For the record, I find Cutler to be a bit of an idiosyncratic jerk.
That being said, this entire assault on him is BS. No nuance, no 90-10, but rather 100% BS.
I listened to a lot of commentators, athletes, and worst of all: sports journalist write about him and it infuriated me... as a sports fan.
The notion that he should be condemned for not "becoming a cheerleader" is nonsense. Can anyone even imagine him doing that? That's not his style and if he tried it then, he'd be a phony and his teammates would be insulted by the disingenuous performance. Besides, he isn't the leader of that team... Urlacher is. He's the QB but not the leader, and he never has been.
The idea that he isn't tough is even more insulting as by every measure, he's as tough as they come. It's also worth pointing out that no matter how badly he gets hit, he never throws his teammates under the bus. He's an asshole, but an honorable one.
On the notion that somehow he should have tried to stay in the game unless "they took his helmet," I laugh. He was told not to play at halftime and he started the second half. He ignored the doctors. He also couldn't throw the ball, at all. I saw the game and he flat out, could not throw it. He did the right thing, the smart thing, and the best thing to give his team a chance to win.
I realize that this has nothing to do with the 49ers but I hope that we as fans will learn from this... not all players are the same. They aren't all vocal, charismatic, or even pleasant. We should treat them honestly as fans though and hopefully we'll be better fans than those ass-clowns in Chicago who threw their QB under the bus.