play
Smith is right in this respect, and that’s why the Bears-Steelers matchup is the most fascinating of Week Two. We’d argue there isn’t a better team than Chicago with a better chance to go 0-2.
That puts a lot of pressure on Cutler and the Bears to respond in a tough spot. This early in the season, it doesn’t get any more dramatic.