Typically, players tend to look for two things in their Madden quarterback: foot speed and arm strength. As Chicago Bears fans can attest, those tend to be Jay Cutler's absolute best features as the team's signal-caller.
But the folks over at Madden tend to take a bunch of other things into account while formulating overall ratings for each player, and it appears that Cutler doesn't thrive in those categories.
Over at ESPN, Jon Robinson takes a look at the top-10 quarterbacks by overall rating in the upcoming Madden 13 video game, and Cutler is noticeably absent.
Despite having one of the strongest arms in all of football and an impressive ability to get his big frame moving, Madden presumably knocks him in categories like "awareness" and "passing accuracy."
According to Robinson, the top-10 QB's in the upcoming Madden are as follows, from best to worst: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo and Michael Vick.
While Cutler certainly isn't on the level of quarterbacks like Rodgers and Brady, one could reasonably argue that he's as good as the likes of Romo and Vick, both of whom are rated higher. Anyone who's played Madden in the past can attest to Vick's unique skill set being totally awesome in video games, though, so I personally get that one.
And even without Cutler being one of the game's elite quarterbacks, Bears fans will likely be treated to one of the most entertaining Chicago offenses in Madden history. Compared to playing with Rex Grossman, Cedric Benson and Muhsin Muhammed, guys like Cutler, Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall sound downright fantastic.