Cutler’s decision to drop a shoulder likely won’t become a trend

AP

At a time when quarterbacks like Mike Vick and Robert Griffin III are chided for not acting like they’re running with scissors when running with the ball, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler draw rave reviews for dropping a shoulder into Steelers safety Robert Golden to punctuate a key third-down run with the game still undecided.

Cutler’s teammates were among the many giving their quarterback two thumbs up.

“They were all yelling at me when I got back in the huddle, ‘Get down,'” Cutler told NBC’s Michele Tafoya after the game, “so I don’t think they were too pleased with that.”

Safety Major Wright agreed.

“I was thinking, ‘Get down,'” Wright said. “But, you know, he’s definitely a tough guy. We know he’s capable of doing stuff like that. So I’m just glad that he got out of that safe.”

The Bears also got out of Pittsburgh with a win, after nearly squandering a 17-0 first-quarter lead. Cutler followed his run with two incredible throws — one to Brandon Marshall that gained 41 yards to the Steelers’ 22 and a 17-yard throw to Earl Bennett that, after replay review, was determined to provide the clinching touchdown.

Cutler’s ability to do those things with his arm means he should be much more careful when he chooses to use his legs.

39 responses to “Cutler’s decision to drop a shoulder likely won’t become a trend

  1. Still for a guy who is used to getting knocked for being soft, that was quite a statement. I can’t blame him…

  2. If he’s going to run then he’s setting himself up to get hit. And if it’s OK for the defense to hit him then it’s OK for him to protect himself.

    This is the way football used to be played. These days – in Godawful’s NFL – he runs the chance of getting fined for initiating contact with a defender that was above the knees.

  3. His run, while it may have scored some points with teammates, was pretty dumb. I don’t want to see the McCown era start just yet.

    That being said, in spite of Jay’s really good performance, I’m sure someone, somewhere, will find some instance of poor body language to pound on him.

  4. Cutler did what he had to do to get the first down that his team needed. He didnt get hurt and he threw a touchdown pass a few plays later. the media is always trying to find something to say against Cutler. if Brady would have ran to get that first he would have been a great QB. and Collins would have said thats a HOF move, and thats what makes him a MVP canadate. The media just dont like Cutler but the media dont play football so they cant stop Cutler from winning 3-0. when Cutler is holding that Trophy at the End the media will look stupid trying to talk to him.

  5. Cutler’s lucky he didn’t get badly hurt. The Steeler defenses have been known for years for cheap-shots whenever they get the chance.

    Lucky thing Joey Porter doesn’t play for them anymore….

  6. Jay can’t shake the soft label since he tapped out and decided to ride his exercise bike on the sideline during the NFC Championship while the Packers were steamrolling the Bears.

  7. First, one of the of the reasons he was able to “blow-up” the DB that way is because defensive players have now been conditioned to let up on QBs, so he could exact punishment on a “surprised” DB.

    Second, Sunday is Detroit. Ndamukong Suh will not be making the same mistake.

  8. Given that the Bears were walking all over the Steelers’ defense, Cutler really had nothing to fear but a bunch of winded old geezers in Steelers’ uniforms.

  9. @filthymcnasty1
    well the packers cant steamroll nobody in 2013. they are a 1-2 team
    thats below 500. the packers played two playoff teams from last season and lost both games. Chicago played two playoff teams from last season and WON both games. this is 2013 filthy NOT 3 years ago. Maybe if Rodgers wasnt looking into Ryan Braun’s eyes he wouldnt be throwing INT’S

  10. i never understood why this guy got the “soft” label. it takes some stones just to make it through half a season with the line he has had the past few years yet he kept getting up. yet guys like roethlisberger who appear to be “hurt” every time they get touched are praised for being tough and playing through the “pain”.

    it was also interesting when mjd criticized jay on twitter in that playoff game when he went down, meanwhile mjd was sitting at home, injured.

  11. On behalf of those of us with young dual threat QBs: Jay Cutler, stop it! Just stop it! … When it comes to physical play, Jake Locker seems to think he’s the next Steve McNair. And just when he starts exhibiting his first slides, you go off and do this! Be a better role model, man.

    Seriously though, there are times when having a QB man-up like this becomes a needed shot in the arm for a team–from John Elway’s helicopter classic in the Super Bowl to Jay Cutler last night. Good stuff.

  12. I guess this worked, since its the first time in history anyone has ever praised Cutler’s toughness. We’ll see how long it lasts though, and if he decides to actually play in the playoffs or not.

  13. let me get this straight he is mocked because he isn’t tough even though he has taken more of a beating since he has been with the bears than any other qb, he injures his knee in a playoff game causing him to be unable to plant his leg to make throws and is mocked but when he dishes out punishment for a change he should not do it and is reckless? by the way how is mjd and his team doing? get out and play tough guy!

  14. Funny to see the GB tools still hanging their hat on a playoff game from 3 years ago, while Cutler DOESN’T fight with his HC on the sidelines. Hey filthy buffoon, Chi beat GB ass in 1920 or 1921! We own you!!!! Hahahahaha ha! #smalltown #hillbilly

  15. This is the type f play that has a defender at a disadvantage, because they have to anticipate that 99% of QBs will slide, so the defender lets up just a little to avoid a penalty, then the QB can put a shoulder into the defender or juke him with a move. Same applies for Defensive backs, when approaching a receiver, they let up just a hair to avoid the penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver, boom TD

  16. Trestman is my early pick for coach of the year. I’ve never seen a QB so transformed by a coach. I don’t mean that negatively towards Cutler at all. I mean even when you listen to Cutler talk, he seems more relaxed and happy. And he seldom forces throws anymore (that bad INT vs Minny aside). He used to hold the ball, now he usually hits the top of his drop and it’s gone.

  17. Anyone who thinks Cutler isn’t tough obviously has never watched him play as a Bear. A cpl years ago, against the Giants I think, they actually took him out of a game for his own safety after getting sacked 7 times in the first half. He got the crap pounded out of him. Every year. You can’t even go by sacks alone, because he is fairly mobile and has a quick release. Some games you’d watch and actually wince. And for people STILL talking about the playoff game, he had a torn knee ligament! In his plant leg! Most qb’s wouldn’t even be “riding a bike on the sideline”. If you’re a Bear fan, the one thing you’ve never questioned about Jay Cutler is his toughness.

  18. Cutler’s lucky he didn’t get badly hurt. The Steeler defenses have been known for years for cheap-shots whenever they get the chance.

    Lucky thing Joey Porter doesn’t play for them anymore….

    Joey Porter has not been a Steeler since 2006……….

  19. Given that the Bears were walking all over the Steelers’ defense, Cutler really had nothing to fear but a bunch of winded old geezers in Steelers’ uniforms.

    259 total yards is walking all over the Steelers defense? Then what was the 500 yards and 7 TD passes that Manning put on the Ravens in Week 1? A light jog?

  20. I hope last night Cutler’s 4th quarter scramble that got a first down and gave a safety a headache will put all this Cutler isn’t tough enough stuff to bed permanently. Whether you like him or not he gave that safety a very nice shot, not what people expect from big bucks QBs. He is taking what the defenses are giving him and saving the long shots for just the right moment. Just hope he stays in one piece.

  21. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 23, 2013 1:40 PM

    Cutler’s lucky he didn’t get badly hurt. The Steeler defenses have been known for years for cheap-shots whenever they get the chance.

    Lucky thing Joey Porter doesn’t play for them anymore….

    Joey Porter has not been a Steeler since 2006……….
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    About the time they were last relevant.

  22. millertime20 says: Sep 23, 2013 8:34 AM

    Try that next week bitch
    —-

    Here come the punk delusional Lions fans talking trash.

    When do you learn? We’ve been your daddies for years.

  23. If a situation like that comes up again and he needs to get to the 1st down marker, then my money is on this being a trend. Cutler doesn’t choose to go into beast-mode, that’s his default setting. I wasn’t too concerned about the hit, except for the punishment that the DB took by getting cleaned up by arguably the toughest QB in the NFL. That guy looked like he was seeing birdies after that collision.

  24. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 23, 2013 1:40 PM

    Cutler’s lucky he didn’t get badly hurt. The Steeler defenses have been known for years for cheap-shots whenever they get the chance.

    Lucky thing Joey Porter doesn’t play for them anymore….

    Joey Porter has not been a Steeler since 2006……….
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    About the time they were last relevant.

    I guess they were not relevant in winning the Super Bowl in 2008 or making it back for the 3rd time in 6 years in 2010.

  25. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Sep 23, 2013 8:09 PM
    It’s well known that Quitler doesn’t begin tapping out of games until later in the season.

    —————————-

    Translation: Wahhh! Wahhh! My Packers aren’t looking so hot this season! Wahhhhh!

  26. Cutler lucky that wasn’t Ryan Clark..Golden CLEARLY let up on the play…Didn’t wana get that 10,000$ fine and 15 yard penalty

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