The title pretty much sums it up. I hate this guy.
I hate him because I’m jealous. I’m jealous of the Green Bay Packers for having a guy this talented fall into their laps late in the 2005 NFL Draft; I’m jealous because he’s gone 33-19 against the NFC North with a ridiculous 111-21 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
I’m jealous because the Packers went from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, essentially going from one all-time great to another while the Bears have started over 30 different quarterbacks since Favre put on a Packers uniform.
I’m jealous because between Rodgers & Favre, they’ve accomplished the following:
- 805 touchdowns thrown (average of 33 a season for the last 24 years)
- 281 regular season wins (average of 11 wins a season for the last 24 years)
- 17 Pro Bowls
- 5 League MVP awards
- 2 Super Bowls for the stupid Packers
I hate Aaron Rodgers because of the 2011 NFC Conference Title game, where Jay Cutler injured his knee before halftime and couldn’t return. Rodgers went on to beat the Bears soundly and win the Packers the Super Bowl that year.
The anti-Cutlerface fans went on to reference this game for years (and up until today even) for why Jay Cutler is the most hated man in Chicago.
I hate Aaron Rodgers because he smoked Chris Conte in the regular season finale in 2013. With a playoff berth on the line, the Bears led by a point with under a minute to play. Conte blew his coverage, Rodgers did his Rodgers thing by avoiding all pass rush, rolling to his unnatural side, throwing a perfect pass anyway, and Randall Cobb was wide open to win the Packers the damn game.
The Bears would subsequently go on to have their most embarrassing season perhaps in history, imploding in all facets, and ultimately firing their head coach and general manager, starting from zero.
Thank you, Aaron.
I hate Aaron Rodgers because he is slowly-but-surely taking some steam away from Peyton Manning as the next “face” of the NFL. Rodgers, despite appearing in numerous commercials, privately seems to be something of a cold-hearted hermit. Nothing wrong with that, from one hermit to another, yet I find it absurd the league wants to paint this guy like a golden hero when at home he’s kind of a grumpy jar of horseradish sauce.
It doesn’t help that this guy routinely beats the hell out of my favorite (and admittedly incompetent) team, so I personally don’t want to see this guy in commercial after commercial.
I don’t hate Jay Cutler. A lot of people, a lot of people, hate Jay Cutler.
I’m not one of them.
The Cutler hate comes in two forms: Rational and Irrational.
Reasons to Rationally hate Cutler:
- He’s getting paid an average of $18 million a year to be one of the league’s most mediocre quarterbacks
- He’s got a career 51-51 record as a Bear and his 154/109 touchdown-to-interception ratio is unexceptional at best.
- His “talent ceiling” led to the routine firing of offensive coordinators and the termination of at least one head coach
- In 8 seasons in Chicago he’s only been part of one playoff team
Reasons to Irrationally hate Cutler:
- His often ambivalent facial expressions
- “All he does is throw picks”
- His anti-vaxxer wife (which is admittedly troublesome but not altogether justifiable of personal hatred against the guy)
- Not coming back into the 2011 NFC title game after tearing his MCL (“He was on the damn bike, that wimp”)
In Chicago, fans would always, always rather see a guy like Jim Miller or Kyle Orton be their starting quarterback because it’s all we’ve ever known. We’d rather have a lunchpail guy with un-exceptional talent across the board, yet he does just enough to win games (thanks to a great running game and stout defense). It’s an identity crisis the city seemingly can never escape from.
So Jay Cutler, now a known commodity with a tenuous reputation, will likely leave the Bears so both sides can agree that the misadventures are complete.
It’s the best thing for everybody. Cutler can move on to find a team to be an average quarterback for another 3-5 years; the Bears can draft a quarterback to ruin progressively over the next 8 seasons or so.
Meanwhile Aaron Rodgers will probably win another handful of titles, earn another couple MVPs and Pro Bowls, and the Packers will draft another Hall of Famer in 2020.
Pitchers and catchers report in February, by the way.