A former captain on the Chicago Bears with Jay Cutler and a Hall of Famer have ripped into the behavior of the quarterback after the team was walloped 23-10 Thursday night by the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field.
Adewale Ogunleye, a defensive end on the Bears during Cutler’s first season with the team, and Terry Bradshaw spoke out against Cutler on Friday. Cutler was sacked seven times and threw four interceptions in the loss – the second time in four games at Green Bay he has been picked off four times.
Ogunleye, a captain with the Bears during that season, said Cutler crossed the line when he bumped left tackle J’Marcus Webb as they came off the field following a possession in the first half. Cutler was also caught by cameras for the NFL Network yelling at teammates.
“If you are not doing your job, yeah, someone should be allowed to get in your face,” Ogunleye said during an interview on the 'Mully & Hanley Show' Friday morning on WSCR-AM 670. “But if you live in a glass house, you can’t throw any stones. So the way I am looking at the game, no one is yelling at Jay when he is throwing the ball three (four) times to their defenders. And you’ve got to have some sense of accountability. At the end of the day, you start losing the respect of your teammates, you start losing the respect of that offensive line when publicly you’re bumping people and yelling at them in their face. I don’t think it is the right thing to do.
“To go and bump another player, you know the only reason Jay Cutler can bump on offensive lineman and not get his butt beat is because he is the star quarterback of the Chicago Bears. If this is in the street, and you bump a man that is 300 pounds, Jay is in serious trouble.
“The team is going to have to police itself. Maybe Brian (Urlacher) will have to say something. The more you yell at them, the more pressure you are putting on your own teammate.”
Bradshaw, during a visit with the “Mac and Spiegel Show” also on WSCR-670 AM, said he didn’t care for Cutler’s composure either.
“I like him, I think he’s a great talent,” Bradshaw said. “I do not like, I’m telling you I’ll go right on the record – I do not like calling out my linemen and bumping them and screaming and hollering because you’ve got all these cameras watching.
“Tell everyone, say I stunk, I stunk the joint up and it wasn’t my night. You know, apologize to the Bears fans and that quells it a little bit but don’t have to apologize during the week for the media who is going to be all over this when you could have snipped it, you could have cut it right there and now it’s going to just snowball and you don’t need that as a player and you sure don’t need that as a team.
“This is a guy I’ve never met and I’ve heard so many things negatively about Jay. His body language for a person that’s never met him suggests he’s not a person I really want to meet, but that’s kind of a silly thing. I’d really like to sit down with him and I’d have a better understanding of what makes him tick. I think just by talking to him but … I just sometimes, I don’t understand.”
“I prided myself, I took great pride in never saying a word. I never complained to my linemen, I never ever called them out, I never said an unkind word about them, I never yelled.”
Ogunleye said Cutler can be difficult to like, especially compared against other quarterbacks.
“I’ve met Tom Brady many times and played against him. Genuinely, he is a good person and you want to see him successful,” Ogunleye said. “The problem with Jay is we’re not sure about his emotions. The only thing we see is when he is really angry. Even when he does a really good job he doesn’t show a sense of happiness.
“There is no good to Jay, there is no smiling. All we see is when he is pissed off, when he is angry and that reflects in the way people might view him in the locker room. But a guy like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, genuinely they are nice people and they overextend themselves. Tom Brady can be the biggest diva in the world – he has that right, he has won Super Bowls – but he is not that guy. I think that is why he is even more likeable.”
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