Enough with the Jay Cutler is Jeff George 2.0 comparisons already. This comparison is premature to make and merit-less. Before the Bear’s went on a three game winning streak, a lot of writers were circulating a lazy comparison between Jay Cutler and Jeff George.
Now the Bears are 7-3, and it is time for a rebuttal. Jay Cutler will likely never be a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. That is acceptable, because he could be the guy to win the Bears a Super Bowl—not this year, but crazier things have happened. While it would be unexpected, the Bears could probably make the Super Bowl this year with a couple lucky bounces in a down year for the NFC.
Cutler’s two years in Chicago have been marked by lousy receiving, dismal protection by the line, and inconsistencies on the part of the offensive coaching staff. The Bears have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, Forte is unable to carry the ground burden like the running backs do on most elite teams, and Cutler’s statistics are still respectable.
Jay Cutler has completed over 60 percent of his throws, and averaged over seven yards an attempt throughout his career. This is typically a reference point on whether a QB is good or bad.
If Cutler had elite receivers and the pass protection elite NFL quarterbacks not named Roethlisberger get, he would likely have better stats. Throw in a more effective running back than Forte who is actually a backfield receiver in disguise, and the Bears would be a team that deserved their 7-3 record.
The Bears have looked downright terrible in a few games this year, and Cutler was definitely a key accomplice in these defeats. While his offensive line was equally as guilty, they were no where to be found, as Cutler was routinely sacked.
He certainly held the ball too long on a number of these sacks, but look at the way the most effective passers are able to move around for seven to eight seconds at times. Most elite passers get much better protection than Cutler.
Jeff George was a cancer to every locker room he was a part of. Jay Cutler is just a primma donna. Jeff Cutler’s record through his first five seasons was 21-44. Jay Cutler’s is 31-32. Jeff George completed over sixty percent of his passing attempts just two times in his first five season, while Cutler has done it four times
Cutler has over twice the rushing yards George accumulated in his entire career. Cutler will not win any games with his legs, but at least he adds a dynamic George lacked, extending drives with a scramble. Cutler also already has more than half the passing yards George accumulated in 12 seasons.
Jeff George was picked first overall, and received the richest contract in rookie history. Jay Cutler had hype, but nowhere near the amount of hype George generated going into the NFL. Jeff George was immensely talented, everyone knew that, but he never had a statistically sound season until he was 27. Cutler is only 26.
If you compare Cutler’s stats to Super Bowl winning quarterbacks Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, they are similar at this point in their careers. Manning and Roethlisberger both played on better teams than Cutler, yet Cutler’s numbers are pretty much the same as Manning, and Roethlisberger’s are only slightly better.
Jay Cutler may never win a Super Bowl, but if you watched Kyle Orton nearly get intercepted on every one of his pass attempts Monday night in a drubbing against the Chargers, you cannot say Jay Cutler was a mistake.
Orton has accumulated lots of stats in garbage time, and his lofty numbers have only earned the Broncos a 3-7 record. Orton’s face was constantly bearing signs of a quarterback aware that he may not start next year, although he is still a good fantasy option thanks to his fourth quarter “heroics.”
Cutler may have been a baby during the whole situation with Josh McDaniels, but McDaniels did not handle it well either. McDaniels likely will be fired before next season. He led the Broncos to a pitiful record this year, and his ego cost the team the playoffs last year. How much does Josh McDaniels really know anyways? In due time, we will be hearing discouraged Denver fans longing for the Cutler days.
Jay Cutler may never live up to the hype he gained following a Pro Bowl season in 2008, his third year in the league, but he will be the Chicago Bear’s quarterback for some time. Very few quarterbacks have ever held up to the hype Cutler received following his performances early in his career. He’s more than likely not going to the Hall of Fame, but he is the best quarterback the Bears have had since Jim McMahon.
If the Bears ever get a good offense around him you never know, Cutler could be one of the most famous quarterbacks in NFL history. If he brings a Super Bowl victory to Chicago, he will forever be a legend there, and last I checked there are far worst things for a quarterback from small town Indiana to amount too. Just ask Rex Grossman.