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Cutler’s Sunday night stair climb is meaningless

Jay Cutler, Darnell Dockett,  Clark Haggans,

We’ve resisted even acknowledging the widespread reports that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was spotted (drum roll, please) walking up steps on Sunday night, after he was unable to finish the Bears-Packers game due to a knee injury.

But since we’ve gotten over 100 e-mails about the story and will get more than 100 more if we don’t address it, we’ve decided it’s time to mention the most notorious incident of NFL stairclimbing since Plaxico Burress brought his Glock to a Manhattan nightclub.

Cutler reportedly didn’t use crutches and “limped a tiny bit” as he scaled the stairs at Mastro’s Steakhouse.  Which of course means to some that he must not have been too injured to continue playing.

Is this really what it’s come to?  We realize that the process developing a firm opinion based on limited information and then searching for any shred of proof to support that quickly-adopted belief while dismissing or ignoring anything that undermines it has risen to the level of inalienable right for many Americans.  But there’s no connection at all between Cutler walking up stairs and having an MCL injury that prevented him from playing.

As we’ve said many times this week, Cutler’s toughness can’t be questioned.  He played with undiagnosed Type I diabetes in 2007, going about his business while losing 30-plus pounds.  As Jason Whitlock of FOXSports.com told PFT Live on Wednesday, most of those who have opted to question Cutler’s lack of toughness actually intended to question his passion, but can’t process and then articulate their thoughts as something other than an attack on Cutler’s toughness.

Regardless, Cutler’s ability to climb a flight of stairs has no bearing on whether and to what extent he was too injured to play NFL football.  But since the fact that he didn’t require an elevator or one of those lifts on which Polly Holliday once took a wild ride (and on which, thanks to a reminder from a commenter, Costanza took a slow one), those who have concluded that Cutler is a cupcake are blindly clinging to his decision to walk up some steps as proof that he could have played some more football.

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79 Responses to “Cutler’s Sunday night stair climb is meaningless”
  1. bobfromcda says: Jan 26, 2011 7:45 PM

    The dude was hungry!

  2. joetoronto says: Jan 26, 2011 7:46 PM

    Mike, that’s enough, please stop with this story.

  3. jmhoward99 says: Jan 26, 2011 7:52 PM

    “Is this really what it’s come to? We realize that the process developing a firm opinion based on limited information and then searching for any shred of proof to support that quickly-adopted belief while dismissing or ignoring anything that undermines it has risen to the level of inalienable right for many Americans.”

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    That doesn’t read too terribly far off from what happened regarding Aaron Rodgers with the Jan Cavanaugh “foot in mouth” incident last week.

  4. jaggedmark says: Jan 26, 2011 7:52 PM

    Okay. He’s a tough guy that DOESN’T have a passion for football. Is that better?

  5. ja141762 says: Jan 26, 2011 7:54 PM

    Here is a new theory. I believe he was probably in some pain. He was playing horribly. So he wanted out. So he’s a quitter.

  6. jc1958coo says: Jan 26, 2011 7:54 PM

    if he said owww with every step then it’s ok!!!

  7. beastofeden says: Jan 26, 2011 7:54 PM

    So you crucify Aaron Rodgers for walking by a Hilary Clinton look-a-like but get Cutler’s back for eating steak and jumping ship during the m ost important game of his career?

    yeah, makes sense

  8. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: Jan 26, 2011 7:56 PM

    Judgmental idiots.

  9. pftmz says: Jan 26, 2011 7:56 PM

    Is this the same site that reported that Cutler shed tears at his locker when asked about his toughness?

  10. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 26, 2011 7:57 PM

    I’m not sure why everybody’s questioning his toughness rather than his playing ability. Seems to me the Bears best QB resided at number 3 on their depth chart.

  11. xpensivewinos says: Jan 26, 2011 8:00 PM

    The only interesting thing to me about this whole “saga” will be if Cutler actually takes any of this to heart.

    He’s been so aloof and so arrogant and so condescending and so whatever the word is to describe why he schlumps his shoulders and looks down at the ground all the time, that it has turned fans and now his fellow “union brothers” against him.

    His reputation is so bad that he has been given zero benefit of the doubt in a scenario that seems like a no-brainer for just about everyone else.

    For that he has no one to blame but himself.

  12. Stiller43 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:03 PM

    I love how you act like you’ve never posted a stupider story claiming something way stronger with evidence that was way weaker.

  13. bleedgreen4life says: Jan 26, 2011 8:03 PM

    Somehow, I feel like you just made that whole story up. I just have that feeling.

  14. mterps199 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:03 PM

    Go away Jay Cutler knee injury story. Just Go away PLEASE!!!

  15. tbd3 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:06 PM

    Let the story go now. Please.

    There’s a vast difference between walking upstairs and planting your foot, and using that leg as a source of power, to throw a football while gigantic athletic freaks are running at you, trying to hit you as hard as they can.

  16. hooterdawg says: Jan 26, 2011 8:07 PM

    Mike , it’s good to hear you call out your own moron clientele on this site. Most of them couldn’t climb out of their LazyBoy.

  17. hobartbaker says: Jan 26, 2011 8:08 PM

    “Maestro!”

    “Neckblubber!”.

  18. bigbear12 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:08 PM

    Aikman commented about his throws being high in the 2nd quarter and how it looked like Cutler wasn’t planting on his back foot – obviously the injured one.

    What is the correlation between having diabetes and being able to take cortisone shots at halftime: is it possible, risky or bad idea? Have heard it is a bad idea, but don’t know, would be nice to know.

    Should check “most times sacked” in the NFL over the time he has been active, he should be the leader or right behind Big Ben. He has constantly played behind mediocre offensive lines and has only suffered two game ending injuries, concussion and mcl tear, not too bad.

    Lack of passion would have pulled him out of the Giants game way earlier than the concussion did. People just need someone to hate on to make themselves feel better.

  19. 7pints says: Jan 26, 2011 8:09 PM

    People, please. This story has had the wrong angle from the beginning. I do not question Cutler’s “toughness”. It’s never been about that with this guy. What it is really about is his selfish, arrogant nature. This was the biggest game he has been a part of and he was playing horribly as he often does. His chance of improving on an injured knee (however slight the injury was) was not good. So, he takes a seat. There is no way he can accept the blame for the loss if he only played one half. That’s just what this cat does. It’s all about him. It always has been.

  20. dwinsgames says: Jan 26, 2011 8:09 PM

    In the AFC Championship game in January 2002, Tom Brady left the game with a knee injury and didn’t return. Yet the injury was not serious enough to keep him out of the Super Bowl 2 weeks later. I don’t recall him getting ANY grief. This persecution of Cutler is ridiculous.

  21. jhicks1116 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:10 PM

    can’t this be seen as the start of his rehab?; a little exercise, a little nutrition? o yea, didn’t Rodgers get hurt on the TD scramble and stay in, didn’t light it up but there was one more TD drive and a game saving tackle, just sayin

  22. 4sacroc says: Jan 26, 2011 8:11 PM

    “Is this what it has come to,” the author of this blog asks incredulously?

    This from the same author who wrote non-stop about some team photo for 24+ hours.

  23. marvsleezy says: Jan 26, 2011 8:11 PM

    This Nothing compared to when Elway begged off on the last drive of the game in the AFC championship game in 1992 in buffalo. Gary Kubiak finished the game cuz Elway claimed to have knee injury.

  24. gavinmac says: Jan 26, 2011 8:12 PM

    Very surprised you went with the Gremlins link and not George Costanza stair lift ride (to the tune of “My Baby Takes the Morning Train”).

  25. richm2256 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:18 PM

    As Jason Whitlock of FOXSports.com told PFT Live on Wednesday, most of those who have opted to question Cutler’s lack of toughness actually intended to question his passion, but can’t process and then articulate their thoughts as something other than an attack on Cutler’s toughness.
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    Rather pompous of Whitlock to pass an opinion like this on countless people who have a different opinion than him…..

    Maybe the people he’s speaking of knew EXACTLY what they were “articulating”. Did this jacka$$ ever think of THAT?

  26. dan39564 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:20 PM

    Cutler was relieved of duty, due to injury or ineffectiveness is immaterial at this point, just let it go!

  27. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 26, 2011 8:22 PM

    This is seriously getting rediculous, leave the guy alone. This seems like bullying back in grade school.

  28. blkmanwtan says: Jan 26, 2011 8:25 PM

    Is this still a story? I am still waiting on the story on how Jay Cutler had a bad game before the injury. This bum only completed 6 passes! If he was playing lousy healthy, what make you guys think this bum would have played better with a bad knee.
    If he stayed in the game or not, he still wouldn’t have helped his team to a victory.

    Jay Cutler = Rex Grossman with an arm = Turn over machine

  29. hobartbaker says: Jan 26, 2011 8:25 PM

    Jay had the Cavalleri dipped in whipped cream.

  30. johnnyutah06 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:26 PM

    It sounds like most of these posters like players who are phonies and over react to their injury. Ala Paul Pierce when you would have thought that he was shot in the leg and then he comes running back out after being carried into the locker room. Or players who look for TV time and want the public to feel sorry for them because they are acting out to get on sportscenter or get some tv time. I like that cutlers not fake or phony like most players in this league as well as some of the posters on this site.

  31. CKL says: Jan 26, 2011 8:27 PM

    bigbear12 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:08 PM

    Aikman commented about his throws being high in the 2nd quarter and how it looked like Cutler wasn’t planting on his back foot – obviously the injured one.
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    Actually I heard one of the commentators say close to the beginning of the game that when they watched Cutler in warmups he was throwing high then.

    All you people picking on MF for posting the story obviously didn’t see or ignored that whole part where he said they weren’t going to put it up except people kept sending them emails. I never get the whining about what stories are posted anyway. Why not just ignore the ones you don’t find interesting?

  32. jwil444 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:30 PM

    Hey, who won the game?

  33. hobartbaker says: Jan 26, 2011 8:32 PM

    Before you rush to judgment on Cutler, you should know that Mastro serves some of the toughest steaks in the city.

  34. j0esixpack says: Jan 26, 2011 8:33 PM

    In all seriousness, I just had arthroscopic surgery a few days ago… as of today I can easily around and walk up stairs without crutches and without a limp.

    Now downstairs? Forget it… I couldn’t do that without crutches

    The point is that depending on what was injured in the knee and to what degree, you could see someone walking around, and even up stairs, without a limp – but that person could never contemplate playing a game of touch football, let alone an NFL game

  35. hobartbaker says: Jan 26, 2011 8:34 PM

    Jay dined with his girlfriend Kristen Cavalleri and others. At dinner he announced they plan to have Cutlets.

  36. tooz56 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:35 PM

    I tore my MCL a year ago. I would have been able to go up stairs that same day, and a matter of fact went to work 2 days later. I had a knee sleeve on, and bought a knee brace a day later. Getting in and out of the truck was a struggle as I could feel the knee joint kinda open if I hit the inside of my foot on the truck. No way would i hsve been able to drop back, plant and throw a pass with NFL pass rushers coming at me. Cutler did what was right for him, the Bears and the future. Why should he risk permanent injury to his knee that would affect him the rest of his life ? Would you ?? And remember, he already is $et for life a$ far as money.

  37. cletusvandam says: Jan 26, 2011 8:37 PM

    sounds like somebody wants cutler to be a guest on their daily internet show

  38. xtb3 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:37 PM

    Exactly why teams should have a concessions stand beside the players bench.

  39. macker1283 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:38 PM

    The question is this…could Cutler drop back 4-6 steps and then throw the ball???? If he could do that physically, he should have been playing. If he couldn’t, he shouldn’t have been. You can say all you want about how serious an MCL injury is, whatever. The fact remains that football players playing much more physical of positions than QB have played with worse injuries. On 95 percent of plays, the QB isn’t touched. If a QB really doesn’t want to get touched, he doesn’t have to. He can just throw the ball before a defender gets near him. Thats what the NFL rules allow them to do these days. Now obviously its not ideal that a QB be thinking about getting hit every time he drops back…but the fact remains the alternative was Caleb Hanie. A third string QB. The conclusion is either two things. That Cutler has a low pain tolerance or was afraid….or that the Bears really don’t have as much confidence in Cutler’s abilities and they think that an undrafted rookie third string QB is a better option than a limited Jay Cutler.

  40. acdc84 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:40 PM

    “We realize that the process developing a firm opinion based on limited information and then searching for any shred of proof to support that quickly-adopted belief while dismissing or ignoring anything that undermines it has risen to the level of inalienable right for many Americans.”

    Sounds like the “Aaron Rodgers is a worse human being than Hitler” post from last weekend.

  41. 4sacroc says: Jan 26, 2011 8:40 PM

    Most of the tripe posted on this website is “meaningless!”

    Thankyou.

    Thankyouverymuch.

  42. beavule12 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:44 PM

    Cortisone increases blood levels of glucose which is the main problems with diabetics to begin with. Glucose = sugar for those who don’t know. It is not a great idea for a diabetic to take such a drug especially when one is exerting the energy that a football player is exerting. And secondly, a strained MCL would not be put to the test walking up stairs. It affects lateral movements. If his ACL or PCL were torn, then there would be an arguement…

  43. scytherius says: Jan 26, 2011 8:46 PM

    Can this be the last word on this?

  44. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 26, 2011 8:47 PM

    Normally I loathe your soapbox rants, but in this case I agree 100%. This one probably hits closer to home than many of your readers care to admit.

  45. abr173rd says: Jan 26, 2011 8:51 PM

    Here is a new theory. I believe he was probably in some pain. He was playing horribly. So he wanted out. So he’s a quitter.

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    He got into “Were not going to win this game mentality” and he probably figured I have an out with this injury and when we do lose I wont take the full blame because I was pulled due to injury and it completely back fired…..

  46. commandercornpone says: Jan 26, 2011 8:53 PM

    considering the diabetes also, i go with ineffectiveness.

  47. jmeist says: Jan 26, 2011 9:07 PM

    why does mike love quitler?

  48. slickzmoney says: Jan 26, 2011 9:09 PM

    Again, he got hurt and couldn’t play -no story. The only story here should be about the Bears having Todd Collins as their #2 QB.

  49. jarrman46 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:10 PM

    Listen im a packers fan and im happy we beat the Bears but leave the man alone now. Its like people wont be happy until he is out of the league. Its like a witchunt People want Cutler to admit he wasnt hurt and now they want Rodgers to say he was hurt so the media can rant that he shouldnt have been playing and Chicago(maybe) would have one.
    Jay Cutler should just leave Chicago There never happy there

  50. johnnyutah06 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:10 PM

    it makes me laugh when i hear players say that they would have to take them away on a stretcher before they could pull them away from a game. All I ask is when is the last time you have seen a player that wasnt vying for his 15 seconds of fame on sportscenter going crazy to get back in the game? Some of these comments from some of these players makes me laugh. Most of these players act more hurt then they really are. I cant wait till next season to make fun of these players when they get hurt.

  51. dabears54 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:29 PM

    Can’t you guys leave him alone until September? At least formulate your own opinions of players rather than regurgitating the same garbage Rick Reilly and his inbred pals keep manufacturing…

  52. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jan 26, 2011 9:40 PM

    stairway to heaven

  53. insertnamehere2 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:44 PM

    Alot of people with nothing better to do!

  54. mashoaf says: Jan 26, 2011 9:46 PM

    who cares, the guy couldn’t plant his throwing leg. walking up the stair is different than throwing a ton of pressure on it from a throw.

  55. footballisfun says: Jan 26, 2011 9:49 PM

    I knew the worm would turn on this story. There’s just so many times people are going to watch a dog kicked when its down, before they are going to turn on the kicker.

    Move on PFT.

  56. rcali says: Jan 26, 2011 9:49 PM

    Just pretend Jay, that’s all we ask. Pretend that you are too hurt to walk the stairs of a steak house after bowing out of the NFC Championship game a handful of hours earlier. Just stay home and pretend for a few days.

  57. darthvincent says: Jan 26, 2011 9:52 PM

    geez… you would at least think Cutler’s knee was swollen enough from the “alleged” MCL sprain that he would be limping. Even after icing down a knee it would still be stiff and sore….

    he quit on his team and it will be a problem for duh Bears next year.

  58. godellgetalife says: Jan 26, 2011 10:03 PM

    hey i can walk without a limp does that mean i can go play quaterback for the bears? ofcourse i can if i could be effective doing it.and i really wish pft & anyone else making anymore of this stupid story would just leave it alone. because i don’t believe for one second that jay cutler would have left that game if he could have still played.he hasn’t worked this hard for this long to walk away from a nfc title game for the hell of it and i also believe anyone who thinks that he would have is just plain crazy.

  59. lostsok says: Jan 26, 2011 10:05 PM

    The MCL affect lateral movement. Walking stairs would have little restriction, other than light pain. Dropping back and planting, however, would be greatly impaired.

    This is clearly the result of Bear fans being addicted to trashing Cutler. I’m neither a fan of the Bears or Cutler, but it’s sad to see a once great franchise act like a bunch of Jet fans. Just sad…

  60. lostsok says: Jan 26, 2011 10:07 PM

    “you would at least think Cutler’s knee was swollen enough from the “alleged” MCL sprain”

    The swelling builds. Immediately after the strain, it might be slightly swollen, but won’t balloon up until he stops moving for a few hours (usually during sleep).

    I blew my ACL, MCL and meniscus playing baseball, and did not even realize how bad the injury was for two days. He’s lucky the trainers told him not to play, or he may have torn it up much, much worse.

  61. goombar2 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:09 PM

    I get what’s being said. I get the guy was hurt. Whatever..

    But watching the game he went back in. He went back into his drop quickly and throws it in the dirt. Which was the way he’d been playing.

    I really never saw the guy limp. Sorry. I went to NFL.com to rewatch and sure enough, no limp, drops back quickly.

    Now the word on the street is, “Oh, but you don’t understand! Jay Cutler is a guy who needs his throwing motion and feet set!”

    Ummm… Jay Cutler’s never had mechanics… During the game they were talking about Martz working with him…

    Why can’t folks just be honest. Cutler didn’t want it enough. The mountain was too high, sometimes the mountain is too high. 90% of the slack jaws making fun of him could never do what he does. Cutler will never be great, though he has the tools. He just lacks the heart.

  62. samrow39 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:15 PM

    lindsay vonn just won the super g the other day with the same injury cutler has…..just sayin’. going down a mountain at 70 mph or planting and throwing. which takes more courage and heart?

  63. bears5683 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:23 PM

    The knock on Cutler after the Denver Trade was he’s not a winner and never won since High School. He obviously did little to disprove that in 2009. So in 2010 he has his 1st winning season, makes his 1st playoff appearance, and wins his 1st playoff game. His 2 best games were against Philly and NYJ 2 playoff teams. He got over 3 humps in 1 season. So maybe he (regardless of injury) choked in the next bigger game. There’s this certain QB I know of who plays about 3 and 1/2 hours south of Chicago who never won a big game in his 1st 8 seasons. So Cutler isn’t an elite QB yet. He made a heck of a lot of progress. I hate the Packers so I love how this story is taking away from GB being in the Superbowl.

  64. bchampeau says: Jan 26, 2011 10:38 PM

    First off, I don’t like Cutler cause I’m a Packer fan.

    Second, I enjoyed coming to this site a lot more when it stuck to 100% football related issues and not a bunch of here say. I’m starting to feel like I’m going to the TMZ football website. Did you have some of your paparazzi photographers chasing him around all night to get the infamous shot? If it weren’t for reading some of the hilarious fan comments, I wouldn’t even visit PFT anymore. Please stick to reporting on football rather than on stories that are either dead, or stories that require you giving your opinion without all the facts.

  65. ch0rn says: Jan 26, 2011 10:47 PM

    Rex Ryan is just happy it wasn’t a foot injury.

    Sad that cutlers tore up knee has gotten 5x more press than the Steelers and Packers combined.

  66. pudgalvin says: Jan 26, 2011 10:47 PM

    goombar2 says:
    Jan 26, 2011 10:09 PM
    I get what’s being said. I get the guy was hurt. Whatever..

    But watching the game he went back in. He went back into his drop quickly and throws it in the dirt. Which was the way he’d been playing.

    I really never saw the guy limp. Sorry. I went to NFL.com to rewatch and sure enough, no limp, drops back quickly.

    Now the word on the street is, “Oh, but you don’t understand! Jay Cutler is a guy who needs his throwing motion and feet set!”

    Ummm… Jay Cutler’s never had mechanics… During the game they were talking about Martz working with him…

    I thought it was quite obvious on the very first play of the second half that something was wrong. Shuffling back to hand off didn’t look right at all, then they put him in shotgun, which they hadn’t done in about 2 months. And the knock on Jay is that he throws off his back foot. Soooooooo… The way I’ve heard MCL injuries is that its like walking around on a noodle, you don’t know which way your knee is going to go. Maybe he could have still played, but he would have been completely useless, and Matthews probably would have finished him off at some point.

  67. broncsfan says: Jan 26, 2011 11:04 PM

    1) Cutler’s knee was hurt, but it wasn’t a “Grade II” sprain

    2) Partly because of the knee, and partly for reasons that can only be speculated on, he was so bad that it became clear, well before his 12th or so hapless drive, that there was just no way the team could win with him in there. If I remember, his last pass involved him dancing around in a fine pocket for no reason, then throwing a pass into the feet of his outlet guy 10 yards in front of him. If you have any intention of winning the game, you, as the coach, have to bench the guy.

    3) Being that he’s your franchise QB, it is very much in your interest as the head coach to lie and grossly exaggerate the extent of the injury to protect your guy and prevent an offseason schism.

    4) Being that you’re getting trashed all over the airwaves and twitter, it is very much in your interest as QB to embrace the exaggeration.

    Obviously speculation, but explains why he jogs to the locker room, receives no medical attention, stands on the sidelines, walks up stairs, etc. Explains the screwy Bears handling of the whole thing, if they had to come up with everything after the fact.

  68. freedomispopular says: Jan 26, 2011 11:17 PM

    As has been pointed out, it wasn’t that he couldn’t play, it was that he couldn’t play effectively.

  69. 34bo34 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:28 PM

    Its funny how people can be so ignorant to compare walking up stairs to sprinting/cutting on a partialy torn mcl.

  70. toe4 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:39 PM

    What is this garbage about toughness and passion being seperate?

    We’re all talking about the same thing. Intestinal Fortitude they call it in the Army.

    Of course when you get punched in the nose you’ll say “ow” and cry a little. The question isn’t “does it hurt?” The question is “are you going to give up?”

    Saying “ouch” or not saying “ouch” isn’t the issue. Nor is the issue how much pain you can endure. The issue is when the trainer says “he can’t play” do you shrug your shoulders and say “okay” or do you say “the heck with that, I can play.”

    Call it whatever you want to call it, its all the same thing and Cutler ain’t go it.

  71. captcrunches says: Jan 26, 2011 11:45 PM

    So he has diabetes…does this make his bones more brittle than others? Chris Simms doesn’t have a spleen. Should this make him tougher than other qb’s? Fact is Quitler sucked sunday and was removed due to his crappy performance. If the score was 14-14 do you really think he would have been taken out? He was ineffective.
    Next time I suppose Jay could annouce his injury using his favorite social media…Qwitter.

  72. toe4 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:51 PM

    dwinsgames,

    your comparison doesn’t compare for two reasons.

    1) the Patriots were up 21-3 at halftime in that game, they weren’t trying to pull out a win, they were trying to hold onto a win. The smart money was to save the quarterback for next week because it looks like you are going to win.

    2) the “backup” was Drew Bledsoe who started the season as the starter.

  73. bronco1st says: Jan 27, 2011 12:04 AM

    People are idiots. The internet is the worst invention in history as it allows the morons to spew their ignorance and hatred. Blogs should be banned as they serve no purpose other than to promote widespread hate and stupidity. The vilest gossip of 20 years ago has been amplified to infinity. Ignorance rules.

  74. arnoldziffel says: Jan 27, 2011 1:27 AM

    On this given Sunday, the Bears’ most effective QB was the third string guy, so whether Cutler continued to play or not is a moot point.

    The Packer defense was putting a lot of pressure on the Bear offensive line all day … and had Cutler continued to play, his lack of mobility would have hindered the cause even more.

    In all honesty … if the Bears’ brass would have come out and said that Jay had a concussion, I think it would have gone over much better. In every one of those television shots, he looked somewhat dazed and confused … a concussion would have explained it perfectly.

  75. phinfanfrommd says: Jan 27, 2011 1:42 AM

    A friend of mine in high school tore his MCL and was fine to walk. In fact, if he was doing nothing but running straight he could run full speed, but once he put weight on it to cut or stop, he couldn’t.

    It’s obvious those people have either never played sports or been around knee injuries.

  76. themr21 says: Jan 27, 2011 2:00 AM

    So apparently everyone thinks Cutler should have taken his HGH that morning?

    Walking up stairs is LITERALLY meaningless. ANY type of knee injury will prevent lateral movement, but I guess research won’t tell you that, unless you actually look.

    Blogs are not the problem, but the ability for everyone to voice their OPINION might be.

    Learn the facts about injuries before you spew from your throats (or fingers) all this blabber. Your might actually learn a thing or ten..

  77. damgenius says: Jan 27, 2011 2:26 AM

    Great angle, Mike. Would love to hear you take this side of the issue more often. As others have pointed out you pretty much make a living at doing the exact same thing. Continually pounding the same story into the readers’ heads with slight variations gets pretty old. I say go after the media for a change. Good old Pop Will Eat Itself syndrome.

  78. tombrookshire says: Jan 27, 2011 6:25 AM

    Good knee, bad knee. Cutler and the Bears were woefully ineffective. Can’t blame the loss on him. They never got going against a superior opponent that everyone knew would beat them. If the Bears were going to win, it would have taken a team effort. They looked like the Bears of week one. Couldn’t find their butts with both hands. The fact that they played well down the stretch and into the playoffs just means that they have some potential to build on. But against the eventual super bowl NFC representative, they were just outmatched. Sure people want to pin the blame on Cutler, so go ahead, but what about the rest of them, that stinks-out-loud O-line and the lousy game plan.

  79. fan555 says: Jan 27, 2011 8:35 AM

    What about the fact that a neighbor saw Cutler help his friend move a huge refrigerator down the back stairs of his River North condo.

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