The Onion is known for its satire. This is not news to anyone. The Chicago Bears are having an abysmal season. This is also not news. But, after Chicago was humiliated at Green Bay, 55-14, on Sunday, abysmal and anger won out over logic and reason, because some people took The Onion’s story, “Jay Cutler: ‘I’ll Be The First Person To Admit We Need A New Punter,” literally. That story included excerpts such as:
“It’s certainly not an easy thing to say, but at the end of the day, someone has to step up and accept that mistakes were made by our punter, Pat O’Donnell,” said Cutler, who pointed to O’Donnell’s blocked punt in the third quarter as playing a major role in the team’s unraveling and conceded that blame for the team’s loss rested squarely on the rookie punter. “Going forward, there will have to be some serious adjustments made to our punt unit—when individual players aren’t doing their part out there, we’re going to fall short as a team. Pat didn’t play well, and he needs to accept responsibility for that.”
Jay Cutler gets interviewed after getting killed 55-14 and first thing he said is they need a new punter... Bro get some first downs then
— Sam Foltz (@samfoltz27) November 11, 2014
Someone inform Jay Cutler that they wouldn't need to use the punter if he could perform at his own position as quarterback @ChicagoBears
— Steven Mirizzi (@SJM_Rizz) November 12, 2014
I can't believe Jay Cutler seriously blamed the punter and long snapper for blocked punt in 3rd quarter! UH JAY, it was already 48-0??
— Logan Callahan (@CallahanLogan) November 12, 2014
In other non related D.Rose news.. Jay Cutler said "we need a new punter" HOW ABOUT WE NEED A NEW QB!!! #AintThatAB*tch
— L-Matic (@LRashard36) November 11, 2014
Jay Cutler blamed his punter. I didn't expect anything less
— Tyler Serino (@TySerino) November 12, 2014
Things Cutler actually said during his post-game press conference:
“I think we’re all searching for answers right now. As players, we need to figure this out and look inside each player and find out what’s really going on inside.”
“We lost as a team.”
“We didn’t make enough plays to win.”
(UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE CENTURY, CUTTY).
Bears fans are beyond frustrated, and rightfully so. It’s frustrating to see your $100 million quarterback struggling, however it’s the defense who helped give up 50+ points in consecutive games, which hasn’t been done since 1923.
While it’s ridiculous to think that people took The Onion seriously, it is also understandable to get swept away by emotions and tweet before you fact check. We’ve all been there, especially when our teams are putting up performances that are historically bad.