In Cutler's Defense
It amazes me that fans denigrate Jay Cutler (You're Wrong About Jay Cutler, Aug. 15) for not wanting to be a public figure. In a world in which we are constantly bombarded with celebrity reality shows, stories about Twitter wars and players holding out for bigger contracts, I find it refreshing to see an athlete who wants to be on television for only one thing: winning football games.
Never mind that Cutler is the first quarterback in the history of the Bears to throw for 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons. What impresses me the most about Cutler is that he has finally brought stability to a Bears team that in recent years has gone through signal-callers faster than William (the Refrigerator) Perry went through Twinkies. Now all Chicago needs to do is stop passing over proven offensive linemen during the off-season. The front office should do what it takes to get Cutler some protection and keep him healthy.
Brenden West, Dyersville, Iowa
I have never been a Cutler fan because I don't think he is a winner and because his sullen demeanor on the sideline shows a level of disconnect from the game. What I find interesting about your article was that the words leader and leadership were not mentioned once in regards to Cutler. Wouldn't one need to be a great leader or have superb leadership skills to be a successful NFL quarterback?
Kirstin Torrence, Frisco, Texas
The Fix Was In
I want to thank Joe Posnanski for his great essay on Marv Levy (POINT AFTER, Aug. 15). Reading about Levy's new career as a novelist and reflecting on his past as the coach of the Bills reminded me of the X-Files and the mysterious smoker played by William B. Davis. In one episode Davis, whose character had the power to fix any outcome, made this comment, "What I don't want to see is the Bills winning the Super Bowl. As long as I'm alive, that doesn't happen."