Donovan McNabb: Jay Cutler is the 'Tony Romo of the Midwest'

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McNabb on Cutler: 'Tony Romo of the Midwest'
Friday October 17th, 2014

Former NFL quarterback and current Fox Sports analyst Donovan McNabb questioned Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's big-game potential on Wednesday while discussing Cutler's one playoff victory in his nine seasons in the league.

McNabb compared Cutler to another NFC quarterback who has had a reputation for making mistakes in the critical times of the game.

"He's the Tony Romo of the Midwest," McNabb said on 87.7-FM in Chicago. "We can talk about arm talent, we can talk about being able to throw a ball through a wall. He can put up 280, 340 yards passing, but you look across the board he's got two interceptions in a game that cost them maybe 14 points or so. That hurts a football team."

McNabb won nine playoff games in his career, taking the Philadelphia Eagles to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl appearance. Romo has won one playoff game in his career and that one victory was a 34-14 victory over McNabb’s Eagles in the 2009 Wild Card round.

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But McNabb says that quarterbacks are measured on one thing: wins and losses in the playoffs.

"The question is why [can't you lead your team to the playoffs]? Because you're so talented, the potential is there, but why haven't you been able to do it? You can only say for so long that it's been the talent," McNabb said. "They have some talent around [Cutler], that's never been the issue. Now can you put it all together? To be honest, the answer is no."

Cutler has completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 1,676 yards, with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions this season for Chicago (3-3).

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