Deadspin's Cutler Column Nails It

Deadspin's Cutler Column Nails It

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I decided late Sunday night to write a column about Jay Cutler, the entertainment. My intention was describe the experience of Cutler playing the QB position. Win or lose, interception or touchdown, shove or shoe tie, Jay Cutler is quite simply the most entertaining football around and I believe we all should enjoy this era.

Then I read Tom Ley's column on Cutler for Deadspin and, you know what, he nailed it. fter I was emailed or Tweeted the piece by the thirtieth person I figured it was time to share it here. To go to Deadspin and read the piece (which includes video) CLICK HERE. Below is the entirety of the piece's text.

On Sunday, during ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, Tom Jackson went on a mini tirade about Bears quarterback Jay Cutler that was as needless as it was brainless. Here was a grown man dispatched into sputtering agitation by a 10-second clip of another guy walking into a stadium. We've been down this roadmany, manytimes beforewith Cutler, whose (alleged) petulance and (apparent) aloofness have a way of encouraging the worst impulses of analysts like Jackson.

The shame of it is that in so many other ways Cutler is a pundit's kind of quarterback, the sort of flinty-eyed leader whose manly virtues make Peter King's socks roll up and down all Sunday afternoon. Consider his performance in the Bears' 28-10 victory over the Vikings, which came just two weeks after Cutler sustained a concussion while absorbing a face-crushing tackle against the Texans. I picked out three plays from Sunday that, had they come from any other quarterback, would've been shown on a loop on ESPN while Chris Berman sang hosannas and Tom Jackson plucked at his harp.

First, there was the throw Cutler made on the Bears' third drive of the game. He took a second-down snap from the 15-yard line, didn't see any of his receivers open, and then threw ball anyway, right between two Vikings defenders and into the hands of Kellen Davis, who was brought down at the goal line. Davis was barely moving when Cutler threw the ball, and was not open in any sense of the word. It was a balls-out rocket of a throw by a quarterback operating inside the red zone, and it set up his team for an easy touchdown.

Then came Cutler's lone touchdown pass of the day, a play that once again was the direct result of his ability to find a sliver of space in which to throw the ball. Rolling to his left, aware that Jared Allen was bearing down on him from the strong side, Cutler turned his shoulders toward the end zone, fired another perfectly located bullet toward the sideline that only a blanketed Matt Spaeth could get his hands on, and accepted yet another crushing hit from Allen.

Just as noteworthy, although far less consequential to the final score, was Cutler's five-yard scramble toward the end of the first quarter. Once again running to his left, Cutler hugged the sideline as Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson sized him up for a big hit. Rather than skip out of bounds and avoid contact, though, Cutler laid a wicked stiff arm on Jefferson, driving him into the turf as the two barreled out of bounds. Still standing, Cutler then flipped the ball into Jefferson's chest, earning himself an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Am I cherrypicking? Sure, but no more than anyone plumbing the depths of a man's soul based on 10 seconds of video shot in a parking garage. I can think of only a handful of quarterbacks in the NFL capable of the two throws described above. Quarterbacks have been called "gunslingers" for less. And that stiff arm was the kind of play that a pundit might otherwise readily attribute to a football tough guy who's willing to "hit you in the mouth."

Cutler does stuff like this all the time, and yet we are stuck having to listen to arguments about whether or not he "gets it" (oh he gets it all right), about whether or not he "knows how to be a leader"—this in a league that reckons Ryan Lindley a viable starting quarterback. Cris Carter felt comfortable referring to Cutler as a mere game manager in this bit of postgame analysis. Managing the game? Fuck that. Cutler returned to a Bears team that had been blown out the previous week and turned it into a football team worth watching. He was the game.

I agree.

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  • thanks Irish... it's just you and me holding this thing up right now.

    Irish, I think about you now and then maings (in a non gay way of course... not that there's....), did she ever come back? How are you handling things? When I have my kids I have zero help and it’s hard… amazing, but hard. Don’t need details, but I need to know that you’re making it work. You need me to send you some dollahs or something? ; )

    Oh, and it's actually 10 bleed.

  • At the risk of Sac saying Cutler is my boyfriend , I agree with every word of that piece. Anybody that
    doesn't think Cutler deserves a long term deal is a fool. He's worth it. And furthermore, what's the alternative? Any arms like that available elsewhere? No. Let's just hope the re-worked O line keeps him from being concussed again.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    After I read a rebuttal from Sac, he doesn't think Cutler is a wussy. His beef is he can't stay healthy. He's got a point. I wish Cutler would be less confrontational with the refs and esp with the other team. All it does is earn him undue punishment. The refs let guys tee off on him. It was the same way with McMahon. It cost McMahon (and the Bears) Big Time. I don't think Cutler is as reckless as McMahon but why go there? Favre had it right, suck up to the refs and they will protect you. I know the thought of that makes all of us a little sick but that's the reality of the situation.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It's just smart football, and and being responsible to his teammates *and his family*.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    There's a lot of truth in what you say Canada. It's just never going to happen. That edge that Cutler has is the element that makes it possible for him to play behind this line. As far as injuries go, he had his share, but none of them nagging/chronic. My hope is that with a new GM, we're a season or two away from seeing a quality line with Cutler and Marshall still playing at a high level and Jeffrey reaching his prime. Not extending Cutler after this season should be a career ender for Emery if he fails to get it done. He's more important than any other Bear including Peppers.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Yeah, but by that time, Peanut, Pepp, Lach and Briggs will be well most likely be gone, or at least 35ish.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Maybe Carimi going inside, combined with this Scott dude ..... nah.

    Haven't seen the last two games - which is what happens when you become a single dad - but I'll tell you what .... to come back a week or two after a concussion and play at a high level is pretty impressive.

    Brandon Marshall is the best wide receiver in the NFL today.

    Calvin No-show? Larry Fitzwho?

    Brandon Marshall. Numero uno, hombre.

  • It was a great read yesterday and again today. I've read numerous times that game day announcers have a story line to incorporate during the game (whether it has any bearing on the game or not). I've assumed that's why the game day guys can be such tools. The studio guys seem to come by it naturally. ESPN has about 20 guys that completely suck and would say anything the boss asked them to say. Complete mindless boobs that are only too happy to do some boot licking to keep their job. Others like Berman and Bradshaw are such tools they believe they are the entertainment.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I do not sense the "We Hate Jay" mentality at the NFL network.

  • BORTHERS and SISTERS! Can we get an AMEN to all of the above..?


    As Deadspin points out, Tom Jackson, Bronco lifer, is, much like ex- Bronco, Mark Schlereth, STILL holding a grudge because Jay bid Denver "adieu" when he (correctly) saw that then Bronco-Boy- Wunderkind-Head-Coach, Josh McDaniel was in WAY over his head.

    How DARE Cutty treat Denver that way!

    The fact that Jay was RIGHT and the McDaniel regime IMPLODED in VERY short order after Cutler's departure doesn't seem to matter. And remember, McDaniel also chased a very productive tight end, Tony Scheffler AND Brandon Marshall (Wonder whatever became of him...?) out of Denver before his Reign of Error ended and he crawled back to New England.

    Bet Cutty would love to see Scheffler in a Bear uniform.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Jackson can go suck an Orange Crush.

  • What is Cutler saying here?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Here's my guess: "fucken faggot, what an ass"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I thought he said

    "fucking fans, what a day"

    Changes the context slightly.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hahahahahaha... what game was this?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    no idea.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Found it MB. Carolina game.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    nice end. thanks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Fucking fans, I swear to god"

    Seems right.

  • Jay should have walked in with his ballcap pulled down low over the mirrored aviator glasses while wearing noise-canceling earphones, the way so many other "stars" enter the stadium.

  • is it the side of town where I can get a hooker AND an 8-ball on the same block?

    THAT kind of other side?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Reminds me of Sean Penn on Inside The Actors Studio when he was asked about making entertaining movies, and he said he wasn't interested in doing that. "Entertainment is two hookers and an eight-ball, I want to make art."

    Or something like that.

  • ha.

  • I posted this a day and a half ago. NBiT and Crunch replied, but it did not seem to generate much attention here.

    While Cutler's chance of actually winning the MVP is slim, the article is about him deserving consideration.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    And if he'd just take Canada's advice, he might play enough this season to get some votes.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I've actually had this debate with my friends a few times. Should the MVP be awarded to the most valuable player on his team as the name would imply or should it be awarded to the best player in the league regardless of his worth to the team? If the latter than change the name. I'm of the mindset that you were the most valuable player on your team and if your team did better than average you should be in consideration.

  • Sac, one MVP prize in Chicago best exemplified the true spirit of the award, and that was when Andre Dawson won MVP for the Cubs, despite the fact that his team finished in last place.

    And even as a Sox fan growing up, there is no way in hell I would say any Chicago athlete in my lifetime deserved an MVP more than Dawson did in 1987.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I would think the greatest basketball player of all time was pretty deserving of his awards.

  • Second greatest, but yes he did. Just not more than Dawson, which is what I wrote.

  • Would not then Beastmode be our MVP ? We've had Cutty for three years now .... Brandon arrives and hey presto - passing game.

  • And the best throw of the day might have been the one to Earl on 3rd and 6 that picked up 11 yards in the first quarter (Bears second drive).

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    When Cris Carter and Troy Aikman cuddle in bed in the evening their pillow talk often consists of how they can trash the Bears on Sundays. Sometimes they share these thoughts (and each other) with Jimmy Johnson.

  • In reply to Deke Rivers:

    Jeez, Deke. You fine!

  • In reply to Deke Rivers:

    Deke, I'd wear you like a horse's feedbag ....

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    Did Tom Jackson play "Linc Hayes" on The Mod Squad tv show in the 60's?

    What a dick.

  • In reply to Deke Rivers:

    Now that smack is fresh.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not as fresh as an Al Burma Shave, but fresh enough.

  • That pass to Spaeth was the best I've ever seen with my own eyes. The chances of me being at Soldiers for the pack game is getting better and better. I want to meet up with you bastards if I go. Fuck the nay sayer trick ass marks and fuck the mod squad. We're comin to ball up this weekend.

  • In reply to Crown:

    boo yah!

  • In reply to Crown:

    Hope you make it, Crown. We're all sitting in sections 350 or 349 if you plan on buying a ticket.

  • the game is going to be sweet sweet revenge, but the real fun will be before the game. the two nights before.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think the celebration party on Sunday night we'll be even better.

    We fly out on Monday right?

  • monday afternoon.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll be camping at your place on Monday night.

  • ok

  • Duly noted. I gots tics, just gotta see if I can get off work. If I go, Ill be wearing my hester signed crown their ass shirt so you guys can locate me

  • In reply to Crown:

    If you do make it, when will you be coming in? We are hoping to a DBB meet up. Tailgating at least?

  • we're going to be partying every night baby... fri, sat, and sun. pace yourselves. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

  • Ill let you bros know so we can mow hos while we throw bows at piss and puke trolls

    I have to settle this fucker first.

  • In reply to Crown:

    dude, crown. get the fucking day off maings. this is going to be an epic weekend.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Cue '8-mile' ....

  • Jimmy Schwartz talks his douchy doucheness sorry sad-ass asst. coach in way over his head talk to the press, defends Lions and his douchebag needs-a-donkey-punch throw a punch at Harbaugh face.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Did you guys know about the Douchy Wipe?

    I, for one, did not know about the Douchy Wipe. Now I do.

  • no shock here...

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  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If Shea goes on IR maybe. Otherwise, I don't see a spot for him. Bad attitude as well, though Philly is a tough place to play.

    Jacksonville would love him, but that's a bad fit due to the attitude. I could see Buffalo, Seattle, maybe Oakland?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    NB, you going to be available to come meet up with us sometime on the weekend of the 16th? Would like to meet you sir.

  • I completely agree with the Cutler piece, but everyone here already knew that. When Cutler bumps Webb, it gets played on ESPN 24/7. When Cutler ties Webb's shoelaces - nothing. Whatever. The media creates "narratives" then jams the "character" into that narrative, no matter what.

    The only way Cutler changes his image now is if he goes the Manning route, pick one. Peyton sells himself out to anyone with a commercial, and frequently appears on SNL. Oh, and he won a SB. Eli has won TWO SBs, and every once in a while will do the commercial/SNL thing.

    In other words, Cutler must win the SB. Only then will the Jay Narrative change from a spoiled prima dona quitter, to a spunky ultra fiery competitor.

  • Ick. Cutler must find a way to win the Lombardi without winning the hearts of the mainstream sports media. Their hatred is more entertaining and much less disgusting than their love. Let them cum on Brady.

    Great article by Deadspin's Tom Ley, btw. Thanks for posting it, Jeff (and Chris Odom). I love the articles linked under "this road many, many times before." This bit is from the Rick Reilly piece:
    "Then there was this:

    Reporter: When you were a kid, which quarterback did you look up to?
    Cutler: Nobody.
    Reporter: Nobody? You didn't look up to anybody?
    Cutler: No.

    If he's lying, it makes him a miscreant. If he's telling the truth, it makes him a miscreant."

    Jay Cutler, miscreant
    -- noun
    1. a wrongdoer or villain
    2. an unbeliever or heretic

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I thought that was a classic line. I'm the exact same way.

    When you were in college playing in jazz bands, which vibraphonist did you look up to? Nobody.

    When you were in yeshiva and learning to be a Rabbi, which Rabbi did you look up to? Nobody.

    When you were in law school, learning to be a lawyer, which lawyer did you look up to? Nobody.

    In all three cases, I learned a ton from a ton of people. I admired a lot of people that I considered great at the same things I was learning. But I didn't look at anyone and say "I want to be like that guy." Just not how I do business I guess.

    I could say the same for being a husband and father.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    He grew up a bears fan. Who was there there to idolize? We was still small when McMahon was done.

  • Harbaugh?

    I don't want anyone outside the Bears to like him, really.

    Cutler's kind of like that friend no one likes, but would bury dead bodies for his buddies.

    He's like the Joe Pesci of QBs...

  • Exactly - he wasn't there for Jimmy. That - IMHO - was a golden age of QBs. In the same league in the same era you had Joe Cool, Jim Kelly, Bill Kenney, Kosar, Marino, White/Aikman, McMahon, Fouts, Doug Williams, Elway, Plunkett, Warren Moon .... and goddamit even little Doug Flutie coud play football.

    It was different for Cutty growing up.

    Him saying there was no-one to look up to is spot-on. I never liked Favre and didn't think he was all that as a QB, I don't care how many yards he threw for, same goes for either Manning. Troy Aikman? Fuck that.

    How would any self-respecting rebel look up to one of those ducheynes ? When I was 13 I thought Jim McMahon was God ... because he wasn't like the Marinos and any number of inane smiling blonde robots churning out cliches by the spitoon. Cutty missed out on the good stuff - as a Bear QB it should be mandatory to watch every game JM played as a Bear and even some BYU games.

    "Sit down son .... watch this ... here's how you come back from a 3 TD deficit when they know you have to pass it .... look at this Kansas game, look at the Tampa game .... here it is again ... can you fucking believe this play here ?"

    Et cetera et cetera ... and so it goes ....

  • This is just a question, not a dig at Cutty. There's nobody else out there for us.

    Cutty must win a superbowl or we mortgaged our OL and Ort-man for bupkiss - Pre-supposing we would have strengthened our line with the picks we gave up for Cutty. An effective offense based around a solid OL, plus our defense, may have had a better chance in the playoffs over the same duration.

    Yay or nay say ye?

  • flawed logic progression because:

    1. you can't pin winning or not winning a superbowl on one guy....especially when there are few weapons to take advantage of what that one guy brings to the party.
    2. you can't pre-suppose that the Bears would have done anything differently with their O Line. We had a need for O line AND a first, second and third round pick this year and spent them on non O line guys.
    3. Could you imagine Orton on that team with that O line and with those non weapons???? He would have fucking died on the field and or we would have averaged 7 pts a game. Instead, we went to the NFC Championship game and were on pace for the playoffs the year after and are now on the way to playoffs again. C'mon man.

  • I seriously hope the Bears still have that 49er ass-whooping in mind and take no team for granted from now on, esp with the injuries.

    Seahawk Summary

    The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 6-5 with a 24-21 road defeat to the Miami Dolphins in Week 12.

    The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

    Quarterback Russell Wilson set a rookie record with 16 consecutive completions. He posted an NFL passer rating of at least 125.9 for the third game in a row and the fourth time in his past seven games. He led the NFL in Total QBR for Week 12 through the Sunday games.

    Rookie middle linebacker Bobby Wagner intercepted a pass. He had another interception wiped out by a penalty unrelated to the pick.

    Running back Leon Washington had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to break a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter. Washington also had a 15-yard punt return.

    Seattle did not commit a turnover.

    Golden Tate made an acrobatic grab for a 32-yard reception.

    The Seahawks allowed zero return yards of any kind. They downed six of Jon Ryan's seven punts inside the Miami 20-yard line. Ryan had a 40-yard net average.

    Seattle converted half its 14 third-down chances and won time of possession by nearly four minutes.

    Wilson, who had not played as well in third quarters this season, led a 12-play, 95-yard touchdown drive to open the second half for Seattle's offense.

    Seattle allowed only two sacks, including zero to Cameron Wake.

    The Seahawks remained in position as the sixth seed in the NFC playoff race when Tampa Bay and Minnesota also lost.

  • ruh roh!

    We're still going to fucking destory them. We HAVE to, my buddy the seahawks fan will be over at the launchpad the DAY I get back from Africa on fucking 16 hr and a 3 hr flight. I will be destoryed... we better not fucking lose.

  • And yet, they STILL managed to lose.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Of course, you know MY battle cry: THERE ARE NO GIMMES, as further evidenced by....

    The Chiefs, in the game against the Broncos 'til the bitter end.

    The Browns coming up with EIGHT turnovers.

    The Ravens having to convert (without benefit of penalty) on 4th and 29 to beat the Chargers.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Seattle is like jeckell and hyde with home and away games.

    I think we'll win this game just like I thought we'd win the last, but it might be closer and make lots of fans nervous come the 3rd quarter.

  • oh and before I go to sleep...

    crow, although I talk a big game, I am a total and utter vagina and I don't party well. I'm a morning person.

    Be gentle.

  • In reply to MB30SD:



    Goodbye Okoye, hello Gurode.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Hmmm. Arron Curry? Is Briggs hurt worse than we know?

  • In reply to Shady:

    I thought Okoye was the man? what happened?

  • Love the article Jeff. I had guarded optimism when the Bears acquired Cutler because I believed all the media bullshit about him being a crybaby and not a team player. After watching him play the last few years, I have the utmost respect for the guy. Fuck all the media negativity, especially the four letter network. They had the audacity to run the same hit piece on Cutler two weeks in a row on their pre-game show. Rick "The Dick" Reilly smeared Cutler big time. That assclown should be working for TMZ, not a sports network.

    Cutler is 13-2 in his last fifteen starts. I"m guessing that's the best record of any starting QB in the league right now. The only two losses were to the Packers and the Texans where he didn't finish the second half. Fuck the stats and QB ratings, Cutler is a competitor and a winner.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Somebody at Halas hall should pay for an ad on NFL.COM and just reprint the last paragraph.

  • Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "it didn't feel so tired when I whipped out my dick and cockslapped that lame packer defense"


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    dude, it keeps going, "probably smells like a combination of Axe shampoo and failure"


  • why does jason whitlock still hate us

    "3. Christian Ponder had as much to do with the Bears’ resurgent performance as Jay Cutler.

    The Bears crushed the Vikings by 18 points, and the big postgame talking point was how much better the Bears are with Cutler at QB. Yes, Cutler is light years better than Jason Campbell. But Cutler threw for 188 yards, one TD and one INT last week.

    Ponder averaged 3.7 yards per pass attempt. He had a QB rating of 58.2.

    The Bears have yet to secure a signature victory. Green Bay, Houston and San Francisco combined to outscore Chicago 68-23. Don’t be surprised if the road-weak Seahawks upset the Bears at Soldier Field."

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    Please keep your spamming bullshit away from us. We will kill you.

  • In reply to Steven Garcia:

    I laughed when your dad Jerry died.

  • MB, what's goin' on?

  • Jeff i love you so much man and ya know what i agree if i was any other QB it would have been how say singing hassannas lololol i say fuck that two i have said this before and i will say it again cutler is not he media darling that the tony romos of the world and the mike vick, two of the most overrated QB 'S we have seen in the last 20 years i would not trade cutler for anybody else in nfl. look how right you are. look at brees and rogers this weekend they had lousy games both of them drew threw 2 picks 6' if that would have been cutler forget we would still be hearing it from the media but when it's a media darling QB well i do not have to tell ya im agree with you jeff

    frank deleo
    bronx ny

    ps can someone show tice hoto call a football game please


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    I hoping for a Cutler repeat against the Vikings--
    Watch the Bears vs. Vikings next Sunday with Otis Wilson, Kevin Butler and Jay Hilgenberg at State and Lake Chicago Tavern!

  • Regardless how this season ends Smith will get a contract extension. The McCaskeys will settle for Smith mediocrity rather than eat 6+ mil of his salary. That means Cutler will spend his best years with no chance to win a super bowl. I wonder if he's thinking about going FA rather than resigning. I wouldn't blame him if he did.

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