Rick Reilly is the Dave Barry of sportswriting and Dave Barry is to comedy what Antonio Cromartie is to not fathering nine children with eight different women. In Reilly’s anti-Cutler column currently running on the ESPN home page, he levels charges against Cutler as severe as texting while ignoring John Lynch, watching TV while ignoring John Elway and not wanting to answer the questions of reporters at a press conference. I say we string him up!
Reporter: When you were a kid, which quarterback did you look up to?
Reporter: Nobody? You didn’t look up to anybody?
If he’s lying, it makes him a miscreant. If he’s telling the truth, it makes him a miscreant.
“Deep, deep down, I think he’s a really good guy,” Waddle says.
Maybe. But why do we have to look that deep?
Reilly’s hypothesis, of course, ignores the other obvious conclusion to be drawn from Cutler’s answer: he doesn’t like reporters. You know reporters, right? The ones who vilified him publicly and canonized Josh McDaniels in the aftermath of the Denver scandal? (How’d that work out for Denver?) The ones who have been quick to criticize every interception he’s thrown while ignoring his franchise record-setting productivity? The ones who have written every week that Denver actually won the trade with the Bears by acquiring Kyle Orton, a player that has been benched for a quarterback who doesn’t possess the ability to throw the football accurately?