Jay Cutler announced Friday he’s retiring from football – albeit reluctantly – and following in the footsteps of Tony Romo by jumping into the broadcast booth. Romo made a similar announcement one month prior.
The former NFC foes will now put on headsets for competing networks – Romo with CBS and Cutler with FOX.
That begs the question: who will be the better broadcaster?
Here’s the tale of the videotape:
Let’s face it, both Romo and Cutler were blessed with made-for-TV looks. Neither has a “face for radio,” as they say.
Romo was the darling of Cowboy fans – until he threw one of his many heartbreaking and game-sealing interceptions, that is. While Cutler never truly wowed his fan bases, just look at this movie-star visage:
Both were born to be in front of a camera, but they’ll likely only get five minutes of face time each Sunday.
He’s also trying to convince the universe he’s ready to bare it all.
The veteran quarterbacks will be rookies in their new professions. They’ll be asked to decipher in-game action and translate it to audiences worldwide.
As former leaders of NFL offenses, Romo and Cutler will have no problem analyzing plays with a bird’s-eye view.
The longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback will bring 14 seasons of experience, while his Chicago Bears counterpart spent 11 seasons in the league.
Throughout his playing career, Cutler was more of a gunslinger than a surgeon, eschewing proper mechanics and relying more on his cannon arm. As a result, he threw 146 career interceptions – 29 more than Romo, despite playing in 17 fewer games.
Romo had his troubles as well, but he did lead the Cowboys to 23 fourth-quarter comebacks and 27 game-winning drives, proving he could read the field even in the clutch.
Romo will be thrust into the No. 1 analyst’s chair at CBS, while Cutler will be cutting his teeth with FOX’s No. 2 team.
As a result, Romo will be learning on the job under the watchful eye of broadcasting legend Jim Nantz. Cutler will be bookended by ascending play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt and former college analyst Charles Davis.
Cutler’s voice could very well be drowned out in the three-man booth, but Romo will immediately face the pressure of livening up a dull CBS product.
Nantz, a multiple-time National Sportscaster of the Year award winner, has a style more conducive to the game of golf and its older audience. He and his former partner, Phil Simms, had but a four-year reign as the announcers on the popular Madden video-game franchise, and it’s unlikely he’ll be asked back. For good reason.
Give Cutler the nod.
You make the call. Which recently retired quarterback will be a better broadcaster?
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