Kip and Moon: Is Cutler a franchise quarterback?
Wed, 9 Jan 2013|
Kip Lewis and John "Moon" Mullin debate the hottest topic facing the Bears this offseason -- is Jay Cutler good enough to win in Chicago? Is he a franchise quarterback? - 1/9
When the Bears you hire a new head coach you have a tough decision to make about this time next year involving Jay Cutler. And that is is Jay Cutler the quarterback of the future or. Do they look elsewhere moon Mullin the question is is Jay -- franchise quarterback. Is your top tier quarterback or is he just. An average cornerback in your mind. -- -- -- -- it's one of those subjects has become actually sort of divisive among fans and they either love them or they hate them. And they think that the media loves or hates him and if so did the perceptions are -- skewed. At some point you have to kind of push all that aside and -- and judge him on performance for. And your brother these statistical death and you can keep making excuse for what he has -- doesn't have. But at some point you have to be judged on results and he's won one playoff in which was one less than Rex Grossman so you know at some point this year is going to be his defining year. We always talk about quarterbacks and their numbers wins and losses. And really. There's statistical numbers and when you look at the statistical numbers of Jay Cutler I say guys like Christian Ponder Brandon wheat and Andy Dalton where do you rank those quarterbacks and. NFL. Well I got to have done -- -- -- looking at this stuff. Unfortunately Jay Cutler is ranked down around you and drive around it Christian Ponder whose property be run out of Minnesota is -- we got to get somebody better in here. Indian and and -- so much blame is put on his offensive line and his receivers. But right now that's where he ranks and and who did the other Bears need more to Jim and -- -- use the term franchise quarterback. The results have been like. And just so people understand this is about numbers Christian Ponder threw for about a hundred yards left and Jay Cutler. Had a better completion percentage had one less touchdown eighteen. But their quarterback rating is 110 of a point difference. Not a lot. No and and now here's here's where it gets a little entered Q if you argue warmer the other what we have a Christian Ponder had Adrian Peterson at. Well I can critical Jay Cutler was it would you have networking you to stigma using very much and then the debate starts -- that Mike Tice not using that you stuck go to win those kinds of things so. You know unfortunately after seven years he has a body of work it's not sort of just in the eye of the beholder he has a body of work you have to start looking really hard -- In the numbers certainly don't compared to some of the top quarterbacks in league you look at a guy like Aaron Rodgers completed 67% of his passes threw for over 4200 yards -- threw for 3000. Aaron Rodgers at 39 touchdowns just eight interceptions. And here's a big thing everyone talks about the offensive line Aaron Rodgers was sacked 51 times Jay Cutler 38. And. The the offenses are little different terms of the number of attempts but you know if you remember a really important point it it. Aaron Rodgers responds better to that kind of pressure Jay Cutler struggled with that we -- quarterback wants to be hit. But you know the completion percentage I think it's something it gets overlooked because. Incomplete pass is always to doubt that Aaron Rodgers is completing 67%. I think Drew Brees you know Matt -- these types from the 68% range. Jay is less than sixty -- if you start and his completion percentage with Brandon Marshall specifically is barely 60%. That's not good enough we know if Tom Brady with Wes Welker is about 68% 67%. You need to do to -- hitting what with passes. What's interesting to me with a new head coach. It just -- as you know I need to get better I -- guy but if this guy will make you better I'll do it -- tells you. So going into next year Jake Kelly has one final year left on his contract when you look at what he needs to do next year but to prove he's a franchise that. In deserves the money that some of these other guys again let's talk about some of the contract and -- Five years a hundred million dollars patent five years 96 million and Brady. Five years 78 million. Those are big numbers right now Jay has a fifty about a fifteen million dollar contract so now the question is is he worth maybe another fifty million dollar. Yeah I mean that that's. It's an interesting situation in the organization -- -- can be be worth that I think Chicago fans would love and the work that. You've got one -- let them -- and I think clearly could've been extended to -- every one of them and really was convinced that he was that guy but it just as they extended Patrick Mannelly another year. You know something wasn't on your what your color he's got a pretty he's got to put himself in in the Echelon with those guys both in terms of wins. Statistical. And really taking this team on his back sometimes and putting them putting a higher. And I think that's the big thing we talk about these numbers. The numbers don't add up the wins don't add up so I think that makes it very difficult for a front office to say yes he is worth eighty million a hundred million dollars. For another 56 years going forward -- and introducing -- you mentioned all the but in the -- -- is a now it's going to have a head coach and now he won't be involved in the in the selection process the way it appeared he was closely with Mike Martz once upon a time. But the organization if he doesn't do with this head coach after three different offensive coordinators I don't he's gonna get much more chance to. To prove to -- a franchise guy. -- well we still a lot of time to see what happens one entire football season before they have to make that decision but no doubt at the Jay Cutler decision will be huge topic. At this time next year and at that the press he's moon Mullin -- -- Lewis.