Jay Cutler. That name alone brings either joy or despair when you hear it. Depending on what side you are on you may find this article shocking. If you’re like our good friend Stephen A Smith then you believe that Jay Cutler cannot come through in the big time. He shrinks when it matters most. He is not a clutch player. This is based off of his team’s success or actually the lack thereof. Yet that doesn’t tell the whole story.
Now trust me when I say this. I am a Cutler fan. No you don’t get it, like big time. Even in his 2014 form. I may be a little biased but that’s the beauty behind this article, numbers don’t lie. This doesn’t mean Cutler is the answer for the Bears or even that he shouldn’t get criticized for not showing up. Enough with the intro lets get into it.
So a great football site, football perspectives, initiated a study to determine who the leaders in game winning touchdowns are across the history of the NFL. The first five names should come as no surprise: Johnny Unitas, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and Fran Tarkenton. Now where does QB Jay Cutler rank? Well funny enough #6 ends up as having the 6th most game winning touchdowns. That’s LEGENDARY company. All 5 of the previous QB’s being Hall of Famers. Most even being first ballot HOF’ers and some of the best QB’s of all time.
Now if that wasn’t enough to peek your interest. Let’s be more general. In terms of 4th quarter comebacks, where one’s team is down heading into the 4th but end up winning. You’d think the ever-praised QB Aaron Rodgers would be among the top right? Aaron Rodgers has 10 4th quarter comebacks across his career. Those around him? Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassell, Ryan Tannehill, Matt Schuab. That’s the company Rodger’s keeps. Cutler has 21 4th quarter comebacks. His company? Randall Cunningham, Jim Kelly. That’s a shock to most. Yet we label Rodgers as more clutch? Why? He’s more likeable but the numbers speak for themselves. Normally you’d ignore numbers because numbers this season tell you Brian Hoyer is a better player than Aaron Rodgers yet how many times have we seen Aaron Rodgers come up short in money time? Listen Rodgers is one of the best QB’s in this league, no doubt. Yet I would want Cutler playing for me in the 4th. Call me crazy, call me unreasonable, even call me Shirley
Another stat to just add on to this is that Jay Cutler took the crown as the best passer on 3rd down last year. That’s the down that makes or breaks season and games. Lots of people hate Cutler but at the end of the day the stats tell a different story than the one you would hear from Stephen A Smith or even some little Italian guy named Gli who gets a half-chub at the mention of Aaron Rodgers.
Now I just want to reiterate again that this is not calling Jay Cutler a future Hall of Famer or even the guy the Bears should go with for the rest of the season. Cutler has massive flaws but also has massive game changing plays that don’t get recognized enough. He is near money when the game is on the line. Funny enough, Tony Romo is very close to Cutler in this regard. Romo is known for choking a high profile game but Romo is one of the best in finishing games and making 4th quarter comebacks. Both don’t get nearly enough recognition for closing out games. Personally I’d throw Romo and Cutler back in immediately when they come back from injury. What do you do in their peculiuar situation? Do you bench Cutler and Romo and ride with the guys playing hot or do you roll with the consistent veteran presence? Those decision are ones I’m glad I get to write about and not in a position to make. Coaches and GM’s always have to make back breaking decisions that can alter a franchise. The next few weeks can alter two of the biggest markets the NFL has to offer in Dallas and Chicago. Is it the Era of Dak in Dallas? Is it the end of Jay Cutler in Chicago? I guess we just have to wait now.
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