Jay Cutler and the Changing Narrative

A Novel Idea: Use facts instead of facial
expressions to write your articles.
It has come to my attention (h/t Windy City Gridiron) the narrative around Jay Cutler has rapidly begun to change. From Gene Wojciechowski saying, "Cutler has been humanized" to this recent Sean Jensen Sun Times article, "What Jay Cutler Should Have Done," the major media outlets have begun to sing a different tune -- nay, they've composed a different album -- about the Chicago Bear's quarterback.

Jensen's piece is particularly illuminating. In it, he suggests Cutler should have feigned greater pain, danced in agony along the sideline, and stretched his face in theatric anguish. That's what Twitter wanted. That's what the fans wanted.

Instead, Cutler downplayed his injury in an effort to not distract his teammates. Yet the reaction among the fans proved vitriol. Said Jensen:
[Hines] Ward, considered one of the league’s toughest players, suffered the same injury in the 2009 AFC title game as Cutler did Sunday — a torn medial collateral ligament.

Yet Cutler faced a barrage of immediate attacks on his toughness by fans and players alike.
And, Jensen notes, fans would be wise to immediately cease discussions about the TMZ video. Per a real doctor with real knowledge of injuries: You can't play, but you can walk. Boom, blockquote:
And for anyone questioning why he didn’t return, ElAttrache said a Grade II MCL tear would be difficult for a right-handed quarterback such as Cutler to play through. Cutler’s left knee is the one he uses to plant.

‘‘I don’t care if it’s golf or pitchers when it’s your front leg,” ElAttrache said. ‘‘You can’t perform at that level.’’

So next time you see footage of Cutler walking, educate yourself about a Grade II MCL tear.

‘‘It’s very common to be able to walk and climb stairs, often able to jog straight ahead,’’ said ElAttrache, who performed Brady’s reconstructive knee surgery in 2008. ‘‘The public reaction to his activity is understandable but misinformed. In reality, it’s not appropriate.’’
Props to these two writers for daring to change the story.

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