It's hard to fathom that, with one game left in only his second season with the team, Jay Cutler already ranks among the greatest quarterbacks in the long history of the Chicago Bears.
And yet there is a solid foundation for an argument that Cutler could already be considered the best quarterback in the history of the franchise.
When Cutler was acquired, many fans hoped he would become the greatest quarterback in the franchise's history and bump Sid Luckman off the top of the list.
In less than two years, he has already jumped into the elite in Bears history.
- Cutler already ranks 8th in team history with 6,772 passing yards.
- Cutler is already tied for 6th in team history with 50 touchdown passes (with Jim Harbaugh).
- Cutler's passer rating (82.5) is better than any other quarterback in the franchise's top ten in passing yards.
- His completion percentage of 60.8 is the best among the top ten in passing yards and is second in the franchise's top 20 in career attempts behind Shane Matthews.
If Cutler has another decent year in 2011 (roughly 3,500 yards and 25 touchdowns), he could move up as high in the team's historical ranks as:
- 4th in passing yards (current: Erik Kramer - 10,582)
- 2nd in passing touchdowns (current: Ed Wade - 68)
At some point in 2012-13, Cutler could very easily be the best statistical quarterback in the history of the Chicago Bears.
I know... Luckman is the best quarterback to every play for the Chicago Bears. He still holds the franchise's career records in passing yards (14,686), passing touchdowns (137) and games played at the position (128).
But Luckman left the Bears in 1950. It's hard to compare a player from 60 years ago to today's NFL. Heck, in 1950 the NFL had 13 teams and only four of them threw for more than 2,000 yards as a team.
While Cutler has a long way to go to earn the championship rings that Luckman and Jim McMahon won here, his numbers already stack up favorably as one of the organization's all-time greats.