So long as Denver is dangling Jay Cutler, Washington rumors will abound. Whether or not there’s anything to them, well, that’s just how it’s gonna be. And it’s too bad, because he’s not much better than Jason Campbell.
If you were to ask, for example, the Jets’ GM, “Who would you rather have: Cutler or Campbell?” He’d say “Cutler” every time. But Vinny and Danny are in a different situation, with two major considerations: 1) Campbell has four years with the Skins and a year with Zorn under his belt. 2) The Skins would have to give up Campbell plus some to get Cutler.
But back to the lede: Is Cutler better than Campbell? Yeah, sure, but not by much. Strip away counting stats (touchdowns, yards, etc.) and look at their first three seasons (Cutler has 37 starts, Campbell 36).
First up, Cutler:
And here’s Campbell:
Let’s see … Campbell is one year older, and Cutler has a better QB rating, completion percentage and yards/attempt. But the touchdown/interception ratios and winning percentages are virtually identical. Plus, there’s one more thing: Campbell is improving, Cutler is stagnating.
Now, I’m no expert on Jay Cutler — or anything else, really — but the numbers are plain as day. These two aren’t far apart, and taking trends into account, there’s even less separation. Consider those two items from the second paragraph as well, and I’m not sure what the hubbub is about.
Would be nice if it simmered down though.
Update: MJD gauges Washington’s interest and gets to the heart of it:
I just wouldn’t have pegged the Redskins as a team that would’ve been unhappy with their quarterback situation.
That’s exactly what it took me 250 words and a spreadsheet to say.
Update No. 2: Chris’s Cutler flowchart is spot-on. Absolutely priceless.
Update No. 3: The Skins are “actively pursuing” Cutler. Of course they are.
Update No. 4: Pro Football Reference ranks quarterbacks as commodities. With Cutler “you build your team around” him, and with Campbell “you like what you’ve got.” Seems about right.