An Open Letter to Jay Cutler

Dear Jay,

I want to apologize to you on behalf of us Chicago Bears fans that actually know football. You’re the best quarterback this franchise has had since Sid Luckman.

Unfortunately, people seem to forget the ass kicking you dealt with all season. Nevermind the offensive line issues and lack of blitz pick-up, you didn’t say one word. You played through bruises, concussions and type one diabetes and put forth a top effort.

People will not let go of the idea that you didn’t want to play for the ultimate tool Josh McDaniels. Meanwhile, the Broncos best quarterback of all time didn’t want to play for the Colts that were going to draft him. That’s forgiven but you’re wrong. Do people hate Eli Manning for not wanting to play for the Chargers? No, he’s also given a free pass.

Throughout the league, the hypocrites like Maurice Jones-Drew and Philip Rivers attacked your toughness. One sat out the last two weeks while his team was fighting for the playoffs and the other one has underachieved with the rest of his team (and I know he has huge statistics, but choked in key games). But of course, they don’t live in glass houses.

We found out that you have a type-two MCL sprain in your left knee. You tried to play through the pain and were unable to go. So did the moronic fans appreciate your fighting with team doctors and trainers to get back on the field? Nope. They called you a variety of inappropriate names and burned your jerseys. You were called a quitter.

Jim McMahon, a beloved quarterback from the 1985 squad was always injured. But he was loved by the same people that treat you like crap.

For those of us that appreciate you, please accept our gratitude.

Jonathan D. Carroll

Follow me on Twitter at BearsHQ.


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  • roger keime

    i agree

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      Thank you. I hope you liked it

  • Barbara

    Dear Jay Cutler:

    As per usual so-called “fans” and other critics have a short memory of what you have done for this team. In terms of “toughness” I applaud the way you have exhibited very high standards of honor and class by not jumping into the name calling and insinuations which have been asserted against you personally. That dear Jay, takes true grit. My hat’s off to you. Let’s just suck it up and move on. Get the knee fixed and take to the Super Bowl next year and show’em what Jay Cutler can really do. Walk in faith baby and God bless.

  • Harry

    Love the post. Would like to also give kudos to a man beloved to all of the fans ( #54 ) Brian Urlacher. With no hesitation or thought for his own image, he jumped right up and defended Jay. Always a leader and a class act. Get healthy Jay, and hopefully we can do something with that O-line next year.

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      Thank you sir and great point on Urlacher

  • thtone

    I 100% agree with your letter.

    Jay is doing awesome, second season here and he took us to the NFC championship game.

    He’s by far the best Bears QB Of MY LIFETIME.

    REAL Bears fans know that he is tough as hell with a rifle arm that can make the throws AND he can run it.

    Thanks dude! Can’t wait for next season!

    (Imagine this dude with an actual o line and a #1 receiver!)

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      Well, that will hopefully be addressed. Quite honestly, Cutler for a guy that doesn’t get much help is available tough SOB. Most true Bears fans appreciate this guy. It’s the morons that boo him and burn his jerseys. Thanks for the kind words

  • Lynn

    I’m not a Chicago fan, but am appalled at what has been thrown at this man. This is a wonderful article and I hope Mr. Cutler prints it out and keeps it with him at all times.

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate your thoughts

  • http://yahoo ross

    Thank you for expressing what intelligent fans would like to say to Cutler.

    I also value Brian U. for speaking up on Jays behalf. I also appreciate J angelos effort.

    I also understand some fans would like J Cutler to be more of a politician and act and speak like a team representative as they believe it is part of a quarterbacks responsibility.

    We have had some, but they could not play like a quarterback.
    I have chosen to be gratfull for what J. Cutler gives us and not expect him to do more. If he ever chooses to be a diplomatic spokesperson I will welcome it. I will not complain that he makes a personal choice not to be that person. If anyone complains that is there right to say they would lioke it. NO ONE has the right to say he is not strong, dedicated to winning or a quitter. If they do , it says more about the person making the comment, than what the comment says.

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      Thanks for the kind words. Most of us are better than the meatheads

  • Robin

    Thnak you for your letter. I agree with you whole heartedly. I feel Jay is one of the toughest players on the team with all the hits and sacks he has gotten throughout the year. And I enjoyed Brian Urlacher standing up for Jay. I think that says a lot about Brian and Jay. I think Jay is doing great and I hope he gets better and takes us all the way next year!!

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      Thank you for your kind words. Cutler is a tough SOB, and these idiots that don’t recognize it should go cheer for another team.

  • Jason

    Thank you for putting into words the way many of us feel, I was beginning to think I was the only one who felt this way. Jay is a bad ass who plays with a passion and fire that almost borders on wreckless abandon. Remember the spinning arial TD against Detroit or the right cross/stiff-arm delivered to Antoine Winfield of the Vikings? A quitter doesn’t play like that. Jay is a very gifted QB and one hell of a team mate. How mant times could he have ripped his O line in the past 2 years, after every game? How many did he? None. I applaude him for his class and am very thankful to have him as the QB of my beloved Chicago Bears. And people, remember…there’s alway next year to beat those Frickin’ Packers. GO BEARS!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      I’m glad you liked it. He’s gotten way too much crap from people that don’t have a clue about football.

  • John

    I agree with your letter. With reguards to the game, no one is mentioning the play calling. I dont think Martz changed the plays to take advantage of what the defence was showing until caleb went in. Just my 2 cents. Were progressing in the right direction. Bear Down

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      Thanks for the kind words. Your point about the coaching is valid

  • Spike

    Thanks for letter. I was blown away on how people could so quickly judge a person without getting all the info. Espically from players who seem to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and always in trouble. We talk about not pre judging someone for race or religon but for some reason had no problem convecting Jay without all the info. As Bears fans we’ve seen the games and witness first hand how tough Jay is. I can’t wait to next year watch him to ram it down the real wimps throat. Kick ass Jay!

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate your feedback.

  • rawh

    Thank you so much for writing this. I was thinking – if there was some way I could personally assure Jay that many of us think this way, I would – hopefully he’ll see this letter. I am so proud of our team! What an exciting season, and I can’t wait for next year!

    • http://twitter.com/bearshq Jonathan

      You’re welcome. The real Bears fans appreciate Cutler for the type of player he is. Thanks for the kind words.