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Bruschi spells out difference between Cutler, Rodgers

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Tedy Bruschi, the former New England Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst, sees a big difference between Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers yelling at teammates during Thursday night’s 23-10 Packers’ victory at Lambeau Field. Cutler screamed at offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb and bumped into him after Webb gave up a sack to Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. Rodgers yelled at receiver James Jones after an interception when Jones ran the wrong route. On “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on ESPN Radio via ESPN Chicago, Bruschi explained the difference. “I don't even think it's a big thing that he bumped him or he pushed him,” Bruschi said. “The big thing was about when he chose to get on J'Marcus Webb, and the difference between when Aaron Rodgers chose to get on (James) Jones, the wide receiver. “Now J'Marcus Webb, all he did was get beat physically. He was in the right place, he did his best to block Clay Matthews, and he got beat. Clay Matthews got the sack on Jay Cutler. Clay Matthews has beaten many offensive tackles who are a lot better than J'Marcus Webb. So when you get on somebody and embarrass somebody on national TV for getting beat physically, it's almost like you're kicking a man when he's down. Ok, yes, you lost. He's just not better than Clay Matthews. Clay Matthews was better than him on that play. There's nothing you can do. There's no scheme or anything. It was one man against another, and you lose. You kick him when he's down, it's not the right thing to do. "James Jones made a mental error. ... That's when you can get on players. That's when you can get in their grill because they made a poor decision. That justifies any type of criticism you can give them on national TV or not." Bruschi went so far as to say Cutler owes an apology to his teammates. “To tell you the truth, this has to be made right, some how some way,” Bruschi said. “Jay Cutler -- I think publicly -- has to acknowledge the error of his ways and apologize to the entire offensive line.” After the game Cutler didn't sound like a guy who was sorry. "I care about this," Cutler said at his post-game press conference. "This isn't just a hobby. I'm not doing this for my health. I'm trying to win football games. I'm trying to get first downs. When we're not doing the little things, when we're not doing things the right way consistently, I'm going to say something. If they want a quarterback that doesn't care, they can go get somebody else."  

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