September 19, 2012
Bears' Cutler says he's sorry — kind of
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
Jay Cutler was mildly repentant on Tuesday.
The Chicago quarterback said he has talked to his offensive line about the incident involving left tackle J’Marcus Webb last week.
Cutler yelled and bumped Webb.
Cutler told ESPN 1000: “I probably shouldn’t have bumped him. I’ll go with that.
“As far as me yelling at him and trying to get him going in the game, I don’t regret that,” Some have worried that Cutler risks alienating his teammates if he doesn’t act like a team player.
The incident stole the headlines, instead of Cutler’s miserable four-interception game.
Clearly Cutler is a proponent of tough love.
“He’s my left tackle. I expect him each and every week to play at a certain level, and I think he expects himself to play that well, too.
“We’re moving on.”
Maybe, but cornerback D.J. Moore had a little to say on Monday.
“I just think it’s wrong, honestly,” Moore said.
“I would feel some kind of way if he were to do me like that and make it seem like: ‘Well, the reason that I’m having a bad game is because what you’re doing’ and not me taking accountability for myself because I’m throwing these types of passes or doing this type of read.”
Ouch. First Charles Woodson, and now his own teammate.
SMITH PLAYS THROUGH ACCIDENT
Aldon Smith has no problems on the football field.
Once he steps outside the lines though, the same can’t be said.
The second-year San Francisco star was in a car accident last Friday and the car ended up on its side.
Smith was a passenger in a car that swerved to avoid a deer.
Alcohol was not involved even though the accident occurred at 11:45 p.m., and the driver was taken to hospital with a broken back.
Smith had a cut that required stitches.
Last June, Smith suffered minor stab wounds at a party at his house.
He was also arrested for DUI in Miami Beach in January.
The latest incident didn’t affect Smith’s performance. He had seven tackles and a sack during Sunday night’s game.
Sticking with the Niners, though Randy Moss has only made five catches over his first two games in San Francisco, head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t worried that the future hall of famer is going to get petulant anytime soon.
“Nobody around here ever gets caught up with ‘The Guy’ terminology,” Harbaugh said. “It’s about us; it’s about the team. And Randy, there’s no evidence that he’s concerned about ‘The Guy’ tag. He knows football. He knows the team that plays best is going to win the game. He’s been about that.”
Moss has played well in his limited action.
REPLACEMENT REFS A JOKE
How long will the NFL wait before doing the right thing?
How many more mistakes or embarrassments have to occur before the league brings back the real officials?
Games are taking forever as the replacement refs try to sort out what has taken place.
Scrums are getting out of control, coaches are losing their minds.
One official was taken off of his assignment because, it turns out, he was a die-hard fan of the Saints, who happened to be one of the two teams playing.
Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy even claimed that one of the officials told him: “I need you for my fantasy team.”
The NFL told profootballtalk.com that officials aren’t permitted to play fantasy football, but still, this is a joke. No league makes more money than the NFL, but yet, they’d rather make a mockery of the game than settle up with the locked-out officials.
What else has to happen before sanity prevails?
What if these guys go the Tim Donaghy route?
The NFL is built on gambling. Integrity is paramount.
Yet, with every passing week, more craziness comes to the forefront.
It is long past time the regular refs are put back in place.
NO LOVE LOST
Unfortunately, the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t meet again this season.
Thanks to some late-game fireworks last week, there is no love lost between the two sides.
At the end of New York’s 41-34 win, the Bucs tried to cause a turnover on the dying seconds kneel-down by rushing in.
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck made it clear he wasn’t a fan of messing with tradition and good sportsmanship.
“I am trying to be politically (correct),” Tuck said on Tuesday.
“I thought it was a classless play. That is how you get guys hurt. I have been in this league for eight years and that is the first time that I’ve ever seen that.”
The post-game pleasantries were anything but following the incident, with veteran Tom Coughlin giving Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano a piece of his mind.
Schiano said he wanted his team to play hard until the final whistle, something he had instructed his NCAA teams at Rutgers to do as well.
But Tuck said if his coach told him to dive at the knee of an opponent, he would refuse.
“It is a little lack of class to me but ... I am one person with an opinion,” he said.
BROWN BACK WITH BROWNS
The greatest Brown of them all is back in the fold.
Jim Brown, regarded as the greatest running back ever, who has had an icy relationship with his former team in recent years, is expected to take part in alumni events this weekend when Cleveland hosts Buffalo.
The team will induct Ernie Green and Clarence Scott into its legends club.
Brown has not been at Cleveland Browns stadium in more than two years, stemming from his removal as an advisor to owner Randy Lerner.
Lerner is selling the team to Jimmy Haslam III.
Most notably, Brown skipped a ring of honour ceremony in 2010 and he didn’t endear himself to the organization by panning new Browns running back Trent Richardson this summer.
Brown called Richardson “ordinary” but changed his tune after Richardson’s fine performance on Sunday.
Richardson ran for 109 yards and scored a touchdown on the ground and in the air.
“I only saw highlights of the game, but the one he scored on the pass showed an ability that they drafted him for,” Brown told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
Brown added that he wasn’t trying to “discourage anybody” with his earlier comments about Richardson, who Cleveland traded up to acquire.