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Former Bears captain criticizes Jay Cutler for shoving teammate

September 14, 2012|By Dan Loumena
  • Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, checking his wrist after getting sacked Thursday night against the Packers, was especially critical of left tackle J'Marcus Webb (73).
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, checking his wrist after getting sacked… (Joe Robbins / Getty Images )

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is under attack from a former teammate and co-captain, Adewale Ogunleye, for his shoving of offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb during a 23-10 loss to the Packers on Thursday night in Green Bay.

Cutler, who was sacked seven times and had four passes intercepted while he completed only 11 of 27 passes for 126 yards, yelled on a couple of occasions at his linemen as the offense headed toward the sideline.

On one occasion, he followed Webb, the left tackle, to the sideline while yelling and gave him a stiff shoulder to the back as he passed him.

"If you are not doing your job, yeah, someone should be allowed to get in your face,” Ogunleye said during a radio interview Friday morning on WSCR. "But if you live in a glass house, you can’t throw any stones. So the way I am looking at the game, no one is yelling at Jay when he is throwing the ball three [four] times to their defenders. And you’ve got to have some sense of accountability.

"At the end of the day, you start losing the respect of your teammates, you start losing the respect of that offensive line when publicly you’re bumping people and yelling at them in their face. I don’t think it is the right thing to do."

Ogunleye pointed out that Cutler, who is 6 feet 3 and 225 pounds after losing some weight this season, was lucky that the 6-7, 300-pound Webb didn't take offense.

"To go and bump another player, you know the only reason Jay Cutler can bump an offensive lineman and not get his butt beat is because he is the star quarterback of the Chicago Bears," said Ogunleye, a defensive end who retired after the 2009 season. "If this is in the street, and you bump a man that is 300 pounds, Jay is in serious trouble.

"The team is going to have to police itself. Maybe Brian [Urlacher] will have to say something. The more you yell at them, the more pressure you are putting on your own teammate."

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