Three-percent of NFL players voted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler the most overrated player in the NFL, making him No. 9 on Sports Illustrated’s list. And that was before he threw four second-half interceptions in a loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
NFL players seem to be worse at this list thing than reporters, confusing fame with acclaim, or being a jerk with not being good. Terrell Owens was No. 1 by a 2-to-1 margin over Tony Romo (14 percent to 7 percent), but Owens is the second all-time leading receiver in the NFL with more than 15,000 yards and third in touchdowns and, even at age 36, ranks 6th in receiving this year. The guy is a pain in the rear, but at age 36, he might even be underrated. Remembere, there weren’t a lot of teams eager to sign him last winter.
As for players such as Mark Sanchez (No. 3) and Reggie Bush (No. 8), usually when they get press, it’s about how they aren’t as good as they were supposed to be. And as for Cutler, Chicago radio is full of lamenting that he is not even as good as Kyle Orton, the guy that was packaged with two No. 1 draft picks to Denver in order to get Cutler.
(By the way, I don’t want to know whether Jay Cutler is overrated or underrated. I want to know why he can’t get a helmet that doesn’t make him look like a 6-year-old trying on his daddy’s helmet.)