Da Coach spoke to the Denver Post about the lockout and other odds and ends recently and the subject of Jay Cutler came up:
“Jay Cutler is a talent,” Ditka said. “Nobody will argue that. I think part of playing quarterback is talent. The most important part of playing quarterback is leadership. And the way you act and the way you conduct yourself around your teammates on the sideline, with the media, all those things.
“Now, I can’t speak for Jay in the sense of, I don’t know what being a diabetic does to you. I have no idea, so I can’t really speak to that. But I’m just saying that he needs to improve his body language, and I think everybody would admit that.
“But as far as the game of football and the ability to throw the football, he does that very well. And I think the other quality we got to get to is the leadership thing. You’ve got to be able to lead as a quarterback.”
First of all, I am SICK TO DEATH of the “Jay’s body language” crap. You look at him sitting on the sidelines, out on the town with his fiance or anything in between and it’s the same disinterested, aloof look. I think the way his coaches and teammates spoke out about Jay after the NFC Championship game should tell you enough about how the guys in that locker room feel about him and that’s all that matters.
Second, let’s put the diabetes thing to bed. Jay gets checked regularly during the game, the same way every game. No one cries diabetes when he plays well.
I find it very interesting that Ditka is telling anyone how to handle the media.
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Tanks be to Papa.