Sep 23, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) argues with referee Jerry Hughes (54) during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Jay Cutler vs Blaine Gabbert – Who’s Better?

Entering Sunday will be two quarterbacks who have a history of intense scrutiny.  In Jacksonville Blaine Gabbert can’t seem to get the national media off his back as he struggles to begin his pro career.  In Chicago Jay Cutler is the franchise quarterback of a team with a rabid fanbase and has been criticized for anything from tossing 26 picks in his first season with the Bears to “quitting” on his team in the NFC Championship game.

I wasn’t a big fan of the Jay Cutler trade when I lived in Minnesota.  I was comfortable with the Kyle Orton air attack and Cutler brought another gunslinger in just when we all though Brett Favre was no longer going to play.  Cutler didn’t help his case with the interceptions he seemed to throw up every time he dropped back.  But no matter what the statistics said, Cutler presented a threat that was far greater than any quarterback the team had fielded in years.

Gabbert’s game managing is a stark contrast to Cutler’s devil may care approach.  Source: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

That’s just it about Cutler though, he’s mostly just a threat – for good reason though.  On the season he has five touchdowns, six interceptions, 917 yards, and is only hitting 57% of his passes.  While we all know Cutler is able to produce much better numbers than that, his stats just aren’t that great.  The most telling statistic is his six interceptions on 117 attempts.  His interception percentage, 5.1 is .4 higher than the season he led the league in picks (2009).

To compare, Gabbert has five touchdowns, one interception, 654 yards, and is only hitting on 56% of his passes.  There’s something to be said about playing a brand of football that is more about protecting the ball.  While on the surface it looks like Gabbert may be better simply because he knows how to not throw the interception, the most telling statistic here is his 654 yards on 113 attempts.  His 5.8 yards per attempt make him look like a high school quarterback in a rural district playing against the big schools in the city.  Cutler averages a full two more yards per attempt than Gabbert on only four more total passes.

Entering Sunday’s game, these two players are struggling to show why they are worth starting for their respective franchises.  Cutler and Gabbert are not displaying new struggles to their fans.  Everyone knows that a Gabbert-led offense is anemic and everyone knows that a Cutler-led offense is turnover prone.  On Sunday we’ll see which is better: the gunslinger with the threat of the big play or the game manager.

- Luke N. Sims

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  • teetaw123

    What a BS article. Really, you think Cutler is a “quit” during the NFC championship game? Did you see how many hits he took during that season because of a terrible offensive line and still kept getting up and making plays that took Bears to 1 step away from super bowl.

    This is the first year as Bear when Jay will have proper receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. IF the O-line plays average he is going to have a banner year.

    • LukeNSims

      I don’t actually think he quit in the game. However, my friends that are Bears fans (of which I have many – including my own brother) did think he did. The national media also supported that. I put it in quotation marks for a reason. I think Cutler is a much bigger threat than Matt Stafford and whoever was starting for the Vikes. Cutler is a scary quarterback to face.

      What I was doing was comparing the statistical details on this season thus far. While I do think that Cutler is easily a better quarterback than Gabbert (and most quarterbacks actually), right now the numbers are scarily similar.

      • LukeNSims

        Also, I wasn’t a fan of the Cutler trade because it made the Bears more of a threat to the Vikes and Packers when I lived in Minnesota. Further, hearing the constant annoyance of my brother being so thrilled with Chicago victories is tough to take.

      • bears654

        ummm…did you really just legitimise the media’s “supporting” journalism??….bahahahahahah. Nobody listen’s to the media anymore..especially when they speek of Jay. Most know they are full of $#@!. It is so laughable that anyone would think that Jay simply “quit” on his team after all of the punishment he received to get there. Common sense always wins. ;)

  • Bernie

    This is a really bad article… Wow