Everyone Needs To Back Off Jay Cutler

Jeff CarrCorrespondent IApril 1, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos grabs his right arm after throwing a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

There it is, I see it! There is a big, shiny object coming my way. Oooh, and it has coattails, I should grab them.

Hold on, I will not grab them.

Wow! Here is another thing coming my way. What's that? Oh, it's a bandwagon.

What is it for I wonder? Look, there's a sign on this bandwagon and it says, "Jay Cutler Bashing." Maybe I should jump on...?

No, I will not jump on, even though everyone else is. 

Who is this Jay Cutler fellow? Did he murder someone? Did he disgrace the game? Did Mr. Cutler take some banned substance like Ricky Williams? Did he admit to smoking pot like the hero of New England, you know, Randy Moss?

I needed to do some research and here is what I found. Jay Cutler is a football player and a damn good one at that. He was a very high draft pick of the Denver Broncos, and as a starter, he's had two outstanding years. 

Apparently, the new coach of the Broncos didn't like the popular kid at the new day care and wanted to replace him with one of his own friends. 

Jay didn't like that idea...He didn't like that one bit.

So, I'm going to tell you what this Cutler did. He told his bosses to shove it.

Big deal. He put his Denver home and that of his parents' up for sale. He ignored messages from the new kid in town and made it known that he wanted out.

Wow! What a baby...and what a terrible guy. 

No, not really. You put yourself in his cleats. Say you are at your job at the 7-11 (just an example) and say that you do your job better than any of the other clerks.

You rotate the milk as directed. Your drawer is never short, not even the slightest bit. Your Cheeseburger Big Bites and Taquitos are evenly dispersed on the rollers and never, they ever burn.

And last, but not least, you never leave your cigarette burning in the ashtray when customers are around. You smoke your menthols outside the store during downtime. 

But now it's a Tuesday night and you are ready to relax. It's off to your new girlfriend and her three kids screaming for "American Idol" in their '97 double wide. You are about to hit the front door and a co-worker, fresh off refilling the nacho cheese, stops you. 

"Hey you," he says with a smile. "I just heard that the boss is trying to bring in a new employee. This guy worked at a Shell station last year, and boy oh boy can he work a register. Word is that he may be taking your shift. Anyways, see you tomorrow." 

I'll bet you'd be pretty ticked off. In fact, you may just head over to the local grocer to see if they need anyone to help bag or bring in carts. 

My point is, back off of Cutler. He passed for 3,500 yards in '07 and 4,500 in '08. He has better numbers than a majority of the QBs in the league and is being treated like a cancer. 

He's been compared to Chad Johnson.

Is he showing up opponents? No! 

Is he changing his name to bring more attention to himself? No! 

All he did was take offence to the new, unproven coach second guessing his body of work. Who wouldn't? I know for a fact, since I am an exemplary employee, that if I was under scrutiny and possibly going to be replaced, well I would throw a fit as well. 

And then the best part: They ask John Elway what he thinks. What? Did I miss something here? Didn't Elway refuse to play for an organization? Why didn't they ask Eli Manning, Brett Favre, or Benedict Arnold what they thought of the situation. 

Are there no significant issues in the sports world today, that we are wasting all of our time bashing Jay Cutler?

I mean, if the Final Four was on, or maybe if the NBA and NHL had any games with playoff implications, or maybe, just maybe if baseball was about to start we could find some other story to occupy our time.

As the great Jim Rome says, React to me!