Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Jaws' QB Countdown: Jay Cutler No. 8
By Kevin Seifert
To this point, one of the more interesting parts of Ron Jaworski's QB Countdown Series has been the distance he put between the Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford and the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler.
ESPN.com blog editors alerted you last week to Stafford's ranking at No. 14 in the NFL. Tuesday, I can tell you that Cutler is checking in at No. 8. Here's a portion Jaworski's thoughts on him:
"Physically, Cutler is as talented as any quarterback in the NFL. He’s a power thrower with good accuracy. He has deceptive athleticism and movement. Not many bring the skill that Cutler has. …
"Cutler is a big-time arm talent. One part of his game that I really like is his ability to step up in the pocket and drive the ball at the intermediate and deeper levels. He's an aggressive and confident downfield thrower. There's no hesitation at all. He turns it loose. He intuitively understands the NFL passing game. He knows when you get man coverage it’s on the receivers to win. Cutler's going to throw the ball.
"Cutler has shown he can take over games. He did that against the Eagles on Monday Night last year. I remember it very well. When he went down after the Bears' 10th game, the offense crumbled. …
"A couple of things about Cutler that still need to be addressed. His ball location can be a little erratic at times, and his red-zone efficiency must improve. Last season was his best in four years. He did not throw a red zone interception, but in the three previous seasons Cutler threw 13. That is not acceptable.
"Overall, I'm absolutely wowed by Cutler's ability to throw the football, even going back to his college career at Vanderbilt. Sure, he's exhibited some inconsistency in his six years in the NFL. He must clean up some poor decision-making tendencies. Of course he has to do that. But, if he can he will move into my top five."
Cutler's selection at No. 8 leaves one NFC North question left unanswered: Where will Jaworski put Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers? All I can tell you is that the series concludes next Tuesday.
Earlier: Jaworski ranked Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder at No. 28.