Keyshawn on Cutler: 'Man, where's your brain?'
November 5, 2010 11:09 AM |
http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/keyshawncutler.jpgBy Fred Mitchell
Former NFL wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson referred to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler as a "turnover machine" and blamed offensive coordinator Mike Martz for the team's poor offensive showing in an interview with the Tribune on Friday.
"First of all, you have to protect the quarterback," Johnson said. "And protecting the quarterback falls on the offensive line coach (Mike Tice) and the offensive coordinator. And if they can't protect Jay Cutler, who is a turnover machine...you have to know what you're dealing with. Lovie Smith has to step in and he has to tell Mike Martz at some point and time: 'Look, enough's enough.' It would be nice to turn around and hand the ball to (Matt) Forte and allow him to run."
Johnson feels the Bears should be more conservative in their offensive approach.
"They don't have big-time wide receivers. Devin Hester and (Johnny) Knox are a good combination for what they are. And that's about all. And Jay Cutler is very loose with the football, but Mike Martz allows him to be loose with the football, and they don't protect him. He has this nonchalant, 'I-don't-care' look on his face. He throws four picks a couple of weeks ago (to the Redskins' DeAngelo Hall) and he comes out on television and says: 'I threw four picks and I'll throw right at the guy again.' OK, well, that was real stupid.
"You just threw four picks at him, now you're going to come back and say that if you had to do it all over again you would do it again. Man, where's your brain?"
Johnson and hundreds of New York locals are joining forces to create the largest Captain Morgan pose ever on the field at New Meadowlands Stadium to help launch "One Million Poses" - a campaign that will raise funds for a number of charities aimed at promoting responsible drinking and other worthy causes.
Photo: Keyshawn Johnson took Lovie Smith, Jay Cutler and Mike Martz to task. (Scott Strazzante/Tribune)