The Bears’ Jay Cutler and the Cowboys’ Tony Romo took different paths to the NFL, but their careers dovetailed when both became starting quarterbacks in 2006.
Cutler took over in the 12th game of his rookie year after being chosen 11th overall in that year’s draft.
Romo wasn’t given the keys to the car until he served a three-year apprenticeship in Dallas, during which he failed to throw a single pass. That lengthy learning process wasn’t surprising, considering he was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois University.
Since then, Romo has started 56 games; Cutler has started 54.
Romo has never compiled a passer rating lower than 91.4 in his previous four years as the starter; Cutler has never produced a passer rating higher than 88.5. Romo has a TD-interception ratio of 107-55, while Cutler’s is 81-63.
But Romo has enjoyed the benefit of playing with a stronger supporting cast, and at 30 years old, he’s 3 years older than Cutler.
The question is: If you were building a team from the ground up, whom would you rather have as your quarterback?