With all due respect, and I mean this in the nicest of ways … you suck

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One of my favorite things in the world is when an athlete rips another athlete, then tries to cover himself by saying something like, “With all due respect.”

This happened yesterday to Brian Urlacher, the Bears linebacker who was asked about Jay Cutler. His money quote, as told to Yahoo Sports: “Look, I love Jay, and I understand he’s a great player who can take us a long way, and I still have faith in him. But I hate the way our identity has changed. We used to establish the run and wear teams down and try not to make mistakes, and we’d rely on our defense to keep us in the game and make big plays to put us in position to win. “Kyle Orton might not be the flashiest quarterback, but the guy is a winner, and that formula worked for us. I hate to say it, but that’s the truth.”

Urlacher later explained that he wasn’t ripping his teammate. Which is funny—because he was clearly ripping his teammate. And rightly so. The Cutler Experiment has gone terribly wrong. The problem: First, the Bears traded for potential more than reality. They traded for the big arm and amazing athleticism and larger-than-life reputation. But, truth be told, Cutler had been a good day’s Steve DeBerg in Denver. Good, solid—but nothing amazing.

Now the Bears are stuck with a petulant quarterback who makes crazy money, rarely looks off a receiver and treats the media as if they’re maggots.

Which we often are.

But that’s not the point.

4 thoughts on “With all due respect, and I mean this in the nicest of ways … you suck”

  1. Relax…Cutler is going to be fine. The Bears have a bad O-line which prevents them from being able to run (or effectively pass-protect) and don’t have very good receivers. Even your beloved Tom Brady would be struggling with that bunch. To think that Orton is a better QB in the long term is crazy.

  2. Really John? It’s crazy to think that a guy who has a career 27-15 record as a QB is better long term than a guy with a career 21-25 record? Really? That’s crazy? And if you’re going to blame the Chicago supporting cast, don’t forget that’s who most of Orton’s record was compiled with.

    The best QBs in the game don’t have the best arms – Brees, Brady and Manning are all intelligent guys who know what they can and can’t do to help their team win football games. It’s not all about talent – it’s about being a good football player.

    And guess what? Jay Cutler is not a good football player. Period.

  3. I am a Bears fan. I watched the 85 Super Bowl team perform the Super Bowl shuffle when I was 5. But I agree with Jeff. Cutler makes me nervous, and I wish Orton was our QB. At least he throws accurate passes and is a team player.

  4. Yes Cutler is having a poor year. I am not saying he will be Brett Favre but at the same point in his career he was having many of the same problems that Cutler is having now.

    There is plenty of blame to go around with this Bears team. Poor defense, poor offensive line, no go to receiver. While Cutler has been bad, we have no idea as to how much the recieviers are to blame.

    As for Orton supporting cast, he played with a defense that was a lot better. They didn’t let him do more than he was capable of doing. He has much better receivers in Denver.

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