Year-End Position Grades: Quarterbacks
2010 Depth Chart & Stats (Including Playoffs)
Depth Chart Position – # – Last Name, First Name – 2010 Age
1) #6 – Cutler, Jay – 27
2) #10 – Collins, Todd – 39
3) #12 – Hanie, Caleb – 25
Statistics – Last Name – Games – Att / Comp – % – Yds – Yds/ Att – TD – INT
Cutler – 17 – 474 / 282 – 60% – 3628 – 7.7 – 25 – 17
Collins – 3 – 31 / 10 – 32% – 68 – 2.3 – 0 – 5
Hanie – 3 – 18 / 27 – 67% – 208 – 7.7 – 1 – 2
JAY CUTLER: Under the tutelage and play-calling of new OC Make Martz, Jay Cutler made some visible strides this season, increasing his yards per attempt, 6.6 to 7.6; yards per completion, 10.9 to 12.5; decreasing his interceptions from 26 to 17; and upping his QB rating from 76.8 to 86.3. He showed an increased willingness to scramble for yardage, running for 285 yards and 3 scores—and escaping numerous sacks as well. His judgement was much improved—last year, there were 4-5 games where bad throws or poor judgement were the main cause of the Bears’ losing; this year, the only real bad game Cutler played was the 4-interception game versus the Redskins. Furthermore, I can spot 4 victories (@Dallas; vs. Philly; vs. Jets; and vs. Seattle in the Playoffs) where Jay Cutler’s playmaking arguably WON the game for the Bears.
On the negative, there was the 4- interception game against the Redskins; as well a couple poor throws that ended up being game-changing interceptions in the Week 17 game at Green Bay that would have knocked the Packers out of the playoffs. Cutler was sacked 52 times in 15 games, most in the league. Although on most sacks, the offensive line is to blame, there were instances where Cutler held onto the ball too long, or failed to throw the ball away.
FINAL VERDICT: For any other QB, I would say B-minus. But whe you condiser the fact that a) Cutler was running for his life 75% of the time; and b) Cutler does not have a WR/TE that scares defenses, I will give him a B-PLUS.
TODD COLLINS: I went from: 1) wondering WHY the Bears signed Collins this offseason instead of going after a veteran QB that, you know, PLAYED the previous season; to 2) REALLY wondering WHY the Bears signed Collins after his 10 of 27, 68 yards, and 5 interceptions in the Giants’ and Panthers’ games, when Cutler was hurt; to REALLY REALLY wondering WHY the Bears signed Todd Collins after he went 0 for 4 in relief of Cutler in the NFC Championship Game. Maybe Mike Martz enjoys the conversations he has with Collins. Maybe Collins gives really good haircuts. But i think it is safe to say that, unless he buys a ticket like everyone else, Todd Collins will not be at Soldier Field for the Bears’ home opener in 2011.
FINAL VERDICT: Since there is not a lower letter allowed, I will say F.
CALEB HANIE: After showing flashes in the 2009 preseason, Hanie entered 2010 preseason as the #2 quarterback; but then hurt his shoulder in the preseason this year and spent the year as the #3 quarterback behind Todd Collins, only completing 5 passes in mop-up duty against the Giants and Panthers. Then, in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers, after Cutler was hurt, and after Collins reminded the Bears why nobody else had offered Collins a contract in two season, Hanie came in and played well, going 13 for 20, 153 yards and a touchdown—and nearly leading the Bears to an improbable comeback against the Packers. Here is a guy that a) showed he is not scared by the big stage; and b) somehow kept himself relatively sharp despite not getting many snaps all year long. With Hanie being a free agent, I think the Bears have to hope Hanie doesn’t garner interest as a possible future starter from another team and they HAVE to make it a priority to re-sign Hanie—then pencil him in as Cutler’s backup for the next 4-5 years.
FINAL VERDICT: Even though the sample size is small, you have to be impressed that Hanie did not seem intimidated by the NFL Championship Game Stage. He has shown that he can make plays in this offense. B-PLUS.