While very few folks here are in the "pro Cutler" category, I thought it might help to see where his numbers are falling compared to Moore last season and the active QB's for 2017. I was actually a little shocked by what I found- Let's start with Moore in the final 3 games of last season. His passing numbers in 2016 made him the highest-rated active starting QB on the year...which "didn't count" in the record books because it was under 100 pass attempts. But in those three games, he was- Moore- 55 for 87 (63.2% completion), 721 yards with an 8.29 average, 8 TD's and 3 Picks with a 105.6 rating. Now let's look at Cutler's numbers through four games. Cutler- 82 for 131 (62.6% completion), 706 yards with a 5.40 average, 3 TD's and 3 Picks with a 74.8 rating. When comparing the two, Cutler has less overall yards, a lower completion rate, 60% less distance on throws, 266% less touchdowns and the same amount of interceptions. And remember, we are comparing four full games to 2 1/4 here. Tannehill got hurt after halftime with us nursing a lead- Moore really only passed the ball on that final drive. Everything else was run plays. Look at the numbers side by side- Moore- 55 for 87 (63.2% completion), 721 yards with an 8.29 average, 8 TD's and 3 Picks with a 105.6 rating. Cutler- 82 for 131 (62.6% completion), 706 yards with a 5.40 average, 3 TD's and 3 Picks with a 74.8 rating. Now, most here feel that Moore is inferior to Tannehill...and Moore's numbers crush Cutler's in every possible category, including completion percentage. So would Tannehill play better than Cutler? ABSOLUTELY (more on that later) That 8.29 yard average of Moore's versus Cutler's 5.4 is the real story though- Cutler ranks 39th in yards per play for 2017. That means there's at least 8 backup quarterbacks, plus every other starting QB, that's throwing the ball further than he is. It took Cutler 27 more completions across 4 games to come within 15 yards of Moore's 2016 yardage in 2 games plus a couple of series...is anyone else seeing the red flags starting to pop up? That 5.4 average is beyond bad- I went back a decade and couldn't find a QB with an average that low. This is a historically bad number that may belong in the all-time NFL record books....for all the wrong reasons. Cutler is also 32nd in total yards, 26th in completion percentage, 29th in TD passes, 32nd in passes over 20 yards, and 38th in overall rating. Here's the closest comparison. For Brian Hoyer on San Francisco's team, I divided his season stats by five (for the five games played) and then multiplied it by 4 (for the four games Cutler played) to give us a direct comparison of the worst of the worst in the NFL- Cutler- 82 for 131 (62.6% completion), 706 yards with a 5.4 average, 3 TD's and 3 Picks with a 74.8 rating. Hoyer- 92 for 155 (59.3% completion), 969 yards with a 6.2 average, 3.2 TD's and 2.4 Picks with a 75.8 rating. In case you didn't know, the 49ers are 0-5 under Hoyer and considered the worst team in football. Yet their QB has a rating 1 point above Cutler at this time with 260+ more adjusted yards and a better TD/INT ratio. And you'd better believe that Gase knows this- it's exactly why we run the ball so much and throw so many screen passes. Cutler's best stat on the season? Sack rate at 17th overall. That sort of dispels the idea that it's all the line's fault. But let's look a little deeper. For the NFL site "Next Gen Stats", it shows that Cutler has an average time to throw at 2.48 seconds (5th overall fastest). The league average is 2.59 seconds, so we're a little more than a tenth of a second ahead of the curve getting the ball out. For instance, RT was at 2.59 seconds last season (there's no stats available on Moore). We can finally say with proof that Cutler is better than Moore and Tannehill at something- even if it's throwing screen passes. That's the ONLY reason this stat is so low...we throw those screens way too much and it's padding Cutler's already horrible stats to make them appear better than they actually are. Yes folks, he's 38th overall and the screen passes are padding the completion numbers here. So if we're average on sacks and above average in release times, it means that Cutler is handling the pocket well. But again, he's 39th in yards per play and 38th overall in everything else he does. There's no formula where we can win games with Cutler at this pace- our defense would have to hold teams to 9 points a game to make it competitive AND we'd need the defense to score once every four games. Now, a lot of you said that Moore's numbers were inflated because we played a lousy Jets team...and you're 100% right. But Cutler played that same lousy Jets team that was predicted to win 3 games this season- most would agree that the Jet's roster is far worse this year than it was in 2016. Yet Cutler was almost completely shut down in this game where Moore absolutely thrived. Moore against Jets- 12 for 18, 236 yards, 66.7% completion percentage, 13.11 yard average, 4 TD's, 1 pick, 126.2 rating Cutler against Jets- 26 for 44, 220 yards, 59.1% completion percentage, 5.00 yard average, 1 TD, 1 pick, 70.3 rating As you can see, the yardage was similar but it took 26 completions (and 26 additional throws) to Moore's 12 completions to reach almost the same distance. The story is again in the average yards per play- 13.11 to 5.00. Moore was simply far more efficient and he attacked the field. In fact, there were only 2 passes total in the 2nd half for Moore because we were just burning out the clock as a sign of mercy. Meanwhile, Cutler threw screens and short passes that stalled the offense on every single drive. The number we're not showing there- 27 points in the first round slaughter with Moore, and zero points for Cutler on 2.5 times the attempts. Big big problem indeed. Folks, I'm not going to debate the "who's better" thing here because there's not a single statistic between Moore and Cutler that's even close. I mean, we're comparing Cutler's 4 full games to about 7 quarters of Moore passing and the numbers are still not even in the same ballpark- that's a massive problem. Every starting QB who's seen the field this season has outplayed Cutler and so have eight backups...doesn't that tell us all we need to know? It's clearly time for Matt Moore....or any other NFL QB/backup...to take the helm. Statistics show that virtually anyone would be better than Cutler this Sunday.