Bruschi here is a pretty good
post from nfluk on it which I agree with 100% and have made basically the same points here;
It makes me laugh listening to everyone talking with such a wealth of knowledge and medical expertise, people do love a bit of controversy.
What exactly are people saying? That Cutler didn't want to play? That he was scared? I mean really... It is a laughable suggestion, not really even worth considering. Having watched all of our games I can quite categorically state that there have been worse days for Cutler this season in terms of taking a pounding and having a tough day. The guy has been hit more than any QB around the NFL this season and people question his toughness, it is completely ridiculous.
It also shocks me to hear to hear a guy like MJD commenting, he is a guy whom I respect. It does not shock me to hear people like Dockett and Mark Schlerath who don't have two brain cells to rub together but really none of them have any more information than the rest of us and therefore their opinion means nothing.
What this does highlight though is the fact that people do not like Cutler. That is fair enough. Personally, I think he is fine, and not because he plays for Chicago because I have disliked many Bears players as individuals in the past. However, I feel that people in the media do not like him because he gives them nothing. People in general don't like him because general sentiment tends to follow media agenda. One example is how everyone loved Marvin Harrison and thought of him as an angel simply because the media loved to tell everyone he was a quiet guy who always gave the ball back to the refs after scoring. Cutler's body language doesn't inspire people but to be honest all of that stuff means very little in real terms, provided he can play then I am happy with that.
At the end of the day if he cannot throw effectively off his front foot then the coaches had to make a decision as to whether a injured Cutler is better than 100% backup and they made the call. All of this "you'd have to drag me off the field" stuff is fine but have these players ever considered that they might not be so much better than their backups that they are actually hindering their team by staying on the field? The difference between players at the highest level is not so great as evidenced by how players perform when carrying injuries. Just look at the difference in Forte from 09 to 10 or Merriman on drugs vs off the drugs.
Another thing that amazes me is how people knock Cutler for his body language on the bench. He is always that way, why expect any different? Are people really incapable of grasping that people are different and one persons reaction might not be the same as another's? He will also have been disappointed at being taken out of the game I am sure, and if he had a sulk then that is life I am sure he is not perfect. He was helping Hanie though so I don't really see al the hype surrounding this. It was the same with Tomlinson a few years ago and we all know LT came to play week in and week out his entire career in San Diego.
All of this crap about being "clutch" or having "heart" and all of that is drivel. Where was "Matty Ice" vs the Packers? Brady wasn't exactly "clutch" vs the Jets... it's all media hyperbole. Both of those are good players who had poor games against great opposition. Cutler is good QB but frankly the Packers defence is very good and in honest opinion they are a better team than Chicago. Cutler should have made some throws he missed on, no question about it but it was nothing to do with him not having heart he simply did not play as well as we wanted him to, its really not a shock when facing a good team like Green Bay.
Interesting Matt Ryan is now 0-2 in the playoffs, both times coming off division wins but where is the media derision of his performance?
Cutler is a tough bastard who scrambles, puts his shoulder in and doesn't go down easy. The only other QB who I see who scrambles and puts his should in is Big Ben and he has far better size for it. Vick scrambles and does go into guys but not as much as Cutler imo. We got this far because of Cutler. In the last few weeks we relied on Cutler to put points up and he did, against some great defenses. In the early part of the year and the latter half his scrambling saved us from the many personnel flaws of out offense.
Also Manning and Brady, by general acclamation the best 2 of the last 10 years always look pissed/sulky when they are losing. During the Jets games both looked incredibly dejected watching the Jets moving and controlling the ball for so long. It's alright for those guys though apparently.
My real worry after all this ****e of him being a 'quitter' and 'wuss' dies down is how this will disrupt next year. If he needs surgery then we could be in trouble. We have seen what happens to some QBs after knee injuries.