CHICAGO IL - JANUARY 23: Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears warms up before taking on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23 2011 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
One of the most-talked about athletes in the NFL during the season is also one of the most reclusive during the offseason, but Bears President Ted Phillips knows what QB Jay Cutler has been up to: He's on a trip to Kenya doing charity work for children.
"That’s the side of Jay a lot of people don’t know," Bears president Ted Phillips said Sunday. "He does have a caring side to him."
Regardless of whether you like Cutler or dislike him, you have to respect the guy's nature. He gets scrutinized and bombarded with negative press for 6 months out of the year (if not more), but still makes a conscious effort to keep his charity work and personal life under the radar during the offseason. He could undoubtedly do wonders for his image if he chose to publicize those things, but he instead chooses to keep his professional and personal lives separate.
In other Bears news, Phillips also discusses the infamous playing surface at Soldier Field, and tells us that we shouldn't expect any changes in the near future.
"Obviously, there have been some comments made," he said. "I think it's more perception than anything else. The players feel an infill surface allows them to be faster. Look at the wins and losses. We're in the business to win games, and to do that we have to keep our players safe, too."
Wait, what? The players' comments (complaints) are more perception than reality? Perception of what? I certainly don't want to take what he is saying out of context, but he seems to be implying that the complaints are invalid.
Moving on... Phillips says that the players think an infill surface would allow them to be faster, but then references win/loss records. Is he referring to wins-losses on grass versus infill surfaces? If so, what are the stats? I do remember that a few seasons ago (2006), the Patriots switched to an infill surface right before they hosted the Bears, and since then, the coaches and players have loved the switch from natural grass. I mean, wins-losses... the Pats have won plenty of games since then right? So what is Phillips talking about again?
Maybe it's really all about safety... "We're in the business to win games, and to do that (win games) we have to keep our players safe too." Huh?
Well, thanks for the update on Cutler, Mr. Phillips, but I have no idea what you are trying to say about the field. Maybe a simple "We're not changing it; end of story" would suffice next time the subject came up?