Story courtesy of ChicagoTribune.com
It seems everyone has an opinion about Jay Cutler and what happened in the NFC Championship game -- most of it being negative. Most of it being from so-called Bears fans. It's unfortunate that these "fans" have feed into the criticism from the national media.
FACT - the national media doesn't know anything about our team or Jay Cutler. They've seen a small sample size of our team.
Joe Theismann spoke to the Tribune recently and had this to say:
"What you're basically asking Jay to do is change his personality," Theismann said. "I think the fans have to understand that Jay is not an outspoken individual. He is a very quiet, reserved demeanor individual. That's who he is. You are rooting for him when he steps on that football field and he leads the Chicago Bears and plays quarterback. That's why the fans are there.
"You have a lot of different types of personalities. Brian Urlacher is a bit more outspoken as a person. And Jay is not. To me, I would say, hey, respect who the guy is. At least you know he's not a phony. There's no false pretense about Jay, where he is going to go out there and try to be a rah-rah guy.
"That's the other thing people said: 'This was a great chance for Jay to enhance his image, to be able to walk up and down the sidelines and cheer his teammates on.' That's the biggest crock of baloney I've heard. You know, he was true to himself, the way he plays the game, the way he mentally prepares. I've sat with Jay. I have sat and talked in meetings with him. The guy loves the game of football. He's smart, he's talented. But he's quiet. What's wrong with that? Oh, my gosh! Someone quiet in our society. That's a novelty.
"You have to respect people for who they are. I went through this in my career. I bought things that I thought (NFL) quarterbacks should have. I said things because I thought that was the way a quarterback should act. I fell into that trap. So maybe that is why I am a little more sensitive to the way Jay is than maybe other guys, because he hasn't. He's his own man."
Well said Joe.