9:33 AM CDT, October 3, 2012
As long as the Bears win, Jay Cutler can do what he wants.
As long as Cutler throws for 300 yards and two or three touchdowns, he can stiff any coach he likes.
That’s what I’m getting in my emails and on my Twitter account. That’s what I’m reading in comments to the Tribune, hearing from callers to radio shows, and seeing in tweets to Comcast SportsNet.
“Y do you care if he’s an ass off the field? Just win and don’t kill or maim or rape anyone off the field. It’s really simple.’’
“YOU need to stop it. Stop it. My goodness, so much for objective journalism.’’
And so much for your knowing what the point of a column is.
But anyway, let me see if I have this right:
Cutler’s shoving J’Marcus Webb in Green Bay was wrong because the Bears lost, but dissing Mike Tice on the bench was fine because the Bears won.
New football maxim: Winning isn’t everything, but everything is excused by winning.
Maybe it’s me, but it’s wrong to publicly humiliate your boss. Try that with your boss and see how that works out.
Maybe it’s me, but it’s a lame version of leadership to shove a teammate. Stupid, too, when that teammate is charged with protecting your blind side.
It’s not professional. It’s not what a leader does. It was a dumb act, sort of like Cutler’s playing the martyr card on his radio show after getting criticized for his dumb act, saying the media blows everything out of proportion.
Seems to me, if you don’t pull some selfish, unprofessional act, then there’s nothing to blow out of proportion.
Cutler has this pattern. It goes back to last season when microphones picked up the F-bomb he dropped on former offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
By the way, why does Cutler have so many offensive coordinators? Does Lovie Smith hire so many dumb assistants or does the sometimes petulant Cutler have something to do with the coaching turnover? Discuss.
Meanwhile, back to Cutler’s pattern. This feels familiar: some bad moves, some terrific talent, some questionable acts as a teammate. Yeah, Sammy Sosa. This defense of Cutler has a Sosa-ness about it.
As long as Sosa hit 60 homers, he could make whatever selfish move he wanted, and fans and management would accept it. Heck, they’d justify it and defend it and buy him a new boombox, if necessary.
Until he couldn’t do it anymore, and then the people who enabled Sosa turned on him viciously. Revenge is public. The monster ate the team, and no surprise, the team fell apart.
Baseball isn’t as much of a team sport as football. Football is the ultimate team sport, so you’d think it would require acute attention to bonding brotherhood, respect and support. Maybe it’s me, but shoving a teammate and dissing your boss don’t seem to strengthen brotherhood, respect and support.
Maybe it’s me, but I can’t think of any unprofessional acts that would strengthen a team.
Maybe it’s me, but I would expect the example to be set by the quarterback, whom the NFL has paid and legislated into the most important player on the field, and by extension, off it.
Although Cutler’s actions cannot possibly help, I’m not saying the Bears will fall apart because of this. I’m not predicting doom because Cutler can’t always work and play well with others.
But I will predict this: The people who are defending Cutler’s incivility by ripping me will be the first to empty the magazine with invectives if he doesn’t lead the Bears to the Super Bowl, and some of them will question his leadership skills.
Oh, and I’d also bet that Cutler won’t take much, if any, of the blame.
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