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Jaws QB rankings: Jay Cutler, Stafford fall

10/4/2012

We continue this week's look at the first quarter of the 2012 season with Ron Jaworski's re-assessment of the quarterback rankingsInsider he originally published over the summer. You'll need an Insider subscription to see the entire list as it stands, but my ESPN security clearance authorizes this leak of the four NFC North entries:

Aaron Rodgers

Was: 1

Is: 1

Seifert comment: Rodgers had his best game of the season last Sunday, throwing four touchdown passes against the New Orleans Saints, as the Packers continue adjustments designed to take away the deep pass.

Jay Cutler

Was: 8

Is: 13

Seifert comment: Cutler threw four interceptions in Week 2 and had arguably the best game of his career in Week 4. I'm guessing that from Jaworski's perspective, there has been an intolerable level of inconsistency for an elite quarterback.

Matthew Stafford

Was: 14

Is: 15

Seifert comment: Jaworski is worried about Stafford's mechanics, but the bigger problem is that opponents have exposed the Lions' imbalance on offense.

Christian Ponder

Was: 28

Is: 20

Seifert comment: Ponder is the only NFL starter without an interception and has been put in mostly manageable positions by offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.