Football is a game for men- tough men. Unlike many American males, I don’t lie to myself and others. I could not play that game professionally. It requires a physical toughness that I lack. It also requires an emotional toughness that I am familiar with as a pastor. In football, you have to deal with the emotional aspects of the game- remaining consistent when there are great hills and valleys. Remaining stable in the face of constant obstacles.
Enter Jay Culter, the pouting All-Pro. Jay can’t seem to understand that Pro Football is a business. The goal is two-fold: compete to win the SuperBowl consistently, and make lots of money in the process. The closer you are to the first, the easier it is for a team to accomplish the second. As a result, the business-side, just like the game-side, is not easy on a person’s ego. During the game, fans might boo you. And during the off-season you might be linked with trade rumors.
Jay can’t imagine that the Broncos might entertain offers for a QB that 1. his new coach knows, and 2. had a better QB rating than he did. Yes, Cutler had a record setting season. But his team folded in the crunch (Cassel’s team when on a strong run that would have earned them a playoff spot in most divisions). As QB, some of that falls on his shoulders.
But Cutler is pouting and demanding a trade- feeling so unwanted. He’s is proving that they should have traded him. First, he lacks the mental/emotional toughness required to flourish in professional football. Trade possibilities have sent him into an epic, public freefall. He just gave fans on other cities ammo with which to bait him and boo him. Second, he is more concerned with himself than team. This doesn’t sit well with any associated with the Patriots and their success over the course of this decade. Individuals play, but only teams can win. Teams are made of people who believe “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one” to quote the fictitious Spock from The Wrath of Kahn. Cutler is focused on himself. Not a good sign. He demands his ego get stroked instead of submitting his ego to the needs of his team. He also refuses to see that a few teams WERE really interested in him (I’m not sure why at this point).
Jay needs to take his meltdown where it belongs- behind closed doors- or no team will want him, including the one he’s on. And while he’s there he may want to invest in some Daniel Goleman books on emotional intelligence.