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Why Is Jay Cutler Not Being The Leader Of The Chicago Bears?

Nothing is more irritating than waiting on millionaires and billionaires to figure out exactly how to divide a $9,000,000,000.00 pot of revenue.  With over 9% unemployment in the United States, the NFL (owners and players both) should feel ashamed of themselves for not figuring out a way to make a successful business continue on in this economic climate.  While there have been no training camp time or games missed as of yet, football is a 365 day a year sport which rolls on like a steamroller on the American sports landscape.
One of the effects of a NFL lockout is the fact that the players and coaches cannot organize workouts in the off season let alone even talk to one another.  Like many Chicago Bears fans, I was waiting to see exactly who would be the one to step up for the players and try to organize off season workouts with other members of the team.  
You would think the captains of the team (Urlacher, Peppers, Cutler, Kreutz, Mannelly) would be the ones to take the bull by the horns and get the ball moving on theses off season workouts.  Unfortunately we come to find out in today's Chicago Tribune (via Vaughn McClure) that free agent wide receiver Rashied Davis is the one organizing the workouts.
While we all remember the way the season ended for the Chicago Bears, how come Jay Cutler is not organizing these?


Jay Cutler was a public punching bag following the 21-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game this past January.  Jay Cutler suffered what the Bears termed a grade II MCL sprain/tear which is usually a 3-4 week injury normally not requiring surgery. 

Unfortunately a horrible PR nightmare ensued when Cutler sat on the bench for most of the second half with no official word from the Bears organization why he was sitting there.  Of course Fox Sports did him no justice either by showing shot after shot of Cutler's demeanor on the sideline for the remainder of the game.
Criticism came from all fronts in seconds following his injury.
Maurice Jones Drew - Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT.  All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one..."
Darnell Dockett - "If I'm on Chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room!"
Derrick Brooks - "HEY there is no medicine for a guy with no guts and heart"
Even the NFL Network's own prime time analyst Deion Sanders found time to make some scathing comments.
"Folks i never question a players injury but i do question a players heart. Truth."
The late night talk shows had their fun as well from Jay Leno to Conan O'Brien with Cutler's mannerisms, and YouTube videos began to pop up all over trying to pinpoint when exactly Jay Cutler got injured.
All in all.....Jay Cutler's first time in the postseason did not end well for his reputation as a NFL quarterback.

courtesy TMZ.Com

The aftermath of that game was no better for Cutler.  TMZ was on the prowl taking pictures of Cutler walking around Los Angeles with his celebrity girlfriend Kristin Cavallari leading to speculation of the severity of his injury.  Even Lovie Smith this past week at the NFL owners' meeting felt compelled to lash out at those who criticized his starting quarterback.
''I don't think any player should have to go through that because it wasn't warranted at all,'' Smith said. ''He was injured; he couldn't play. It's an insult for us to answer the questions on whether he's tough.''
It seems like a story that just will not go away.....unless Jay Cutler does something about it.
What Jay Cutler can do about it is try to organize these off season workouts himself.  Jay Cutler was the most defended player on the Chicago Bears roster by not only the coaching staff, but his own teammates as well.  The first step in the Jay Cutler rehabilitation of his image around the league should be the guy who stepped up and got the ball rolling on off season workouts while the NFL is in lockout mode.  Not only would this be the start of rehabbing his image, but it would also get Bears fans back on his side.  
Remember the burning of jerseys outside Soldier Field following the loss in the NFC Title Game?  Remember the backlash he got from his own fans?  
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The best thing Jay Cutler can do is get the ones who now doubt his "drive" for the game of football back in his corner.  The Bears all year has this "us against the world" mentality which led them to a 11-5 record in 2010.  Jay Cutler needs to take a page from his own head coach and apply that same approach to his own personal reputation.  
Jay Cutler should join the likes of fellow captains like Kyle Vanden Bosch and Joshua Freeman in getting his teammates together and working towards the goal of getting back to the NFC Championship Game and this time winning Super Bowl XLVI.
One problem.....Cutler is not even in the United States right now.
According to Monday's Chicago Suntimes, Jay Cutler accompanied his girlfriend Kristin Cavallari on a trip to Kenya with the non-profit One Kid One World foundation which is all about helping out the children of Kenya and El Salvador.  While I will never criticize anyone for doing charitable work using their celebrity and money for a good cause, Cutler needs a reality check.  
He needs to realize that the ones who pay his salary do not care for his charity work.  He needs to realize that his job right now is to rehab his image around Chicago and the rest of the NFL.  He needs to realize that the ultimate goal is to get the Bears back to the same place they were last year and beyond.  
You can cut a check to the One Kid One World Foundation and miss the photo opportunity.  There is nothing wrong with that.
Jay Cutler should be focused on the same thing the rest of the NFL is focused on right now....their jobs.  To ignore the critics and stay out of the public light when day by day your reputation as an athlete is being executed piece by piece is simply missing the point.  Cutler may say he does not care and it does not bother him when he actually does address the public, but he has yet to do that since he "quit" on his team.
Even if it is not the reality, it is the perception of him.
The fact that a player who does not even have a current contract with the Bears is attempting to organize workouts in a NFL lockout off season is insulting.  If anyone was to step up, it has to be Jay Cutler because he is the leader of this team.  The quarterback is the single most important role on any team in any sport.
Just wish Jay Cutler would wake up and realize that.
John "Rock" Mamola is the Associate Producer of The Mully And Hanley Morning Show and Host of The Rock Report on WSCR 670AM The Score
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Kevin Powell said:

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...and the Jay Cutler beat goes on. I think one of the main keys to gaining respect is being yourself. Cutler should just continue to do what he is doing. If he all of sudden becomes Mr. Rah Rah on everyone he is going to look like he is begging for forgiveness, and he has nothing to be forgiven for. And I also disagree with your suggestion that Cutler throw money at a charity, sorry the guy wants to help some kids out first hand.
Cutler will continue to be himself no matter what the situation and I applaud him for that.

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