If I Understand Urlacher Correctly, He Might Secretly Want To Do This To Jay Cutler
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing young children act out on their bloodlust and stomp on a lifeless dummy representing an opposing team’s quarterback. It really warms the cockles of your heart, does it not? The funny thing is, I get the feeling that Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher would have joined them in beating on the Jay Cutler Dummy.
Since dislocating his wrist in the season opener against the Packers, Urlacher has been forced to spend the season as a hapless bystander while the Bears have underperformed their way to very disappointing 4-7 record.
Yahoo’s Michael Silver managed to gain unrestricted access to injured Brian Urlacher over the weekend, and if his report on what transpired during a viewing party at Urlacher’s brother’s home is any indication, former Vikings wide receiver Bobby Wade might have been dead-on accurate when he said that Urlacher was never too impressed with Cutler from the get-go.
In between scaring a girl on the couch by crawling up behind her and screaming and summarizing the Vikings’ 36-10 dismantling of his Bears squad by saying “This sucks,” before departing to drive home, Urlacher became visibly frustrated and had this analysis of his team and their new franchise quarterback:
He also got intermittently emotional, screaming encouragement at teammates such as Hunter Hillenmeyer, the man playing his middle linebacker spot who forced a pair of Adrian Peterson fumbles, and questioning officiating calls that hurt Chicago’s cause.
Through it all, Urlacher grumbled about various elements of the Bears’ undoing in tones that would have resonated with many of the team’s fans. Most notably, he questioned Chicago’s de-emphasis of its running game following last April’s blockbuster trade that sent two first-round NFL draft choices, a third-round pick and quarterback Kyle Orton to the Denver Broncos for strong-armed passer Jay Cutler and a fifth-round selection.
“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,” Urlacher said. “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.”
So, I guess what Urlacher is implying is that, despite his shortcomings, Kyle Orton is a winner, and despite his obvious talent, Jay Cutler is a loser. Interesting.
Urlacher attempted to clarify his thoughts regarding Cutler and other teammates he criticized during yesterday’s game during a phone interview with the Chicago Tribune. Specifically about Cutler, he had this to say:
“I’m not taking a shot at Jay. I’m not one bit taking a shot at Jay,” Urlacher said. “He throws it better, right? And we haven’t tried to run the ball as much. That’s true.
“But Kyle has won games. His formula works. So I’m not taking a shot at Jay or Kyle.”
Urlacher said he doesn’t feel the need to clear the air with Cutler.
“I do like Jay,” he said. “He’s a cool dude. But the way things are going right now, anything you say that appears to be derogatory, they’re going to run with it. That’s for damn sure.
“People are going to think I’m taking shots at my teammates, but I’m not. The guys that have been around here and have played with me would know my tone of voice when I’m saying that (stuff). I don’t feel like I said anything bad about Jay.”
I’d hate to break it to the very large and grouchy Urlacher, but he essentially said that Kyle Orton is a better quarterback – or at least a better fit – than Jay Cutler is for the Chicago Bears. To me, that’s kind of a shot. But to each their own, I guess. I’m not going to argue with the guy about it.
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Urlacher shoots down talk of Cutler insult [Chicago Tribune]
Urlacher: I wasn’t criticizing Cutler, teammates [Chicago Tribune]