When it comes to Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey doesn’t share former NFL coaches Tony Dungy and Mike Ditka’s skeptical opinions about the Chicago Bears’ new starting quarterback.
As far as Bailey is concerned, Cutler is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
In an interview with ESPN 1000 Radio in Chicago, per the Chicago Tribune, Bailey was extremely complimentary of Cutler.
“Well, he’s definitely in the top 10 as far as what he’s done to this point,” Bailey said. “Now where he can be, he can be the best in the game, he has that ability. The guys very smart, very sharp, a good arm; he has all the stuff you’d want.
“He reminds me of a Marino, Elway type of guy, and he’s going to be a great winner for them. It’s unfortunate for us that we had to lose a guy like that, but we’ve got to move on.”
Cutler has drawn heavy criticism for how he behaved during his messy divorce from the Broncos.
Despite the hit Cutler’s reputation took during that episode, Bailey said he never questioned his former teammate’s approach.
“No, not at all,” Bailey said. “That’s one thing about him, he’s not a shouter, but when he gets upset and he knows we’ve got to get going he opens his mouth. I appreciate that from him, I’d rather have a guy that leads by example than a guy that talks all the time.”
True enough, but Cutler’s 17-20 all-time record as a starter probably resonates more than any personality quirks.
Last month, Dungy, the former Indianapolis Colts coach, said that Cutler needs to display better leadership qualities.