When we talk about Jay Cutler, some of us throw around the "elite quarterback status" label. After all, Cutler has the tools to be one and he may even be more physically gifted than the quarterbacks we typically label an elite quarterback.
First of all, we need to stop with the "elite quarterback" label when talking about Cutler. There are no more than four quarterbacks that most can all agree on being elite -- Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees. You can even make a case to put Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger in the conversation because both have won two Super Bowls.
Cutler is in the next tier of quarterbacks that can get it done and make a team dangerous. He's the type of quarterback who can zip a pass through a tight window, a guy who can pick himself up after being hip tossed by a 300 pound monster, a guy who's not afraid to stiff arm a tackler who wants to rip his head off.
As Bears fans, we like throwing Cutler in the elite quarterback conversation because quite frankly, we've never (ever) had a pretty darn good quarterback and that's who Cutler is. We've been used to mediocrity for so long that Cutler has been so much better than everything we've ever seen, we want him to be elite. He's elite in our eyes.
Who knows, maybe with Marc Trestman, Cutler will help bring a championship back to our city. It's only then he should be in that elite conversation. Without a title, he will only be a good gun slinging quarterback. For now, we'll have to put up with the throws he makes off his back foot, staring down his receivers, and all the other habits that drive us all a little crazy.