Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looks down after being hit while throwing a pass during the first half of the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
(KMOV)--I can't believe all the criticism Jay Cutler's getting. The Chicago Bears quarterback had to leave Sunday's NFC championship game with a knee injury, and before the game was even over he was taking widespread criticism for coming out of the game. People in the media, fans, and former players and coaches were jumping all over him via twitter and message boards claiming that Cutler wanted out of the most important game of his NFL career. Really? Do they really think that Cutler is so soft that he would beg out of a game of that magnitude? It's pretty easy to sit in a press box, or a stadium seat, or a living room couch and claim that somebody else should toughen up and get back on the field. In the macho world of pro football you hear of lot of former, and even current players, say things like "they would have had to carry me off the field on a stretcher to get me out of that game". Give me a break! Nobody knows how badly somebody else is hurt. There wasn't one good shot from the tv cameras that showed Cutler taking a big hit to his knee, and maybe that's why he's taken so much heat. He's also quick to catch criticism because of his moody attitude off the field. But you can't blame Cutler for not playing with what turned out to be a MCL tear in his knee. He has every right to feel like he's been disrespected by every media member and former player and coach who questioned his toughness.