Jay Cutler snubbed in NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2011
With the NFL lockout still very much real, NFL Network is doing everything in their power to keep hope for the 2011 season alive.
The series “The Top 100 Players of 2011,” which is voted on by NFL players, is in full swing on NFL Network and four Chicago Bears have made the list.
Lance Briggs has been the only Bear announced–at No. 92–since the program kicked off and has counted down the Top 51 players already. This means that three more Bears are on the list and I think it’s safe to say that we know who those players are.
Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester, Julius Peppers all surely have made the Top 50.
More to note, we know who got snubbed from the list: one Jay Cutler.
One has to assume that Cutler’s controversial benching in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers had something to do with this.
This is a list voted on by the players–those same players that questioned Cutler’s toughness for not returning to the game.
Cutler has seen his share of controversy since coming to Chicago two years ago but he has given a Bears franchise hope for an offense with a reputation that is downright ugly.
Behind a shoddy offensive line–in which he endured 56 sacks–and playing so-so receivers, Cutler had a great year for the Bears in guiding them to their first postseason berth since their 2006 Super Bowl appearance.
He missed just one game–after sustaining a concussion the previous game in which he was sacked nine times by the New York Giants–and led the Bears to an 11-5 record and the NFC North Championship. He passed for 3,274 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and added 232 rushing yards.
And yet the criticism will keep on coming.
Everyone loves to hate Jay Cutler, as evidenced by his snubbing by his fellow players.