Watching Jay Cutler hung out as a human pinata at the Giants’ sack party on Sunday night was enough to make anyone cringe. If he broke, it wasn’t candy that was going to come out.
Cutler took such a ridiculous beating that Bears coach Lovie Smith isn’t even sure at what point his quarterback was concussed. When the fog lifts, it’s doubtful Cutler will remember either, given that after one of the nine first-half sacks he walked wobbled toward the wrong sideline, according to David Haugh of The Chicago Tribune.
Time to look at some of the aftermath coming out of Chicago, where fingers are getting pointed in every direction.
Rick Morrissey writes that if the Bears spend the week in full panic mode, it will be a week well-spent.
Mike Mulligan says all you need to know about how the Bears feel about the line is that they’ve started moving players because of performance, and not injury.
Rick Telander was slightly more dramatic, saying the game “was like some kind of obscene and long-outlawed carnival act, a modern-day geek show, where instead of biting the head off a chicken, the crazed host went straight for the cranium of Jay Cutler.”
Brad Biggs believes the real story will be how Cutler is when he returns, knowing he’ll be subject to more beatings.
Steve Rosenbloom says the Bears’ blockers are exactly who he thought they were.
Vaughn McClure passes along this from center Olin Kreutz: “To rectify the problem, we have to (bleeping) block people. That’s not hard to figure out.”
The above pretty much says it all. Given the NFL’s new guidelines on concussions, Cutler will have to pass a series of concussion tests before he’s allowed to take the field again.
– Frank Tadych