Monday, October 3, 2011
Two Part Piece - Stirring Jay Cutler Victories as a Bear & the State of Quarterbacks in the NFL
Franchise Quarterbacks, hard to find. Many of them build their legacy on games that you can't get out of your minds for decades. Dan Fouts against the Dolphins in the playoffs, Elway's "The Drive", Montana's "The Catch", etc. etc. So I thought I'd devote the first part of this column to the couple of games that stand out in my mind as a Bears fan where I worship the fact we have Jay Cutler.
Ok - on to Part Two of the column...
Comparing Jay Cutler to other QB's in the league. Remember, the Bears gave up two first round draft picks to get him and signed him to big paper 3 games into his Bears career. So let's see how he compares to the other starters in the league. For comparison purposes, I'll use the following scoring:
Above - Rather have Cutler than this guy
Below - Rather have the other guy than Cutler
Equal - About equal to Cutler
Tom Brady - Below, plus Brady's wife is hot.
Mark Sanchez - Above - Sanchez might be on the cover of GQ, but he pretty much looks like a scared kid out there
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Equal, though trending towards below. Need to see more of Fitzpatrick but his teammates love him
Chad Henne - Above (this goes for any other pablum that the Dolphins run out under the position of QB)
Joe Flacco - Equal. Flacco can look awfully bad at times
Ben Roethlisberger - Below, though trending to equal. All of those Super Bowl rings and appearances are a differentiator, even those Big Ben is a pud off the field.
Andy Dalton - Above (for now). Dalton doesn't have enough history yet
Colt McCoy - This is a close one. I'll go above for right now, might get some debate on this one.
Peyton Manning - Below - Enough said
Matt Schaub - Below. Schaub has had big games, bigger than most of Cutler's that I can remember. Of course he has Andre Johnson to throw to
Matt Hasselback - Above. A younger Hasselback might get you some argument, and his leadership skills are probably better but not enough to tip the scales.
Blaine Gabbert - He's the Jacksonville QB in case you didn't know. Above
Jason Campbell - Above - How this guy is still a starter remains a mystery to me
Kyle Orton - Whew, somedays I long for Orton, but not that much. Above
Phillip Rivers - Below. Would love to have Rivers and his fire on our side of the field.
Matt Cassell - Above. Not sure on this, but gut tells me he's a tick better.
So let's tally up the AFC
Above = 8
Equal = 3
Below = 5
Michael Vick = Tough one, this isn't fantasy football, so I'm going to say Equal
Tony Romo = Romo is almost equivalent, I think he has more touch, but gives up the big turnover. I say Equal
Rex Grossman - I've seen that show before, somedays though, yearn for a little Sexy Rexy. Above
Eli Manning - Not a huge Eli fan, but he does have a Super Bowl Ring = Below
Aaron Rodgers - Not even close - Below
Matthew Stafford - Kid has memorable games, leads the team back. Below
Donovan McNabb - Give it up Donovan - Above
Alex Smith - A touch Above
Sam Bradford - Have the Rams scored this year? Above
Tavaris Jackson - See Jason Campbell. Above
Kevin Kolb - Not enough book out on him yet, early returns I would say are Equal
Drew Brees - Below, on a number of different fronts
Matt Ryan - Kid isn't as good as he has been billed. Equal
Josh Freeman - If I was starting a team, I take Freeman, think the kid has more intangibles. Below
Cam Newton - 4 games into his career, I take Newton.
Recapping the NFC
Above = 5
Equal = 4
Below = 6
So that puts Cutler at the 12-18 range in terms of QBs in the NFL in my opinion
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