ESPN’s NFL analyst Ron Jaworski has ranked the top 30 quarterbacks in the league in his “QB Countdown Series.”
Last week, he ranked Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford as the No. 14th best QB and Minnesota Vikings Christian Ponder as the No. 28th best QB a couple of weeks ago.
The NFC North is arguably the best division of quarterbacks in the league. The NFC East and NFC South are very talented as well.
He ranked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler as No. 8 in his rankings on Tuesday.
Cutler has many haters and many fans out there. Clearly Jaworski is one of his fans.
Here’s what he had to say on SportsCenter today about Cutler.
“Physically, Cutler is as talented as any quarterback in the NFL. He’s a power thrower with good accuracy. He has deceptive athleticism and movement. Not many bring the skill that Cutler has.”
“Cutler is a big-time arm talent. One part of his game that I really like is his ability to step up in the pocket and drive the ball at the intermediate and deeper levels. He’s an aggressive and confident downfield thrower. There’s no hesitation at all. He turns it loose. He intuitively understands the NFL passing game. He knows when you get man coverage it’s on the receivers to win. Cutler’s going to throw the ball.
“Overall, I’m absolutely wowed by Cutler’s ability to throw the football, even going back to his college career at Vanderbilt. Sure, he’s exhibited some inconsistency in his six years in the NFL. He must clean up some poor decision-making tendencies. Of course he has to do that. But, if he can he will move into my top five.”
What do you think about the list so far? Do you think Cutler is ranked in the right spot?
Many believe he isn’t a top 10 quarterback, but with the moves the Bears have made this off-season its hard to argue he won’t be one this season right?
Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Michael Bush, Evan Rodriguez, Mike Tice (OC) will be a big boost to Cutler’s ability to reach elite status.
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