Comparing anyone to former Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler is bound to draw a variety of responses.
The Chicago Bears QB is known for his big contract, big arm, laid-back attitude and an aggressive nature that can lead to big mistakes at inopportune times. The latter of which brings “haters” from every corner of the internet each time he takes a sack or throws an interception.
So NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah must have known he was playing with fire when he compared Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly to Cutler in his “First Look” scouting article on Tuesday.
Jeremiah makes a very calculated analysis of the Rebels quarterback who has aspirations for an SEC player of the year type of season during his senior effort.
But the part that will stick out to most is his “biggest takeaway,” which actually sells Kelly as Cutler 2.0:
Kelly has an unquenchable thirst for the big play. He loves to attack down the field and that leads to big plays as well as turnovers. I’d love to see him dial it back just a little bit and show more concern for the football. I love his competitiveness and grit, but there’s a lot of growth that needs to take place in his decision making. He has a lot of similarities to Jay Cutler: big arm, aggressive nature, above-average athlete. However, I thought Cutler showed more poise under pressure when he was at Vanderbilt.
That analysis probably shouldn’t be taken as a knock on Kelly or his game.
After all, Cutler was a first-round selection out of Vanderbilt in the 2006 NFL Draft and has thrown for 31,408 yards and 204 touchdowns during a long, healthy NFL career that shows no signs of ending 10 years later.