Criticism of Jay Cutler now coming from his own locker room
First, former Chicago Bears captain Adewale Ogunleye stepped out and criticized Jay Cutler for his boorish behavior Thursday night in a 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Cutler was sacked seven times, the second-highest total in his career, and threw four interceptions as the Bears were trampled by their NFC North rivals. NFL Network cameras captured Cutler yelling at teammates multiples times and at one point, as offensive players were leaving the field, Cutler bumped left tackle J’Marcus Webb.
Now, cornerback D.J. Moore, who went to Vanderbilt like Cutler, is questioning the quarterback’s actions.
“Is it unfair to criticize Jay right now? Shoot, it's unfair for him to be like that toward J'Marcus," Moore said to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. "In every game in every sport, there's always somebody who has a tough day. For you to come off on the sideline, once you holler at him it makes it seem like (Webb) is the only reason.
"I don't talk to (Cutler),” Moore said. “But if I was J'Marcus, shoot ... it wouldn't have went down like that. You just can't ... then when (Cutler) shoved him stuff, man. I don't know.
"I don't feel for Cut. He knows what he was doing. I don't think you do that. I think if you have a problem with (Webb), maybe do that in the locker room or something. It's like bad-mouthing someone in the media. It's just weird.''
Ogunleye was critical of Cutler, pointing out that while the blocking was poor, Cutler played terribly himself.
“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,” Ogunleye said. “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,” Ogunleye said. “If this is in the street, and you bump a man that is 300 pounds, Jay is in serious trouble.”
Ogunleye went as far to say all teammates saw was “pissed off Cutler” when he played with him in 2009.
“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,” Ogunleye said. “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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