Cutler can be elite with a deep run in the playoffs

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Jay Cutler is on the cusp of being a great quarterback. We all know, he has all the talent in the world. He has a big arm and can get out of the pocket and make things happen with his feet.

John Clayton of ESPN, ranked all NFL quarterbacks and ranked Cutler in the middle of the pack...

16. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

Analysis: The combination of Cutler's arm and Mike Martz's play calling
helped to win the NFC North. But Cutler threw too many interceptions
(16) to advance him back into the elite group he was a member of while
with the Broncos in 2008.
Chance of being elite: 95 percent


Former Bears quarterbacks didn't fair as well...

19. Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos

Analysis: Orton is a better pocket passer than anyone expected. Had the
Broncos not switched to Tim Tebow, Orton would have been a 4,000-yard
thrower. If the Broncos try to deal him, he should draw a second-round
offer in exchange.
Chance of being elite: 10 percent

32. Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins

Analysis: Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan believes he has
something left, but there are more doubters than believers leaguewide.
Chance of being elite: 1 percent

With a deep run in the playoffs, Cutler can break out of the middle-of-the-road group and move into the elite category. What's holding him back is his high rate of interceptions, his frat-boy-like personality and questionable leadership skills (so they say). Before the season, he was also not considered a winner. With a chance to make it to the Super Bowl, him not being a winner will be put to rest.

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