Chicago Bears: Question Jay Cutler’s Play, Not His Heart

January 26, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On a cold afternoon in Chicago, in the second quarter of the NFC Championship game featuring the rivaled Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, Jay Cutler peeled himself off the ground for the 57th time this season, with a bloody arm, a wobbly knee and a less-than-stellar first half of football.
Cutler compiled just a 31 QB rating in the first half of Sunday's game, which the Bears lost 21-14 to the now NFC Champion Green Bay Packers.
And of all the things that deserved criticism in that first half—the poor decision to defer and kick off by Lovie Smith, the odd call of Mike Martz and a defense that played less than motivated—I never thought the toughness or heart of Jay Cutler would be the top issue.
His poor play? Certainly. But his toughness?
Cutler, against the wishes of his coaches and team doctors, took the field after halftime with a Grade 2 MCL injury and tried to play. He limped back and forth from the huddle, threw a poor pass to Hester, aided the...

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