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10-22-2009, 12:10 AM
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Tweet This, Cutler: Orton Kicks R Butt
Posted Oct 20, 2009 7:55PM By JAY MARIOTTI (RSS FEED)
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Upon hearing that Jay Cutler was engaging in trash-tweeting with one Chad Ochocinco, my first impulse was obvious. Given his inaccuracy in the red zone, Cutler surely would hit the wrong letters on his cell-phone keyboard and require spell check. It wasn't wise for the Bears quarterback to answer Ochocinco's cybertaunts, not when he's being soundly embarrassed by Kyle Orton -- Kyle Orton, ladies and gentlemen! -- in first-half returns on the NFL's biggest offseason trade.

Yet there was Cutler, firing back when he should have been (a) working on his flawed passing mechanics, (b) pleading with management to find better weapons and (c) studying game film to determine why he went 2-of-9 with a bad interception inside the Atlanta 20-yard-line in Sunday night's loss. This while Orton has been the model of efficiency and near-perfection for a Broncos team that is 6-0 under coach Josh McDaniels, the first-year revelation who dared to unload Cutler and misses him now about as much as an unflushable toilet. Considering the mounting evidence against him, didn't Cutler have something better to do than play Twitter tag with a troublemaker?
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Ochocinco: @jaycutler6 tell your defense I'm gonna run circles around them, I'm mad we lost, peanut Tillman is gonna kiss da baby along with the rest

Cutler: @OGOchoCinco it's only Monday. Already starting?

Ochocinco: @JayCutler6 Jay I have to get a jump on yall, on a serious note tell Lovie to put Tillman on me all game with safety help, please!!!!

Cutler: @OGOchoCinco Peanut on you with safety over top. You got it. Anything else you would like me to pass on?

Cutler again: @OGOchoCinco double coverage all game might be difficult. Don't you think?

Ochocinco: @JayCutler6 well after I embarass the secondary I want your jersey after game, that's all for now.
This exercise in silliness struck me as everything that's wrong with Cutler. For all his strong-armed gifts, he has an immature, reckless streak that isn't conducive to consistently excellent performances and leadership at the sport's most important position. When Cutler is on, he's as dangerous as any passer in the league, which is why the Bears signed him to a two-year extension Tuesday that will guarantee him an additional $20 million as the NFL enters troubled labor waters. When he's off, he's capable of self-destructing and doing his team no favors with pouty, mopey body language. He played at Vanderbilt, which suggests he must have some brains. Yet he also reminds me of Frank (Cush) Cushman, the guitar-playing doofus/QB prospect in Jerry Maguire.

I was among the many who thought McDaniels was clinically insane when he traded Cutler, who threw for 4,526 yards last season and is only 26, for Orton, a journeyman best known for a bushy neckbeard. But now people in Chicago are beginning to grasp why McDaniels was so eager to cast Cutler loose. The two would have gotten along like Jon and Kate Gosselin. McDaniels wants to run his New England-style pass system, which places a premium on accuracy, maximizing yardage on the scoreboard and avoiding mistakes. Cutler has a maddening way of amassing yardage and having nothing to show for it, exhibited by the Broncos' rank in the yards-per-point category the last two seasons: 28th and 25th. As national TV audiences have seen on two Sunday nights, in Atlanta and Green Bay, the Bears can drive downfield smoothly enough but are vulnerable to Cutler interceptions -- six total. Granted, his offensive line isn't nearly as good as the one he left in Denver, and the 27th-ranked running game is underachieving thanks largely to Matt Forte's fumbles and lack of power around the goal line. He also could use a legitimate No. 1 receiver, with Devin Hester falling far short of the standard while an explosive weapon such as Steve Smith goes to waste in Carolina.

Still, Cutler looks skittish. Three of his seven picks this season have come inside the 20. After his latest red-zone interception, coach Lovie Smith had words with the so-called franchise savior. "Don't do it,'' Smith said. "It's really kind of as simple as that. We can't have those interceptions down there. Jay realizes that, but he was trying to make a play.'' Contrast that with the careful, impeccable play of Orton, who was magnificent again Monday night in San Diego and has compiled these blurry numbers: 1,465 yards, nine touchdown passes, one interception (on a Hail Mary attempt) and a 100.1 passer rating. In the second half against the Chargers, he went 11 of 15 for 146 yards, two touchdowns and a 143.3 rating.

"Thank goodness we have him. He has been just superb,'' said receiver Brandon Stokley, who caught the clinching TD pass Monday and once played with a certain Peyton Manning. "He has stepped up to the plate when we needed him. None of these games have been easy, and he has made the plays we had to have.''

It's not a matter of which team is getting the better end of the deal. No, the lopsided results go far deeper, exposing the Bears' front office and coaches in their inability to take advantage of the team's first franchise quarterback in the modern era. Compounding those issues is the startling success of McDaniels, who has remarkably calmed the turmoil that crept in after the Cutler trade and the suspension of receiver extraordinare Brandon Marshall. Suddenly, the Broncos are united as one, and even Marshall is buying into the program -- though keep in mind he's playing for a contract. It helps to have a weapon such as Eddie Royal, a potent receiver who ran back a kick and punt for touchdowns against the Chargers. And how about a defense that is the real stunner, allowing only 10 points after halftime in six games thanks largely to pass-rushing force Elvis Dumervil? Last time the Broncos were in Qualcomm Stadium, they were destroyed 52-21 in what ultimately was the swan song for Cutler and coach Mike Shanahan. Ten months later, they're a Super Bowl contender in the AFC, where only Indianapolis and New England might be in the way. Maybe Orton won't best Manning or Tom Brady in the playoffs. But at least he'll be in the playoffs, something Cutler can't say for sure.

"I wasn't here last year, obviously. But I know the past. We know the past as a team. It has kind of been a one-sided deal for the last few years," Orton said. "Divisional games are at a premium. You've got to play your best ball, especially on the road and [on] Monday Night Football. We pulled one out."

The good thing about Cutler is that he realized Tuesday he has to stop the Twitter wars. On his off-day conversation with ESPN Radio, he declared a cease fire with Ochocinco, perhaps because management told him so. "I'm going to have to bow out of that," Cutler said. "Chad is great. He's a fabulous player. He is a social media sensation. Once Wednesday starts, I'll probably be out of that whole situation. The guy does some different stuff, but I think that's 100 percent him. That's his personality. That's how he is on the field. I love watching him on film. He comes to practice, he comes to work, and he does what he has to do to get himself prepared to play."

He also acknowledged the offense is sputtering. "We've got to get better. I've got to get better. The whole team in general, we've just got to do some things to help us win ballgames," Cutler said. "We're just not getting it done with the turnovers and interceptions. The trouble in the red zone, [the Falcons] didn't really do anything to really stop us. I think the entire offense felt good about our game plan and what we had going into it. It was just a matter of us making mistakes and making costly mistakes, really. Turnovers and penalties in the red zone; you just can't do that and expect to be a good offense."

To his credit, Cutler doesn't hold a grudge against McDaniels. He was the one who flipped out when the new coach sought his former New England project, Matt Cassell, and made Cutler available on the trade market. Cutler got his wish and a ticket to Chicago, but he left behind swarms of angry Broncos fans who are laughing loudly now. For Cutler's sake, it's a good thing the Bears played in Denver in the preseason and not anytime soon. Even if he's extending olive branches, the hatred for him out there is deep.

"A lot of people think I'm wishing the worst for the Broncos and Josh McDaniels. I don't," Cutler told ESPN Radio. "I watched the game [Monday] night. I have friends on that team. I talked to some of them afterwards and congratulated them. They're playing really good football. I'm happy for those guys offensively, defensively.

"This league is funny. It's all about timing. You could be one of the best players in the league but if you're not in the right system, you don't have the right people around you, there're a lot of different aspects that go into making a player or breaking a player. It's working for Kyle. It's working for Josh, and it's working for the Broncos. They've got a good thing going."

The Bears, meanwhile, are 3-2 in a division in which Brett Favre and the Vikings have started 6-0. If Orton, McDaniels are the Broncos are the NFL's best story, Cutler is a prime-time disappointment so far. Why do you think Ochocinco was tweeting him so early in the week, six days before the Bears and Bengals play in Cincinnati?

Because he wants to get inside Cutler's head, of course. Seems it's very cluttered right now.

Taco John
10-22-2009, 12:16 AM
Marriotti is lame. Let these guys have their fun idiot.

A couple of light-hearted tweets strikes Jay Mariotti as everything that's wrong with Cutler. Isn't Mariotti the guy who reported what kind of candy Elway was serving for Halloween and declared it everything that is wrong with Elway?

HAT
10-22-2009, 12:34 AM
Marriotti is lame. Let these guys have their fun idiot.

A couple of light-hearted tweets strikes Jay Mariotti as everything that's wrong with Cutler. Isn't Mariotti the guy who reported what kind of candy Elway was serving for Halloween and declared it everything that is wrong with Elway?

Further proof that twitter is in fact lame......

BroncoDoug
10-22-2009, 01:03 AM
what i love is if you click the link after that last line there is a link to follow him on twitter...

Popps
10-22-2009, 01:10 AM
Look, I'm the first to inform people that Cutler is douchey. But, that looked pretty harmless to me.

I mean, his mechanics DO suck, but probably not because he "tweets" now and again.

More because he's just a douche.

BroncoMan4ever
10-22-2009, 01:16 AM
Marriotti is lame. Let these guys have their fun idiot.

A couple of light-hearted tweets strikes Jay Mariotti as everything that's wrong with Cutler. Isn't Mariotti the guy who reported what kind of candy Elway was serving for Halloween and declared it everything that is wrong with Elway?

the funny thing about that is Elway could have been handing out apples with razor blades in them and he would still be a God to the fan base

Mariotti is a retard.

OBF1
10-22-2009, 02:52 AM
Mariotti is a retard, but he is just point out the obvious. Sounds like he reads the mane

fdf
10-22-2009, 03:53 AM
I thought this was the most interesting quote in the article. Cutler says:

"This league is funny. It's all about timing. You could be one of the best players in the league but if you're not in the right system, you don't have the right people around you, there're a lot of different aspects that go into making a player or breaking a player. It's working for Kyle. It's working for Josh, and it's working for the Broncos. They've got a good thing going."

There's a big what he didn't say along with that.

The Joker
10-22-2009, 04:18 AM
I thought this was the most interesting quote in the article. Cutler says:

"This league is funny. It's all about timing. You could be one of the best players in the league but if you're not in the right system, you don't have the right people around you, there're a lot of different aspects that go into making a player or breaking a player. It's working for Kyle. It's working for Josh, and it's working for the Broncos. They've got a good thing going."

There's a big what he didn't say along with that.

Making sure to point out that Kyle has a better offense around him than Jay does.

Would expect no less from Cutler really.

oubronco
10-22-2009, 06:21 AM
that was lame smack talk

_Oro_
10-22-2009, 06:38 AM
Cutler has a maddening way of amassing yardage and having nothing to show for it, exhibited by the Broncos' rank in the yards-per-point category the last two seasons: 28th and 25th.Glad we don't have this problem anymore.

barryr
10-22-2009, 06:39 AM
Did Cutler go a day without blaming his receivers or o-line, or now I guess coaches? Not really. Keep it going wonderboy.

TheDave
10-22-2009, 06:41 AM
Seems appropriate...

http://www.ginside.com/content/2009/08/google-twitter-is.jpg

Pat Bowlen
10-22-2009, 06:53 AM
This is what happens when people who suck at sports journalism can't think of anything to write about. Terrible article.
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TheElusiveKyleOrton
10-22-2009, 06:54 AM
Marriotti is lame. Let these guys have their fun idiot.

A couple of light-hearted tweets strikes Jay Mariotti as everything that's wrong with Cutler. Isn't Mariotti the guy who reported what kind of candy Elway was serving for Halloween and declared it everything that is wrong with Elway?

I believe that was Reilly. He of the "six months after the trade, I'm going to dig up a story about how Cutler DID call Bowlen back... the old man's gone mad!" story.

Look, Marriotti is effin' LAME. No question. But the stats he brings up about Cutler's red zone performance are relevant, no matter how much you don't want to agree that they are. He had the same problems here, and now Chicago can't run the ball in the red zone anymore?

Teams are stacking for the run in the red zone and making Cutler beat them with his arm. Because he can't. His accuracy takes a major dip.

Spider
10-22-2009, 07:54 AM
;D meh nothing to see here ,but this does explain why Rivers and Cutler had problems

Doggcow
10-22-2009, 08:59 AM
Still, Cutler looks skittish. Three of his seven picks this season have come inside the 20.

Orton has 2 picks to 30 TDs in his CAREER in the RZ. GOD I LOVE THIS TRADE

TheReverend
10-22-2009, 09:15 AM
Did anyone see his responses resembling anything remotely like "trash-tweeting"?

Lev Vyvanse
10-22-2009, 09:25 AM
Did anyone see his responses resembling anything remotely like "trash-tweeting"?

This is from the next day. Really embarrassing behavior from both sides.

OGOchoCinco they gave you an extension so you wouldn't tweet me back, damn I just got you paid, congrats.

JayCutler6 haha...thanks man. I owe you.

OGOchoCinco funny, on a serious note congrats and it's deserved , you're one of thee best in the game hands down, let's have fun Sunday!!!

JayCutler6 Thanks 85. See you Sunday.

broncocalijohn
10-22-2009, 09:34 AM
I wanted to read something negative about Cutler. Is he trash talking like Rivers? Disrespecting the Bengals? Nothing. Mariotti is reaching here like Fatsis did in the SI report (and actually had the gonads to post here after tons of negative comments towards him). Jay wants Cutler to go to management and ask for better receivers instead of tweeting a few lines? After the quotes he gave on praising the Broncos and his former teammates, this article makes me hate less and like more of Cutler. If Jay has a great career at Chicago, this guy is going to have the all you can eat crow buffet from the Bears fans.

LRtagger
10-22-2009, 09:43 AM
Orton has 2 picks to 30 TDs in his CAREER in the RZ. GOD I LOVE THIS TRADE

I think its 32 now after the SD game isnt it? ^5

Kaylore
10-22-2009, 09:45 AM
There are many ways that Cutler has been immature, but tweeting isn't one of them. I thought his responses were funny, and the three sentences he typed likely didn't take out huge chunks of his day or impact his regimen.

I agree he has to work on his mechanics. Frankly they are degenerating and I wonder if they have the staff in Chicago to really groom a QB. His throws are starting to lose their typical accuracy. And his redzone turnovers are still a problem and looking no better than when he was here.

It's a pity he was such a baby and didn't consider himself one of the team and do what McD said. When you see how much Orton and Marshall have grown as players and people under McDaniels, I can only imagine what McDaniels' coaching and tough love would have done for Cutler.

outdoor_miner
10-22-2009, 09:45 AM
That article is beyond bad. Geez... Jay Cutler should not be allowed to get on a computer. He should be working on his mechanics every single second of every single day. Marriotti is worse than the Denver hacks.

missingnumber7
10-22-2009, 10:23 AM
I believe that was Reilly. He of the "six months after the trade, I'm going to dig up a story about how Cutler DID call Bowlen back... the old man's gone mad!" story.

Look, Marriotti is effin' LAME. No question. But the stats he brings up about Cutler's red zone performance are relevant, no matter how much you don't want to agree that they are. He had the same problems here, and now Chicago can't run the ball in the red zone anymore?

Teams are stacking for the run in the red zone and making Cutler beat them with his arm. Because he can't. His accuracy takes a major dip.

I thought Reilly and Elway were buddies?

mhgaffney
10-22-2009, 11:35 AM
Kaylore makes a good point.

Cutler would have greatly benefited from McDaniels' coaching.

Now he faces a long dark night of the soul - trying to overcome issues with himself that he apparently can't even see --

theAPAOps5
10-22-2009, 12:15 PM
Cutler sucks....... but not nearly as bad as Jay Marioti! Seriously that wasn't even trash talk. That was Cutler taking a message for his coach!

fdf
10-23-2009, 08:24 AM
[QUOTE=McSchism;2612460]Making sure to point out that Kyle has a better offense around him than Jay does.[QUOTE]

But, to his credit, he is saying nice things. Maybe a sign of growth.

Crushaholic
10-23-2009, 09:39 AM
the first-year revelation who dared to unload Cutler and misses him now about as much as an unflushable toilet.

Hilarious! Seriously, I'm going to use that line with a couple of my friends who are Bears fans...

gunns
10-23-2009, 09:48 AM
He also acknowledged the offense is sputtering. "We've got to get better. I've got to get better.

Wow, that's a first from Jay. It's what I did not like about him here, taking responsibility for his own mistakes in a loss, instead of just throwing his teammates under the bus. Maybe Jay is beginning to grow up. I hope so.