and I'm not gonna take it anymore! Alright, maybe I will take it some more. But I am mad! And I feel justified in my anger. Who am I mad at? The media. I'm angry with what I feel is "emotional journalism." I'm specifically mad at the criticism leveled at Jay Cutler. I think its' extremely unprofessional to throw out accusations of immaturity. These so-called "experts" sit perched like vultures, awaiting the phrase; any phrase, that can be construed or misconstrued as an attempt to throw someone under the bus. If Jay says, "we played bad," they can accuse him of attacking his receivers. If he says, "we need to score more points," they can accuse him of attacking his defense. I know, I know; that's what they're paid to do. I get it. But an accusation of immaturity is hard to disprove. Think about it. If you say he's slow, let's look at his 40 time. If you say he takes too many risks, let's look at his TD/INT ratio. If you say he's inaccurate, stats will bear out the truth. If you say he's immature, well...ok?
I have referenced, numerous times, how the media always railed on Peyton Manning for his supposed inability to "win the big one." Nevermind that only one QB can boast the honor of "winning the big one" each year. Nevermind that football is a team sport. "He couldn't do it in college, and he can't do it on the big stage," they'd say. Question: did anyone ever hear one of these "experts" say, "You know, I was wrong about that guy. He can win the big one!" I never did. Instead, the media jumps him from the choke artist to one of the greatest of all time. I like Peyton. But my complaint isn't about him. It's about irresponsible accusations by the media.
Jay had a bad game. So did his receivers and tight ends. The stats bear that out. But questioning his maturity? How could ANYONE defend their maturity? Does competitiveness make you immature? Or should it be based on, oh, I don't know, running a dogfighting ring, shooting yourself in the leg, getting drunk and running over a pedestrian, etc...? And his accusers? He's been accused of being immature by a certain coach that blew a head gasket over a question about whether or not his team will make the playoffs. The playoffs? The playoffs? Even Da Coach blew a head gasket when told of comments by a certain Defensive Coordinator. Again, my point simply is that I wish the media would tread lightly when making accusations that can not easily be defended by stats and police blotters. And until they do, I guess I'll continue to be mad as hell!