Jay Cutler, meet Carlos Zambrano.
That’s the deal, Bears fans. Connect the dots, and Cutler teammate D.J. Moore is confirming what you thought about your quarterback:
He’s a hothead who has never won anything despite having the talent to do it. He is a brat who loses it mentally and emotionally at some of the most critical moments.
Zambrano showed up his teammates, when he wasn’t slugging them, that is. Cutler shoved left tackle J’Marcus Webb during another Bears disaster in Green Bay on Thursday. Webb wasn’t the only offensive lineman who stunk against the Packers, but he was the worst of a group that seemed to have a bounty program on their quarterback.
Cutler, of course, should not have shoved Webb. Cutler should’ve yelled at Webb and then shoved offensive coordinator Mike Tice, who also serves as the line coach, and maybe punched Jeremy Bates, the quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator/babysitter. A bad line was made worse through some bad play-calling, and the whole thing was made worse by some bad acting on Cutler’s part.
Tough. Deal with it. Don’t expect anything different. So says Moore.
“He is what he is. He’s always been that way, so I wouldn’t expect him to change,’’ Moore said, and remember, Moore admitted he didn’t even know what happened, and yet, he had an opinion on Cutler.
Which means the opinion of Cutler in the Bears locker room is probably one of a prima donna at best and a major jerk at worst. “Jerk’’ is about as bad a word as I can say on this website, but you know what I mean.
We have been given some idea of the Bears’ locker room culture. Maybe it’s only one guy. Maybe it’s only Moore’s opinion. But I doubt it, and here’s why:
No teammate came forward to defend Cutler at Halas Hall on Monday, sorta like the porous offensive line in Green Bay on Thursday.
If we’re talking exit polls, there are a lot of blue states and just one Jay state.
OK, so, some Bears hate Cutler. Maybe a lot of Bears. Now what?
Here’s what: Nothing.
What matters is whether Cutler throws three touchdowns or three picks. That’s what it comes down to.
Three TDs: leader.
Three picks: loser.
Cubs player tolerated Zambrano as long as he pitched well. When he quit on them after pitching horribly, he was done. Bears players will tolerate the biggest jerk in the world if the guy is producing and the team is winning. Cutler gives you the attitude that he knows he can act like the biggest jerk in the world as long as he throws touchdown passes -- knows it, acts it and doesn’t care what anybody else thinks.
Difference is, however, Zambrano would admit he lost it. For all his lunacy, and it was considerable, Zambrano would apologize, take the blame and swear it wouldn’t happen again. And then it would happen again.
Cutler, though, forget it. His chances of accepting responsibility are lower than his usual Packers quarterback rating. With Cutler last week, it was “I confess, he did it.’’
Cutler’s problem wasn’t shoving Webb, it was the lame response afterward. I believe the shoving thing would’ve been forgiven if Cutler admitted he was as bad as everybody else.
Cutler threw four interceptions and managed seven -- count ‘em, seven -- yards passing in the first half of a nationally televised game against the Bears’ biggest rival, refusing to absorb a good deal of blame for another vomit-inducing performance in Green Bay while shoving one of his protectors. There are all kinds of things to dislike there, and sounding like a baby is a big one.
Cutler couldn’t acted like a big boy. Instead, he came off spoiled. He spouted something about how this isn’t a hobby for him, as if it’s simply weekend warrior stuff for everybody else who just went through training camp and the preseason and two regular-season games. Yeesh.
Because Zambrano would at least apologize and take responsibility, the Cutler-Carlos analogy changes, and you know who’s a better comparison for Cutler?
Neidermeyer, that’s who. Douglas Neidermeyer, the insufferable ROTC leader from the equally insufferable Omega house in “Animal House.’’
Neidermeyer oversaw a unit he was tasked to whip into an organized bunch, doing it with much yelling and hectoring about. “You’re all worthless and weak! Now drop and give me 20!’’
Neidermeyer also showed the ability to humiliate individuals for failing. See Flounder shoveling out the stables, and now that I think of it, Webb is the Bears’ perfect Flounder.
Yeah, I’m liking the Cutler-Neidermeyer comparison better.
Neidermeyer: “How does it feel to be an independent, Schoenstein?’’
Boon: “How does it feel to be (a rectum), Neidermeyer?’’
Yep, works for me. Oh, and there’s one other thing that Cutler ought to know: Neidermeyer’s epilog in the movie was “killed by his own troops in Vietnam.’’