Jay Cutler has a lot of Brett Favre in him: a gambler who believes he could make any throw. Most of the time, he can, and he will. But, like Favre, who has thrown the most interceptions in NFL history, Cutler at times can flirt with overconfidence in his arm, which was noticeable towards the early stages of his career.
While Cutler has registered just one playoff win in his NFL career, Favre believes the Bears quarterback has the ability to lead Chicago to the promised land.
"It goes without saying that Jay has all the tools that it takes to be a great quarterback," Favre said on ESPN 1000. "I think the pieces are beginning to be in place. For years, their defense has been so dominating and it's time for their offense to prove their worth and I think Jay can be that guy."
The Bears have certainly provided Cutler with the necessary pieces, and the expectations have increased because of it. At 30 years old, some may argue it's too late for Cutler to evolve into a great quarterback. Favre, however, isn't one of those people.
"Rich Gannon did it. Steve Young did it. Sure," he said. "I think you become a lot wiser after you lose some of your physical ability, but I think at 30, you're really just kind of hitting your prime."
Aside from Cutler — fresh off a new seven-year contract — staying healthy, his arm is arguably the most valuable part of the Bears reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2010. But Cutler's instincts are also equally as important, and Favre admits there are pros and cons to having supreme confidence in your arm.
"It's a blessing and a curse," Favre said. "And what I mean by that, I had an arm that I felt like was as good if not better than anyone. I wasn't as fast, I wasn't as tall, I wasn't as smart, but I knew I could make the throws that no one else could make. ... I would attempt throws that I knew I could get away with. Would it come back to haunt me sometimes, sure it would. But I played 20 years and sometimes it bit me in the butt, but most of the time I got away with it. I think had my arm not been as strong, I wouldn't have attempted those."
Check out Favre's full comments in the video above.