First post and completely editorial:
Ever since that glorious day in April that Jerry Angelo and his Bearmates finally decided to bring in an NFL Pro-Bowl caliber QB, the Chicago fans and organization have taken a lot of heat on message boards and blogs. Our new shining QB has been called a whiney baby, a brat, and immature and other posers have also said how they wish unpleasant outcomes on him and made fun of his diabetes. It hurts, it stings, we are so excited and no one can be excited that we are excited. Mike Florio on PFT.com flat-out hates Cutler and portrays him in a horrible light every chance he gets. The message boards on PFT refer to him as "Cuntler". ESPN is filled with "haters". It takes a large Bears fan to not rip them a new one and finally realize they are jealous and if their team had traded for Cutler, all would be okay.
The majority of Bears fans have gotten used to the name calling and side with our guy in the McDaniels vs. Cutler battle and are confident that the critics will be silenced. What is the result of other "forced trades" and how did other "whiney baby" NFL players end up? Let's take a look:
1. John Elway - Was drafted by the Baltimore Colts with the 1st overall pick in the draft. Before playing a game or practice, Elway said he would never play for the Colts organization because he did not think they would allow him to be successful. If he wasn't traded, he wasn't going to play football at all! He would go play baseball for the New York Yankees. The Colts gave in to his demands and traded him to the Denver Broncos for a handful of players. Elway is now a Hall of Famer with 2 Super Bowls...and still sort of looks like a horse.
2. Eli Manning - Following in the footsteps of Archie and Peyton was not going to be easy, but with their influence, Eli was able to force a trade. Drafted with the #1 pick in 2004 by the San Diego Charges, Manning said he refused to play for them. Immediatley, he was traded to the New York Giants getting his wish before even playing a game. Now many may say it worked out well for the Chargers because Rivers is a better QB and they drafted Shawn Merriman and Nate Kaeding with the other draft picks thrown in. BUT, Eli Manning has a Super Bowl ring and Super Bowl MVP trophy.
3. Jared Allen - Some of the biggest critics of Cutler are our division rivals from Los Angeles, I mean Minnesota. I can't resist taking this shot at them. After being franchise tagged, Jared Allen did not want to play for the Kansas City Chiefs anymore. He vowed not to play for GM Carl Peterson...over money. He forced a trade and ended up playing for the Minnesota Vikings. While Allen has been succesful in his short tenure there, no Super Bowls yet in Minnesota and proof that their fans are hypocrites when calling Cutler a "whiney baby" for forcing a trade.
All in all, if Cutler plays like he did this past weekend against fellow "whiney baby" Eli Manning, I am sure within a few years we will be able to add him to the list of "trade forcers" that went on to be Super Bowl MVPs.