I'm not a Bears fan, not by any means. In fact, I detest the Bears more than I do the Packers, always have. But there's a bit of a firestorm going on in that neck of the woods that is marginally related to the Vikings because Cutler could have ended up in Purple. Twice.
Reading this article on yahoo today brought it to my attention; that Jay Cutler is being absolutely pilloried by OTHER NFL PLAYERS because he sat out the second half due to injury. Apparently other players feel that Cutler is a wimp and a cry baby for not getting back out there and playing on an injured knee/leg.
Did Brett Favre remind people of what means to play that level of 'guts-ball' last year, when he played on that horribly swollen ankle and a sprained shoulder? We used to see that sort of thing much more often in the '70s an earlier, Favre was something of a throw-back in that regard. And you could never accuse Favre of not giving all he had and then some.
But the downside of that is the question of whether or not an injured QB forcing his way through the game might also lessen your team's chances of victory. If Favre hadn't thrown that last interception, the Vikings would have had a very good chance of winning that NFC CG. A lot of Viking fans were pissed at Favre for not knowing when to sit his tail down and let the next QB in line do their job.
Cutler did just that, and now he's getting nailed by both fans and NFL players alike. Never seen such a thing, NFL players coming out and commenting the way they did. Sure, it's partially a factor of the technology that makes it so easy to blurt out your thoughts (Facebook, Twitter, etc), but I expect we'll see the NFL clamp down on that very shortly, and force the ranks closed once again. In the meanwhile, we just got a rare glimpse of what the "lockerroom" really thinks.
What do you think of Cutler's benching?