Jay Cutler: NFC Championship Game Drama No Surprise To Vindicated Broncos Fans

Reid BrooksAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Linebacker Clay Matthews #52 and Cullen Jenkins #77 of the Green Bay Packers sack quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears in the first half of the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears' Pro Bowl quarterback has a few attitude problems, but comes as no surprise to one fan base.

For Denver Broncos fans, watching the biggest game of Cutler's career marred with drama certainly brings a level of vindication. We could have told you the cry baby had attitude problems.

To a degree, the ripping attacks from around the league that echoed out on Twitter just reaffirmed that Broncos fans aren't the only people who dislike Jay. It has to be acknowledged that the disdain around the country for a man perceived as one of the NFL's most unlikeable players was key in the amount and volume of Internet-based attacks. The claim, whether justified or not in your estimation, was lack of heart.

Even Bears' fans were burning Cutler's jersey in the parking lot following the loss. It isn't the first time Cutler jerseys have been burned.

But as far as Denver fans are concerned, there was a level of annoyance in watching Cutler undeservedly cruise into the NFC Championship game (he only had to beat the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks, a team even the Denver Broncos beat, to get there). No one could have imagined a more perfect scenario, no more perfect alignment of the stars, than occurred on Sunday.

Now it has come out that his injury was nothing more than a sprained MCL (it was not torn?).

The original report of a torn MCL was incorrect. It was a lie, or a bit of misinformation, probably designed to help him save face. I know high school players who have played with worse. I kicked field goals with a sprained MCL in my kicking leg (there are levels of a sprain, but I don't think his could have been too severe, as the maximum healing time was predicted at a month).

No surgery for his knee, though he might need some for his pride.

When questioned about being pulled out of the game by the media in the locker room, Cutler turned around and began sobbing. If the act was designed to garner sympathy, he certainly isn't going to be finding it from one group of NFL fans.

And to add a bit more insult to injury, third stringer Caleb Hanie looked better at the reigns than Cutler did even before he was hurt.

So while people around the NFL slowly begin to back-off of Cutler, this event will remain planted everyone's minds. There are only nine letters of difference between Jay Cutler and Jeff George, and it won't be long until Cutler does something else to stir the pot again.

He always does.

But watching what has happened can remind Broncos fans of at least one victory they had in the Josh McDaniels era. That would be the end of the Jay Cutler era.

Jay liked to claim he had a stronger arm than John Elway, but he certainly had a weaker heart and weaker knees.