Urlacher Still Has QB Jay Cutler’s Back


Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who was among the first to defend his quarterback in January, still is seething about questions regarding Jay Cutler’s toughness according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times.

“It was stupid,” Urlacher said Sunday, referring to other NFL players who criticized Cutler on Twitter after he left the NFC Championship Game in the third quarter. “Then all the guys that were trying to get attention, it was just dumb to me. They’re not playing, so don’t talk [trash] about someone who is playing.

“If Jay could have been in there, he would have been. That’s all I know. He’s not a little [expletive]. He’s a tough dude. He played hurt, and anyone who watches our games knows how tough he is.”

During an interview at St. Rita High School, where he was an honorary captain in the Chicago First Responders Memorial Bowl, Urlacher singled out Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, one of the most vocal to attack Cutler.

“He missed two games,” Urlacher said of Jones-Drew, who didn’t play in the final two games of the Jaguars’ 8-8 season. “I don’t know what was wrong with his knee, but don’t sit on the couch and talk about someone who is playing.”

Urlacher also is bothered by those who suggest that Cutler isn’t a leader for, among other reasons, not being outspoken.

“He doesn’t have to be vocal,” Urlacher said. “He shows up to work every day, he’s the first one in the building, practices his [butt] off and he does all the extra stuff. He does the right things.

“He sets up guys on offense, and he lets them know when they [screw] up. In practice, he gets after people. He’s the leader of our offense.”

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