The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers punched their tickets to the Super Bowl this past weekend. It is really, really hard to overshadow the accomplishments of those two teams.
But Jay Cutler figured out a way to do it.
Fair or not, Cutler was wrecked by current and former players on Twitter when he was unable to finish the NFC Championship game for the Bears. Turns out Cutler has a MCL tear in his knee and did come back onto the field after halftime to try and give it a go.
It was a no go, but the criticism showered upon Cutler like a monsoon.
Personally, I am not sure it was Cutler’s toughness that needed to be questioned (even though he sort of cried about it after the game). Sure, Philip Rivers played with a torn ACL a few years ago. Drew Brees played with a busted MCL this year. But different players have different tolerances for pain. Lots of players miss half a season because of sprained MCLs, much less torn ones.
His body language? Definitely a concern. Cutler wears his attitude on his sleeve, something few successful quarterbacks do at this level. He is who he is at this point, so I think football fans will have to deal with that.
So where does Jay go from here? Lay low for a while? Keep any rehab/surgery/rest on the DL to stay out of the spotlight? Hibernate until training camp? A little vacation time south of the border with girlfriend Kristin Cavallari?
Whatever he does, football fans are unlikely to forget this incident until Cutler puts the pads back on and gets back to work. Fantasy owners especially, many of whom gave up on Cutler and his errant ways long ago.
But a depreciation in value, an event like this tends to be a good thing for fantasy players. Whenever a QB of Cutler’s caliber—and let’s be honest with ourselves, he definitely has QB1 talent—takes a stock hit like this, it is the savvy owners who benefit the most.
Cutler could be a nice late-round steal in drafts next summer.
Here are today’s great reads:
- More on the “disgusting” reaction to Jay Cutler’s knee injury. It is a little unfair that so many people are bagging on the guy now given the extent of the injury. And suggesting that he did not even try. Last I checked, he came out after half and tried to finish the thing for the Bears. Docs pulled him out. [The Big Lead]
- Funny story. Maurice Jones-Drew is a big fantasy football fan. He loves to play and loves to talk about it. Here, he discusses how he never takes himself out of his starting fantasy lineup. Sage advice, friends. Start your studs! [ProFootballTalk]
- This has to be a little frustrating to most fantasy owners out there: A homeless man won ESPN.com’s fantasy football challenge this year. He obviously had neither a house or computer of his own to use. Kind of a sad story, actually, so good for him. [Shutdown Corner]
- Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams had a fantastic rookie season for the Bucs. With a lot of stability in that offense, the expectations now are for Williams to continue ascending. But can he do it? Remember Michael Clayton‘s rookie year? Dude was the next good fantasy wide receiver. [Pancake Blocks]
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