Former Bears’ quarterback Jim McMahon believes his former team didn’t do Jay Cutler any favors in the NFC Championship Game.
McMahon told ESPN Radio, via ProFootballTalk.com, that the team should have protected Cutler by releasing a statement explaining the extent of the knee injury that sidelined him in the second half.
“I think they just handled it poorly,” McMahon said. “Somebody should have come out and said, hey, he hurt his knee. But nobody said anything. . . . I think if they handled it better, people would have realized what was going on.”
McMahon also said that he is convinced he suffered brain damage while taking repeated blows to the head during his career, he believes the league is overzealous while trying to protect quarterbacks.
“I think it’s a joke,” he said. “I think it takes away from what the defensive guys have been taught their whole life. It’s a violent game and guys are going to get hurt sometimes. Some of the calls that some quarterbacks get I think are ridiculous. Other guys get pounded and don’t get a flag. As long as they’re consistent I think everybody would be happy, but they’re not consistent with it.”