NFC Championship Game 2011: Why Jay Cutler’s Early Exit Was a Bad Move

January 24, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Football observers expected yesterday's NFC Championship game to be decided by quarterback play and it was. Unfortunately, it was less about the quarterbacks that did play with Aaron Rodgers leading his team to a 21-14 victory or the third-stringer who was an interception away from writing his own legend in Chicago (Caleb Hanie) than it was Chicago's starting quarterback, Jay Cutler. 
Cutler has made a career of rubbing people the wrong way. He did it when he was in Denver with Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels, and it's behavior that seems to have followed him to Chicago. He believes in his arm strength, and unlike his elite contemporaries, Cutler will pass up the safe play in order to dazzle you with his aerial prowess.
On the field and on the sideline, his demeanor at best can be described as aloof, disengaged, petulant and pouting—pick a negative word and you'd find a fit with Jay Cutler. 
That history didn't help him when he didn't return after halfti...

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