After [intlink id=”13″ type=”category”]Chicago Bears[/intlink] coach [intlink id=”296″ type=”category”]Lovie Smith[/intlink] led his team to the NFC North title and NFC Championship game last season, I began to develop some respect for him.
Since then, he’s done nothing but prove my initial feeling about him correct. He’s a complete idiot.
Mostly, it’s been his adamant defense of quarterback [intlink id=”405″ type=”category”]Jay Cutler[/intlink]. You know, the guy who quit on the Bears in the second half of the aforementioned NFC Championship game and stood on the sidelines breathing through his mouth?
Now, Smith is wondering why no one questioned the toughness of Green Bay Packers cornerback [intlink id=”143″ type=”category”]Charles Woodson[/intlink] and receiver [intlink id=”76″ type=”category”]Donald Driver[/intlink] for not finishing the Super Bowl.
“[Woodson] walked off, and he was standing on the sideline,” Smith said today, per Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Donald Driver walked off, and he stood on the sideline. But we’re not questioning them. I never question them. Totally off base for that to happen.”
Let me map this out for you, you monumental douche.
Woodson had a broken collarbone. Driver had a high ankle sprain, which kept him from working out until several weeks after the game.
Cutler, on the other hand, had a knee injury — one similar to the knee injury [intlink id=”234″ type=”category”]New Orleans Saints[/intlink] quarterback Drew Brees played almost the entire 2010 season on. In addition, Cutler was seen strolling around Beverly Hills like nothing was wrong a couple days later.
Then there’s the question of leadership. Most teams get it from their quarterback.
Had [intlink id=”25″ type=”category”]Aaron Rodgers[/intlink] hurt his vagina and not played the second half of the Super Bowl, Smith would have a point.
As it were, he just reinforced the notion that he’s truly a moron.
Well played, Lovie.
Stupid move by Lovie. He is only providing motivation for the team.
Besides that, questioning proven players who are respected around the league for their toughness does not make sense. No good can come from what he said and he comes off looking like as much of a whiner as the BOY he was protecting, Jay Cutler.
I think (in my opionion at least) that the resounding critisism came as a result of Cutler’s demeanor on the sidelines during the seconds half. When Woodson and Driver went out in the Super Bowl, you could visibly see them on the sidelines, still actively cheering the Pack on. In some cases though the obvious pain (see: Woodson). But Cutler just sat, slumped on the sideline bench without much enthusiasm for visually and audibly supporting his team.
If he had been playing an active roll on the sidelines, trying to rally his tropps behind him (as the leader he should be for the Bears) I seriously doubt this would have been the issue it’s become.
Even though his point was actually dead on accurate, it was wrong for Smith to incidentally throw Woodson under the bus.
That said, what is it about Cutler’s injury that you morons still don’t understand? It was an MCL tear, which meant he had no lateral stability and no ability to plant to throw the ball. Re-watch the 2nd quarter of that game, and since the injury occured the first play of that game, you will see that he couldn’t throw the ball. (and don’t respond that he can’t throw anyway, because what I’m talking about is specific and documented in the film) So he played an entire quarter with the injury, was ineffective, and then tried to play the second half.
Brees played wiht a similar, but not as severe injury, and used a knee brace. You have to be fitted for a knee brace, so it’s not like they could have slapped one one.
Furthermore, he was helping his backup, as was reported by those on the sidelines who were there to witness what was happening. He even stood up to cheer after one of Hanie’s touchdowns, it was right there on FOX’s broadcast. Smith is 100% correct in his assessment of FOX’s picking and choosing their shots. They never would have shown the cheering one if it wasn’t live and accidental.
It’s Cutlers history. He is known for his non-existent attitude, and the clips of him during the game did not help.
I admit that I actually felt bad for the shitstorm on Cutler, but the dude needs to show more life to be a leader.
I have not made a deal out of Cutler sitting it out. Anyone who watched that a game a couple times, I believe, realizes that the Bears probably get shutout if Cutler continues to try and go. The Packers’ pass rush would have ate him for dinner.
On the other hand, Lovie really blundered by mentioning Wood here. Yeah, he was standing on the sideline, standing there with a BROKEN COLLARBONE. There was no question about whether Wood could have played or not. I get his point, and the reference to DD is fine. But bringing up Wood’s injury was just stupid. There is no comparison between Wood standing on the sideline cheering on his teammates with his arm in a sling, and Cutler sitting out the 2nd half with his MCL tear.
I respect the fact that Cutler was injured. I don’t respect his demeanor after he went out of the game. He stood there and pouted instead of going and trying to help a 3rd string QB led his team to the Super Bowl. Woodson and Driver were pseudo cheerleaders on the sideline.
I’m more surprised than annoyed at Lovie because I really don’t see the point of what he said. Besides the fact that I definitely disagree with it, even if some do agree, really, what’s the point? Nothing good can come from this and I personally hope Woodson and Driver remember this the two times we play the Bears “next” season.
Who gives a shit who played QB for the Bears in the game. They are all equally terrible. Lovies comment was well received by this die hard Packer Fan. My response…go to the Superbowl and actually win you fuck head. Yea we did that and side lined 2 of our starters because our team has always done things this way. Not all pretty performances on our part but keys roles on defense were filled by 2nd stringers that stepped up. Maybe you should teach your team to stop being a bunch of vagina and step the fuck up.
LOVE IT! Well said.
ESD, ..Listen rockhead…Cutler said he didnt know when he injured it, so how the F would you know? people like you piss me off. How do you know better than Cutler?????. with that said, Lovie has no class saying what he did, Wood, and Drive are probably in the top 10 of players respected in this league, bringing them into this is bush league, just like your team. ive said this before, and i’ll say it again…WHY CANT CUTLER STAND UP FOR HIMSELF???…Why does Daddy Lovie have to do all his talking? I mean wtf???…Cutler, stand up and be a man…for once, No wonder he has a reputation as a wuss, he’s earned it. I agree with Ryan, i hope everyone on the team checks to see where lovie is lining up on the sideline, dont make it blatant, or do, but take the shot if you can, who’s gonna come to fight for him?…Cutler?..BAWHAHAHA
Because the training staff reported when it happened. Also, watch him play before the beginning of the quarter and after. It’s pretty freaking obvious. Yeah, Cutler blabbing about how tough he is would really change anyone’s opinions. Anyone who’s paid even a minute of attention to his play, and isn’t an idiot, know’s his toughness shouldn’t be questioned. And now he’s supposed to find a reporter and talk about how tough he is? Please! This isn’t the WWE. Real men don’t care what people think about them.
Jay Cutler had had perhaps the worst game of his career to the point of sustaining his injury. Criticisms should be of his horrendous play and his dumb demeanor after the injury — he did himself no favors. He did this to himself, but lay off the injury itself, our pass rush would have devoured him the entire game with that week knee. He probably couldn’t plant it well and throw off it either. Those are much different things than walking down the sidewalk (yes that was dumb though)
Haha. Cutler is a hell of a guy – he just got back from Africa doing charity work for two weeks, that he didnt publicize one bit – and the media chooses to show what it wishes. He doesn’t play ball and smile for the cameras, so they depict him as negatively as possible. A bunch of sad little people you are, needing to berate him as much as possible when he did the most with the least this year, so to speak. Can’t wait til he whoops some Green and Gold ass next year. Now bring on the haters. Green Bay got lucky, Hanie almost brought your punkasses down. Dynasty my ass.
OK, it was all luck, we didn’t kick your “C” wearing ass up and down the football field right?
You score a couple of points and suddenly you were in it all game?
Why the hell didn’t you start Hanie? Maybe Philly should have started Vick against us too. You are ridiculous, at what point during the playoff destruction of the entire league were we lucky?
Yea I thought so, the Bears really, completely and totally suck.
You guys were embarrassed on national TV, you were the division winners and got your azz handed to you. lol. I know, it stings. But not one second of that game was “lucky” right?
“Cutler is a hell of a guy.”