Jay Cutler and 10 NFL Players It's Just Too Fun to Root Against

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2012

Jay Cutler and 10 NFL Players It's Just Too Fun to Root Against

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    Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler is the perfect representation of an NFL player that is simply too much fun to root against, courtesy of his demeanor and continued struggles at the position. 

    Some NFL players are simply not likeable, which makes it easy for NFL fans to root for them to fail. These players can be fun to root against for a variety of reasons, including silly off-field actions or continued failures on the field. 

    While fans generally root against rival teams, there are some NFL players that are universally disliked, and no matter your allegiance, you cannot help but root against these 10 players. 

    Let's rank Jay Cutler and other NFL players it's simply too fun to root against. 

10. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

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    Philip Rivers has taken a nosedive performance-wise over the past two seasons, and his attitude on the field has made him a pretty easy person to root against. 

    His ridiculous trash talk on the field, nonchalant attitude on the field (similar to Jay Cutler's) and inability to take the San Diego Chargers to the promised land have allowed him to become one of the more disliked players in the NFL. 

    Rivers isn't the worst offender on the list, but it sure is fun to root against him week in and out. 

9. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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    Any time a professional athlete is accused of hitting his own mother and ripping her clothes off, it's pretty safe to assume that NFL fans will root against him. 

    Bryant is clumsy on the field, displaying elite athleticism but a complete lack of mental competence in terms of awareness. He routinely makes big plays, but more often than not drops easy passes or fails to simply get his feet in bounds or extend for the first down. 

    Bryant represents the perfect example of a freak athlete that lacks simple fundamentals, which is always fun to root against. He's a bone-head on one of the most polarizing teams in all of sports, which makes him one of the most fun to root against on a weekly basis. 

8. Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders

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    Ever since Carson Palmer proclaimed he would rather retire from the NFL entirely than play for the Cincinnati Bengals, he transformed from a sad fall from grace via injury to a leader that turned his back on his teammates. 

    Palmer is infamous for throwing interceptions that are returned for touchdowns and that reputation has followed him to Oakland, a place where the Raiders franchise lost on one of the most lopsided trades in NFL history. 

    The fact that the Raiders gave up a massive bounty for a retired quarterback and Palmer's lack of leadership or aptitude on the field make it a lot of fun to root against him. 

7. Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets

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    New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is one of the most disliked players in the NFL. Outside of being a ridiculous swimsuit model, he's yet another over-hyped USC quarterback that has dabbled in mediocrity instead of saving a franchise. 

    Part of the disdain for Sanchez is the repeated endorsements by his hated coach, Rex Ryan. Together, the duo is easy to root against.

    With Sanchez dueling another failed quarterback to grace this list (more on him later), he's repeatedly made it all too easy for us to root against him every week.  

6. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Michael Vick has done a lot to turn his life around, but he'll never fully shake the stigma he created when he was indicted for dog fighting with the Atlanta Falcons. 

    Vick has turned the ball over at a record pace this season, to the pleasure of many NFL fans. He was at one time the most electric player in football, hence the creation of "The Michael Vick Experience," but he's also the player that has flipped the bird at the media and at his own fans. 

    With a history of immature acts, it's way too fun to root against Vick. His career is winding down, but he remains one of the more polarizing characters in the NFL. 

5. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

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    Ever since Tony Romo infamously fumbled a snap, he's been one of the easiest figures in sports to root against. 

    Romo's "aw-schucks" attitude in literally any scenario has a way of rubbing fans the wrong way. Despite being one of the best statistical quarterbacks in the 2011 season, he's still detested by fans because of his continued failures in the postseason. 

    "America's Team" always has polarizing quarterbacks, but Romo has taken that to an all new level. He's always smiling and the media is always oozing over his latest celebrity model date. Rooting for Romo to fail is incredibly fun for most NFL fans. 

4. Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans

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    Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans was at one point the best running back in the entire NFL after posting over 2,000 rushing yards in a single season. 

    Since then, CJ2K has become one of the funniest characters in sports. 

    At first it was disheartening to watch Johnson's fall from grace, but 2012 changed everything. Johnson was one of the worst starting running backs in the league during the early part of the season, and his lackadaisical effort and blaming of teammates made it easy for fans to turn their backs on him. 

    Johnson is no longer an elite player and has become more of a punchline to fans than an offensive weapon. 

3. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions

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    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was one of the more popular players in the league until fans realized he was the dirtiest player in the NFL. 

    Suh changed the perception about himself quickly after stomping on the head of a helmet-less player during a Thanksgiving game. Add in multiple off-the-field issues and Suh is now one of the more disliked players in the league. 

    While Suh has tried to bring a bad boy attitude to the Lions, he's hurt his image with fans more than anything. It's easy to root against a player like Suh—it's also very fun. 

2. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

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    Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears is one of the most disliked players in the league, and his actions on the field, especially toward his teammates, have made it simple to root against him in any scenario. 

    Cutler recently ripped into his left tackle J'Marcus Webb on the sideline of a game earlier in the season, and then shoved him after berating him. 

    Outside of genuinely lacking any kind of leadership needed at the most important position in the sport, his nonchalant attitude during games and his negative actions toward the media have made it too easy to wish him the worst performance-wise on the field. 

1. Tim Tebow, ?, New York Jets

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    Tim Tebow is the easiest person to root against in the NFL, and potentially in all of sports. While some admire his passion that was primarily on display at Florida and with the Denver Broncos, it's a different story now that Tebow is with the New York Jets. 

    Outside of inventing the phenomena of "Tebowing" and his good-guy attitude, he is nothing more than a gimmick in the Jets offense which turns some people off to him entirely.

    Tebow isn't close to winning the starting quarterback job and that's just fine for the Tebow-haters. His lack of mechanics and ability at the position make many root against him to simply never throw a pass.

    Add in a ridiculous media infatuation with the backup quarterback/running back/punt protector and it's easy to see why Tebow is so much fun to root against.