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Brian Urlacher: Don’t question Jay Cutler’s toughness

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler stood on the sideline and watched as his team fell short in the second half of the Bears’ 21-14 loss to the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, and it didn’t take long for questions to come up about whether Cutler should have toughed it out and played through his knee injury.

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher dismisses those questions.

Urlacher grew agitated at his post-game press conference when a reporter started to ask him if teammates would question Cutler for not returning to the game.

“Jay was hurt,” Urlacher said.. “I don’t question his toughness. He’s one of the toughest guys on our — he’s tough as hell. He’s one of the toughest guys on our football team. He doesn’t bitch, he doesn’t complain when he gets hit, he goes out there and plays his ass off every Sunday, practices every day. So, no, we don’t question his toughness.”

Urlacher took no more questions.

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  1. joetoronto says: Jan 23, 2011 6:35 PM

    Sorry, Brian. After what I saw today, I question his toughness.

  2. help me says: Jan 23, 2011 6:35 PM

    Well, at least Cutler has 6 months to let his “knee” heal.

  3. sullijo1 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:36 PM

    Yeah, from the guy who once called him a p*ssy.

    You know what they say about first impressions………

  4. jwil444 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:36 PM

    cutler quit, he looked like he was gonna cry half way through the 2nd quarter……….maybe they can bring favre in to play.

  5. bspurloc says: Jan 23, 2011 6:37 PM

    .
    WOW Caleb a NOBODY had the win and some coach called a timeout to take away that MASSIVE hole the RB had for a first down HOLY omg…………..

  6. emperorzero says: Jan 23, 2011 6:37 PM

    The problem is most people already think Cutler is a douche. I can’t imagine this sitting well with Bears fans.

  7. emoney826 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:37 PM

    Cutler is a whiney little bitch!

  8. zombiebradshaw says: Jan 23, 2011 6:37 PM

    “Urlacher went on to choke the reporter and call him a “p*ssy” before body slamming him to the floor.”

    No fines are expected from the league at this time.

  9. heyooooh says: Jan 23, 2011 6:38 PM

    Yeah, he goes out and plays…except in the biggest game of the year & of his career.

  10. smartbutlazy says: Jan 23, 2011 6:39 PM

    It’s kind of ironic. Lovie is from Big Sandy and now his starting QB’s nickname should be Big Sandy.

  11. gridirongoon24 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    “That’s my QB”

  12. contract says: Jan 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    It looked to me like he tapped out. In fact it looked like he wanted to tap out even before halftime.

  13. kennyrogerschicken says: Jan 23, 2011 6:41 PM

    The 3rd stringer outplayed both the starter and the backup combined – that’s probably worse than Cutler being soft.

  14. insertnamehere2 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:41 PM

    Don’t need to question it..Urlacher said it and Cutler showed it..

  15. jrmbadger says: Jan 23, 2011 6:41 PM

    What? No article about the Pack going to the SuperBowl?

    Where’s PERVY…… (prolly just jumped off the Hennepin Ave. Bridge)

    Where’s OXYCODE30?

    SUCK IT TREBEK!

    GO PACK GO GO PACK GO

  16. dmobey says: Jan 23, 2011 6:41 PM

    There is no questioning his toughness.

    It’s obvious – he’s a wuss.

  17. FinFan68 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:41 PM

    I don’t question Cutler’s toughness…but I do question his heart and leadership. He looked disinterested after he left the game and I swear there was a shot of him wearing earbuds on the bench…he should have been involved with trying to help Collins/Hanie instead of moping on the bench listening to tunes. Hanie did a hell of a job and should have been the #2 over Collins.

  18. tompapp1 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:42 PM

    Nobody knows for sure what is going on with cutler’s knee so all this speculation is BS.

  19. packfan1996 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:45 PM

    Cutler is just a big WIMP!! I hope the Bears keep him because he is the best thing for the Mighty Pack!!

    GO PACKERS!!

    as always: THE BEARS STILL SUCK!!!

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!

  20. moochzilla says: Jan 23, 2011 6:47 PM

    Request denied.

  21. suhnation2011 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:50 PM

    How can Cutler have any respect from his teammates after this ? He makes Scott Mitchell look tough !

  22. scoops1 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:50 PM

    if i was Urlacher…i wouldn’t question jay’s toughness but i would question his character

  23. hiperactivodg says: Jan 23, 2011 6:51 PM

    Manning gets hit on one game and he starts crying and throwing everybody under the bus and blaming everyone, Cutler never complained about his line all season despite getting beat several times!… it’s funny how a bunch of fat guys watching the game on a couch and a weasel blogger feel entitled to call a guy that endured such hits all season a quitter…

  24. footballbat says: Jan 23, 2011 6:51 PM

    Bears fans, Y’know all that stuff from donko fans the last 2 years ’bout how Jay tucks it in and hides when things don’t go “just right”? I think this is what they were talking about.

    Jay Cutler: Monster of the Midway?

  25. patriotinvasion says: Jan 23, 2011 6:51 PM

    Cutler looked exactly like LT in the 2007 AFC Championship Game with that trench coat…absolute turtle in the biggest game of his life. And if you really are too hurt to play, at least look friggin interested in the game. Help the backup…motivate guys. He just sat there like a loser…total bum

  26. dolphins4 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:54 PM

    Cutler isn’t a big game QB.

  27. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 23, 2011 6:55 PM

    What does Urlacher know about toughness?? He just got tackled by a QBs pinky on what should have been a game changing pick-six.

  28. nickynick04 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:56 PM

    Cutler better be going under the knife…or he has played his last game in Chicago

  29. mikemnz says: Jan 23, 2011 6:56 PM

    Rodgers said urlacher is a p**ss after tackling him.

  30. jeffz303 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:57 PM

    The Bears’ team doctor who examined Cutler said that he expects a full recovery. He said that Cutler could start training again as soon as he gets the sand out of his vagina.

  31. zackd2 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:57 PM

    “Sorry, Brian. After what I saw today, I question his toughness.”

    He’s a diabetic playing in the NFL, but yeah he has no toughness.

    Please.

  32. nvinceable1 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:58 PM

    @ bspurloc, he had a “MASSIVE” hole because a timeout was called and most of the players, being aware of that, stopped playing. Also, even if he had driven for a touchdown it would have been to tie the game, not “win” it, unless they would have been willing to gamble a Super Bowl appearance on a 2-point conversion.

  33. cletusvandam says: Jan 23, 2011 6:59 PM

    Why does this remind me of the T.O. He’s my quarterback rant from a few years ago?

  34. phillyjeff says: Jan 23, 2011 7:02 PM

    Flyers Win

    Bear Lose
    :)

  35. lasher1650 says: Jan 23, 2011 7:02 PM

    Everyone is gonna pound Cutler on this because the guy seems to be just inherently unlikeable. HOWEVER, despite his douchbag-esque tendancies, I do not question the guy’s toughness. He has gotten his ass handed to him regularly this year and last behind poor O-lines and he has gotten up every time – including continuing to play with a concussion earlier this year. I am betting that an MRI shows some real damage and you Cutler bashers will have to eat crow on this.

  36. indycolt45 says: Jan 23, 2011 7:04 PM

    I loved the part in Urlacher’s presser when he started to tear up and said, “That’s my quarterback, man.”

  37. jeffperk says: Jan 23, 2011 7:06 PM

    He is a Pu**y plain & simple. You have 2 weeks to heal, get your ass on the field & play. Cutler has always been soft. Although Da Bears played better without him, maybe Big Bad Brian is happy Cutler was out!!

  38. realfootballfan says: Jan 23, 2011 7:13 PM

    I love reporters, who have no clue of what it takes to play on this level, questioning a guy’s toughness. Not only to have the audacity to question his toughness, but to question that guy’s toughness after the beating he took behind that line this year. Too funny.

  39. skeebo80 says: Jan 23, 2011 7:17 PM

    Doesn’t matter how soft he is…..I bet Mike Shanahan will take him back

  40. snccoach says: Jan 23, 2011 7:19 PM

    Although i’m extremely disappointed that Cutler didn’t finish the game, he WAS NOT listening to music on the bench/sideline. Anyone with an inkling of football knowledge would know he was listening to the plays being called in.

    Watch any football game on any given Sunday and you’ll see the backups/other position players with the same “earbuds”.

  41. rodgers12rocks says: Jan 23, 2011 7:26 PM

    Why not??? Cutler is a P***Y anyway!!!!

  42. gbfanforever says: Jan 23, 2011 7:28 PM

    Urlacher is a great player and all but he is just such a tool. The fact that he had the nerve to argue against the most blatant roughing penalty I’ve seen all season said it all.

  43. negativten says: Jan 23, 2011 7:36 PM

    gridirongoon24 says:
    Jan 23, 2011 6:40 PM
    “That’s my QB

    THANKS 2

  44. nocall4it says: Jan 23, 2011 7:41 PM

    gbfanforever says:
    Jan 23, 2011 7:28 PM
    Urlacher is a great player and all but he is just such a tool. The fact that he had the nerve to argue against the most blatant roughing penalty I’ve seen all season said it all.

    What games you watched all season? Peppers turned his head and it was definitely a questionable call, yes, the rule requires some revision and it was according to the written rule but damn, everybody will end up being like Cutler?????????r

  45. joetoronto says: Jan 23, 2011 7:48 PM

    zackd2 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:57 PM

    He’s a diabetic playing in the NFL, but yeah he has no toughness.

    Please.
    *******************************************************
    Wow, I’ve never heard of such a feat before.

    Diabetes Fame – Athletes

    Wasim Akram – Pakistani cricket fast bowler

    Arthur Ashe – Tennis – Wimbledon winner

    Walter Barnes – Football and actor. Before acting career he played professional football for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, 1948-1951.

    Sarah Bina – Championship clogger

    Ayden Byle – Runner – First insulin-dependent man to run 6521.5 km across North America.

    Nick Boynton – Hockey Player – Boston Bruins

    Doug Burns – Fitness consultant, Record-holding strength athlete

    Sean Busby – Champion Snowboarder

    Bobby Clarke – NHL – Philadelphia Flyers

    Ty Cobb – MLB – Detroit Tigers

    Scott Coleman – Swimmer – first man with diabetes to swim the English Channel, (August 17th 1996)

    Jay Cutler – Football Player

    Chris Dudley – NBA – New York Knicks center

    James “Buster” Douglas – Heavy Weight Boxer

    Kenny Duckett – NFL – New Orleans Saints

    Rick Dudley – Hockey

    Scott Dunton – World Class Surfer

    Mike Echols – NFL – Tennessee Titans

    Pam Fernandes – Para Olympian

    Missy Foy – Professional Marathon Runner

    Curt Frasier – NHL – Chicago Black Hawks

    Walt Frazier – ­ NBA – New York Knicks

    “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier – Boxing

    Kris Freeman – Olympic and National Champion Cross-Country Skier

    Joe Gibbs – NFL – Washington Redskins coach

    Bill Gullickson – MLB – Cincinnati Reds Pitcher

    Gary Hall Jr. – US Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming

    Jonathan Hayes – NFL – Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs

    Dave Hollins – 1993 Phillies World Series Third Baseman

    James “Catfish” Hunter – MLB – Pitcher, Baseball Hall-of-Famer

    Chuck Heidenrich – Skiing

    Chris Jarvis – World Champion Canadian Rower

    Jason Johnson – MLB – Pitcher, Cleveland Indians

    Kelli Keuhne – LPGA golfer

    Billie Jean King – Tennis

    Jay Leeuwenburg – NFL – Indianapolis Colts Lineman

    Mark Lowe – Major League Baseball

    Michael Earl Malone -­ Son of former NBA star Moses Malone.

    Robert “Gorilla Monsoon” Marella -Professional wrestler and commentator

    Michelle McGann – LPGA golfer

    Adam Morrison – Basketball Player, Gonzaga University

    Brandon Morrow -Seattle Mariners Pitcher

    David Pember – MLB – Milwaukee Brewers

    Toby Petersen – NHL – Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars

    Sir Steven Redgrave – Rower – Winner of five consecutive Olympic gold medals

    Dan Reichert – MLB – Kansas City Royals

    Ham Richardson – Tennis star

    Jackie Robinson – Baseball Player

    Sugar Ray Robinson – Boxing

    Ron Santo – MLB – Chicago Cubs legend

    Mike Sinclair – NFL – Philadelphia Eagles

    Kendall Simmons – NFL – Pittsburgh Steelers

    Ron Springs – NFL – Dallas Cowboys

    Jerry Stackhouse – NBA – Dallas Mavericks

    Hank Stram – NFL – Kansas City Chiefs Coach

    Bradley Suttle – Texas Longhorns – Second Baseman

    Bill Talbert – Hall of Fame tennis player

    Jack Tatum – NFL – Oakland Raiders, The Assassin

    Sherri Turner – LPGA golfer

    Scott Verplank – PGA golfer

    Everson Walls – Football player

    Jo Ann Washam – LPGA golfer

    David “Boomer” Wells – San Diego Padres Pitcher

    Wade Wilson – NFL player and Dallas Cowboys quarterback coach

    Dmitri Young – MLB Outfielder, first baseman

  46. bcdc26 says: Jan 23, 2011 7:49 PM

    Clearly he couldn’t plant with that leg when he would drop back to throw interceptions

  47. lbijake says: Jan 23, 2011 7:50 PM

    Chicago deserves Cutler. They are a third rate city filled with a bunch of wusses who have a Mary at QB. Their third stringer almost led them to victory and Cutler couldn’t break a 100 yds. Forget the Bears and the Cubs, at least you wusses have the Blackhawks and Bulls.

  48. R8RBOB says: Jan 23, 2011 7:51 PM

    When you are playing for the championship or the right to play for a championship, conventional rules go out of the window. You play hurt no matter what. Cutler like most athletes today are wussies because they don’t value the championship like prior athletes did generations ago. You think Bart Starr would have told Lombardi that he couldn’t go back in with the Super Bowl at stake? Of course not.

  49. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 23, 2011 7:52 PM

    “He doesn’t bitch, he doesn’t complain…”

    You mean bitch and complain like you did to the ref’s all day like a spoiled little girl?

  50. scoops1 says: Jan 23, 2011 7:53 PM

    Cutler looked like he would rather have been home tappin Kristin Cavallari then be a postive teammate for him boys in the 2nd half

  51. daytonaken says: Jan 23, 2011 7:53 PM

    I’m glad he’s not my quarterback.

  52. krissij says: Jan 23, 2011 7:59 PM

    I’ll admit that no one knows what kind of injury he has so I can’t question his toughness. BUT his attitude, sideline demeanor and lack of leadership is pitiful.

  53. richm2256 says: Jan 23, 2011 8:09 PM

    hiperactivodg says:
    Manning gets hit on one game and he starts crying and throwing everybody under the bus and blaming everyone, Cutler never complained about his line all season despite getting beat several times!… it’s funny how a bunch of fat guys watching the game on a couch and a weasel blogger feel entitled to call a guy that endured such hits all season a quitter
    ——————————————————–
    Asa Patriots fan, I would love nothing more than to dump on Peyton Manning.

    But I have never, NEVER seen Peyton Manning leave a game upright and stand – or sit – on the sidelines.

    You either leave the field on a stretcher, or hobble off with a teammate or a trainer helping you…. and if you DON’T get rushed to a hospital, you at least stand on the sidelines on crutches with a brace around your knee. It’s the freaking Championship game, your team plays their a$$es off all year to get there.

    I guarantee Urlacher had a few choice words for Cutler in the locker room.

    This was the defining moment of Jay Cutler’s career.

  54. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 23, 2011 8:15 PM

    Thank you Joetoronto

    Zack, you are a moron to try to play the diabetic card.

  55. ravensrule says: Jan 23, 2011 8:15 PM

    Gutless display by Cutler…what a joke. Its pretty clear that when the going gets tough, this guy bows out….WUSS !

  56. R8RBOB says: Jan 23, 2011 8:18 PM

    You either leave the field on a stretcher, or hobble off with a teammate or a trainer helping you…. and if you DON’T get rushed to a hospital, you at least stand on the sidelines on crutches with a brace around your knee. It’s the freaking Championship game, your team plays their a$$es off all year to get there.
    —————————————————
    Favre, Young, Montana, Elway and Aikman are all laughing at Cutler. If you are hurt and can’t come back in, do a Fred “the Hammer” Williamson and pretend like you are knocked out and lay on the field. Don’t walk off the field and cry my knee hurts.

  57. dvnelson72 says: Jan 23, 2011 8:34 PM

    Mike Martz: Quarterback Killer

    He gives you big numbers at times, then you lose a knee, a shoulder, and a spleen when a good defense blitzes.

    Anyone remember the Giants/Bears game around Oct 3?

    As to his toughness, and comparisons to Rivers playing on one knee…. I want to know which knee and which ligaments Rivers hurt vs. Cutler. If Cutler couldn’t plant, he would be throwing ducks all day.

    If nothing else, the Bears may have found themselves a 3rd round pick trade bait.

  58. 49erman says: Jan 23, 2011 8:56 PM

    Rivers played on a torn ACL. Who cares what knee it was….

    Cutler may/may not have a torn ACL. Time will tell…

  59. dwhitehurst says: Jan 23, 2011 9:34 PM

    Wow. Their t0p-10 QB has a knee he simply can’t play on anymore, and suddenly the Bears “fans” turn on him, bringing up his character, personality, and toughness. This would NOT be happening had the Bears won the game. Had Cutler stayed in with his bum knee and the Bears lost, then the criticism would change to how selfish Cutler was for staying in the game with a bum knee. Stay classy Chicago!

    Good thing the Packers didn’t turn on Rodgers last year for his blunders at Arizona last year (or bench him in favor of Favre after Brett’s 3rd unretirement in the same offseason), anymore than we turned on Favre after 3 playoff ending games largely due to him.

    P.S.: I realize there are ton of classy Bear fans who don’t bash their team, players, or coach for the loss. Those who do, stop your whining and grow up.

  60. broncobo says: Jan 23, 2011 10:10 PM

    News update – Cutler actually suffered a severe bruised vagina.

  61. hcvikefan says: Jan 23, 2011 10:45 PM

    Cutler didnt get the bears to where they are. the defense did most of the work.

  62. coachstram says: Jan 23, 2011 10:50 PM

    STILL LMAO@ the comparision between an NFL QB and “Wasim Akram – Pakistani cricket fast bowler”

  63. tatum064 says: Jan 23, 2011 11:56 PM

    “Mike Martz: Quarterback Killer”

    uh, Mike Martz has a ring, and wouldve had another had the Patriots not gotten away with mugging the receivers at the line (resulting in rule changes later).

    He helped construct the Greatest Show on Turf, and the Rams didnt bust a grape after he left.

    Bears were lucky to even be in the NFC Championship.

  64. gmsingh says: Jan 24, 2011 9:25 AM

    kennyrogerschicken says:
    Jan 23, 2011 6:41 PM
    The 3rd stringer outplayed both the starter and the backup combined – that’s probably worse than Cutler being soft.

    The “third stringer” (Caleb Hainie) outplayed Rodgers by a comfortable margin, too. Nobody seems to mention the Bears cutting Rodgers postseason QB rating by about 80 points.

  65. psousa1 says: Jan 24, 2011 9:45 AM

    Why did Martz call a time out when they would have picked up that first down on the ground? Not that I could see into the future but at the snap you could see a hole developing. In a game where I don’t care who wins I always root for the team that is trailing but after watching Cutler, even before the injury looked like he was just throwing the ball up for grabs. His receivers had to play defensive back on a few of his throws. It would have been so BS for the 3rd stringer to win that game and have Cutler playing in the SB (and I’m sure taking credit for it all).

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