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Former Redskins QB Theismann supports Jay Cutler

Joe Theismann says Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was criticized unfairly for sitting out most of the second half of the NFC Championship Game.

“I just felt like Jay was treated very, very wrongly by other guys in the game,” Theismann told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. “What nobody wants to talk about is that here’s a guy that actually went back out on the field (in the second half) and tried to play. It wasn’t like he told the coaches: ‘Hey, look, I can’t do anything, I can’t play.’

“That wasn’t the case at all. You know, Jay tried to play on a bad knee. Unfortunately, when things like that happen, you’re in trouble. What kept running through my mind was the picture of LaDainian Tomlinson sitting on the sidelines during the (2008) AFC Championship Game when Phillip Rivers had the knee problems. I started thinking, here’s Jay sitting on the sideline. You’re not on crutches … people have this crazy image that, ‘Well, how hurt can he really be? Doesn’t he understand how important this game is?’

“Heck, yeah, he does.That’s why he tried to go back in. He would have only hurt his team had he tried to play. Not to mention himself. I think he will be fine. Once they get back, it will be the second year in Mike (Martz’s) system. He’s going to have a whole lot better understanding of it.”

“What you’re basically asking Jay to do is change his personality,” Theismann said. “I think the fans have to understand that Jay is not an outspoken individual. He is a very quiet, reserved demeanor individual. That’s who he is. You are rooting for him when he steps on that football field and he leads the Chicago Bears and plays quarterback. That’s why the fans are there.”

Theismann agrees that the Bears need to get Cutler more weapons.

“What the Bears need is a wide receiver,” he said. “Let me tell you, Jay Cutler is the least of that offense’s problems.You need somebody to throw the football to. They finally woke up and said, ‘Hey, Devin (Hester), we’re only going to use you part-time because you’re such a valuable asset on punt returns.”

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