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    For a man from Santa Claus, Ind., Jay Cutler is one of the least jolly people you've ever met.

    If he's not The Most Hated Man in the NFL, he's in the running. His expression is usually that of a man wearing sandpaper underwear. He looks everywhere but into your eyes. It's a tie as to which he enjoys more -- smirking or shrugging.

    It's hard to say what interests Cutler, but it's definitely not you.

    Once, in his rookie year in Denver, 45 minutes before a game, surefire Hall of Fame safety John Lynch was trying to explain something to Cutler about NFL pass coverage. Except Cutler wasn't looking at Lynch. He was texting.

    "Man, I'm trying to talk to you!" Lynch protested.

    Didn't help. Cutler was all thumbs, head down. Finally, Lynch slapped the phone out of Cutler's hands, smashing it to the floor.

    He listened after that.

    One time, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan thought it would be helpful for Cutler and Broncos legend John Elway to have lunch. Let Cutler drink in some of Elway's experience.

    The three of them sat down at a Denver steak joint. Elway, polite as ever, tried to impart some wisdom. Except Cutler wasn't looking at Elway. He wasn't looking at Shanahan, either. He was looking at the TV. The whole time. With his baseball cap on backward. All the way through dessert. Elway did not leave impressed.

    So when Josh McDaniels, before he had even set his Samsonite down, started railroading Cutler out of town, almost nobody stood up for him.

    Cutler was boxed up and shipped to Chicago, where, this Sunday, he will play his first playoff game of any kind since high school, this one at home against the Seattle Seahawks.

    It's a huge moment for Cutler, if only because his disdain for making nice means everything rides on his wins and losses.

    "In New York, they want to poke you in the eye," says former Bear and sports radio host Tom Waddle. "In L.A., they don't care about you. But in Chicago, they want to love you. They want to make a connection with you. Any kind of connection. But Jay doesn't really care."

    Cutler could own Chicago if he wanted. In a city that has had as many good quarterbacks as Omaha has had good surfers, Cutler could have his name on half the billboards and all the jerseys. My God, the kid grew up a Bears fan! But he doesn't even try. He has zero endorsements and doesn't want any. If there is such a thing as a Jay Cutler Fan Club, Cutler is having a membership drive -- to drive them out.

    xample from Wednesday's 15-minute news conference, the only time he speaks publicly the entire workweek:

    Reporter #1: So, did you enjoy the week off?

    Cutler: Yeah, it's nice to kick back and watch the games.

    Reporter #2: Wait. Last week, you said you never watch the games.

    Cutler (disgusted): I said you could watch the games. I didn't say I watched the games. You've got to listen.

    Cutler is the kind of guy you just want to pick up and throw into a swimming pool, which is exactly what Peyton Manning and two linemen did one year at the Pro Bowl.

    "He's an arrogant little punk," former Broncos radio color man, Scott Hastings, once said on a national show. "He's a little *****."

    Harsh? Yes. Heard before? Yes.

    "I used to hear this kind of stuff a lot," says Marty Garafalo, a freelance publicist who handled Cutler in Denver. "Elway was always trying to give you the time of day, and Jay was always seeing which door he could get out of quicker. It was a maturity thing."

    Cutler's teammates will defend him, when asked. "It's funny to me how people form an opinion of a guy who've never even met him," says Bears tight end Greg Olsen, a close friend.

    So what's the truth?

    "He is what he is," Olsen says.

    Not exactly something for your tombstone.

    What he is is an RPG-armed, 27-year-old Vanderbilt product who dates a reality TV star named Kristin Cavallari, battles Type 1 diabetes every day, and doesn't care who understands him and who doesn't. He's a giving person who does things behind the scenes and hates it when he gets found out. A few days before Christmas, he and Cavallari brought presents for an entire ward of sick hospital kids. A reporter for the Sun-Times got wind of it and asked him about it. Cutler refused to discuss it.

    He's a battler who's done amazingly well considering the swinging saloon-door offensive line he has to play behind. The man has been sacked more times this season (52) than in his three seasons in Denver combined (51). Yet he never complains.

    "He's as sharp an individual as I've ever been around," says Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

    So why is Cutler as popular as gout?

    Is it because he never makes eye contact?

    Is it his seeming inability to answer a question without using "y'know"? (He once used it 57 times in a five-minute interview with the NFL Network.)

    Is it his penchant for making things difficult?

    Reporter (after a game): What happened on that first interception, Jay?

    Cutler: I threw the ball.

    Reporter: Right, but what did you see developing there? Take us through it.

    Cutler (archly): It seemed like a good place to throw the ball.

    Then there was this:

    Reporter: When you were a kid, which quarterback did you look up to?

    Cutler: Nobody.

    Reporter: Nobody? You didn't look up to anybody?

    Cutler: No.

    If he's lying, it makes him a miscreant. If he's telling the truth, it makes him a miscreant.

    "Deep, deep down, I think he's a really good guy," Waddle says.

    Maybe. But why do we have to look that deep?

  • #2
    Cutler Toluwitzski was.. (Only a small hadfull will get that joke).
    Ask me about My Jesus and how to have a relationship with Him.

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    • #3
      I had the pleasure of working for the Utah Jazz for a number of years, and Cutler is eerily similar in character to John Stockton. Quite frankly both are a-holes...... but for some reason I rooted both of them on as they led my favorite teams. Despite their odd personalities I really like both of them.
      Some people just dont like people......
      Last edited by red19; 01-13-2011, 07:00 PM.


      • #4
        Who cares if Jay gets along with the media. His job is to help the Bears win games.........not give the media sound bites.


        • #5
          ah good ol rick reilly...

          anyways, in before the cutler fans take over the thread and defend him to each and every end in 3...2...1...
          Manning Fatigue (noun): The act of being sick as hell of watching a HOF qb take half of forever to decide what to do and just wishing he'd make up his mind.


          • #6
            What a clown. Dissing Elway like that was uncalled for. Glad he is out of here. We don't need players with a god complex.


            • #7
              I liked Cutler while he was here, but I never fell in love with him, and his lack of leadership and the constant "stoned off his rocker" look on his face didn't help. I think he has matured over time and has become more of a leader, but I am still not a fan. I do wish he was still here sometimes, but just for his skills.
              Last edited by SyxxSynse; 01-13-2011, 07:31 PM.


              • #8
                Never cared for his attitude. I've met kids with that kind of demeanor. Its more of a lack of confidence and experience (and sometimes just plain old self awareness) than anything else. No one wants to be an a-hole but it happens.

                Life is a collection of humbling experiences.


                • #9
                  He might just be insecure, regardless, he's playing in th playoffs in the NFL this week.
                  sigpicJosh McDaniels performing a visual display of the ammount of good decisions he's made while in Denver!


                  • #10
                    If all that was true. I'm not so sure Elway would have been disappointed with Cutler leaving. If the only two people at the dinner were Elway and Shanahan, who talked?

                    As a counter to Rick Riley. Here's what one of Cutler's largest critics says about Cutler as a person. Though I find it odd people care so much about a guy who stays out of trouble, and doesn't want to talk:

                    Dilfer's criticism of Cutler does not extend to the frequent media observations about his leadership skills and overall demeanor.

                    "Others who talk about the body language and demeanor ... now I am a believer that he is different privately than he is publicly," Dilfer said. "I have spoken to enough people that know the situation and who have played with him and had no problem with that and say he is a good leader, that he does handle the team aspect very well, privately. He just doesn't come off that way publicly. So I try to avoid those comments because I know privately his players like him. And he has handled those situations well. My criticism of Jay Cutler is simply this: He could be an elite player in this league. But he won't be until he dedicates himself to dealing with the basic things that will bring out and maximize his potential."

                    Cutler will be making his first playoff appearance Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Dilfer has not been impressed with Cutler's big-game performances in the past.


                    • #11
                      i loved that article... I'm a big fan of cutler.

                      It's blatantly obvious that he HATES the media... He doesn't give ANYTHING to the media so the media won't make stuff up about him and how he said this and that... so now the media has to make personal shots at his demeanor to get back at him.

                      yes, he's a tool and a jerk in public... but he's a good person and caring privately.

                      He does that good thing for the hospital and they somehow make it a bad thing because he didn't talk to some reporter about it, like that would make the situation better...

                      This i was laughing at:
                      Reporter (after a game): What happened on that first interception, Jay?

                      Cutler: I threw the ball.

                      Reporter: Right, but what did you see developing there? Take us through it.

                      Cutler (archly): It seemed like a good place to throw the ball.
                      Thats his way of saying, &#@$ you, reporter... I know I made a mistake and you don't have to scold me for it. You know what happened, I know what happened... shut up about it.

                      That is an awesome quote... sorry but i loved that.


                      • #12
                        Thank god Jay Cutler is no longer a memeber of this proud organzation! I allready didn't like him before reading this article and I started to forget about him honestly but after reading this article my dislike for him has risen yet again!

                        All I can say is GO SEATTLE SEAHAWKS!!


                        • #13
                          Wow, I just read this on ESPN. Never knew this about him. What a jerk.


                          • #14
                            Jay Cutler is guilty of being a very private person, and not handling the other side of it well.

                            Oh well. There's loads of worse people out there, even on football teams.

                            At least this article referenced what I'd been saying all along. People talked about how Shanahan and Elway didn't get along and it was Mike's fault that Elway wasn't more involved.

                            I remembered this dinner taking place, but could not find reference to it.
                            Thanks, Reid!
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                            • #15
                              Cutler is gonna be in the NFC Championship after this weekend............

                              Look forward to the Press Conference.