Cutler's OL comments blown out of proportion

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Cutler's OL comments blown out of proportion

The media has covered everything about Jay Cutler. Unfortunately, most of it has no bearing on football. Everything from Cutlers love life, demeanor on the field and toughness have been questioned. Recently, Cutler's comments concerning his offensive line have been making headlines.

One of the golden rules in NFL circles or any sports team is that you never throw your teammates under the bus. It holds true on and off the field of play. But when one actually listens to Cutlers comments, he said nothing malicious toward his offensive linemen. Cutler stated nothing different from the message his offensive coordinator, Mike Tice, has stated publicly.

When it comes to quarterbacks around the NFL, it is almost maddening how Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning are given a pass when others like Tony Romo and Cutler are excoriated. Brady got a little taste after the Patriots Super Bowl loss to the Giants this past February. Remember, Bradys supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, complained with colorful metaphors about her husband's receivers dropping the ball.

I have no idea what goes on in the modeling world, but we'll give Gisele the benefit of the doubt feeling confident the Victoria Secret Angels work as a terrific team as each model parades down the runway individually. I would also love to be a fly on the wall in the dressing room enjoying the visuals and listening to the cattiness during a show, but Im digressing.

I think anyone can deduce Giseles statements are more a reflection of her not understanding team sports than Brady, who knows the dynamics of team competing on them his whole life.

Its why Ross Tucker and I caught up with Casey Wiegmann on SiriusXM NFL Radio last week. Wiegmann was Jay Cutlers starting center when the two played together for the Denver Broncos in 2008.

Wiegmann stated, Sometimes things need to be said for people to get pushed a little bit harder. He is who he is...Jay is a leader...I know what hes about.

Wiegmann also came to the defense of his fraternity OL brethren of the Bears.

In 2008 we had an OL that only gave up 12 sacks. So Jay kinda got spoiled in the aspect of getting hit. I think I read Jay had like 48 or 49 sacks last year. Its kinda taken a toll on him and he wants to get back to having an OL that protects him and creates stuff for him. Wiegmann went further saying, The guy says what he says and hes not afraid to say it, but he has to go out and back up his play also.

Wiegmann ended the interview with comparisons with which I started this article saying, Jay is his own guy who I got to know pretty well. He wants to win. I definitely know that and hes going to do whatever it takes to get that done.

There have been all kinds of World Champion quarterbacks who break the stereotypical Brady, Brees, Manning mold. Guys like Joe Namath, Ken Stabler, or Brett Favre to name a few. Maybe the media should quit putting Cutler in a box he does not belong in the first place. Or better yet, get to know what he is all about as former teammate Casey Wiegmann stated.

Bill Dineen, father of Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, passes away

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Bill Dineen, father of Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, passes away

Bill Dineen, former AHL and NHL coach and father of Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen, passed away on Saturday morning. He was 84.

Kevin Dineen was not at the Blackhawks’ practice on Saturday. Coach Joel Quenneville called Bill Dineen “a tremendous man.”

“Everyone who had the privilege to meet Bill and be around him loved the guy. He was probably one of the most liked people you’d ever want to meet. Great family man; the kids are just like the dad,” Quenneville said following Saturday’s practice. “We had a good time with him on the dad’s trip last time. Seeing him at that stage and being around hockey again, it was fun to be there.”

Bill Dineen played for the Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. He later was a head coach, mostly in the AHL. He was named the AHL’s outstanding coach twice and led the Adirondack Red Wings to the Calder Cup in 1986 and 1989. He also had an NHL coaching stint with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1992 to 1993, during which he coached Kevin.

AHL president David Andrews released a statement regarding Dineen’s passing.

“During his time as a player and coach, and in the values he instilled in his family, Bill Dineen created a legacy of greatness in the American Hockey League that still resonates today. Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Dineen family at this time.”

Brent Seabrook could return, but Jonathan Toews will miss ninth straight when Blackhawks play Stars

Brent Seabrook could return, but Jonathan Toews will miss ninth straight when Blackhawks play Stars

Brent Seabrook came onto the ice on Saturday morning, a welcome sight for a Blackhawks team that has dealt with a few injuries lately.

And while Seabrook's return seems imminent, Jonathan Toews’ status remains very much up in the air.

Seabrook (upper body) practiced on Saturday and could be available on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Toews (back) did not skate and will miss his ninth consecutive game. Corey Crawford (appendectomy) will also be out, with Scott Darling getting his fifth consecutive start.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll see how Seabrook feels on Sunday morning before making a decision.

The defenseman said he felt good following Saturday’s practice.

“The lungs at the end were burning a little bit with Kitch,” said Seabrook, referring to assistant coach Mike Kitchen. “But just trying to get ready to roll.”

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Seabrook hasn’t missed many games in recent years — he played 81 of 82 games in 2015-16, all 82 in each of the two seasons prior to that and 47 of 48 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

“It’s tough. You want to be out there and want to be playing. It’s tough not being out there with your teammates and helping them out and battling with them so I think we did a great job (Friday) night,” Seabrook said. “Had a great game, had a chance for two points in overtime there but got one, which is huge for our group. I think it’s good.”

As for Toews, Quenneville had hoped the captain would be skating by this weekend. He said following Saturday’s practice that Toews could skate on Sunday. Whether or not Toews accompanies the Blackhawks on their upcoming trip to New York depends on what happens on Sunday.

“If he skates tomorrow, we’ll have a better sense of that,” Quenneville said. “We have to do what’s right, long-term, and make sure he’s 100 percent and ready to go.”

Quenneville said he saw Crawford, who had his appendectomy on Dec. 2, Saturday at the rink.

“He’s doing all right,” Quenneville said. “Being away and then getting back on the ice, it’ll take some time to get him back to square one. He’s excited about getting back into equipment soon.”

Marian Hossa and Richard Panik did not practice on Saturday but were just taking rest days. Both are expected to play vs. the Stars.