As many of you know, there are few analysts I respect more than Ron Jaworski of ESPN.
ESPN is televising a 30-part series of Jaworski's QB Countdown series, and he's ranked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler eighth overall.
Remarkably, Cutler didn't rank among the top 100 players, according to NFL Network. But Jaworski has Cutler ahead of many notable quarterbacks. For instance, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was ranked 40th on NFL Network, but Jaworski has him 15th. Within the NFC North, NFL Network has Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions at No. 41 but Jaworski has him 14th.
Where does Tim Tebow rank?
Jaws has him 30th... among quarterbacks.
Jaworski's top-ranked quarterback will be revealed Tuesday, July 10.
Here's what Jaws said about Cutler: "No. 8 on my big board is Jay Cutler. Physically, Cutler is as talented as any quarterback in the NFL. He's a power thrower with good accuracy. He has deceptive athleticism and movement. Not many bring the skill that Cutler has.
"One part of his game that I really like is his ability to step up in the pocket and drive the ball at the intermediate and deeper levels. He's an aggressive and confident downfield thrower. There's no hesitation at all. He turns it loose. He intuitively understands the NFL passing game. He knows when you get man coverage it's on the receivers to win. Cutler's going to throw the ball.
"Cutler has shown he can take over games. He did that against the Eagles on Monday Night last year. I remember it very well. When he went down after the Bears' 10th game, the offense crumbled. I don't deal in perception. Hey, I deal in reality.
"A couple of things about Cutler that still need to be addressed: his ball location can be a little erratic at times, and his red-zone efficiency must improve. Last season was his best in four years. He did not throw a red zone interception, but in the three previous seasons Cutler threw 13.That is not acceptable.
"Overall, I'm absolutely wowed by Cutler's ability to throw the football, even going back to his college career at Vanderbilt. Sure, he's exhibited some inconsistency in his six years in the NFL. He must clean up some poor decision-making tendencies. Of course he has to do that. But, if he can he will move into my top five."