Jay Cutler checks his hand after being sacked by Mike Daniels #76 of the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the game at Lambeau Field Thursday in Green Bay.
During Thursday night's loss to the Packers, Jay Cutler became visibly frustrated with his teammates. He was particularly upset with J'Marcus Webb, who he appeared to curse at during the game.
Cutler talked about his frustrations after the game.
“I care about this. This isn’t just a hobby for me. I’m not doing this for my health,” Cutler said. “I’m trying to win football games. I’m trying to get first downs, and when we’re not doing the little things, not doing the things the right way consistently I’m gonna say something. If they want a quarterback that doesn’t care they can get somebody else.”
Cutler's right about that part. He SHOULD care. He should get upset when things aren't going right and the Bears are being manhandled by their rivals. He should care about not just winning this game, but every game on the schedule. A quarterback who doesn't care about winning is not the man you want leading your team.
But the problem comes when Cutler can't let go of those frustrations when it's time to line up and play. When he's frustrated, he makes bad decisions, forces the ball where it won't fit, and gets happy with his feet. He runs too quickly and does dumb things like challenge Charles Woodson. (Seriously, Jay? He has old man strength. He'll win.)
If Cutler wants to be more than a really talented guy who can't win when the pressure is on, he'll need to figure out a way to balance caring about a win and letting go of frustrations when he has the ball in his hand.