View from the Moon: Why so personal with Jay?

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View from the Moon: Why so personal with Jay?

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
6:14 p.m.

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com

You want to be done with the Jay Cutler nonsense but it just keeps a-comin.

Of all the aspects of the Jay Cutler Affair, the most difficult to understand was the trashing he received at the hands of his NFL colleagues. It was seriously obvious that so much of the venom was oozing from dislike for Cutler; it was personal, not professional.

But even that doesnt explain the level of the antipathy. Why so personal?

Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett may have the answer. Now, bear in mind that in the same radio interview, chronicled in the Detroit Free Press, Follett dubs his own franchise quarterback, Matthew Stafford, a china doll because of Staffords injure-ability.

Follett, who finished the year on IR with a neck injury, did his best Maurice Jones-Drew backdown imitation, going on his Twitter account to clarify, Thats my bad on the China Doll comment.

But before that he gave a look at even though football may in the end be a business, it is still eminently personal.

I think the way he carries himself. We played him the first game of the season. He kind of has a swagger about him that. a little cockiness that it kind of makes defensive players kind of chomp at the mouth. Were ready to get at him. Our defensive coordinator, Gunther Cunningham, he wasnt a big fan of Cutler.

Throw that in with a segment of opinion viewing Cutler as a spoiled punk for the way he engineered his exit from Denver (which just about any working stiff would do from their job if they didnt like where they worked and had some juice to force a change), and you have the nub of it:

You dont like somebody? Then theyre guilty until proven innocent.

Logical thinking

The Cutler fallout has obscured the naming of the 2010 All-Pro team, which included Julius Peppers as one defensive end and Devin Hester as the returner. Chris Harris and Brian Urlacher were named to the second team.

Colleague Tom Curran out east at CSNNE.com, our Comcast New England operation, takes you on an insightful tour of his thinking behind each ballot he cast. Tom also tells you which way he voted and why when it was a different direction than the eventual winner.

Good stuff. And heres a hint: Urlacher didnt miss First Team by much.

A new low every hour

Just when you think youve heard just about every slime-ball comment and insult of Jay Cutler, now you have former Packer Greg Koch weighing in (pun intended).

Koch tells a Houston radio show that he saw Cutler as the X-factor (now there is some pithy insight) but I just never thought that his tampon would fall out on national TV.

Cutler was riding the stationary bike on the sideline like a little girl, Koch observed from his position as a savvy exercise therapist. Then putting his plastic stethoscope around his neck and chrome reflector head-band on, Dr. Koch prescribed treatment for Cutlers torn knee ligament, You can brace that thing.

The former tackle blocked for quarterbacks so he knows all of them well enough to contradict the notion that trainers (or perhaps, oh, I dont know, maybe a head coach) could shut one down. Oh, bull Nobody wouldve kept Tom Brady off the field if he wanted to play. Nobody wouldve kept Peyton Manning off the field.

Never mind that Cutler did come back in. I told you its a no-strings-attached league.

(Oh, and as far as putting the URL here for linking to the broadcast, Ill pass. This guy doesnt need any more attention that he just got here.)

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Want to be in on Bears QB deliberations? 'Look at the film'

Want to be in on Bears QB deliberations? 'Look at the film'

Back in 1992 the Dallas Cowboys were in draft deliberations around the No. 17 spot of the first round, looking for upgrades on defense. A scout made a suggestion that they target Ohio State defensive end Alonzo Spellman, one of the most physically imposing (6-4, 280 pounds) players and best athletes in that draft.
 
Coach Jimmy Johnson responded, "Tell me about the production."
 
Came back the answer: Three years at OSU, nine total sacks.
 
"Oh, please!" Johnson scoffed, calling in cornerback Kevin Smith and leaving Spellman to the Bears at No. 22. Spellman had several respectable seasons but never more than 8.5 sacks in nine NFL seasons.
 
As investment advisers counsel, past performance is not necessarily a predictor of future results. But past performance can be, and an axiom in NFL personnel rooms is, look at the film.
 
CSNChicago.com is doing that as the NFL Scouting Combine approaches (Feb. 29) along with free agency and the start of the league year and its trading window. It becomes an increasingly relevant exercise to look at the intricacies behind some of the key players and positions the Bears will be addressing through the upcoming weeks. CSNChicago.com previously looked at the need to evaluate quarterbacks from the intangible standpoints first, then the measurables.
 
Using Jay Cutler as an object lesson for how immense physical skills have questionable correlations to immense NFL performance, a look at one aspect of quarterback "film" warrants more attention than the measurables that command a disproportionate share of attention and scrutiny.
 
Ball security.
 
It has been Cutler's single biggest issue through his eight Bears seasons, was a reason why coaches once wanted to stay with Josh McCown instead of returning to Cutler following a Cutler injury absence, and why Brian Hoyer played his way into prominence in the discussion of 2017 Bears plans. Adam Gase went from offensive coordinator to hottest head-coach prospect in no small measure because he managed Cutler into better ball security.

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But the point here is less Cutler – expected to be traded or released within the near future – than the level of ball security in the available options beyond Hoyer.
 
So, look at the film:
 
The widespread drooling over a possible trade with New England for Jimmy Garoppolo. The best thing in Garoppolo's favor is that he has been a Patriots backup to Tom Brady. Garoppolo, drawing distant comparisons to a Matt Flynn, Matt Cassel and other past experience-lite quarterback options, has thrown 94 NFL passes without an interception, which is impressive until matched against Hoyer's 200 last season without an interception, for comparison purposes.
 
But evaluating Garoppolo against the coming chief draft competition – DeShone Kizer, Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson – suggests comparing apples to apples, meaning college ball security, since that's all the kids have to this point.
 
Garoppolo vaulted up draft boards (to New England's second round) on the strength of an Eastern Illinois senior season with 53 touchdown passes vs. nine interceptions, against chiefly FCS opposition. But in his first three seasons Garoppolo threw for 65 touchdowns and was intercepted 42 times.
 
Kizer? In his two Notre Dame seasons, 47 touchdowns, 19 interceptions.
 
Trubisky? 30 touchdowns last season, six interceptions. Including his two years as a North Carolina backup, 41 touchdowns, 10 interceptions.
 
Watson? 90 touchdowns, 32 interceptions in three Clemson seasons, the last two as Tigers starter.
 
Observations:
 
Garoppolo put in four college seasons, but has a little of the Trubisky/Flynn/Cassel, one-year-wonder feel. 
 
Kizer and Watson have more starting seasons, but the Watson intangible of getting his team to two national-championship games speaks to another level of "intangible."
 
GM Ryan Pace will incorporate heavy input from coach John Fox and coordinator Dowell Loggains. Coaches love ball security. Garoppolo? Watson? Trubisky? Kizer?
 
Look at the film.

BearsTalk Podcast: The risk and reward for Bears in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo

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BearsTalk Podcast: The risk and reward for Bears in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo

In this edition of the BearsTalk podcast, CSN's Chris Boden, Sun-Times Bears beat writer Patrick Finley, and CSNChicago.com's Scott Krinch discuss the Bears' approach to the two-week window opening to franchise-tag Alshon Jeffery again, the risk/reward in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo or drafting a QB (and how high to draft one), Scott's 2.0 mock draft, plus the workers' compensation controversy the team found itself in last week and the club's decision to raise ticket prices.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: