Between quarterbacks Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears and Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys there are 17 years of National Football League experience, over 40,000 career passing yards, well over 250 touchdown passes and four trips to Honolulu as Pro Bowlers.
However, at the end of the day in the NFL the only thing that matters is postseason achievement, and between the pair they have all of one playoff victory each.
This is not to say that Jay Cutler isn't a talented quarterback with a cannon for an arm who, now that he has some legitimate receivers in Chicago, likely has his best shot since arriving in Chicago of taking the Bears to the NFL's biggest stage.
However, it's not like the seventh year pro has exactly been lights out in 2012, throwing six interceptions against only three touchdown passes while posting a quarterback rating south of 60.
Those numbers expose Cutler's biggest weakness. The Chicago O-line has struggled in pass protection, and when pressured Cutler has a tendency to do boneheaded things with the football, as evidenced by the 49 interceptions in his first three years in Chicago.
Add to that Cutler's petulant attitude and tendency to blame everyone but himself when things go wrong, as he's just not the sort of signal-caller that's going to put a team on his back and take it to the promised land. If the Bears make the playoffs it will be as much in spite of Cutler as because of him.
With Tony Romo it's a lot harder to put your finger on exactly what's "wrong," especially when at first glance nothing really appears to be.
The tenth year pro's stats are impressive. A touchdown to interception ratio of better than two-to-one. A career passer rating of over 95. Those are numbers that many NFL quarterbacks would kill for.
However, for whatever reason Romo has always struggled to be consistent. For every dominant performance, like the one he displayed against the New York Giants in Week 1 this year, there are mediocre performances like his last two starts, where his quarterback rating hovers in the 60s and the Dallas offense looks completely out of sync,
Granted, that's not all on Romo, and his reputation as a "choker" isn't totally deserved, but the fact of the matter is when you're in your seventh season as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and you've won one playoff game that's the label you're going to get.
Before I get plowed under with comments calling me all sorts of unfortunate things (some of which make even my ears turn red) I'm not saying that Jay Cutler or Tony Romo are bad quarterbacks, although given the choice between the two I'll take Romo all day every day.
That said they're not great ones either, and were I a betting man asked to lay some cold hard cash on whether either will get a Super Bowl ring the answer would be "no."
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