Neither man is seen as a championship quarterback at this point, and the perception most people seem to have of both of them is one of mild contempt, or worse. It's so bad that Bleacher Report's own Michael Schottey recently wrote a column discussing which quarterback was America's most-hated.
Let's take a look at what both of these quarterbacks have going for them and against them in their pursuit of the ultimate NFL prize.
Case For Romo
Romo has a fantastic outlook on the game of football. He clearly wants to win just as badly as anyone else playing the game today, but he doesn't throw anyone under the bus when things are going badly. He has a way of staying upbeat even when he and his team struggle.
Right now, his offensive line is in a state of flux, but Romo's escapability allows him to keep plays alive, even when his protection breaks down. Some of his biggest plays come when he is forced out of the pocket.
No matter what's going on around him, Romo seems to be able to keep his eyes focused downfield, and when his receivers break open, he has a quick release and strong arm that gets them the ball in short order.
A cursory look at Romo's statistics shows that he is one of the best passers in the NFL. For his career, he's thrown more than double the amount of touchdowns compared to interceptions (153 to 75), and his career passer rating of 96.6 is third on the all-time list, behind only Aaron Rodgers and Steve Young.
Case Against Romo
The most glaring blemish on Romo's record is his penchant for playing badly when the games matter the most, and his 1-3 career playoff record doesn't exactly scream out, "champion."
In four career playoff games, Romo has completed under 60 percent of his passes and has thrown only four touchdowns. He also infamously botched an on-target snap on the potential game-winning field goal in the 2006 NFC playoffs in Seattle.
The thing that seems to drive most people crazy about Romo—the thing that makes many question how much he cares about winning—is that he doesn't appear to get too down when he fails.
Right now, I'd say Romo's biggest obstacle when it comes to winning a Super Bowl has less to do with his so-called nonchalant attitude and more to do with an obvious lack of talent on his offensive line. Until that unit makes vast improvements and starts playing with some consistency and attitude, Romo isn't going to win a Super Bowl.
Case For Cutler
It's tougher to make a strong case for Cutler than Romo.
Cutler has only played in two career playoff games, winning one of them. When he gets good protection, Cutler can be as deadly as any quarterback in the NFL at picking defenses apart.
Unfortunately for him, he doesn't have a good offensive line, which limits his chances.
Cutler does have a strong running game to help balance things out, and if Matt Forte can stay healthy, the Bears offense can be tough to handle.
The addition of Brandon Marshall to this lineup—along with Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester—makes life easier on Cutler. As these receivers continue playing together under the tutelage of Mike Tice, this offense could become a big threat in the playoffs.
Case Against Cutler
We saw how Romo's career numbers stack up against some of the all-time greats, so now let's take a look at Cutler's career stats.
Cutler has thrown 120 touchdowns and 92 interceptions in his seven-year career, and his passer rating is a mediocre 83.6—good for 30th on the all-time list. Those numbers don't inspire much confidence.
Furthermore, Cutler has a tendency to rub people the wrong way. His demeanor and body language indicate that he just doesn't give a crap about anyone but himself.
It's no secret that his leadership skills were lacking when he bumped into J'Marcus Webb as part of a demonstration of his displeasure during the team's Week 2 contest against the Green Bay Packers (h/t Chicago Tribune).
That incident wasn't the first time we've seen this kind of thing from Cutler, either. He just isn't a good leader. Unlike Romo, who inspires his teammates to be better, Cutler has a tendency to get into some major funks when things aren't going well for him, causing the entire offense to play badly.
Leaders win championships, not crybabies like Cutler.
Romo has a much better chance to win a Super Bowl than Cutler does.
He has the support of his teammates, makes better decisions with the ball and has a better attitude about the game and about life than Cutler.
If I had to chose between these two quarterbacks, I would take Romo 100 times out of 100—past playoff failures notwithstanding.
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