They came in droves as Cutler stood, rode on the bike, sat, and then stood again on the frigid sidelines of Soldier Field.
All of them, in their own way, wondering about Jay Cutler, and the magnitude of his knee injury.
"As a guy how had 20 knee surgeries you'd have to drag me out on a stretcher to Leave at Championship Game! #justsaying," said a tweet from Schlereth.
"All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee...I played the whole season on one," chimed in Jones Drew on his account "Jones_Drew32."
A number of them went on like this, but the quarterback himself wasn't as willing to engage in a vocal war over one fought over keyboards.
"No comment," said Cutler when asked about the posts on Twitter.
But with a sizable media pulpit around his locker on Sunday evening, the quarterback discusses his desire to return to the game, and the Bears coach's unwillingness to do so for most of the second half.
"I was gonna keep playing," said Cutler about returning after suffering the injury in the first half. "They made the decision to give Todd (Collins) a shot."
Cutler himself wasn't sure which hit caused the injury, but he was seen limping to the locker room before the end of the first half. He came out for one series in the second half, but he was ineffective and was kept out for the rest of the game.
Collins came into replace Cutler at first, but consecutive three-and-outs forced head coach Lovie Smith to switch to third stringer Caleb Hanie for the rest of the contest.
"We gave it a go there that first series, but I couldn't really plant or throw, so they pulled me," said Cutler.
The injury only added insult to a rough day for the quarterback before he went to the bench. Cutler was erratic on a blustry day at Soldier Field, hitting just six of 14 passes for 80 yard and an interception late in the half.
With those two factors coming into play, the Bears were not able to muster enough points to knock off the Packers, ending a season suprise season by the team one game shy of a Super Bowl.
"I was talking about that on the sidelines, some of the shots that we took early in the year and we were able to bounce back," said Cutler of the 2010 season. "To be in this situation and have this happen is tough."
But that's how many of the Bears would describe the quarterback despite what others around the NFL said via social media. Word of the tweets spread to many of Cutler's teammates after the game, and many were quick to defend.
"Nothing like jealous people at home watching," said linebacker Brian Urlacher of the criticism aimed at Cutler. "Yeah, I love jealous people when they are watching our game on TV while their season is over."
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