The Chicago Bears have high hopes heading into the 2012-13 NFL season, and nearly everything hinges a strong season from quarterback Jay Cutler. With wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the fold and Michael Bush along to help Matt Forte in the backfield, Cutler finally has the weapons to maximize his immense talent. ESPN's Ron Jaworski has been ranking NFL signal callers throughout the summer in his QB Countdown Series, and after slotting Vikings starter Christian Ponder at No. 28 and Lions centerpiece Matthew Stafford at No. 14, he ranked Cutler as the No. 8 QB in the entire league.
"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."
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