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In defending Cutler, Jerry Angelo takes shot at union

Jerry Angelo, Lovie Smith AP

The story of the day has come from the Bears-Packers game, and more specifically the failure of Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler to finish it.

Among his defenders on Monday was Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo, who called out those players who called out Cutler for not playing with a knee injury.

“I think it’s crap,” Angelo said, per Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.  ”I thought they were a union.  If that’s the way they unionize, they’ve got bigger issues than the ones they have with the owners.  I’m very disappointed.  That to me is dirty pool.”

Angelo wasn’t finished.  ”I certainly didn’t like what was said,” Angelo said.  “And I take that personally, too.  He’s our quarterback.  We wouldn’t have been where we are without him.  I want to make that clear.  We stand by him.  Nobody’s perfect.  His play isn’t perfect.  He’s not perfect.  There’s not a person in this room or in this league that is, either. ”

Angelo makes a valid point.  Though the players stand together when it comes to facing down the owners, unity has its limits when games are being played.

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35 Responses to “In defending Cutler, Jerry Angelo takes shot at union”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jan 24, 2011 10:47 PM

    They’re united in their dislike of Jay Cutler, Jerry.

  2. chrisbergen says: Jan 24, 2011 10:58 PM

    Football is supposed to be entertainment and Cutler didn’t entertain us while he was “injured” on the sideline. That’s the problem Jerry.

  3. silentparrot says: Jan 24, 2011 10:58 PM

    that fool is happy!

  4. scytherius says: Jan 24, 2011 11:00 PM

    There are MANY MANY MANY more players than owners. If you had, what, 1500 owners then you’d be hearing this kind of thing.

    Nice try. This time around I support the players.

  5. jarrman46 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:02 PM

    As a Packers fan I am enjoying all this Chicago misery but the simple fact is that Jay Cutlers head coach , his teamates and his GM all support him so why should anyone else care. there opinion should be the only one that matters.

  6. alanschech says: Jan 24, 2011 11:05 PM

    He got hurt, it happens. He would have been listed as questionable for the superbowl if they had won. You don’t have to be Brett Favre and play with your body falling apart in order to be a tough QB. Good job of the GM standing by his QB

  7. Darth Goodell says: Jan 24, 2011 11:05 PM

    Cutler, Cutler, Cutler…

    Unfortunately, the Jay Cutler garbage has diverted attention away from an important question: why didn’t the Bears have a better backup plan? Since Collins is now apparently incapable of competent play, why was he even on the roster, much less their #2 quarterback? Collins arguably cost them a game in Week 4 against the Giants when Cutler left with a concussion, so it’s not like the Bears never had to confront that situation before.

  8. gridassassin says: Jan 24, 2011 11:08 PM

    Jerry Angelo is funny because he’s right…. The owners are playing D-Smith as the ass clown that he’ll prove to be. Half these players would cross a picket line within eight weeks if the league decides to NOT lockout and force DSmith to convince these players to sit out and miss out on millions.

  9. duanethomas says: Jan 24, 2011 11:09 PM

    Jay Cutler is a scab.

  10. ErikW65 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:12 PM

    It’s an unusual situation for a unionized labor force to be so necessarily competitive within it’s membership, so the Cutler controversy doesn’t say anything about the players’ ability to act in solidarity, and I don’t think you need to bring the politcs of the CBA into defending your player.

  11. godellgetalife says: Jan 24, 2011 11:14 PM

    i’m not even a bears fan but i do believe jay cutler has one of the best work ethics of any player.he don’t miss practice he dont miss meetings he’s tried his best to be as good a player as he can be and i don’t think he missed out on the second half of the nfc title game for nothing.from what i have heard & seen on t.v. he can be a real jerk as a person but i do not question his play or his heart and i don’t question that he just couldn’t go in that second half.

  12. oldbyrd says: Jan 24, 2011 11:25 PM

    Oh yeah, Unions. How’s that working out for the country? 11 states ready to go belly up. Can’t fund union pensions/ Think we ll being saying “remember when there was FOOTBALL?”

  13. jc1958coo says: Jan 24, 2011 11:35 PM

    there is alot said about angelo, maybe someone should call him out! all those draft picks to get cutler! bad play when your not hurt that’s what should be said!

  14. toe4 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:36 PM

    Thats about the most backhanded “support” I’ve ever heard.

    “He’s our quarterback…. nobody is perfect”

    dude… even your owner thinks you are a wuss.

  15. thevikes85 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:52 PM

    PLEASE this time DON’T sign him!!

  16. rangenius says: Jan 25, 2011 12:24 AM

    Pack lucked out, Cutler got hurt

  17. rangenius says: Jan 25, 2011 12:24 AM

    Unions are for Losers!

  18. east96st says: Jan 25, 2011 12:39 AM

    oldbyrd says: “Oh yeah, Unions. How’s that working out for the country? 11 states ready to go belly up. Can’t fund union pensions/ Think we ll being saying “remember when there was FOOTBALL?”

    You don’t agree with the NFLPA? Fine. That’s your right. But don’t blame this economic mess on unions that represent the men and women who protect your community, save your home from fires, pick your sorry ass out of a car wreck and bring you to the emergency room, wipe your butt and empty your pee while you’re in the hospital, and attempt to educate your children despite their father being an idiot. Since unions are the source of all your problems, please call your local police, fire dept, EMTs, hospitals, and schools and let them know they are to no longer assist you in anyway. Live a union free life and then maybe your complaints won’t be so blatantly hypocritical. As for the pensions, you might want to blame the actual source of the problem – the politicians that 1) agreed to fund them and 2) then chose not to. Maybe if a couple states do go belly up, people will more careful who they elect each November and might even ask to see an actual economic plan instead of voting for a single party or a catchy slogan or who their favorite talk radio host thinks is a “real” American.

  19. jbaxt says: Jan 25, 2011 12:41 AM

    If 98% of the players would actually realize they don’t qualify to do a job other than football, in which of those additional 2% none would make 50% of the league minimum, they would see the benefit of what the owners offer them. The league makes billions, they as players deserve a portion and in turn get paid what most of us only dream of.

    The smart guys are the owners, the ones that manage decent football teams, put hudreds of contracts together for players coaches exec., put thousands in the stadiums, employ thousands of people throughout the year. If the players can constuct new stadiums, brand a league even close to what the NFL has constructed then go for it.

    The owners can start from scratch with a new rookie talent pool, since the existing players will strike, the league will be young and bad for 4-5 years but after that, we’ll have a whole new batch of guys who can play and we’ll be back to normal. Of course after about 1 year these clowns would come back to work.

    Force these fools lto see what it’s like looking for a job or making $40,000 a year. As opposed to making the same amount in 1 month, in some cases 1 day.

    You get to play a game for millions yet you act like you’re owed something… Then when you fools play too long and are hunched over limpimng in 20 years you want sympathy. Like it was someone else spending all your money while you were in your prime.

    Most people could retire on 1 million dollars at age 30. The players make on average a million a a year and are too dumb to make a decent investment for their future.

    If my boss said the company’s growing and we need you to put in an additional 4 hours a week, I would say okay. Hopefully I’d do really well, then I’d get a larger contract/raise in my performance review. If my performance/age was declining, I’d start thinking about my future, put as much money away as possible and prepare for life after my next few years. Either way, I’d be happy to be employed, and as a player they should be happy their making more than 99.9% of the population.

    You play for the owners, do what your boss says. Otherwise good luck bagging groceries, that is if you’re even qualified to do that.

  20. 49ersforlife says: Jan 25, 2011 12:52 AM

    Did any of these dumb ass clowns(Of all people deion Sanders!!! give me a f***ing break) know what it is to be living with type-1 diabetics and playing like he does. It is easy to say that he is not tough by playing hurt. To prove that you are a man, you need not have to show your manhood all the time. F***ing Zip it up u dumb asses!!

  21. SpaceJam says: Jan 25, 2011 3:58 AM

    The players have a sense of honor that most of the ownership lack. Cutler is getting what he deserves.

  22. MovieGoober says: Jan 25, 2011 5:40 AM

    “…why didn’t the Bears have a better backup plan?”

    A lot of teams keep a long time veteran on their roster who has NEVER been good. When called to play they throw 3 interceptions. Teams seem to like to see those years of service, and tout their backup’s experience even when those experiences have all been bad.

    I’d pick up two young college kids as backups and hope one turns out to be a diamond in the rough. They couldn’t do worse than Tyler Thigpen or Kyle Boller. Or Todd Collins.

  23. tommytd says: Jan 25, 2011 6:06 AM

    Maybe Angelo should concentrate his efforts on drafting some O linemen that could protect the guy because Cutler got killed back there this season. If A doesn’t put some talent in there to improve that line play, it will be a short career for Cutler and this whole discussion becomes academic.

  24. leucas66 says: Jan 25, 2011 6:16 AM

    Even after tough games, players inevitably praise the other team, and almost never call out specific players. Even when they do, they are usually criticized for it.

    But in this case, the players have broken that convention and are attacking another player. It’s wrong no matter when you do it.

    I’m not sure why these players feel they have to comment on this situation — just keep your mouth shut. No one makes you tweet and even if you’re asked the question, just say you don’t know the particulars of the situation and leave it at that. Every players thinks they must comment on things these days.

    And Urlacher did have a point about all the people commenting not even being in the playoffs.

  25. Akula says: Jan 25, 2011 6:19 AM

    They are united in one thing and one thing only……MONEY!!!!

  26. 4dabears says: Jan 25, 2011 7:10 AM

    Jerry Angelo is a TOOLBAG!

  27. alewatcher says: Jan 25, 2011 7:21 AM

    Darth Goodell says: Jan 24, 2011 11:05 PM

    Cutler, Cutler, Cutler…

    Unfortunately, the Jay Cutler garbage has diverted attention away from an important question: why didn’t the Bears have a better backup plan? Since Collins is now apparently incapable of competent play, why was he even on the roster, much less their #2 quarterback? Collins arguably cost them a game in Week 4 against the Giants when Cutler left with a concussion, so it’s not like the Bears never had to confront that situation before.

    —————-
    Exactly right. The Bears had seen Collins in action , and he totally sucked. He showed absolutely nothing that would even hint at his being a good solution at backup QB. They should have dumped him back then (or at least demoted him) and promoted Hanie, so he could get more practice reps. Collins is a waste of a roster spot. But, apparently Lovie would rather have “experience” at the position than competence.

  28. MovieGoober says: Jan 25, 2011 7:48 AM

    oldbyrd

    “Oh yeah, Unions. How’s that working out for the country?”

    ———————————————–

    40 work week, minimum wage, overtime, unlocked fire escapes.

    Working out well.

  29. drednot says: Jan 25, 2011 8:08 AM

    Like i said yesterday, i’ll say it again. This has nothing to do with his injury, and i understand the type 1 diabetes. BUT in the first half of that game before the injury (and give credit to the GB d), he stunk it up!! So, like yesterday…MAYBE just MAYBE Josh McDaniels knew what he was doing afterall!!

  30. ch0rn says: Jan 25, 2011 8:17 AM

    During the 2008 season, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward suffered an MCL injury in the AFC Championship Game and briefly returned only to leave the game.

    Nobody ever calls that guy soft

  31. felcus says: Jan 25, 2011 8:30 AM

    “Though the players stand together when it comes to facing down the owners, unity has its limits when games are being played.”

    More proof that all anyone cares about anymore is money. No love of the game. When people start realizing that the players could care less about the game because all they care about is money, the fans will follow suit. Why watch if nobody cares? We’ll see how bright the golden egg is in 10 years, if there’s even one left…

  32. nygdefenserules says: Jan 25, 2011 8:41 AM

    Honestly, can anyone name a WORSE #2 backup QB in the NFL? Todd Collins has to be the worst.

    Maybe Arizona….only because their #1 is so bad that #2 by default has to be worse.

  33. oldbyrd says: Jan 25, 2011 8:43 AM

    UNIONS did he say Unions. Fire escapes. The absolute death of America.. Just look around the world……out of control….. Pull me out of a car because ur in the U N I O N? get a life Moron

  34. abninf says: Jan 25, 2011 8:54 AM

    You don’t agree with the NFLPA? Fine. That’s your right. But don’t blame this economic mess on unions
    ———————————————–

    I like the Cali example. Pensions for public union employees increased 2000% in the last decade. 15,000 retirees get 100+K a year. Unfunded pension liability (tax payer money) is 65 billion dollars and soaring. Bad tachers can’t get fired. They can get breast implants on the taxpayer dime. Screw unions, they’re leeches. We need to take care of them the Reagan way.

  35. commandercornpone says: Jan 25, 2011 9:21 PM

    jerry’s right.

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