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Ex-Bears teammate Ogunleye questions Cutler’s leadership

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The talk that Jay Cutler’s teammates could turn on him if the Bears’ quarterback doesn’t become a better leader has been bolstered by a former teammate who was a co-captain of the Bears with Cutler three years ago.

Adewale Ogunleye, a retired defensive end who along with Cutler was one of the Bears’ captains in 2009, said on WSCR in Chicago that Cutler had no right to yell at his offensive linemen in the Bears’ loss to the Packers, because Cutler wasn’t playing much of a game himself.

[I]f you live in a glass house, you can’t throw any stones,” Ogunleye said, via the Chicago Tribune. “So the way I am looking at the game, no one is yelling at Jay when he is throwing the ball three [actually four] times to their defenders. And you’ve got to have some sense of accountability. At the end of the day, you start losing the respect of your teammates, you start losing the respect of that offensive line when publicly you’re bumping people and yelling at them in their face. I don’t think it is the right thing to do.”

Ogunleye suggested that another Bears leader, perhaps Brian Urlacher, will have to sit Cutler down and tell him to knock off the hollering at his linemen.

“The team is going to have to police itself,” Ogunleye said. “Maybe Brian will have to say something. The more you yell at them, the more pressure you are putting on your own teammate.”

Ogunleye, who spent 11 seasons in the NFL, said that the NFL’s elite quarterbacks are better at relating to their teammates than Cutler is.

“There is no good to Jay, there is no smiling,” Ogunleye said. “All we see is when he is pissed off, when he is angry and that reflects in the way people might view him in the locker room. But a guy like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, genuinely they are nice people and they overextend themselves. Tom Brady can be the biggest diva in the world – he has that right, he has won Super Bowls – but he is not that guy. I think that is why he is even more likeable.”

If Ogunleye is to be believed, there are players in the Bears’ locker room who don’t find Cutler likeable.

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  1. dougydougdoug says: Sep 15, 2012 8:32 PM

    I think there are players on every team, and fans, and pets, and rocks, and pieces of lint, who don’t find Cutler very likeable.

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 15, 2012 8:33 PM

    I don’t think Jay Cutler is even a top 12 QB. Since he departed from Coach Shanahan his career has taken a downwards spiral.

  3. tedmurph says: Sep 15, 2012 8:34 PM

    For all you Denver Josh McDaniels bashers. Jay Cutler?? BMarshall??? Good freakin’ luck. He didn’t gut your franchise, he did you 2 favors.

  4. blacknole08 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:42 PM

    Cutler does come off as arrogant and a bit entitled, but to his defense, the Bears didn’t address their biggest need in the offseason at o-line. Cutler is constantly on his back. I think he just got caught in the moment and cameras just happened to be on him during his spat with Webb.

    Bears have an easy schedule so they should bounce back from this.

  5. corvusmaximus says: Sep 15, 2012 8:45 PM

    “There is no good to Jay, there is no smiling,”

    Ah Jeeze man! The guy threw 4 INTs and was sacked 7 times! What’s he supposed to do? Hug it out?

    As for Brady ‘”being a nice guy”, I’m willing to bet he wouldn’t be all sweetness and light after being dumped 7 times.

    Besides, looked to me like the lineman was laughing anyway.

    Bears were horrible; they should go yell at themselves.

  6. mikealstott says: Sep 15, 2012 8:48 PM

    All the Bears fans thought Denver sent them a saviour in Jay Cutler. All the Bears really got was Jeff George Jr.

  7. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 15, 2012 8:51 PM

    Geeze the lovefest of hatred for a guy who was sacked 52 times in one season and 7 times last night yelling at his line is crazy. I have even seen easy Eli manning give team mates an ear full for making mistakes. In fact it’s the qbs who don’t do this that are the losers in the nfl. It’s a tough sport ad the qb is your leader. You have to listen to and protect him. If the bears Mutiny against jay on this issue it would show more on the coaching staff having an unstable(and untalented) locker room

  8. burkem325 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:52 PM

    Why do you guys need to keep bashing Jay Cutler? Yes, he had a horrendous game and I would not have been more disgusted if I had witnessed a partial-birth abortion. It was one game…in Week 2…I don’t think the team is mutinying against the star QB for throwing picks and chewing out his turnstile left tackle who couldn’t block sunlight.

  9. normswifevera says: Sep 15, 2012 9:01 PM

    “I don’t think Jay Cutler is even a top 12 QB. Since he departed from Coach Shanahan his career has taken a downwards spiral.”

    Jay Cutler’s team played for the NFC Championship in 2010.

    Mike Shanahan’s teams haven’t sniffed the playoffs since 2005.

  10. snoilog says: Sep 15, 2012 9:01 PM

    I think Jay is Bi-Polar

  11. metalhead65 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:07 PM

    what part of running for your life on every passing play is suppose to make Cutler a good leader? again if manning or brady or any other top qb took the abuse Cutler has since he has been with the bears they would not be smiling either. as a bears fan I could care less if he is liked or not as long he makes plays which he can’t do very often on his back or running for his life every play. must be a slow day at pft if you are still running this story but then again florio never let’s go if he has a personal dislike for the guy. except peyton of course.remember how he thought he was a phoney when he came out? all he could dig up on him was the mooning at tenn. then once he started winning he stopped and moved on to the next guy.

  12. mialto says: Sep 15, 2012 9:09 PM

    I remember a time last year where Brady grabbed his olineman by the facemask and was barking with foam coming out of his mouth…QBs need to keep people like Webb Nation in check! Period!

  13. herlies says: Sep 15, 2012 9:11 PM

    Quite possibly the most uninspiring leader in pro sports today.

    He’s got a great arm, though!

  14. noeffinway says: Sep 15, 2012 9:12 PM

    Isn’t there a video floating around that shows Peyton Manning screaming at his then center Saturday? What did the world think of that?

  15. dmitchell624 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:19 PM

    Wait….Some people don’t like Jay Cutler? STUNNING

  16. randomguy9999 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:19 PM

    Cutler has always been a personality black hole…. which is OK if you are a true franchise guy and take responsibility…

    but if
    1- you are never that great, and
    2- you also have no leadership personality, and
    3- you don’t take responsibility……

    that’s called 3 strikes….. and he should be out….

    the Bears are never going to get there with Cutler…. how many years will it take them to figure that out?

  17. jonesjack says: Sep 15, 2012 9:19 PM

    So is he another Jeff George?

    Also, somewhere Mike Martz is snickering.

  18. patfic15 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:20 PM

    Amen to the McDaniels point…. and to me it appears as though Jay just doesn’t like football.

  19. rodgers419 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:20 PM

    Shouldn’t matter. The offensive line isn’t going to block based on how much they like their quarterback. The wide receivers aren’t going to catch depending on how much they like their quarterback. Why are people so obsessed with this? It’s like a lot of you watch a lot of reality TV and want to invent drama.

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:24 PM

    Ogunleye is right.

  21. hyzers says: Sep 15, 2012 9:28 PM

    No way guyz Cutler is really good even Jaws said he’s the 8th best QB.

  22. succulentnipples says: Sep 15, 2012 9:33 PM

    J cutler is a joke.

  23. mgaddyrt says: Sep 15, 2012 9:37 PM

    This is stupid response by Ogunleye, what is Cutler supposed to do say “Hey watch Clay Matthews he is getting to me a lot. Thanks Buddy” The tackle was getting beat all night if not the QB then somebody should have said something. Also this was before he was throwing picks afterwards he probably never said a word the rest of the night.

  24. gettingpwned says: Sep 15, 2012 9:38 PM

    i’d bet a LOT of teams in the league would take him. remember what happened last year when he got hurt? Caleb Hanie anyone?
    Vikes, Bucs, Cards, S’hawks, Rams, Bills, Phins, Browns, Jags, Chiefs and Raiders would likely all love to have him.
    let’s all stop over reacting to one game on the road vs a good team please.

  25. scfr44 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:41 PM

    You know what? Jay is getting killed all night as Matthews runs by Webb again and again! He has every right to be pissed! He wants to win! Every football player wants to win! Get over it! He got pissed because he was getting killed!!!

  26. sosuhme says: Sep 15, 2012 9:45 PM

    For all you Cutler apologists, if you don’t know the difference between yelling at a player to hold him accountable and the hissy-fit meltdown Jay displayed, I don’t think trying to explain it to you is going to help.

  27. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Sep 15, 2012 9:46 PM

    Brady and Manning likeable? Hardly…pretty ugly boy will throw anyone under the bus in a heartbeat if he gets hit, and MegaHead is nothing but a money chasing diva who cares more about making TV commercials than anything.

  28. somekat says: Sep 15, 2012 9:49 PM

    I could be wrong, but I recall hearing rumbling of the same thing coming out of Denver when he left. I don’t know that anyone in Chicago would be surprised, people don’t just trade QB’s in their mid 20’s with a cannon for an arm (and decent career numbers considering his age) unless there are some cracks up stair.

  29. teal379 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:49 PM

    Cutler’s not a great QB. Just the way it is.

    He’s a top 32 in the world – sure but don’t hate the guy because he’s not as good as someone else. Genetics.

    As to his “running for his life” as an excuse for his shoddy play – Cutler averages 2.1 sacks per game over his career.

    Brady is 1.7 per game so .5 a sack less. Hardly seems like the “he gets sacked a lot thus he can’t make plays” isn’t a valid comparison. Aaron Rodgers actually gets sacked more per game than Cutler at 2.4 sacks per game.

    Eli is at 1.6 sacks per game and he won 2 Superbowls. Is that additional .5 sack a game really a killer of talent?

    Ignoring the fact Cutler’s NOT the most sacked guy in the league…..

  30. MichaelEdits says: Sep 15, 2012 9:54 PM

    Is Lovie too lovey? Would Schiano straighten this crew out?

  31. bwisnasky says: Sep 15, 2012 9:54 PM

    gettingpwned says:
    Sep 15, 2012 9:38 PM
    i’d bet a LOT of teams in the league would take him. remember what happened last year when he got hurt? Caleb Hanie anyone?
    Vikes, Bucs, Cards, S’hawks, Rams, Bills, Phins, Browns, Jags, Chiefs and Raiders would likely all love to have him.
    let’s all stop over reacting to one game on the road vs a good team please.
    —————————————–

    As a Raider fan, No… I would not like to have Cutler over Palmer…

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:56 PM

    scfr44 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:41 PM

    You know what? Jay is getting killed all night as Matthews runs by Webb again and again! He has every right to be pissed! He wants to win! Every football player wants to win! Get over it! He got pissed because he was getting killed!!!
    ————

    Stop.

    He’s ALWAYS wearing a sourpuss, and he’s got horrible body language and overall leadership skills. With relation to his teammates, you see a stark difference between Peyton, Rodgers, Eli, Brees, and Thomas — and consequently, starkly different results, a la Vick (who is just as bad with this).

  33. hatesycophants says: Sep 15, 2012 9:58 PM

    Some of you just don’t get it. The Mannings are allowed to yell at teammates. Tom Brady is allowed to grab an O-lineman’s facemask. What’s the difference between those guys and Jay Cutler?

  34. bmore44 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:59 PM

    It’s coaches that should of gave cutler help. I’m not a cutler fan. But if a guy is getting beat you have to give help. Not a good game plan. Blame the coaching staff

  35. beerbratscheese says: Sep 15, 2012 10:04 PM

    dmitchell624 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:19 PM

    Wait….Some people don’t like Jay Cutler? STUNNING
    —————————————————-
    I have to admit, I LOVE Jay Cutler. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’m a Packers fans and he has a career 53.0 QB rating against us in a Bears uniform.

    Don’t listen to these haters, Jay. You don’t have to change for them.

  36. myhornispurple says: Sep 15, 2012 10:06 PM

    Cutler is a cross between Jeff George and Napoleon Dynamite.

  37. west4420 says: Sep 15, 2012 10:07 PM

    This article is yesterday’s news from the Tribune. Florio digging for pageviews again. Keep bringing it up for 10 more days Mike.

  38. mancave001 says: Sep 15, 2012 10:09 PM

    Cutler is such a crybaby. Has been since Denver.

  39. eagleswin says: Sep 15, 2012 10:16 PM

    scfr44 says:
    Sep 15, 2012 9:41 PM
    You know what? Jay is getting killed all night as Matthews runs by Webb again and again! He has every right to be pissed! He wants to win! Every football player wants to win! Get over it! He got pissed because he was getting killed!!!

    ————————————

    There was no point in yelling at the offensive lineman. Maybe if he was an allpro having a bad game but that tackle just wasn’t as talented as Mathews and no amount of yelling at him is going to change that.

    The person he should’ve been yelling at was Tice for not providing his tackle with more help during the game. If your pissed, at least be pissed at the right person.

  40. tucostacos says: Sep 15, 2012 10:16 PM

    Come on man, in this very same freaking game Rodgers was screaming at his O-line.

  41. bedabear says: Sep 15, 2012 10:21 PM

    i’d bet a LOT of teams in the league would take him. remember what happened last year when he got hurt? Caleb Hanie anyone?
    Vikes, Bucs, Cards, S’hawks, Rams, Bills, Phins, Browns, Jags, Chiefs and Raiders would likely all love to have him.

    Let’s propose a trade then. Marshall can drop two TD passes and get’s a pat on the head and a it’s ok buddy we’ll get’em next time. No one is in Cutlers face when he throws int after int. I’m a Bear fan, and I didn’t like Cutler when he first came and he hasn’t given me a reason to change my mind.

  42. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 15, 2012 10:26 PM

    I’m not really sure i’d put Manning in completely the opposite category as Cutler. Anybody that has paid attention knows that he has some of the worst body language in the league when things don’t go his way. He comes off the field shaking his head in disgust at his teammates, He makes all kinds of faces, he’ll come off the field with his head down, and he’s already thrown his O-line under the bus in at least one presser I can think of.

    Although he does have the absolute best SNL skit in the history of athlete appearances .

  43. nnagi says: Sep 15, 2012 10:32 PM

    Cutler always has been overrated, strong arms are a dime a dozen…but more importantly, what’s the harm in giving Webb an eatful, he wasn’t holding up his end…

  44. whodeytn says: Sep 15, 2012 10:47 PM

    Cutler, lol

  45. redstar504 says: Sep 15, 2012 10:50 PM

    @blacknole08
    You said it perfectly he needed line help and he didn’t get it. That has to be frustrating but at the same time he holds on way too long.

    I have seen QB’s yell before including Brees and Brady as well as Manning and Rogers (in the same game he jumped on his WR). The difference with thoes guys is after they yell you see them teaching and giving advice with Cutler it’s yell walk off and pout by himself.

    The main thing with Cutler is does he have a rapport with his teammates where he can do that? If he is aloof which from the outside looking in it appears to be the case then him doing that is unacceptable.

  46. razzlejag says: Sep 15, 2012 10:50 PM

    The only one more overrated in the NFL is Mike Shanahan. They deserved each other.

  47. whatwouldlombardido says: Sep 15, 2012 11:01 PM

    Let’s see if I’ve got this straight: people thought Cutler was a wuss for standing on the sidelines looking bored during a playoff game and now he’s a jerk for getting pissed at an o-lineman for killing a drive. He’s too unemotional and disinterested. Then he’s too high-strung and angry. Right. Or maybe he’s just not that good. And maybe, just maybe, the coaching staff and front office sucks at putting a championship caliber team on the field. Mutiny? What a joke. That offensive line should be canned.

  48. sprtsfan1 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:11 PM

    Wow, you know what? Cutlet should not have bumped him and he should not have belittled him on national television, but this is getting out of control. If any QB was getting demolished they would be going crazy on their O-Line. Dude was sacked 7 times.

  49. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:13 PM

    We have no need for him.

    — Giants.

  50. pack15forever says: Sep 15, 2012 11:37 PM

    Every time I see a shot of Cutler on TV it looks like he needs a pacifier, baby bottle and a rattle!

  51. dlmcc1010 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:38 PM

    I get that hes anoyed that his O-line sucks but you cant be yelling at them on the field. Showing them up isnt exactly what leaders do. That stuff is best kept behind closed doors. The guy is a baby.

  52. polegojim says: Sep 15, 2012 11:38 PM

    Cutler and Leader don’t belong in the same sentence.

    Jay… watch out for that BUS heading your way!

  53. blondebombr says: Sep 15, 2012 11:48 PM

    Jeff George Jnr.

  54. traveye99 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:50 PM

    @teal379…career numbers are not the issue. He IS the most sacked QB in the league since 2009 when he joined the Bears and it’s not even close.

  55. traveye99 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:52 PM

    @sosuhme…having the name Suh in your screen name automatically disqualifies you from commenting about hissy-fits (see Thanksgiving 2011).

  56. rablak4 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:52 PM

    Where are all the real Bear fans at? Just cause a guy comes across as unlikeable on camera doesn’t mean he is. Other than what Wale said about Cutler I’ve never heard a teammate say anything bad about him. After all the bad press he got after leaving Denver did you ever hear anything from a Bronco teammate? No. And what’s wrong with the guy ripping a teammate? He’s been getting pounded for 3 years. I for one am glad he’s pissed off. I was more offended by “JWebb nation” laughing. Considering the offensive line debacle of the last 3 years I’m suprised Cutler hasn’t blown up sooner. And maybe if he had some stability since he came in the league he would be elite. The guy has had 4 different offensive coordinators in the last 5 years. How many of the leagues top QB’s have changed coordinators as much? Not many.

  57. discosucs2005 says: Sep 16, 2012 12:00 AM

    Serious question: would you rather have Jay Cutler or Alex Smith, both as they are today in both skill and personality?

  58. kevpft says: Sep 16, 2012 12:03 AM

    What QB who’s sacked 7 times in a game is going to be able to get out of that glass house? A big part of the QB role is mental, and the offensive line is there to give you that time to do the mental work.

    The line is failing, and has done so for years. They’re a joke, probably the biggest joke in the league.

    If that line has any self-respect at all, it will drop the sense of entitlement and silently do whatever it takes to actually do its job. These guys have far too much work to do to be worrying about being scolded.

  59. riverhorsey says: Sep 16, 2012 12:07 AM

    I think Cutler just wants to win and when you’re getting your ass sacked 7 times your line needs motivation.

    If that means chewing some ass that’s what you do. It’s wasn’t like the guy couldn’t find a receiver and was holding the ball to long.

  60. twosquirrelsonetree says: Sep 16, 2012 12:09 AM

    teal379 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:49 PM

    Cutler’s not a great QB. Just the way it is.

    He’s a top 32 in the world – sure but don’t hate the guy because he’s not as good as someone else. Genetics.

    As to his “running for his life” as an excuse for his shoddy play – Cutler averages 2.1 sacks per game over his career.

    Brady is 1.7 per game so .5 a sack less. Hardly seems like the “he gets sacked a lot thus he can’t make plays” isn’t a valid comparison. Aaron Rodgers actually gets sacked more per game than Cutler at 2.4 sacks per game.

    Eli is at 1.6 sacks per game and he won 2 Superbowls. Is that additional .5 sack a game really a killer of talent?

    Ignoring the fact Cutler’s NOT the most sacked guy in the league…..
    **********************************************

    Way to cherry pick stats, genius. Cutler’s ‘career sack’ number is low because of his time in Denver, and anyone with a brain is smart enough to figure that out.

    Here’s the REAL numbers that you need to look at…..

    Cutler has played 43 games for the Bears and has been sacked 119 time in those games. That translates to 2.77 sacks per game, not whatever number you want to try and shove down other morons throats.

    Let you continue to get buried by a guy who shows up for one game and then acts like his mind is somewhere is the next for three and a half seasons and see how you feel about it.

  61. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Sep 16, 2012 12:14 AM

    “There is no good to Jay, there is no smiling,” Ogunleye said. “All we see is when he is pissed off, when he is angry and that reflects in the way people might view him in the locker room. But a guy like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, genuinely they are nice people and they overextend themselves.
    ———————————————————–
    Not a Cutler fan but, when was the last time either Brady or Manning were sacked 7 times? Funny, but I remember Brady tearing into lineman on the sidelines. Commentators played the, “Great leadership” angle. I also remember Manning throwing HIS WHOLE offensive line under the bus (we had some protection issues) so I’m not buying this bs. But truth be told, Cutler isn’t a Top 10 QB but I can’t knock a guy who plays behind that piss poor OL.

  62. blackandbluedivision says: Sep 16, 2012 12:27 AM

    Jay Cutler has been sacked 9 times in two games…9 times and as far as we know the same O-line is going to start in week 3. It’s clear! that no one else is lighting a fire under these guys. So why are people bashing Jay for finally saying something!

  63. ddogdaddy says: Sep 16, 2012 12:32 AM

    I have to believe that if the situation comes up again where Cutler thinks it is a good idea to get up in the big man’s grill in front of millions of viewers. He may want to rethink his plan. I feel very certain that may well be the worst mistake he will make on that particular day. If it hasn’t happened yet it will. He has lost the respect of the o- line in the locker room. I can picture the scene from The Longest Yard (Burt Renyolds) version where he plays qb on prision football team where no one blocks and Burt gets his brains beat in.
    GoodLuck.

  64. geniusfan says: Sep 16, 2012 12:38 AM

    “I remember a time last year where Brady grabbed his olineman by the facemask and was barking with foam coming out of his mouth…”

    What Ogunleye is saying is that Cutler hasn’t earned that right yet. He hasn’t earned the right to get physical with his offensive lineman, especially when he was stinking up the joint as well.

    Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have a combined four Super Bowl wins and seven Super Bowl appearances among them.

    Meanwhile Jay Cutler has only won one playoff game in his life. What happened after that win over the lowly 7-9 Seahawks is what Cutler’s career is defined by. He left the NFC Championship game, I saw Phillip Rivers play with a torn ACL in the AFC Championship game in 2008 so don’t give me the “but but but but but he sprained his knee” crap. He hasn’t done a thing in this league. He’s not a leader and he shouldn’t have bumped Webb.

  65. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 16, 2012 12:43 AM

    Teal379. I believe your math includes denver.

    In the 43(including 2 games this year) he has been sacked 114 times which is an avg. of 2.65 %. That does also include 52 times in 15 games and 84 times in the last 27 games(last two seasons plus two this year) or in the last two years would be 75 times in 25 games. I even remember one game where he was sacked 10 times in one half against my giants and finally left with a concussion. That man has taken a pounding behind that trash line.

  66. sampulls says: Sep 16, 2012 12:46 AM

    As a fan of many teams who have struggled lately…..Vikings, dolphins, cards…..I tell you this…I would rather continue pay to watch a struggling team, than pay to watch Cultler come to one one of those teams.

  67. giantsfan2104 says: Sep 16, 2012 12:57 AM

    I’m no fan of Cutler, but Chicago’s O-line has been pretty bad. I remember in 2010 when the Giants defense KO’d Cutler after sacking him NINE times, and that was just in the 1st half. Todd Collins came in, and they knocked him out too. Giants D-line or not, if your O-line gives up 10 sacks in ONE game, you’ve got a serious problem.

    That line needs to get their act together. Otherwise, Cutler and Campbell could end up getting massacred by the Niners.

  68. 515054mlb says: Sep 16, 2012 1:22 AM

    Did Everybody forget Rogers lighting his receiver for letting the D-back cross his face and get a pick??? Oh that’s right his team won. Because his little cry baby moment would have been the end game for him had the Packers lost and went to 0-2. But since the Bears lost 1 game and Cutler was pissed about it he is the bad guy. Some of you people are so clueless it make me sick!!!

  69. jayquintana says: Sep 16, 2012 1:52 AM

    Cutler is very likeable… to DBs he plays against.

  70. ldawg2112 says: Sep 16, 2012 2:04 AM

    I think Cutler is a bitch and all but the offensive line of Chicago is the worst in the NFL by far. Its not going to get better either. They just are not good football players, period. Cutler should have demanded a trade after the front office failed to replace a single friggin starter on what was the 32nd ranked O-line last year. How does any GM with half a brain allow that to happen?

  71. aahhyeahsucka says: Sep 16, 2012 2:08 AM

    Manning, Brady, and Rivers are the first three that pop in my head when I recall instances of QBs chewing out their O-Lineman. Manning on Jeff Saturday’s ass was one of the most infamous situations. I can’t count how many times Rivers bitches and bitches season after season. There’s definitely a hypocrisy going on here in regard to Cutler. When the others aforementioned have done it or do it; its “leadership” and being a “fierce competitor.” When Cutler does it, its all of this. Seriously, let those guys get knocked around as much as Cutler and see how “cool” they keep it. I’m not even a Bears or Cutler fan, but cmon, let’s keep it real here.

  72. trbowman says: Sep 16, 2012 2:45 AM

    And there you have it.

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Cutler’s a certifiable loser.

    He sits out a game with the Super Bowl on the line, a game he could have easily toughed it out. Guys have toughed out a lot more substantial injuries in games of a lot less consequence. Yelling at Webb like that is just unacceptable. I don’t care how bad he’s playing. You leave that to the o-line coach.

    Guy isn’t a leader and he’s easily rattled.

    Bears need to cut ties after the year.

  73. getadealdonealready says: Sep 16, 2012 3:06 AM

    I don’t know if he is a leader or not, but I’m having a difficult time with this discussion because:

    Cutler almost gets killed every time he drops back so he yells at a lineman – labeled not a leader

    Rodgers in the same game berates one of his WR’s for making him look bad and throw 1 pick, he is referred to as someone taking charge of the situation and a good leader?

    I’m not a fan of either team, but feel neither QB played great, both lines looked horrible, both QB’s overreacted to the situation, but one is crowned a leader, and one a cancer. IDK Jay was just a great leader last week, and is clearly the best QB in Chicago so let’s see what the rest of the season brings.

  74. chassej says: Sep 16, 2012 3:08 AM

    I’ve never understood why Cutler get’s so much press attention. Forget top 10, there is a good number of QBs I would rather have than Cutler.

    Brady, Rogers, Brees, Ryan, Flacco, RGIII, Luck, Manning 1 & 2, Smith, Schaub, Rivers, Stafford, Newton, Romo to name 15

    Sure he can sling a ball, but it takes more than that to be a leader. His sideline demeanor illustrates a person who does not COMMAND ones attention. Instead he tries to demand it, and that’s why his team doesn’t respond.

    “There’s a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he’s one of them!”

  75. getadealdonealready says: Sep 16, 2012 3:08 AM

    What about the Cutler who went and sat by Marschall after he dropped a fairly easy TD pass – how does that fit in the equation?

  76. fuddpucker says: Sep 16, 2012 3:33 AM

    QB’s are only likeable if they throw TD’s and win games, with the exception of Bernie Kosar lol.

    At least in Jay Cutler’s case some people, maybe even a lot of people, understand the Bear’s O-Line is so bad there’s not much Jay can do.

  77. mikebrownbears30 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:29 AM

    This guy just can’t buy a friend in Chicago. In 2009 and 2010, the media were in his face because he looked detached and like he didn’t care. Now what? He cares too much.
    Chicago fans and media have NEVER had a solid QB, so of course they don’t know how to react when they have one with talent. Drama queens, all of them.

  78. sullijo1 says: Sep 16, 2012 7:20 AM

    Cutler and Tebow have the same number of playoff wins!!!! Cutler is a loser.

  79. jpb12 says: Sep 16, 2012 7:46 AM

    I think it’s absurd to mention Brady and Manning in any story about Jay Cutler. Not in their class. You should be asking if he’s the best QB on his team. He’s sure not the best leader.

  80. bears1818 says: Sep 16, 2012 7:53 AM

    I like how everyone jumps on Cutler for showing emotion, and now that he has shown emotion, everyone jumps on him for doing so. Make up your mind!

  81. broncosnative says: Sep 16, 2012 7:53 AM

    If you were sacked 7 times, you wouldn’t put on a smiley face neither. If he was laughing and joking on the sideline with those stats, you wouldn’t hear the last of it from the media. It’s funny because when it was brady talking about how he needs to do better to avoid hits, the analysts defended him saying his o line is awful. Goes to show you whose protected in this league, theres no way brady or manning get sacked and hit that many times without constellation.

  82. teal379 says: Sep 16, 2012 8:18 AM


    twosquirrelsonetree says:
    Sep 16, 2012 12:09 AM

    Way to cherry pick stats, genius. Cutler’s ‘career sack’ number is low because of his time in Denver, and anyone with a brain is smart enough to figure that out.

    Here’s the REAL numbers that you need to look at…..

    Cutler has played 43 games for the Bears and has been sacked 119 time in those games. That translates to 2.77 sacks per game, not whatever number you want to try and shove down other morons throats.

    Let you continue to get buried by a guy who shows up for one game and then acts like his mind is somewhere is the next for three and a half seasons and see how you feel about it.

    Hey genius – 2.77 sacks per game since joining the Bears still isn’t a ton higher than his career sacks per game average.

    Again through the same time – Rodgers has 125 sacks in 48 games for a 2.6 sack per game average.

    You trying to tell me that a seventeen HUDRETHS of a sack per game is the difference between Cutler and a SB, SB MVP and regular season MVP? REALLY?

    Seventeen hundreths of a sack per game is the difference between 54 INTs, 66 TDs, 9718 yards and 26 INTs, 106 TDs, 13521 yards?

    What’s moronic is people excusing Cutler’s play due to being sacked. Aaron Rodgers, several levels above Jay with essentially the same sack numbers since Jay got to Chicago.

    Facts are facts – Jay loses because of his QB skill, not because he gets sacked.

  83. electionconfidential says: Sep 16, 2012 8:32 AM

    The problem isn’t that Cutler lost it one time with one lineman. The problem is that Cutler is almost always a jerk no matter who he’s talking to. He takes little responsibility for things going wrong but can always tell you about someone else’s screw up. Yes, you can find video of Brady and the Mannings losing it, but you can also find TONS of video of those guys being good leaders. If I were sent to find video of Cutler being a good leader I’d want to be paid by the hour not by the pound.

  84. terrytate55 says: Sep 16, 2012 8:38 AM

    I’m not a Bears fan but I have to ask why the friggin’ media (i.e. you) are all over the sideline “incident” like buzzards on a gut-wagon. Grilling Cutler left right and center, but you’re not writing a single word about Webb’s reaction?
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    Seriously?
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    He just laughed it off. If I was Cutler I don’t think I’d have left it at that. I think I may have had to chuck a Gatorade bucket at the dingbat’s head or find a sack full of door-knobs to get my point across.

  85. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 16, 2012 8:58 AM

    I am definately NOT a Jay Cutler fan. But he’s getting crucified for doing the same thing that Brady and Peyton Manning have done in the past. Any quarterback who gets sacked 7 times in 1 game would have a melt-down, especially if one of their offensive linemen was LAUGHING on the sideline. I hope Cutler saved some of that anger for his offensive coordinator, who didn’t make any adjustments. And for the Bears GM and head coach who didn’t do anything to improve that offensive O-Line.
    I love it how people call Cutler a cry-baby….let’s see how YOU would do if you got sacked 7 times by a NFL linebacker or defensive end. You would be curled up in the fetal position crying for your mommy by the 3rd sack. So quit talking smack from the comfort of your couch about what Cutler should or should not have done.

  86. papabear9981 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:00 AM

    I’m sorry but if I was sacked 7 times 3 of which I had Clay Mathews doing the diarrhea squat by my head I’d be doing more than yelling at that 300 lb moron J Webb. Cutler has his faults and deserves his fair share of blame but that line is hideous at best. Finally we get emotion from the emotionless Cutler and now people are upset by that too. This is a non story, and Lovie and Emery should make a trade, yesterday, for a real starting Left Tackle. Or at least a passable one.

  87. duce000 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:19 AM

    As a bears fan these articles are becoming more annoying. He says every1 only sees cutler when he’s pissed off. His team mates see both sides. If you watch cutler when he’s wired for sound he’s always on the side line cracking jokes and making ppl laugh. He’s a great team leader and I have no issue with him gettin on Webb the way he was playing. Only thing is he does need to take some blame cus some plays he held the ball too long or made a bad throw but when u gettin hit every play who wouldn’t do that. Oh yea and it’s only week 2 so I’m not worried at all. Jay is a great qb b the end of the season every1 will see. Mark my words

  88. chb74 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:22 AM

    I seem to be interpreting Ogunleye’s reference to Peyton and Brady differently than most. Ogunleye wasn’t claiming those guys have NEVER snapped at their teammates or that they’re always beaming from ear to ear—simply that Peyton and Tom also have their share of times when they’re nice, pleasant guys to be around, while Jay is a perpetually petulant, unlikable jerk. It’s not Jay doesn’t have a right to sulk or even scream while being treated like an on-field pinata; it’s that he’s ALWAYS a nasty guy who, unlike Peyton and Brady, doesn’t ever do anything to command the respect or fondness of their teammates. In other words, there’s no Good Jay to compensate for Bad Jay. And, frankly, the comparison is moot anyway—-like them or hate them, Peyton and Brady have already accomplished so much more in this game than Jay ever has. His attitude isn’t doing much to help him get there.

  89. snoilog says: Sep 16, 2012 9:50 AM

    duce000 says:
    Sep 16, 2012 9:19 AM
    ……Oh yea and it’s only week 2 so I’m not worried at all. Jay is a great qb b the end of the season every1 will see. Mark my words
    ————————————————–

    You know back in 2008 I thought my Leo’s were just having a bad few weeks…… And look how that turned out

  90. j972 says: Sep 16, 2012 10:00 AM

    Rodgers did the same thing to James Jones. Funny you didn’t mention that in the article.

  91. Gravy says: Sep 16, 2012 10:13 AM

    Go easy on Cutler. We love him up here in Wisco!

  92. dannymac17 says: Sep 16, 2012 10:23 AM

    Philip Rivers: “And you called me the cry baby? Ha!”

  93. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 16, 2012 10:36 AM

    Who ever said Cutler had leadership?

  94. charlescub80 says: Sep 16, 2012 10:54 AM

    Wow so many cutler haters. I didn’t know this many people cared about the Bears. There is no other reason to have this many posts unless you are just a hater in general.

  95. beefbus says: Sep 16, 2012 1:03 PM

    When you look up double-standard in the dictionary there’s a face of Cutler. So every other QB can yell and try to correct their teammates, but he can’t. Um, that’s all part of being a good leader. Grant it, he’s not one to endear himself to the media, but that’s why you show only weird, awkward pictures of him. There are plenty of pics with him smiling, but again, you won’t show them. He certainly should be more conservative with the ball when they’re down, but does it really matter much how you lose? Probably, but he shouldn’t be demonized by everyone in the media for it.

  96. contrasuxbalz says: Sep 16, 2012 3:02 PM

    The biggest problem with Cutler is his mouth. That guy writes checks his azz cannot possibly cash! He is the perfect QB for the all talk no substance DA BEARS! Bear down and take it LOSERS!

  97. chi01town says: Sep 16, 2012 9:20 PM

    Lets get this STRAIT NOW !!! Jay Cutler is the franchise QB of the 1.19 Billion dollar Chicago Bears an the best QB in team history. an Yes real Bears fans like him. That was team leadership with Cutler an Webb. an we’ve all seen Brady.. Payton.. Rivers.. Brees.. An the same night Rodgers did the same thing.

  98. ballpunchtillman says: Sep 17, 2012 12:35 PM

    Ok I think I’ve got it. When a-rod yells at James Jones for not coming back to the ball hard enough when he gets picked its leadership, when cutler yells at his guy for not blocking anybody hes a whiner.

    Seems like a double standard

  99. darthparmele says: Sep 17, 2012 2:47 PM

    I am impressed by all of the “fans” that have so much intimate knowledge of Jay leadership. I mean reading a few articles from his Denver day, and watching how he sits on the sideline makes you experts on the subject. I have yet to see Webb or any other current team mate complain. Let’s just focus on some new blocking schemes and play to work with what we have. Clearly, given a little time, our offense can put up points. And frankly the lions and packers are not as good as they think so let’s Bear down and support our team.

  100. wnstonchill says: Sep 17, 2012 8:53 PM

    A good leader is discovered when times are tough. Cutler has proven he’s not that man. As for “darthparmele’s” comment, Adewale Ogunleye would have intimate knowledge of leadership in the NFL. Cutler’s got every physical tool needed to be great in the NFL, however, his issue is from the neck up. End of story.

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