Jay Cutler's Apathy Is A Necessity For The Bears' Survival
Henry McKenna 11:22 am, October 25th, 2014
Jay Cutler is a bro. He seems like he's been hardened and jaded by the constant berating of his former fraternity bros. He's sarcastic, flippant and apathetic -- zero f*#ks given.
He has never been on a particularly elite team during the course of his career. He has never exceeded 10 wins in a season. And he throws interceptions more than he should. So they say, he's "missing something"; He's the next Geoff George; He has Aspergers. But that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Jay Cutler isn't different -- He's an asshole. Don't give him more credit than he deserves.
Recently, the Chicago Bears' locker room is supposedly falling apart. Brandon Marshall was yelling following the loss to Miami. Everything was "unacceptable" to the infinite exponent. People -- namely Brian Urlacher -- started questioning the Bears' player-leadership.
So what if, amidst all this turmoil, Jay Cutler is exactly what the Bears need to get through these tough times?
When a team with high expectations struggles, someone needs to take the blame for the lack of success. If no one does, the blame will be assigned by the media. Incidentally, Cutler gave the media a nicely packaged stat of 10 turnovers to give them a sense of where to point the finger. Then for good measure, he threw two interceptions in every loss and none in every win. Because sports writers aren't scientists, they forget that correlation doesn't indicate causation. There must be proof to take that step. But alas, there is no such thing as "proof" in football. All we have are stats and correlation. So Jay Cutler gets the blame, and in many ways, he deserves it. But he deserves a lot less than he's getting.
Still, having a asshole like Jay Cutler as the scapegoat of this ailing Bears team is perfect. Instead of the media probing the entire locker room and prodding every player, they focus their energy on Cutler. And the beauty of Cutler: He can handle it. Maybe it was some conditioning back from his days in sigma Phi. Maybe it goes back much further than that. Either way, Jay Cutler can handle the media beating. In fact, he can handle a whole team's beating.
He doesn't have a smile like Cam Newton. Cutler's talent will never match Peyton Manning. He's not charming or talkative or polite. With so much emotional volatility in the locker room, Cutler provides stability. When people are aching and complaining, Cutler is working to win games. It may not look like it, but he wants to win just as much as everyone else. He's not perfect, but he's just what the Bears need.
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