Carter: The rush to rip Cutler

Carter: The rush to rip Cutler
January 24, 2011, 4:10 pm
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Monday, January 24, 2011, 11:40 a.m.
By Ivan Carter
CSNwashington.comJay Cutler had just been lifted from the NFC Championship game with what would be described later as aknee injury when the first tweets starting popping up on my blackberry. The was wording was different slightly but the general sentiment was the same: Cutler was quittting on the Bears in the biggest game of his life.Derrick Brooks. Deion Sanders. Anthony Armstrong. Kherry Rhodes. Maurice Jones-Drew. Darnell Dockett. Kirk Morrison. Asante Samuel. Mark Schlereth. And onand on they came....tweet after tweet like this one from Jones-Drew: "All I'm saying is that he can finish the whole game on a hurt knee...I played the whole season on one..."Now, reports say anMRI has revealed a torn MCL in Cutler's knee. Another reveals that Cutler may have cried after hearing about the criticism coming at him from the other. A few questions I have (and don't really have all the answers - like everyone else):-Twitter, with it's ability to transformer thought, some of it half-cocked or beer-addled, to the cell phones of thousands in mere seconds, allows current and former athletes, media members, fans, etc. to make harsh judgements, opinions, reactions without any filter. No time for deep thought. Is that a healthy thing? -If that had been Brett Favre in a playoff game, even with a torn MCL, does he allow himself to be pulled? Is that even a fair question?-What does the overwhelmingy negative reaction about Cutler really say about how much players, media and fans truly care about "player safety?"-How much of the criticism aimed at Cutler stems from the fact that he has such a bad reputation to begin with? In other words, if that was Aaron Rodgers standing on the sideline at the start of the second half, would the reaction have been nearly as nasty? I seriously doubt it. -What is Cutler's future in Chicago, a notoriously tough sports town that is dying for a franchise quarterback? We'll be all over this story and the title games themselves on today's show with Brian Mitchell and Post columnist John Feinstein. Check it out and weigh in with your opinions at twitter.comwashpostlive.