Tag:Jay Cutler
Posted on: September 2, 2010 10:08 am
 

Hot Routes 9.02.10: And so it begins ...

Actually, "it" (meaning NFL football) will begin a week from today. But college football starts tonight and whether or not you love the college game is irrelevant: it's FOOTBALL. Real, live football and it will be quickly followed by the professional game.

It's like Christmas times eleventy billion. Anyway, follow us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) and feel free to suggest links you'd like to see here.
  • Since it's the start of football season (college anyway) and since Jay Cutler won't play tonight against the Browns , I nominate someone to come up with a delicious new drink called the "Todd Collins." Perhaps it could just be a "Tom Collins" with severely aged grapefruit juice?
  • No Dez Bryant on Thursday night, which means he'll make his debut in the regular season. Jerry Jones' excuse : 'he's got some conditioning work to do.'
  • Bob Glauber of Newsday discusses talked with ex-Giant Antonio Pierce, who "just [doesn't] see the energy" in the team this year. He also calls them "just another team" -- what's the deal with former Giants getting television jobs and ripping their old teammates these days?
Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:20 am
 

Hot Routes 9.1.10: September: also elite, I guess

Sorry these are so late (I know, I know, you've had more cups of coffee than Matt Leinart's had trade rumors this morning), but in the interest of NOT making them about Leinart, I tried to dig up some funkier links. Enjoy.

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  • John Clayton, whom I actually like quite a lot, has ranked the NFL quarterbacks before we start the season (in eight days - OMFG). He has 14 "elite" quarterbacks (yes, having FOURTEEN does destroy the meaning of the word), 8 members of the "Chad Pennington Division" and 11 in the "Hit/Miss Division." Now, Matt Ryan isn't elite (yet), Brett Favre isn't better than Aaron Rodgers and/or Philip Rivers (right now), and if Matt Moore has a 5 percent chance of being elite, how is he ranked one spot lower than Trent Edwards? There are LOTS of questions on this list.
  • Josh Wilson, the newest Raven after yesterday's trade from the Seahawks, says he "couldn't be happier." Duh -- he's a former  Terp so he's closer to home, and while Jim Harbaugh isn't as enthusiastic as Pete Carroll, his team certainly is better.
  • The Denver Post appears to be having some fun with their new toy, Tim Tebow, page/DEN">Broncos)&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">using the phrase "rise to top backup" in a headline about the depth chart. Or maybe I'm reading too deeply into it -- let's just say that when he "resurrects the Broncos red zone efforts" then it's officially awkward.
  • LOOK OUT, DALLAS! Here comes Houston, who has sold page/HOU">Texans+Football)&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">a record number of season tickets . Also, Gary Kubiak thinks that it's their time to win the AFC South .
  • Wade Phillips thinks Tony Romo is "ready." Well, that's good. Actually, I think he may means Romo is ready to "win this division, have a monster statistical year, take us to the Super Bowl and keep my job alive."
  • It's Clinton Portis' birthday today ! I actually didn't realize that until Jamie Mottram pointed out that he has the same bday as Portis which, considering Mottram is a Redskins' fan, is mildly awesome. My "athlete matchups" are Michael Vick, Chad Pennington and Derek Jeter. Lame. Who you got?
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:03 pm
 

Jay Cutler is dating a celebrity

Posted by Andy BenoitK. Cavallari

The plan was to write about how the Bears offense is struggling this preseason in Mike Martz’s new system. But, shamefully, we find this (and we know that you find this) much more interesting. (And besides, given Chicago’s porous offensive line, we’ll have all season to write about the struggles in Martz’s system.)

So, onto the interesting news: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is dating Kristin Cavallari, star of MTV’s The Hills. Ironically, Cavallari, 23, was born in Denver. She has had appearances in a few movies – none of which any of us have ever heard of. Her break into stardom came either in Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County or The Hills (depends on how much credibility you give Laguna Beach). Her turns-ons include humor, athleticism and interceptions.

ChicagoBreakingSports.com brought this topic up with Cutler Tuesday:

We asked Cutler if he's ready for the Tony Romo-like spotlight. "I won't get into that stuff like he does. That's going to be ... all of that stuff is on the backburner," he replied.

But, a Bears QB and a Hollywood reality star is huge news, right? His enigmatic response: "It'll be interesting."

If you like the photo of Cavallari (she’s sitting on a baseball field, not a football field, but who the hell cares?) and wish to see more photos of her, we’ve already saved you from the sheepish feeling of typing her name into the Google images search. Just click here.


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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:19 am
 

Hot Routes 8.29.10: Just a big ole hot mess

Posted by Will Brinson

In hindsight, yes, I'm beyond furious that I didn't use the Jay Cutler - Matt Leinart bro pic for this. Dagnabbit.

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  • The headline of the day pretty much has to be this one from Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times on the Bears: 'Saturday night summary: Hot mess." Yes, that makes me giggle. Almost as much as Jay Cutler getting sacked four times, throwing two picks and finishing the night with a QB rating of THIRTY ONE. Bwah. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the quarterback competition is going to come down to "chemistry with the team ." Really.
  • The fellas at The Wayne Fontes Experience make a good point: Willie Young has sacked the quarterback two weeks in a row. I have no earthly idea how he lasted until the SEVENTH round, but he'll be good. Also, guys, I'm the one driving the Jahvid Best bandwagon. You can hitch your wagon by calling 555-BEST. Also, Steve Schroder is right : why aren't they locking Detroit/Cleveland in for Thanksgiving? It's consistently more awesome than whatever else beatdown we're watching.
  • The score of the Panthers - Titans game might lead you to believe that it's the, you know, preseason. It also might lead you to believe that the Panthers defense is pretty good. As Jaxon writes at Cat Scratch Reader , that's not too far off. Offense, Tom Sorensen says at the Charlotte Observer , is "at a premium," which means that the failure/success of this season might actually hinge on the quarterback position for Carolina (once again). NO PRESSURE, Matt Moore.
  • I actually landed C.J. Spiller in a fantasy draft (for the first time) last night. I'm not upset but this news -- he is, as right tackle Cornell Green put it, "something else. " The guys at Buffalo Rumblings think the offense was "efficient and the defense was "lacking" -- if that's the biggest issue facing the Bills heading into the season, I think they take it and run.
  • Mike Tomlin has yet to announce a starting quarterback, but Ryan Wilson of Steelers' Lounge makes an excellent note : the two-headed quarterback monster of Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich is probably the smartest move. Or the only move. Whatever.
  • Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys makes an astute point: this IS the preseason and all, but you still can't "wash away the stink that was the Cowboys on Saturday night." The good news is that Jerry Jones isn't that concerned ; pretty sure t that won't last if the shoddy play continues through into the regular season.
  • Not that anyone actually roots for failure, but it's kind of funny when a New York team stinks, it usually results in fun headline-writing. "Giants still 'a ways' away from being good " and "Nothing goes right for Giants " are two examples. Basically, the point that you should be getting from this is that the Giants are an "at-risk" team for 2010. On the bright side, Joe Flacco is definitely the starter in Baltimore. Which is, um, unsurprising?
Posted on: August 29, 2010 10:32 am
 

Cards quarterbacks both don't look totally awful

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


Before Saturday, the Cardinals didn’t have a great option at starting quarterback. Matt Leinart seemingly had lost his job – or had fallen far enough to make him even with backup Derek Anderson – and Anderson hadn’t been overly impressive in trying to take Leinart’s job from him. Basically, it was not an ideal situation for Arizona.

Then, you had Leinart making national news by complaining – though he said he wasn’t really complaining – about not getting enough snaps and about how hard he’s worked and about how he feels he’s been pretty efficient on the field.

Against the Bears on Saturday night, both quarterbacks looked pretty decent. Now, maybe there actually is a quarterback competition instead of coach Ken Whisenhunt having to choose the quarterback that sucks the least.

Anderson, who started the game, was 7 of 12 for 94 yards and a touchdown, and as the Arizona Republic points out , he provided a spark in the second quarter by converting on three third-and-long situations and throwing a 27-yard touchdown to Stephen Williams.

Leinart, meanwhile, was extremely efficient, completing 9 of 10 passes for 84 yards and a score. For the record, he still hasn’t committed a turnover in the preseason. He also looked good leading the team during a 2-minute drill late in the second half.

Predictably, Whisenhunt said he hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback, though CBSSports.com’s own Pete Prisco believes it will be Leinart’s job.

“It's a good problem to have," Whisenhunt said after the game. "(Saturday) it worked. Not necessarily because we made the change at quarterback. It was good to see us move the football, get some first downs, make some plays … I don't have to make any decisions right now.”

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 10:46 am
 

Hot Routes 8.24.10: Get out of the press box!

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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-A Giants press box attendant asked Steelers icon Dan Rooney to leave because Rooney’s pass was only valid for the owner’s box . The press box attendant apparently didn’t know it was Dan Rooney. (No excuse, though: any half-witted attendant should know that whoever is important enough to get an owner’s box pass is more than important enough to be in the press box.) Rooney graciously left.

-Of the Jets’ “Big Four” – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis and David Harris – it looks like Harris will be the odd man out for a new contract this season. The uncapped year’s 30 percent rule appears to be part of the problem. Harris will make less than $1 million this season.

-According to the Boston Herald , OG Logan Mankins doesn’t spend money. Which means he doesn’t have to worry about lost wages if he doesn’t play this year for the Patriots. Which is looking like a real possibility.

-Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is averaging more than twice as many more yards per carry this preseason than new acquisition Thomas Jones (7 yards to 3.1), but Charles isn’t worried about the stats at this point in the preseason.

-All offseason we’ve been writing about how the Bears don’t have enough quality pass-blockers to execute Mike Martz’s system . It’s only the preseason, but because this proves our point, we’ll remind everyone that Jay Cutler was sacked five times against the Raiders Saturday night.

-Brian Urlacher has a calf injury, but it doesn’t appear to be at all serious .

-The Ravens are upbeat about how Ed Reed’s rehab from hip surgery is going . Some somewhat good news on Sergio Kindle – Baltimore expects him in town by the end of the week .

 -Dallas rookie WR Dez Bryant isn’t scheduled to return in the preseason, but he’s still on track to start the season opener Sept. 12. After suffering a high ankle sprain, he’s lost about 10 pounds.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 9:10 am
 

So much for vanilla

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

An interesting trend has emerged this preseason – defenses which normally would play fairly vanilla against offenses who were doing much of the same are being more aggressive in exhibition games.

The National Football Post takes a look at these occurrences.

In fact, when the Chargers faced the Bears, San Diego blitzed so much (I saw a report where it was six of the first eight snaps) coach Lovie Smith decided to get QB Jay Cutler the hell out of there.

The Giants blitzed 24 times against the Jets. The list goes on.

“For me, I would just say I was trying to set a mentality,” Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell told the Post. “I’m going to be very aggressive. Yes, we want to play base, fundamental defense and we want to see people take on a block, shed a block, that kind of thing.”

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers provides a dissenting opinion.

“Sometimes you can cover up some ills by blitzing all the time,” he told the Post. “If you feel like you have nothing to lose, that’s fine. But if you go into the season feeling you have to rely on the blitz all the time, sooner or later it catches up with you. Now is the time when we can see if we can play base, fundamental football. And if we can’t, and do it well, the blitzing might disguise it for a little bit. But it’s not going to disguise it for long. People figure you out too much in this game. For us, it starts with stopping the run. If we can stop the run, then we can do a lot more things.”

I’m sure this is a trend that opposing quarterbacks who are just trying to get down their timing before retiring to the sidelines for the second half would like to see end. As would their coaches.

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