Tag:Jay Cutler
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 8:11 pm

Report: Cutler received painkilling injection

Posted by Andy BenoitJ. Cutler (US Presswire)

If you were among the tweeters who questioned Jay Cutler's heart, there might be more egg to put on your face. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times is reporting that Cutler received a painkilling injection at halftime of the NFC Championship. Doctors were ruling Cutler out but he wanted to try and give it a go.

Jensen says it is believed Cutler was injured on the first play of the second quarter when Packers defensive lineman Ryan Pickett landed on his knee.

Jensen says the Bears reportedly tried to shelve Cutler at that point, but Cutler insisted on playing.

A skeptical but fair question, however, is if Cutler did indeed receive a shot and try to fight through the pain, why didn’t the Bears share this information afterward? True, teams don’t generally talk about painkilling injections. But in this case, their quarterback’s reputation was on the line.

Of course, Cutler himself never mentioned a painkiller.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:11 am

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Posted by Andy Benoit

John Madden is as passionate about football as anyone alive. Still, it’s not often that he gets riled up. J. Madden (US Presswire)

Appearing Thursday on Sirius radio, the legendary commentator sounded off on the Jay Cutler criticism. Here’s what Madden said (via Pro Football Talk):

“I’ve been in football for over 50 years. I’ve never questioned a player’s toughness. I never have.  Whether it was in coaching, broadcasting, whatever.

“There’s no one in the NFL that has a tougher job to do than Jay Cutler. I think playing quarterback in the NFL is the toughest thing you can do. I think throwing a forward pass and having guys rushing you and hitting you when you’re looking downfield and throwing the ball is the toughest act you have to do.”

After talking about how Cutler plays with Type 1 diabetes, Madden picked up the intensity.

“And then people are looking at him, they put a camera on him, and they say they don’t like his demeanor,” he said. “Demeanor hell!
“Live a day in his shoes. Type I diabetes is not a daytime thing.  It’s not a week thing.  It’s not a month thing.  It’s a life thing.  And it’s every day, and it’s every day for 24 hours.”

Madden’s grandson suffers from Type 1 diabetes.

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 11:47 am

Hot Routes 1.27.11 The Cutler Watch continues

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Would the Panthers really consider drafting a cornerback first overall?

Start the protests: Falcons are raising club seat ticket prices in 2011 by four percent.

The NFLPA is taking its case to the television airwaves.

Former Raiders center Jeremy Newberry says the Seahawks offensive linemen are in for a rude awakening given Tom Cable’s intensity.

Michael Vick has certainly been enjoying his return to Hawaii this week. (Everyone who follows him on Twitter knows that.)

The Bears must make a decision about what they want to do with RFA Caleb Hanie. Paying him to be the backup would make the most sense. There might be a team out there foolish enough to give the young guy Charlie Whitehurst type money, but that would require giving up draft picks as well.

TMZ has video of Jay Cutler and his celebrity girlfriend (Kristin Cavallari) walking around Los Angeles. Watch and see if you can spot a limp.

Maurice Jones-Drew apologized for his Cutler tweet. He’s also spending the next four months rehabbing his own knee injury, by the way.

Ben Volin of Palm Beach Post tells Dolphins fans not to get their hopes up for landing Palmer, Orton or Kolb.

A whole bunch of Saints are dealing with offseason surgeries.

The Jets won’t let the Raiders talk to secondary coach Dennis Thurman about the defensive coordinator job in Oakland. Thurman’s name has also been mentioned in Philadelphia.

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:33 am

Follet blames Satan for 'china doll' comments

Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday, Zach Follett went on the radio and referred to his quarterback as a "china doll." Even if Matthew Stafford's missed a lot of football games, the city of Detroit didn't appreciate that and got really made at the linebacker.

So, naturally, he did what anyone else would do -- fire up the video podcast machine, record a rambling short film in which he blamed Satan for his actions and post it on the Internet.

"Satan wants me to respond through the flesh and attack back" -- literal words spoken in that video. Now, there's no need for this to turn into a religious discussion, because, well, hey, do what you want and praise who you want.

But it seems a touch unfair to claim that Satan is working "through the media." I mean, he totally was with that whole Jay Cutler thing, but this was probably someone else's work.

Speaking of which, Follet also said yesterday he's "glad [the Lions] have Matt Stafford instead of the Bears quarterback because [Stafford] goes out there and plays with separated shoulders and wins games." Quick! Someone find another demonic entity to blame!

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 10:23 pm

Barkley: NFL'ers acted 'inappropriate' on Cutler

Posted by Will Brinson

Charles Barkley isn't scared to give a good quote, so you know someone was going to ask him about Jay Cutler.

That happened on Tuesday, and Barkley, unsurprisingly, took a quotable stance.

"I was mad at the players, to be honest with you," Barkley said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show." "I think it was inappropriate and wrong to question a guy's heart. Now reporters, they're going to do what they want to. They're entitled to their opinion. But as players, I don't think it's appropriate to question another guy's heart."

Barkley also said the Twitter commentary "crosses the line" and he also bashed Maurice Jones-Drew because the Jaguars running back missed the last two games of the season and yet was "really the first guy who crucified Jay."

What Barkley probably wasn't aware of, though, is that Jones-Drew received death threats from fans who were angry of his criticism toward Cutler. (This is, by the way, possible proof that the rhetoric in America is Looney Toons across the board.)

But Barkley also beefed a little toward Cutler, saying he was "disappointed that he wasn't standing by" Caleb Hanie during the game. Hanie said that Cutler was encouraging and helping him and whatnot, but that's not what the world saw.

The logical thing, then, would be to bring this puppy full circle by criticizing someone who's criticizing the people who were criticizing Cutler's performance on Sunday. But, frankly, the story's too played out at this point (plus, I just hate death threats) to warrant yelling at Barkley.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:26 pm

Follett calls Stafford 'a china doll'

M. Stafford was called a china doll by Z. Follett (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions LB Zack Follett, while discussing Bears QB Jay Cutler on a Fresno, Calif., radio station today, might have inadvertently given a gift to Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s biggest critics.

Of the former No. 1 pick who’s missed plenty of games the past couple years (six in his rookie season and 13 this year) due to injury, Follett referred to Stafford as a china doll.

Said Follett on ESPN Radio (1430 AM), via the Detroit Free Press: “Stafford, good guy. He’s a china doll right now. Anytime he gets hit, he goes down. But the kid is – hopefully, it’s just patiently waiting for him, because the kid is an awesome talent. He has a tremendous arm. The throws that he makes during practice when no one can touch him, he looks like an All-American quarterback, but put him in a game, and you hit his shoulder. So hopefully, say a couple prayers, keep him healthy next year, and the Lions can do some damage in the NFC.”

Psst, it should be noted that Follett was placed on Injured Reserve with an injured neck and missed the last 10 games of the season. China doll, indeed.

Later, Follett took to his Twitter account to backpedal faster than Maurice Jones-Drew: “Thats my bad on the china doll comment, just referring to his injury.. have no room to talk I was more broken then anyone this yr.”

And this: “Matts a baller I see it everyday on the field, and have no doubt he's going to do work next season!”

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:39 am

Hot Routes 1.25.11: Still more talk on Cutler

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Perhaps one reason why NFL players and some media ripped Jay Cutler to shreds for not playing most of the second half of Sunday’s game: he comes across as awfully aloof and doesn’t allow anyone to know him. Maybe even his fellow NFL players.
  • NFL.com’s Albert Breer breaks the story that Bears QB Todd Collins – you might know him better as Caleb Hanie’s warmup act – suffered a shoulder injury Sunday and he might need surgery. Meaning his 16-year career is very much in jeopardy.
  • Titans RB Stafon Johnson is suing his alma mater, USC, for negligence. He alleges that the weightlifting accident that crushed his larynx and threatened his NFL career was the result of carelessness by former assistant strength coach Jamie Yancher.
  • The Broncos have hired former Saints DB coach Dennis Allen to be their new defensive coordinator. Allen was considered a candidate for the Eagles defensive coordinator position as well.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 7:30 pm

Jones-Drew says he was kidding about Cutler

M. Jones-Drew said he was just kidding about ripping J. Cutler (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You know how Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew ripped Bears QB Jay Cutler on Sunday after Cutler didn’t return to the game following his sprained MCL (I wrote about it here) ?

Well, apparently, Jones-Drew was just kidding around with Cutler.

Wrote Jones-Drew on Sunday: "Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT..” He also wrote this, “All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one...”

Said Jones today in an interview with the AP: “I never attacked him, called him soft or a sore loser. I never questioned his toughness. I think people took my joke out of context. I was taking at shot at Florida fans."

I could see how Jones-Drew – who played all season with a torn meniscus in his knee – was joking in that first tweet, but in that second tweet, I’m not so sure.

Of course, Jones-Drew now is getting death threats. Which is utterly ridiculous (not to mention predictable).

"I don't have a problem with people coming back at me," Jones-Drew said. "That interaction makes it fun. But some people took it too far by threatening my life. ... I'm not going to stop tweeting. I've never attacked anyone and never will."

You know, it’s just nice to know that everybody involved is handling this situation in the most mature way possible.

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