8:34 AM CDT, September 19, 2012
I want to believe Jay Cutler.
I want to believe IN Jay Cutler.
Problem is, both feel impossible when it’s important.
I want to believe the Bears quarterback when he said he “can’t put a definite reason on why’’ he berated and bumped left tackle J’Marcus Webb along the sideline during an ugly loss in Green Bay on Thursday.
I want to believe it, but I can’t. It looked -- and later sounded -- like Cutler found a sucker to blame for yet another one of his bad performances in a big game. It’s hard to believe in a guy who doesn’t believe he has ever had a bad game, or at least has a reputation for never admitting it with any credibility.
I want to believe Cutler when he said on his weekly radio show on WMVP-AM 1000 that he talked to Webb and “it’s behind us.’’ I guess I believe the talking part, but the “behind us’’ part feels like a crock.
I mean, Webb has been one of the players under scrutiny and criticism from Cutler and offensive coordinator Mike Tice since Tice added that job to his offensive line duties earlier this year. The only reason the sideline bump might be behind them is because Cutler will find a new issue that will cause him to go all jerkface on Webb.
I want to believe Cutler when he said he wasn’t “oblivious’’ to the ruckus he created and he discussed the issue “with the powers that be and with the offensive line, each of them individually.’’ In fact, I have every reason to believe that part.
But when Cutler added “and it is what it is,’’ I have to pause. That was the time to finish with something like “and it won’t happen again.’’ He didn’t. Look, dude, you’ve already stepped in it and now you’re trying to act like a big boy, so act like it. This just sounds lame.
Same goes for Cutler’s contention that he thought he maintained his composure all game when his bad mechanics and worse decisions certainly looked otherwise.
Ditto when Cutler said he “probably’’ shouldn’t have bumped Webb. “Probably’’? Lose the “probably’’ altogether. Listen, pal, you either believe you acted like a brat or you believe you didn’t. Pick a lane.
No, wait, you’ve picked a lane, but aren’t committed. If that’s what we think on the outside, imagine how sorry this plays among teammates.
If Cutler doesn’t sound like he believes that decision was wrong, it’s hard to believe he can correct other decisions. It’s all about decisions with Cutler, and the Packers game showed there can be a lot of decisions to correct.
In fact, every big game shows there are a lot of decisions to correct. In today’s print edition, Trib Football Guru Dan Pompei did an outstanding job of breaking down Cutler’s biggest games as a Bear based on what was at stake and the interest level, and it’s enough to kill all hope. I mean, just look at what Pompei found:
In the 12 “big’’ games, Cutler is 4-8 with 13 touchdowns, 19 interceptions and a 67.7 rating. Big games, small production, diminishing future.
If you’ve watched the games Pompei cites, you’ve seen a leaky Bears offensive line combine with Cutler’s bad decisions lead to interceptions and a breakdown in mechanics. In Green Bay on Thursday, that deadly cocktail also fueled an embarrassing moment along the sideline.
For those Cutler supporters keeping score at home, that’s a physical breakdown along with mental disasters and an emotional belch. Talk about third-and-long.
Support for Cutler feels shaky at best right now, and most of it is Cutler’s doing. I want to believe in Cutler because this season goes nowhere without him, and this season is a great opportunity, but he has trouble performing like a winner and responding like a pro when everybody’s watching.
I want to believe Cutler. I want to believe IN Cutler. But I’m holding my breath.
I’m pretty sure the Bears are, too.
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