Jay Cutler: Wimp or Victim?

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field just before the end of the first half of the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field just before the end of the first half of the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

For Jay Cutler, the Monday morning quarterbacking started on Sunday afternoon.

That's when the online arrows started flying towards the Bears quarterback, who had just left the NFC Championship game against the Packers with a knee injury. Cutler, who was hurt near the end of the first half, was relegated to the sideline for most of the second half while he watched his team's season go down in flames. Onlookers were a-Twitter with questions: was he really that hurt? Why wasn't he toughing it out?

But it wasn't the fans or sports writers who were questioning his manhood. It was fellow NFL players.

"All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee," tweeted Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. "I played the whole season on one..."

Summed up Saints wide receiver Lance Moore: "Cutler gave up wouldn't you say?"

Cutler, who was later diagnosed with a sprained MCL, was shaken up by the scathing peer review. According to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, Cutler "bit his lip as tears welled" when asked about the comments.

The Bears QB has taken many shots in his career for his churlish attitude. But now he's feeling the heat for his perceived lack of toughness with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. What do you think?

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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