Bears quarterback Jay Cutler long has been criticized for a demeanor that more often than not suggests that he isn’t sufficiently invested emotionally in the results of his work product.
Last night, he seemed to take it to a new level.
Sure, he seemed to whine a little bit after one of his interceptions (the fourth, I think) looked possibly to have been the product of pass interference. But we’ll never be able to shed the image of Cutler after one of his blunders removing his helmet and scratching his head with a look on his face projecting roughly the same level of concern that Jerry Seinfeld routinely expressed upon uttering, “That’s a shame.”
There’s a fine line between cool and complacent. Cutler seemed to have been on the wrong side of it last night.
Even after the game, he didn’t seem to care. Speaking with Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Cutler “nearly laughed” when he said the words “five interceptions.”
“Fire away,” Cutler told Silver before boarding the team bus. “Feel free to do your job and give me the public ripping I have coming.”
Cool, or complacent?
We’re not saying that Cutler should rant and/or rave or piss and/or moan like some of the other more demonstrative quarterbacks we’ve all seen over the years. But football is an emotional game, and the quarterback needs to at times seem like he gives a crap.
Cutler rarely if ever has done that.