Tag:Jay Cutler
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:55 pm

Hot Routes 4.18.11: Suggs, um, like Celine Dion?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz
  • Good lord, could Michael Strahan really have a good chance of replacing Regis Philbin on the Regis and Kelly Ripa show?
  • The Cowboys players and coaches hung out together Sunday night, but don’t worry. Nobody was breaking any lockout rules. Instead, they were attending a long-standing charity event – which is A-OK by the NFL. “We’ll talk about the bread and water,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.
  • A Twitter war broke out between NFL spokesman Greg Aiello and a Texans blogger/fan. Spoiler: Aiello doesn’t come off looking so good here.
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Posted on: April 11, 2011 4:35 pm

Hot Routes 4.11.11 kick off week with legal news

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Posted on: April 10, 2011 3:23 pm

Cutler cares about Kenya

Cutler Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As the lockout continues with no sign of let-up – meaning team-wide offseason workouts and mini-camps are not on the docket – many players are spending time expanding their horizons.

Ravens S Tom Zbikowski, for instance, is trying to determine if he can make it as a top-notch boxing contender, while another Ravens S, Haruki Nakamura, organized a relief effort for those suffering in Japan.

Now, we see another story of an NFLer who is trying to better himself in a different way. And the player might surprise you.

Bears QB Jay Cutler – who people, including his fellow players apparently, just love to hate – recently took a trip to Kenya with the non-profit OneKid OneWorld (a charity that benefits students and teachers in El Salvador and Kenya) in which he visited a small town in the Rift Valley that had been without water for more than two months.

‘‘After all the turmoil we go through here, everyone thinks we have so many problems,” Cutler told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But to see what they have to deal with and to see how grateful they are to have water is just amazing.”

More from the story:

At an all-girls school and orphanage, Cutler was left alone in a classroom full of high school students. When other volunteers later returned, they discovered Cutler teaching the girls physics.

‘‘Jay was so into it,’’ McCubbin said. ‘‘He’s so amazing with kids.’’

Cutler's Cause
Cutler and (girlfriend Kristin) Cavallari encouraged students to pursue any career they desired, played assorted sports with them and painted classrooms and murals.

Cutler marveled at the spirit of the students he interacted with, and he marveled at the challenges they face in even going to class because of family obligations.

‘‘They have 1,000 reasons not to go to school,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘But you could tell how grateful they were for the opportunity.’’

Much of the time, Cutler comes off as awfully surly, especially when dealing with the media (and, by extension, his fans). But it’s nice here to see him making such a difference.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:28 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 2:20 pm

Cutler finally speaks about knee injury drama

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Cutler (US Presswire)
Aside from an unwanted cameo on TMZ, Jay Cutler has been incognito since his postgame press conference following the NFC Championship. The Bears quarterback stayed quiet amidst the din of criticism that followed his controversial exit from the game. He stayed quiet when the team revealed that he had suffered a Grade II MCL tear, which for most players is a 2-3 week injury. And he stayed quiet when it was reported that he received a pain-killing injection at halftime of that game.

On Thursday, Cutler was quiet no more. He broke his silence in an interview with the Chicago Sun Times . (Cutler was promoting the NCO Youth & Family Services “Fun Run” in Naperville, where in nine days he’ll join 350 kindergarten age kids for a mile run; NCO’s mission is to “provide life-changing services to youth through prevention education, counseling and shelter.”)

Cutler was finally asked what he thought of the post championship game drama.

“I was gone, and I stayed away from it all,” he said. “But I can’t say it didn’t bother me that people questioned my toughness and desire to play.

“I think I’ve been through a lot here in Chicago, and I would have loved to play.”

Cutler said ultimately the opinion of his teammates is what matters most.

“Those are the guys you are with a lot of the time,” he said, “and those guys didn’t flinch. I’ve got to thank them for that.”

Cutler’s knee took about six weeks to heal on its own. He says he hasn’t fully tested it yet.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:05 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 2:24 pm

John Elway's a little too honest about Jay Cutler

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Elway (US presswire)
John Elway is still learning what life is like as the head of an NFL team’s front office. Eventually, he’ll come to realize that speaking his mind and giving honest answers to questions about hypothetical situations does him little good.

All that can happen is media outlets like the Chicago Sun Times taking his words on radio and relaying them in print. In that fashion, even when Elway’s words are explained fairly, they’re still presented out of context. Then, the next media outlet comes along (say, CBS’ Eye on Football Blog) and relays the Chicago Sun Times’ relayed words. Then, someone relays those relayed-relayed words on Twitter. By then it’s really tough to maintain Elway’s original context because, you know, the 140 character limit and all.

And so what you have is the world eventually hearing that John Elway said it’s a good possibility the Broncos would not have traded Jay Cutler if Elway had been running the show in 2009.

Elway’s comments were not at all made in an inflammatory fashion. To mitigate some of the “relay damage”, we’ll post an excerpt of what Sean Jenkins of the Sun Times wrote (Jenkins did a great job of explaining the context of Elway’s quotes):

In January, two days before the NFC title game, Elway talked about Cutler at length for a radio station in Denver.

“It was a tough situation he was in, in Denver,” Elway said. “I would say, to be honest, he’s the type of player you don’t give up on as easily as we gave up on. But you look at what he’s done. He’s done a good job there. He’s matured.”

Asked by a radio station host if Cutler would still be a Bronco if he were in charge at the time, Elway said, “There’s a good possibility, yeah.

“I would say that. But I don’t know. I wasn’t in the middle of that. I didn’t know Jay real well.

“But I would have done everything I can, especially when you have a talent like you have in Jay. Those guys don’t come around very often.”

Those sentiments are totally fair and totally logical. But, as Elway may come to learn, sentiments of that ilk can be totally easy for others to misrepresent.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 12:20 pm

Hot Routes 3.23.11: Buddy Ryan has cancer

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Once again, former coaching standout Buddy Ryan has cancer, according to Jets coach Rex Ryan. But Rex is confident in his father. Said Rex: "He's 80 years old, but he's doing great. He's tougher than (s---). He's had other things in his life. He overcame encephalitis. He's overcome cancer twice. He's tough."
  • Sounds like the students at Assumption Catholic Church in St. Louis had a blast with Rams RB Steven Jackson. Even if this was a team-sponsored event (the Rams had to get special permission before Jackson could appear).

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Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:31 am

Offseason Checkup: Chicago Bears

Posted by Andy Benoit

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Lovie Smith earned a new contract after his seemingly mediocre team ended its three-year run of mediocrity. The ending of the Bears’ season became THE story of the postseason when Jay Cutler left the NFC Championship with a strained MCL. The loss of Cutler’s strong arm confirmed what many already knew: the Bears had been paddling upstream all season against the current of their awful offensive line, ho-hum receiving corps and close-to-lethargic run game.

Credit Cutler and especially the surprisingly malleable Mike Martz for making late season adjustments that compensated for these weaknesses. Helping compensate for offensive shortcomings was the resurgence of a defense that saw MLB Brian Urlacher return from his ’09 wrist injury fresh as can be and long-time Panther Julius Peppers provide a much-needed pass-rushing presence while galvanizing the run defense.

 Every time you put on the film, Nick Roach, the athletic four-year linebacker, stands out. Roach, undrafted out of Northwestern, has been a special teamer who only starts when someone is injured. Last season, it was Pisa Tinoisamoa’s bum knee that propelled Roach to the first string. Predictably, Roach proved to be an upgrade over Tinoisamoa.

Roach's lack of size and abundance of speed make him better equipped for the weak side in a Cover 2 system. Obviously, this team’s weakside position is held down by Lance Briggs. But given Chicago’s options on the strong side, Roach is worth playing out of position.

(Not to push too much change too fast, but Briggs is actually built more like a strongside linebacker anyway. So if the Bears really wanted to mix things up – which, we know, they don’t – they could relocate their veteran Pro Bowler, too.)

1. Offensive tackle
Just because J'Marcus Webb started as a rookie doesn’t mean he’s the answer at right tackle. The lumbering seventh-round pick only started because the team’s Gatorade cooler didn’t have hands or feet and the tackling sled didn’t know all the plays. The Bears could also stand to upgrade at left tackle, though veteran Frank Omiyale survived well enough in that spot last season.

2. Interior offensive line
Center Olin Kreutz hit a wall in 2010. It wouldn’t be sensible to re-sign the 33-year-old. Left guard Chris Williams is a former first-round pick who didn’t take the field until 2009. You hate to give up on the guy this early, but watch him in pass protection and you see that you wouldn’t be giving up on much.

3. Wide receiver
Devin Hester is at worst a gadget play specialist but at best only a slot option. Johnny Knox is a zone-beater with speed to burn, but it’s hard to picture teams ever rolling their coverage to his side of the field. With Earl Bennett being almost strictly an underneath target, there’s room to insert a downfield playmaking weapon in this rotation.

Any team that hosts the NFC Championship and returns virtually all of its players the next season will have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. But it wouldn’t be outlandish to proclaim these Bears a one-hit wonder. A little more firepower and a lot more blocking prowess are needed offensively. Defensively, the table is pretty well set, though coaches have for years been searching for a playmaker at the safety position.

Finding one may be necessary for putting this unit over the top. As things stand, this is far and away the second best team in the NFC North.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:52 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:29 am

Hot Routes 2.3.11 everything else

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Philadelphia’s decision to promote offensive line coach Luis Castillo to defensive coordinator has stunned plenty of folks.

Maurice Jones-Drew admitted his mistake in spouting off about Jay Cutler.

Sam Bradford got a haircut. Mixed reviews.

Raheem Morris finished second to Bill Belichick in Coach of the Year voting.

Jared Gaither’s people met with the Ravens, but they’re not close on agreeing to a long-term deal at this point.

Take that, NFL! An AP poll reveals that a majority of fans would rather NOT have an 18-game regular season.

One guy who knows quarterbacks pretty well says the Panthers shouldn’t dump Jimmy Clausen just yet.

Jay Cutler wasn’t the only Bear who took a pain injection before the NFC title game. Brian Urlacher got one, as well.

John Elway says it’s not a foregone conclusion that the Broncos will trade Kyle Orton.

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