Chicago Bears: The Right People Like Jay Cutler & Other NFC Notes
Is there strife in the Bears' locker room?
While there may be issues elsewhere within the team regarding Cutler (and other than rumors we don't and won't know), the most important guys are happy with him.
Both Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester had nothing but praise for Cutler, even if Marshall allowed for the fact that Cutler is "totally different than any quarterback I've ever been around."
That's what his receivers like about him, Marshall says, that he does march to the beat of his own drum.
He's not cuddly. He's not handing out lollipops. He is a passionate player who cares about his team, no matter how many shots of him frowning on the sideline get snapped.
When Giants rookie running back David Wilson fumbled in Week 1 and looked like he was crying, more than a few fans had an issue with that, to which I asked, "Would you rather have a player who doesn't give a damn?"
While even Cutler will admit that bumping J'Marcus Webb was something he shouldn't have done, I'd rather him yell at Webb or someone else than the quiet acceptance of Kevin Kolb, Mark Sanchez and the like. Those are quarterbacks who aren't going to succeed, while Cutler, like him or not, has to date.
Ultimately, nobody has to like him outside of his receivers. Even his offensive linemen don't have to want to invite him out for drinks after a game.
His receivers are the guys he needs to bond with, the guys who he needs chemistry with.
At the end of the year, Super Bowl or not, that's the measure we might be better served looking at with Cutler because that's how the Bears will be successful anyway.
On to the rest of the NFC North.
ESPNChicago.com has a great video about Cutler's take on the Mike Tice sideline brouhaha.
Another Tribune piece, this one by Jared Hopkins, showing a different side of Brandon Marshall.
Dave Birkett at the Free Press says that while 1-3 is 1-3, to Lions president Tom Lewand, this 1-3 feels different.
The Detroit News' Josh Katzenstein says that Lions will dwell on their 1-3 record going into the bye week, for good or ill.
Over at CheeseheadTV.com, Zach Kruse gives us his grades for the offense after the first quarter of the season.
The Journal-Sentinel's Lori Nickel says that the more consistent the lineup, the more consistent the offensive line is.
Daily Noresman's Ted Glover has his quarterly report on the team complete with painful song reference in the title.
Maybe Ted's right on, though, as the Pioneer Press says that every year the Vikings have started 3-1 they've made the playoffs.
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