Jay Cutler Finally Speaks Out on Criticism

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Bears QB Jay Cutler finally broke his silence on Friday, telling Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times "I was gone, and I stayed away from it all. But I can't say it didn't bother me that people questioned my toughness and desire to play."

Jensen was able to secure an exclusive with Cutler; something few have done.

As we all know, players around the league, media and fans questioned why Cutler didn't come back into the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers, in a 21-14 loss.

Seeing how ineffective Cutler was early in the game, even when healthy, coupled with spotty pass protection from his offensive line, did he even want to come back in? Well, yes he did, in fact.

"I think I've been through a lot here in Chicago, and I would have loved to play."

When asked about the players who criticized had him, Cutler said: "They can think what they want." He added that he would be fine so long as the guys in the locker room have his back.

Look, you can question his mechanics or his ability to read defenses in the red-zone if you want. But don't question the man's toughness.

Cutler was slammed to the turf 57 times during the regular season. If he was a wuss, he would have stayed down.

Physically, Cutler said he's doing fine. "I'm good. It's one of those things that heals on its own."

Meanwhile, the emotional scars of having his image tarnished may take a while longer to heal...

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