by Tommy Gimler
According to the “experts” at Yahoo! Sports and ESPN, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is a candidate for the NFL’s MVP Award this year. Seriously, they said that.
And in saying so, they have created the most disturbing story since this:
After his Bears defeated the Minnesota Vikings 28-10 on Sunday, even though he threw for 188 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, the “my coach molested me” hot story of the week seems to be bestowing Cutler with the league’s highest honor. In one of our easiest posts ever, we break down why he isn’t even in the top ten.
The DUD Breakdown
Yahoo! Sports: We all saw what the Bears looked like without Cutler.
The DUD’s Take: Great point. Jason Campbell is a pathetic excuse for a quarterback. But does that mean Jay Cutler should be the MVP because Chicago’s front office can’t find an adequate arm to back him up? If that’s the reasoning these “experts” are going to use, then we might as well crown Matt Schaub the league’s MVP because we all saw what the Texans were without him last year. Or look how bad the Steelers are without Ben Rapethlisberger. Shouldn’t he get the trophy as well after what we’ve seen from Chuck Batch and Byron Leftwich? Really, it’s just an awful argument, one that’s almost as bad as this:
Yahoo! Sports: Cutler didn’t even throw for 200 yards Sunday, but anyone who watched the game realizes how impressive those yards were.
The DUD’s Take: 188 passing yards against the Vikings? Or how about the next paragraph that stroked Cutler’s shaft for leading the Bears in a comeback win against, wait for it, the 3-8 Carolina Panthers. Let’s start with the 188 yards against the Vikings. Blaine Gabbert threw for 260 yards and 2 TD’s against the Vikings. Andrew Luck: 224 and 2, Matthew Stafford: 319 and 0 TD’s, etc. The list goes on. In fact, Jay Cutler had the worst game, statistically, that any quarterback has had against the Minnesota Vikings this year. And regarding the Panthers game, isn’t the bigger story how the Bears and Cutler were actually trailing 19-7 at home in this game in the first place? Funny how Yahoo! also fails to mention Cutler’s final stat line from that game: 186 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT…
ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser: I would find a place for him (Cutler) on the ballot. Last year, I thought Peyton Manning was the most valuable player in the league.
The DUD’s Take: Tony Kornheiser thought a quarterback that didn’t play one snap in the NFL last season was the league’s MVP. Now he’s making the argument that Jay Cutler should be considered for the league’s MVP this year? That pretty much sums up how logical voting for Jay Cutler as the MVP would be…
The DUD’s Conclusion
Jay Cutler is not the league’s MVP. In fact, he’s not even the MVP of the NFC North. In the division alone, would you vote for him over the league’s leading rusher Adrian Peterson? Would you say he’s better than Aaron Rodgers and his league-leading 105.6 quarterback rating? Absolutely not.
There’s no denying that the Chicago Bears are a much better team with Jay Cutler taking snaps, 31-19 with him as opposed to 2-6 without him. But your team being about as relevant as a new Cyndi Lauper album when you’re not under center doesn’t make you the most valuable player in the NFL. Given the piles of dog shit that back him up on the roster, you could say that he is the most valuable player to the Chicago Bears team, but not to the entire league.
Determining the most valuable player is pretty simple, really. Gilbert Grape simple. The NFL MVP is the best player at his position on a team that wins a ton of games.
Last year, Aaron Rodgers was the best quarterback on a Packers team that won 15 games. In 2010, Tom Brady threw 36 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions (league-best 111.0 QB rating) for a Patriots team that won 14 games. Peyton Manning won the award in 2009 for a Colts team that finished the season with 14 wins, a season in which he and many of the Colts’ starters missed two halves of action over the final two games because the Colts had wrapped up the AFC. Manning would still finish the season with 33 TD’s and a 99.9 QB rating.
Jay Cutler’s 2012 numbers, however, not only suggest that he shouldn’t be mentioned as an MVP candidate, but also that he’s actually one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL:
81.1 QB rating – 25th among quarterbacks
13 touchdowns – 20th among QB’s
60.8 completion percentage – 17th among QB’s
2,002 yards – 27th among QB’s
7.00 yards per attempt – 23rd among QB’s
11 interceptions – 9th most among QB’s
But for some reason, media outlets like Yahoo! Sports and ESPN have sadly lost their legitimacy as they try to find new, creative, and trendy ways like WAR (Wins Above Replacement) or a player’s third-down conversion rate against the Minnesota Vikings to determine the winner of the NFL’s most important individual honor. In fact, they seem to be using every single equation or method except for the truth, and the truth of the matter is this:
The NFL MVP has yet to be determined, but when it is, it will not be Jay Cutler…