Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/21/12

The Tim Tebow haters finally received a break.

Thanks to what has been dubbed as the "shoved heard around the (sports) world, Jay Cutler stole the spotlight over the past week and then some. Cutler's shove of offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb, during the Bears' 23-10 beat-down by the Packers last Thursday, has become fodder for any and all talking sports heads around the nation.

But does Cutler deserve all the criticism? Absolutely not!

First of all, for those that have not seen the "shove" you would think Cutler actually pushed down his 6-foot-7 333-pound lineman instead of merely brushing by him. But then again even if Cutler had pushed down Webb...well it wouldn't really be anything new considering the way Webb seems to let people brush by him on their way to sacking Cutler.

Now Cutler is being criticized for not showing the proper leadership abilities. Over the past week Cutler has been publicly criticized by Hall of Fame quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Steve Young, just to name a couple.
Cutler came out and admitted he "probably shouldn't have shoved" Webb, but does not apologize for letting his emotion get the best of him.

Really, how could anyone fault Cutler for being upset given the amount of times he get hits during a game. The man has been sacked a total of 119 times in just 43 games with the Bears.

Jay just can't win. The media would be all over Cutler if he took the Tebow approach and said all the "right" things, rather than speak the truth. Now I am not saying Tebow doesn't speak the truth when asked any certain question, but there is never a doubt after a Cutler answer. But instead Cutler is labeled as being petulant, on the field and during press conferences.

If Cutler put on his best Lovie Smith face after being punished play after play, he would see the same treatment because it would seem like he doesn't care.

Brian Urlacher finally came out and spoke about the hottest sports topic in the nation. His response, when asked by the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure, should resolve all the criticism.

"People get pissed off and do things we probably shouldn't do," Urlacher said. "But it happens...we have moved on."

Moving on is what everyone else should do as well.

The best thing that can happen to Cutler is to go out and light up the St. Louis Rams (1-1) on Sunday and lead the Bears to a convincing win at Soldier Field. But then the critics will say it came against a 2-14 team from a season ago, just like his week 1 performance against the Indianapolis Colts (1-1).

Excuses. That is what the critics say Cutler does best -- he makes excuses for everything gone bad. Well, can't the same be said about his critics? If Cutler has a good game, as in week 1, there's an excuse. Same will be said this week if Jay has a career game.

Cutler also has a bad rap for being a gun-slinger. He was picked-off four times last Thursday against the Packers. In 2010 in a loss to the Washington Redskins he tossed four picks as well. In 2009 in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers he was picked five times. But he always bounces back.

In 43 games with the Bears, Cutler has tossed 66 touchdowns with 54 interceptions. Sid Luckman, highly regarded as the best Bears QB of all-time, finished his 12-year career with 137 TDs and 132 interceptions. Luckman also finished his 128-game career with an overall QB rating of 75.0 and completed just 51.7 percent of his passes. Cutler has a 81.0 QB rating with the Bears with completing 57.8 percent of his passes.

It's clear the only way for Cutler to silence his critics is to lead the Bears to the teams second Super Bowl. But even then, I am sure he will be criticized. Someone will find something wrong with the way he celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy.

TRAVIS DAVID is a contributor for FOOTBALL NATION and can be reached at tdavid021@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tdavid_21.



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