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.

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.

Ryan Hartman defends teammate, but fight proves to be turning point in Blackhawks loss to Oilers

Ryan Hartman defends teammate, but fight proves to be turning point in Blackhawks loss to Oilers

The NHL implemented the bye week for the first time this season in an effort to give teams a five-day break before the stretch run of the regular season.

Entering Saturday's game, teams were 3-10-3 coming out of those games with many of those losses coming in convincing fashion.

Despite a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night, the Blackhawks weren't one of those teams. They appeared to be reenergized more than rusty, and it showed in the opening 20 minutes of the game when they fired off 30 shot attempts (12 on goal) compared to the Oilers' 10 (four on goal).

But early in the second period, momentum shifted after Ryan Hartman came to the defense of teammate Tanner Kero, who was leveled by Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba in the neutral zone.

Hartman skated over to Gryba and dropped the gloves near the goal line, afterwards getting tagged with a two-minute penalty for instigating, five minutes for fighting and another 10 for a misconduct.

"It's kind of a no-brainer for me," Hartman said of sticking up for Kero. "I tried waiting long enough so it wasn't an instigator but it's kind of a judgment call I guess, some refs call it different ways. Unfortunately it ended up in a power play for them, but it's something you've got to do."

Hartman said he and the official had a discussion about the instigator penalty for clarity, which was handed to him due to the distance traveled after the hit.

Hartman said after the game that he respects the decision, but teammates and coaches didn't necessarily agree with the call.

"Thought they both had an agreement," Jonathan Toews said of the fight. "It looked like they were both going to go at it. Don’t think Hartsy jumped him by any means. But I guess just because there’s a previous hit immediately before that, then he got the instigator there."

Said Joel Quenneville: "I don't necessarily know that he was going to start the fight. I think he went over there to talk to the guy, so you lose Hartsy there."

And it proved to be the turning point.

Less than two minutes later, the Oilers capitalized on the power play after Matt Benning's shot ricocheted off Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk's skate and into the net, putting Edmonton out in front first.

They wouldn't look back, hanging on to beat the Blackhawks 3-1, and getting revenge on a team that beat them last week 5-1 in their first game out of the bye.

While it may not have been an opportune time to do it, the Blackhawks appreciate Hartman's game and know more times than not, his energy will result in a positive outcome.

"We haven’t seen a lot of fights this year so, no matter what, it always gets us going, especially in our own building," Toews said. "I think the fans love that sort of thing, too, and Hartsy’s been going after guys who are a lot bigger than him this year. We love that fearless play and definitely helps our guys feed off it."

"Hartsy's a competitive guy," Quenneville said. "We like him to have that a little bit of abrasiveness and unpredictably so there's nothing wrong with that. We like the way he competes and what he brings us."