Former Chicago Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye was a guest on WSCR-AM’s the Mully & Hanley Show on Friday and says that Jay Cutler crossed the line when he bumped left tackle J’Marcus Webb when he was coming off the field this past Thursday night.
“If you are not doing your job, yeah, someone should be allowed to get in your face,” said Ogunleye, via the Chicago Tribune. “But if you live in a glass house, you can’t throw any stones. So the way I am looking at the game, no one is yelling at Jay when he is throwing the ball (four) times to their defenders. And you’ve got to have some sense of accountability. At the end of the day, you start losing the the respect of the offensive line when publicly you’re bumping people and yelling at them in their face. I don’t think it is the right thing to do.” likeable.”
Ogunleye was surprised to see Cutler act the way he did.
“To go and bump another player, you know the only reason Jay Cutler can bump on offensive lineman and not get his butt beat is because he is the star quarterback of the Chicago Bears,” Ogunleye said. “If this is in the street, and you bump a man that is 300 pounds, Jay is in serious trouble.
“The team is going to have to police itself. Maybe Brian (Urlacher) will have to say something. The more you yell at them, the more pressure you are putting on your own teammate.”
Ogunleye says people love both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady even though they get on their teammates, because they don’t go over the top the way Cutler did.
“People really like them,” Ogunleye said. “I’ve met Tom Brady many times and played against him. Genuinely, he is a good person and you want to see him successful. The problem with Jay is we’re not sure about his emotions. The only thing we see is when he is really angry. Even when he does a really good job he doesn’t show a sense of happiness.
“There is no good to Jay, there is no smiling. All we see is when he is pissed off, when he is angry and that reflects in the way people might view him in the locker room. But a guy like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, genuinely they are nice people and they overextend themselves. Tom Brady can be the biggest diva in the world – he has that right, he has won Super Bowls – but he is not that guy. I think that is why he is even more likeable.”
There’s no doubt that Cutler has to change his attitude. It’s clear to me that he doesn’t deal with adversity in a positive way that can help his team get through tough situations. Cutler completely melted down on Thursday and continue to make bad decisions with the football.