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Monday, June 1, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Cutler and fans


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Hi there. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

I'll have some more thoughts on Minnesota's minicamp during the week. For now, I'm intrigued by an item buried midway through the weekend column of David Haugh from the Chicago Tribune. Haugh noted the volume of e-mails he has received that document the failure of new quarterback Jay Cutler to sign autographs around town.

One fan predicted that Cutler's decision to wave off fans would be his undoing in Chicago. I think that's a little dramatic and places an unfair standard on a guy who already is dealing with skyrocketing expectations. So the only way some fans are going to root for him is if he stops and signs autographs whenever they want?

There is a balance to that sort of thing, and it's something Cutler will have to deal with for a while. (See this excellent piece by Wayne Drehs of ESPN Chicago for more.) I'm sure Cutler realizes that most fans will base their loyalty on his performance in games, not how many autographs he signs during the offseason.

Let me know if you think differently. Otherwise, let's take a weekend look around the division: