After Jay Cutler signed his seven-year $126 million contract, I’ve had many discussions and debates (sometimes heated) about whether or not it was the right decision. The topics of discussion have ranged from how Cutler is 1-9 against the Packers and most recently didn’t do enough to win against the Packers, his poor leadership skills, or he doesn’t do enough to win the “big” game and make it to the playoffs.
After giving some time to think about these conversations, I think “fans” (yes, with quotation marks) just have a general disdain for the guy and in my opinion for no real, legitimate reason and I wanted to step in their shoes for a couple minutes. Let’s take a look at what a hater interprets what they see…
Bears are playing in a close game
Emotions are running high, you’re screaming at the TV, you’re on the edge of the seat…
Cameras pan to Cutler on the sidelines; he looks disinterested
Wow. He must not care to win the game. Media judges his leadership qualities and demeanor.
Media judges his leadership qualities and demeanor
Look at Cutler. He doesn’t look like he cares to win. Look at his body language! He’s slouching, looking down, and has no emotion.
Cutler during a critical drive
He’s not yelling or pointing enough or directing players on where they should go or what they need to do. Cutler isn’t showing any emotion. Tom Brady or Drew Brees or even Aaron Rodgers show WAY more emotion.
Cutler throws an interception, gets sacked or the Bears lose...
He shows no emotion, no passion and he doesn’t care. A real leader would have led the Bears to a victory.
… if the there’s a positive play or the Bears win
Did you see that great catch by Alshon Jeffery/Brandon Marshall? Wow! What a great catch! The ball could’ve been placed better by Cutler but what a great catch!
During the post game press conference...
He’s not answering the reporter’s question with much enthusiasm and he’s not looking at them when he’s answering, plus he seems arrogant. See! He doesn’t care! That’s why he isn’t a good leader.
Your weekly NFL or sports debate show...
Yeah, Cutler’s not a good leader and he makes too many mistakes. Let's make Cutler 100% accountable for Bears losses.
And the national pre-game show…
Can Cutler be the leader the Bears need him to be? He makes too many mistakes… besides who cares? I don't like him. Let's not sign him, promote Josh McCown and draft a quarterback.