Jay Cutler has a defender in Joe Theismann

Few NFL players have ever been as harshly criticized by fellow players as Jay Cutler was during and after the NFC Championship Game. But Cutler can count Joe Theismann among his defenders.

Theismann, the former Redskins quarterback turned TV commentator, has criticized the players who bashed Cutler and said he thinks Cutler showed a lot of guts by trying to return to the game against the Packers after suffering a knee injury.

“I just felt like Jay was treated very, very wrongly by other guys in the game,” Theismann told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. “What nobody wants to talk about is that here’s a guy that actually went back out on the field [in the second half] and tried to play.”

Theismann said there will be no lingering effects from the situation, and that Cutler will do well when the 2011 season starts.

“I think he will be fine,” Theismann said. “Once they get back, it will be the second year in Mike [Martz’s] system. He’s going to have a whole lot better understanding of it.”

However, Theismann does agree with those who say the Bears need to give Cutler more weapons.

“What the Bears need is a wide receiver,” Theismann said. “Let me tell you, Jay Cutler is the least of that offense’s problems. You need somebody to throw the football to.”

38 responses to “Jay Cutler has a defender in Joe Theismann

  1. can’t stand listening to Theismann, even as a Redskins die hard, but I agree. If he was actually hurt, which according to the reports he was, then the criticism is not warranted. Now, if anyone would like to criticize his lack of enthusiasm for his team as they were still contending for a shot at a Superbowl appearance, I’m all for that.

  2. He should be good this season, is becoming the new “Chargers are going to the Superbowl”

  3. I’m sure that “Chicken” Cutler is ecstatic for the character reference from Joe Theismann.

    We all know what a quality guy Joey Sunshine is, just ask Cathy Lee Crosby.

  4. Jay Cutler is a loser and always will be a loser. He has a few moments of greatness that somehow gives him a free pas for 98% of the time when he makes bad decisions.

  5. The Bears offense thankfully drafted an Olineman…only bad part is that there is so little competition the guy will start no matter how he plays.

  6. Is this the same guy who changed the pronunciation of his name to Theismann, as in Heisman? Didn’t he also say “The word ‘genius’ isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”?

    I think most of the fans and players criticisms of him are due to the pouty demeanor he displays on the sidelines and while on the field. He had no interest in that game after he was knocked out. While Caleb Hanie was mounting a comeback he looked so disinterested, he should have went into the locker room. At least Bears fans and players could have assumed he was receiving treatment.

    But I do agree Cutler needs receivers to throw to.

  7. Theismann then went on to remind everyone that he once played in the league…Why do people continue to let him near microphones?

  8. Well, that’s just about perfect. Theismann is an awful color commentary guy (see: no longer working), and an even worse evaluator of talent.

    Cutler: Awesome behind a top-5 NFL line (Denver at the time), with a great running game, and good receiving options (Brandon Marshall, Tony Sheffler). Without those aids, he’s as average as it gets.

  9. oh here we go again with the “if he had 10 pro bowlers around him he’d be good” line…

    face it, in the biggest game of the year, he was so in-effective against the Packers that his backup outplayed him and left him looking a fool for not having the Doctor’s put some tape and a brace on his knee…

  10. I question Peyton Manning and Eli Manning’s “demeanor” on the sideline many times. Both look like spoiled brats not getting their way at times. But both have titles.

    Ben Roethlisberger became an egocentric, selfish teammate and he has two rings.

    Tom Brady left his pregnant girlfriend for a Victory Secret model. And he has three rings.

    This idea quarterbacks have to be the best, brightest and have the most character of any player on the team in order to win is hogwash drivel from the media that loves to build up athletes into something they are not in order to break them down and create interest/ratings.

    Jay Cutler has top-10 QB skills. He is easily capable of leading a good, balanced, well-coached team to a championship if the cards fall his way.

    I actually question Lovie Smith’s coaching ability more than Jay Cutler’s quarterbacking ability and which one really holds back Chicago more.

  11. I still say why question the guy’s toughness, when there’s something MUCH easier to question … his decision making capabilities. I still have yet to see a “high” caliber NFL QB throw more picks when he’s inside the red zone. And no weapon at WR will solve this. He already doesn’t have much of an issue moving it between the 20’s, but when he gets there, he undergoes brainlock.

  12. There have been rumors that Cutler has another supporter out there beside Theismann. But no one has come forward as yet.

  13. Theisman (who changed the pronunciation of his name while in college to rhyme with a famous trophy) also suggested that Cutler get a girlfriend to leave his wife and kids for.

  14. What you all need to know about Theismann is that he is always wrong.

    The bears will now suck and Cutler will really suck based on Theismann’s blessing.

    Thanks Joe!

    Signed,
    The rest of the NFC North

  15. Joe Theismann can do know wrong in my book. He’s the only QB in NFL history to make a fractured leg sexy. Theismann to Alvin Garrett, Art Monk, or Charlie Brown was the stuff of legends.

    And let’s not talk about the 4th and 1 handoff to Riggins.

    Stuff of legends.

    Wait, this article was about Jay Cutler? Whoops.

  16. I guess I don’t understand this dream team defense… OJ was the last guy who had as many defender and I don’t think he was innocent of anything.

    Certainly one can say he was hurt so bad he was only able to walk around all the hotspots of Chicago and then travel to Chicago with his reality star girlfriend. I guess normally they run? I dunno.

    But the mopey Jay was on the sidelines again. And what about the stinker performance he put on? How do you defend that?

    If only Johnny Cochrane were alive! Perhaps the Chewbacca defense?

  17. Rumor is Jay Cutler has denounced Theismann as his defendant. Citing “He is the one many who can further ruin my reputation.”

  18. Rumor is Jay Cutler has denounced Theismann as his defendant. Citing “He is the one man who can further ruin my reputation.”

  19. @denverfan77 says:

    “Jay Cutler is a loser and always will be a loser. He has a few moments of greatness that somehow gives him a free pas for 98% of the time when he makes bad decisions.”

    If what we’ve seen of the past couple of years is a “free pass,” I’d hate to see what your definition of scrutiny is.

  20. If Theisman was a weatherman, and predicted sunshine, I’d expect meteor showers.

  21. denverfan77 says:
    Jun 9, 2011 11:00 AM
    “Jay Cutler is a loser and always will be a loser. He has a few moments of greatness that somehow gives him a free pas for 98% of the time when he makes bad decisions.”

    With a 4-12 record and the second overall pick in the draft I’ll assume you are the authority and take your word for it.

  22. snowpea84 says:
    Jun 9, 2011 11:04 AM
    “The Bears offense thankfully drafted an Olineman…only bad part is that there is so little competition the guy will start no matter how he plays.”

    ^ no, the bad part is jerry angelo also drafted a safety and a qb for no reason. let’s see.
    Team needs: WR/DT/OG/C/OT

    ….the guy has no common sense.

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