Aaron Rodgers comes to the defense of Jay Cutler

Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler profess to have a close relationship.

They text regularly during the season and when Rodgers’ younger brother went to Vanderbilt, the former Commodore Cutler helped him out.

So it wasn’t a surprise when Rodgers came to the defense of the embattled Cutler today. There’s been a storm of controversy surrounding Cutler since he left Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in the third quarter with what’s been reported to be a Grade II sprain of the MCL in his left knee. Current players have ridiculed Cutler, although their criticism may have more to do about how they fell about him rather than them actually questioning his toughness.

“I was real disappointed, to be honest with you,” Rodgers said. “I've known Jay for a few years now and know what kind of competitor he is. I thought it was disrespectful, some of the stuff said about him.
I admire his teammates. I saw Chris Harris' interview on ESPN. I thought the questioning was ridiculous of him. But I appreciated the way he supported Jay, and Lovie (Smith) has, and Brian (Urlacher’s) comments I thought were right on.

“To attack a guy's toughness, when you're not playing in the game especially, I thought was very inappropriate.”

Fair or not, this figures to be an issue that will follow Cutler into 2011. He has considerable baggage to overcome. As Bears general manager Jerry Angelo accurately pointed out Monday, winning is the bottom line.

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