Wednesday NFL network finished its top 100 players of 2012. Jay Cutler was nowhere to be found on that list. Now I may be sipping the orange and blue kool-aid a bit on this, but I think they got that wrong.
I will not sit here and debate whether Cutty should have been put ahead of guys like John Kuhn (92) or a Willis McGahee (98) rather I will compare apples to apples.
Below is a list of Quarterbacks I would put Cutler ahead of that made the list.
Tim Tebow (95)
Yes, Tebow was 7-4 as a starter and his team went to the playoffs. I would be willing to bet that 99 percent of NFL executives would take Cutler over him without any hesitation. Tebow’s numbers are not good (apart from win-loss) 46.5 completion percentage 1729 yards good for 123.5 yards per game. I would take sexy Rexy before I took Tebow.
Tony Romo (91)
Romo puts up decent numbers yes, but I don’t think he is a good leader and is not what you would call a pressure player. In his career Romo has put together 13 4th quarter comeback victories with 14 game winning drives. Compared to Cutlers 12 4th quarter comebacks and 16 game winning drives. But when playoff time rolls around or a chance for the playoffs Romo tends to disappear.
Michael Vick (70)
First off let me just say this is way too high of a rating for Vick to begin with. I may be a bit biased since I hate the guy, but he lead the “dream team” to an 8-8 record and had ok numbers along the way. Throwing for 3303 yards with 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions are not top 70 numbers. By contrast if he would have stayed healthy Cutler would have thrown for 3700 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 INT’s (granted those are projections based on his year up until the injury)
There are others that I have not mentioned (Cam Newton and Joe Flacco) but the above mentioned are may main gripes. The issue is that Jay seems to rub people the wrong way so he will never be accepted unless he has an MVP type season. The fact of the matter is I would take Cutler ahead of any of the Quarterbacks I mentioned including Flacco and Newton everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.
Maybe I am a homer but that is just my two cents. Let me know what you think and as always..