Bearing Down With ... Jonathan Scott

The lineman has Cutler's back, even if the QB's hometown seems funny

September 20, 2012|By Jack M Silverstein | For RedEye

Offensive lineman Jonathan Scott arrived in Chicago on Sept. 10 after six seasons with Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. He sat down with RedEye and shared his thoughts on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Jonathan Scott: I haven't had any in-depth conversations with [Cutler] because I'm new to the team, but I do remember when we were in the [NFL] combine together. I remember him because he was from Santa Claus [pauses], somewhere …

Jack Silverstein: Indiana.

Scott: … and I thought that was hilarious. We both kind of joked about that. I saw him crack a grin on that note. So for the simple fact that he was proud of Santa Claus, Ind., and we both kind of broke bread on it. That was a pretty enlightening moment with Jay Cutler, in my experience.

It was super random. We were about to take the Wonderlic Test or something like that, and he talked about, like, "Oh yeah, I'm from Santa Claus." I was like, "You are Santa Claus?" "No, I'm from Santa Claus." I thought that was pretty cool. Like I said, it was a brief interaction. It wasn't like I'd known him all my life.

Silverstein: Do you think he gets a bad rap from media, from fans?

Scott: Truthfully I don't even know, because I'm not a big guy on people who don't really know the game. If they don't really know, I don't listen to them, you know? I mean, would you listen to a person who told you how to write and they didn't even know how to hold a pencil? [Laughs.]

All I can judge is what I know from a day-to-day interaction with him, and like I said, Jay Cutler's cool with me. I'm right on his bandwagon.

Silverstein: Do offensive linemen feel a special responsibility because they literally hold the quarterback's—or even in some cases the running back's—health and safety in their hands?

Scott: No, because it's not necessarily the offensive linemen. It could be that someone misread a read, or someone on the other side of the ball just slipped and fell and ran into your knee and you're out for the year. It's what you sign up for. You sign up to take criticism, to take it like a punch in the jaw and keep moving. You know? [Laughs.] I know I don't look at it like that.

Silverstein: That you're not the quarterback's caretaker.

Scott: It's my job to make sure he don't get hit, yeah. But when it comes to getting injured, that's the part you sign up for. If not, we could all be behind a desk.

Silverstein: So then with all the risks, what is it you love about football?

Scott: Being able to impose your will on someone else and to not be in trouble. [Laughs.] Real talk, that's it. Think about it: I'm allowed to hit someone in they face and not get thrown in jail. [Laughs.] It's all about competition.

Special contributor Jack M Silverstein covers the Bears for RedEye. Say hey @readjack.


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