Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking Jay Cutler the 19th Best Quarterback Is Ridiculous

We’re in the dog days of the offseason and that means lots of filler content not just here but with the mainstream media as well.  Filler content means a lot of meaningless lists and rankings just to try to spur some debate and discussion.  The latest list of quarterback rankings  that I saw from Will Brinson at CBS Sports really kicked up a burr under my saddle.

Brinson ranks NFL quarterbacks and puts Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler 19th on his list, meaning he thinks there are 18 quarterbacks better than Cutler.  I think that ranking is absolutely ridiculous.  Let’s look at the list and see where he went astray. 

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Tom Brady, Patriots
3. Peyton Manning, Broncos
4. Drew Brees, Saints

The next group
5. Eli Manning, Giants
6. Matt Ryan, Falcons
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
8. Tony Romo, Cowboys
9. Joe Flacco, Ravens

Ready for a leap?
10. Cam Newton, Panthers
11. Matthew Stafford, Lions

Young guns
12. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
13. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
14. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
15. Robert Griffin III, Redskins

In limbo
16. Philip Rivers, Chargers
17. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
18. Sam Bradford, Rams
19. Jay Cutler, Bears
20. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
21. Michael Vick, Eagles
22. Alex Smith, Chiefs
23. Matt Schaub, Texans

Put up or shut up
23. Andy Dalton, Bengals
24. Christian Ponder, Vikings
25. Jake Locker, Titans

26. Carson Palmer, Cardinals
27. Brandon Weeden, Browns
28. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars
30. Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez, Jets
31. Matt Flynn or Tyler Wilson, Raiders
32. EJ Manuel or Kevin Kolb, Bills

I have no problem with the top four on the list.  They’re probably first ballot Hall of Famers and certainly the class of the class.  They are Elite indeed.

The next tier is where things start to go sideways for me.  It’s hard to argue with Eli and Big Ben; they have multiple rings each to back up the ranking, so I’ll allow they atop the rankings.  Where things start to go off the rails for me is Matt Ryan as high as he is.  I’m not saying that Ryan isn’t a good quarterback because he is.  But what has he won?  He’s won exactly one playoff game in his career.

But where the list really loses all credibility is ranking Tony Romo as the #8 quarterback.  Brinson knows this list isn’t a ranking of most overrated or overpaid, right?  Ranking Romo that high is a complete joke.

The next pair of quarterbacks, the “ready for the leap” group – Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford – can put up some monster fantasy numbers, but are they more talented than Cutler?  Wouldn’t you consider Cutler in this “ready for the leap” guys?

Instead, they put the four first year starters, including Wilson, Luck, Kaepernick and RGIII, guys who have only been under the gun for one season, ahead of Cutler.  I’d like to see them do it for more than one year before I put them ahead of Cutler.

To add insult to injury, CBS puts his rival Phillip Rivers atop the “In Limbo” group along with Josh freaking Freeman and Sam Bradford, all ahead of Cutler.   Here’s what they finally said about Cutler:

Some will probably argue that Cutler should be higher, and maybe he will be after Marc Trestman actually allows him to sling the ball. For a long time, Cutler’s been hampered by playing under a defense-first organization that liked to focus on the run. He’s also got an offensive line that won’t do its best running-of-the-bulls imitation in 2013.

It’s true that Cutler has played for a defense first team under Lovie Smith, but to say they’ve focused on the run at last couple of seasons is flat wrong.

I would put him about #12 on the list, wedged in the “Ready for a Leap” category.  I’d probably shuffle the rankings ahead of him a bit, but realistically I see him comfortably in the top half of the rankings.

So, here’s the million dollar question – where would YOU rank Jay Cutler?  Post your rankings and defend your choice in the Comments.


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  • Scottie03

    Romo is so over-rated, he is Mr. choke!

    This year, should elevate Cutler with Mark Trestman as head Coach and updated O-Line with Aaron Kromer from the Saints.

    Also, with having a REAL NFL TE “MARTELLUS BENNETT”; should help Cutler immensely.


  • John Mack

    While there is a certain level of disrespect, remember what Urlacher used to say about the Bears going under the radar every season. I think it’s bound to happen.

    I personally like them rating him low. Let others underestimate Cutty! I’m all for it. True, Romo is ridiculously overrated. But Josh Freeman and Sam Bradford bette than Jay Cutler? GTFO!!!!!!

    • Dale Martin

      Younger, more potential upside but likely will end up no better then Culter.

  • John

    Cutler should be in that 23-25 range, give him below avg defense and he free falls

  • Dale Martin

    He’s right where he needs to be! The guy’s 30 freaking years old! He’s been ready for a leap for 2-3 years and he’s definitely no young gun. He’s in Limbo because if he doesn’t do something major in the next 1-2 years, his career as a starter is over….. Everyone else before him have more upside, plain and simple.

    I almost agree on Romo, but he’s been hurt so much and they just payed him a lot of money, so I’ll take that as unseen potential….. After all, money talks and I don’t see no one offering Cutler $100 million dollars.

    • John Mack

      If I had to rank him I’d give him 16 right under the young guns. It’s impossible to say Cutler has a better season than Luck, Griffin, Wilson, or Kaepernick.

      • Dale Martin

        Philip Rivers is only a year older, been to the Pro-bowl 4 times and has a lifetime QB rating of 94.5. His lowest QB rating year is equal to Cutlers lifetime average and has 5 years with a 100+ rating In fact, San Diego let Drew Brees go because they thought Rivers had more upside. Who would you take?

        Josh Freeman doesn’t deserve to be in the top 20. He’s young, has proved nothing and if anything he’s in the put-up or shut-up category. Same thing for Sam Bradford, though I think he’s got more upside potential then Freeman.


      hes not a free agent til NEXT summer… If anyone offers him anything they’d be TAMPERING moron

      • Dale Martin

        Dude, do you seriously think he’s worth a 100M? That would put him up there with Rodgers…… and no one on this board thinks that he’s anywhere near that caliper.

  • Luke the Duke

    Cutler’s a top 10 QB, flat out. Given the fact that he has had no o-line in front of him, no TE, and no legit #1 WR until last yr and still managed to keep them with a wine record

    • Dale Martin

      LOL…. Good QB’s manufacturer wide-outs and not the other way around. The guys immobile and a big baby. NOBODY in the elite category depend on an elite receiver of the likes of Calvin Johnson or the former Randy Moss. Excuses is all Cutler has and that doesn’t make W’s.


        if u think cutler is immobile… you aren’t even worth the discussion… you clearly never played and has absolutely NO clue what you’re talking about.

        • Dale Martin

          Next you’ll say Cutler is faster then Robert Griffin III. You folks are hopelessly blind to the King of Crybabies.

      • bearisity

        Obviously you have not watched cutler play and seem to be jumping on only the negative press that has been put on him. Cry baby? He is by far one of the toughest QB’s in the league. Superbowl rings do raise a qb’s value and like others will be over looked till he gets one. I enjoy the cutler haters because his success will be like salt in a wound to them.