The Cutler debate: perception vs. reality

Popular opinion isn't on Jay Cutler's side, but it should be

Updated: January 26, 2011, 12:54 AM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPNChicago.com

Perception: Jay Cutler went out like a sucka. Bailed out. Tapped out. Sold and souled out. Like a man who didn't care about the game, his rep or his team.

Reality: Jay Cutler went out like a man with a game-ending injury, and didn't give a damn about what it looked like to the outside world.

Perception: Cutler should have "gutted it" out. Made a stronger, more visual attempt to get back in the game.

Reality: He tried to talk his way back on to the field. ...

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