AFC & NFC Championship Games

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  • keyser soze
    keyser soze

    I hope for Jay Cutler's sake that something shows up on his MRI. He's getting blasted by the media and former palyers alike.

  • Iron Head
    Iron Head

    Watching Rex Ryan slam his headset down was too funny. I howled looking at him.

    I did too.

    The Jets are what we used to call "poor sports". They don't win or lose with grace. They're big-city yokels, reflective of their leader.

    Message to Rex: You haven't won anything. You've never won your division or conference, you've never been to the Super Bowl. This year, you lasted one more week than the Seattle Seahawks, which makes the Jets a decent team with a big mouth coach.

    166 yards rushing? Hey Rex, where was the Jets' run defense? It's kinda hard to strut and tackle at the same time, isn't it?

    Well, we get one more week of The Mouth. He's the AFC coach in the Pro Bowl next Sunday. That's what the LOSING coaches of the conference championship games get to do.

    The Jets mantra "Can't Wait" becomes "Can't Wait...For Next Year".

  • Iron Head
    Iron Head

    I hope for Jay Cutler's sake that something shows up on his MRI. He's getting blasted by the media and former palyers alike.

    Yeah, deserved or not, the criticism is pretty brutal. Right now, Cutler looks like a punk

  • iceguy

    As a Bears fan let me say that when Jay Cutler gets his MRI there better be something torn in his knee. If no damage found I think he better pack his bags and get out of Chicago as the Fans will never forgive him for being a whimp and sitting out the 2nd half of the NFC Championship game!

    I was at a bar with friends and family watching the game, one of my friends had a Jim McMahon jersey on. I pointed at the name on the jersey and told everyone, "That guy would have NEVER sat out the game and you would have had to carry him off the field"!

    My hats off to our 3rd string QB Hainey who actually came in almost led the Bears to a comeback...He showed he had the tougness and most important the HEART to get in there and try to win! Cutler showed us how to sit on the sidelines and pout like a baby...he does not have the intestinal fortitude to play in the NFL.

  • VIII

    Chicago Trib on Cutler's Toughness: (Hint, he's got Type 1 Diabetes and been sacked 57 times, that doesn't sound like a wimp to me),0,5643898.column

    Don't question Cutler's toughness

    But do question Smith's decision-making--

    David Haugh

    In the Wake of the News

    January 24, 2011


    Before you join the inane antisocial media movement questioning Jay Cutler's toughness via Twitter, Facebook or your unfriendly neighborhood blogger, pause before you hit "Enter."

    Before you unfairly label the injured Bears quarterback "Jay Quitler,'' or put that No. 6 jersey in the Goodwill pile for reasons you can't possibly understand, take a deep breath.

    Before you question Cutler's heart, find out more about the injured left knee that sidelined him for most of the second half of Sunday's 21-14 NFC Championship game loss to the Packers.

    "No player decision,'' Lovie Smith said of sitting Cutler. "For us, Jay hurt his knee, he couldn't go. He was injured.''

    Nobody denies Cutler has earned the criticism heaped on him for immaturity off the field and inconsistency on it. But Cutler doesn't deserve America rushing to judge him a quitter after he left the game for good early in the third quarter.

    Cutler wearing a parka against the Packers wasn't Cedric Benson sitting out the second half of Super Bowl XLI with a knee injury several teammates privately questioned. This is a quarterback who endured 57 sacks this season, a guy Bears fans worried was too tough for his own good one week earlier when he scored two rushing TDs against the Seahawks. This is a guy who plays pro football despite being afflicted with Type 1 diabetes.
    Suddenly he's a wimp?

    Sorry, this was simple irony: The healthiest team in the NFL losing its most important game ever at home due to an injury to its most important player. Cutler is many things. He is not soft.

    I rarely agree with Olin Kreutz on anything other than what day it is. But Kreutz provided the perfect response to anybody suggesting otherwise — especially his NFL peers who ripped Cutler on the Internet.

    "(Expletive) them, it's (expletive) stupid,'' Kreutz snapped. "I could see (his knee) wiggling when he was walking back in the huddle (late in the second quarter).''

    On the second-to-the-last series before the half, Cutler felt a hit on the outside of his left knee. He finished the next two series but limped into the locker room with 32 seconds left. He was re-taped, rode the exercise bike to get a truer gauge and returned to play the first series of the third quarter.

    "I was going to keep playing,'' Cutler said. "They made the decision (that) to give Todd (Collins) a shot would better suit the team.''

    Cutler tried lobbying the Bears medical team. Asked if the knee lacked stability or mobility, Cutler answered, "Both.'' The pocket is no place for a quarterback that limited, especially against a Packers defense that aggressive.

    "I knew it was probably better that I didn't (play),'' Cutler acknowledged. "I know my knee. I know my body.''

    The mistake the Bears organization made was allowing any ambiguity about the injury and Cutler's status. The team made no announcement that Cutler officially was "out'' and the lack of specificity over the injury allowed hasty speculation to mount. Not that any of Cutler's teammates doubted him.

    The only question Brian Urlacher had for Cutler was when he went over to ask if he would be ready for the Super Bowl.

    "Jay was hurt," Urlacher said. "I don't question his toughness. He's tough as hell."

    When they pull the account of this historic game out of the time capsule, this won't be the game Cutler quit on the Bears. It will be the game the 2010 Bears finally ran out of luck and Smith coached his way into the offseason.

    Why was Collins ahead of "emergency quarterback" Caleb Hanie on the depth chart anyway? Collins shouldn't have been on the roster, let alone in a game to decide the Super Bowl. He only took six snaps but all were wasted as Hanie watched. Sure, Hanie threw an interception B.J. Raji returned for the decisive score, but he gave the Bears offense life. Collins gave it cyanide.
    The decision to insert Hanie with 57 seconds left in the third quarter potentially made the bad decision to go with Collins worse. Per NFL rules, it meant that if Hanie had gotten hurt in the fourth quarter, the Bears would have been forced to finish the game with Matt Forte or Earl Bennett at quarterback. Ugh.

    If Smith signs a contract extension soon, as expected, it will be because the front office chose to ignore his coaching effort against the Packers. Why did Smith punt instead of let Robbie Gould try a 49-yard field-goal attempt down 14-0 in the second quarter? Why run Bennett around left end — a wide receiver who isn't Devin Hester — on third-and-3 with 1:15 left on the potential game-tying drive? Why not use the final timeout to call a smarter play on fourth down?
    On the way out of the Bears locker room, a dejected Mike Martz stopped long enough to tell a reporter, "I'm sorry.''

    Indeed the Bears as a team had much to apologize for after getting outcoached and outplayed by their rivals with the Super Bowl on the line. But Cutler as a competitor clearly didn't.

  • BurnTheShips

    Things could not have turned out better. I really dislike the Jets, always have. It is in my DNA. There is no team in the NFL that I have such a visceral dislike for.

    Glad to see the Packers won too.


  • Iron Head
    Iron Head

    Hint, he's got Type 1 Diabetes and been sacked 57 times, that doesn't sound like a wimp to me

    7 weeks ago, I watched Ben Roethlisberger beat the Ravens in Baltimore on a broken foot with a freshly broken nose, in a game that essentially meant the AFCN title to the winner. Sacks? Roethlisberger is one of, if not the most sacked QBs in the league over the past 4 years.

    As far as I'm concerned, the jury is still out when it comes to Cutler. Not just the injury, but his demeanour after the injury. His "cut and run" image, whether he brought it upon himself or not, goes back to the way he left Denver

    His future in Chicago will be fun to watch

  • flipper

    Well- I was close on the scores- but the score in the Pittsburgh - New York game was reversed.

    My predictions : Green Bay 24 Chicago 17 - Real score : Green Bay 21 Chicago 14

    prediction : New York 24 Pittsburgh 21 - Real Score : Pittsburgh 24 New York 19

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