How Cutler could've impacted RG3's decision to play

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How Cutler could've impacted RG3's decision to play

By Lauren Cook
CSNChicago.com

Its a familiar playoff predicament: an NFL quarterback leaves the field with an injury, hes checked by the training staff and, eventually, a decision whether to return to the game is made.

In 2011, Jay Cutler seemingly made the wrong one. After playing almost the entire first half, Cutler left the field with a knee injury and didnt return. He watched from the sidelines as his Chicago Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers and were eliminated. If Cutler could have predicted the oncoming backlash, odds are he wouldve chosen to play and be carried off in a cart.

"Cmon cutler u have to come back," Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes tweeted. "This is the NFC championship if u didn't know!"

He was joined by Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett: If Im on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes into the locker room.

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

The publics reaction was swift, vicious and not likely to be forgotten any time soon - even though it was later determined that Cutler tore his MCL.

The widespread criticism of Cutler could have impacted Robert Griffin IIIs decision to play through his own knee injury in the Redskins recent NFC wild-card playoff game against the Seahawks; where he eventually tore his ACL and MCL. He underwent reconstructive surgery Wednesday.

Griffins choice ignited a familiar NFL debate: Is it more desirable for a player to admit his injury and let an able player take his place, or should he play through the pain until hes forced to leave the field on a cart?

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan believes its the latter, or at least it should be. And judging from Cutlers experience, hes in the majority.

Is this extreme dedication to the game worth the end result? Perhaps we should ask Griffin.

Jay Cutler is reportedly considering retirement

Jay Cutler is reportedly considering retirement

This is apparently the week of Jay Cutler news.

Reports surfaced earlier this week the Bears are pushing hard to find a trade partner for the enigmatic quarterback, though Ian Rapoport reported the organization informed Cutler in mid-January they were shopping him around.

It seems clear Cutler's time in Chicago has come to an end and an ensuing move is more of a formality at this point.

But apparently Cutler may not even suit up again...for ANY team.

Rapoport reported on NFL Network Wednesday night Cutler is mulling over retirement, even as he's healthy and working out now after shoulder surgery.

"There's no guarantee Cutler even plays in 2017, one of several veterans who are still considering whether they want to play or not play, retire, walk away. A lot of things at play here for Jay Cutler."

Host Dan Hellie immediately followed up, asking for clarification on the retirement part.

"It is a consideration; it's something he's confided in people," Rapoport said. "But Dan, I would say, it's not a surprise for quarterbacks this age. We've heard [Ben] Roethlisberger talk about it; we've heard Tony Romo talk about it. If it's not perfect, if he can't find the team he wants or the contract he wants, it's very easy for Jay Cutler to walk away."

Whoa.

Cutler, 33, has made more than $112 million in his 11-year career and is owed at least another $2 million in 2017, even if he's cut by the Bears.

Bears add another assistant coach to John Fox's staff

Bears add another assistant coach to John Fox's staff

John Fox and the Bears have added another assistant coach.

Zack Azzanni is leaving the University of Tennessee to become the Bears' new receivers coach.

Azzanni has been with Tennessee since 2013 as a receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Prior to that, he spent time at Wisconsin, Western Kentucky, Florida, Central Michigan and six seasons at Bowling Green.

Azzanni was on Urban Meyer's coaching staff at Bowling Green in 2001-02 and also coached Pittsburgh Steelers superstar receiver Antonio Brown at Central Michigan. Under Azzanni's tutelage at CMU from 2007-09, Brown totaled 305 receptions for 3,199 yards and 22 TDs, earning a sixth-round draft selection in 2010.

Curtis Johnson spent 2016 as his first season in the role of Bears' wide receivers coach, but announced he was leaving after the Senior Bowl to take a job with the New Orleans Saints.

It's unknown if Azzanni will get a chance to coach Alshon Jeffery (who is currently a free agent) but the incoming coach will have an important job in molding young receivers like Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.

The Bears also announced the additions of assistant coaches Brandon Staley and Derius Swinton II Wednesday morning:

Staley will replace Clint Hurtt as outside linebackers coach and Swinton will be the assistant special teams coach under Jeff Rodgers.

Swinton is reprising his role he held on the Bears coaching staff in 2015 before leaving to take a promotion with the San Francisco 49ers special teams. 

Hurtt left the Bears to take a position as the defensive line coach with the Seattle Seahawks. Staley spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Division-III John Carroll University, the alma mater of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Hall of Fame coach Don Shula.