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Tale of the tape: Cutler vs. Smith

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Tale of the tape: Cutler vs. Smith

It's unlikely Jay Cutler will play Monday night and there is still question whether San Francisco QB Alex Smith will be fully ready to go. Regardless, it's interesting to see how the two signal callers stack up against each other, statistically.

Smith has always been referred to as a game manager, a guy that doesn't blow you away, but takes care of the football.

Cutler, according to Bears' brass, is Mr. Can do-it-all.

So here's a look at the numbers:

Smith is the NFL's third-rated quarterback with a 104.1 passer rating, trailing only Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers respectively. Jay Cutler is 24th on the list with an 80.4 passer rating. Interestingly both rank near the bottom in pass attempts, Cutler is 28th and Smith is 31st.

Smith leads the league in completion percentage with 70 percent, and Cutler is near the bottom at 59.2 percent.

Smith has 13 touchdown passes and five interceptions, while Jay has tossed 12 scores and 10 picks.

The numbers don't mean Smith is a better quarterback than Cutler, but he has been more efficient in his offense despite being crticized for the way he plays. What it really shows is that the Bears passing game has a long ways to go before they can be considered a top offensive attack.

This week it may be Jason Campbell leading the charge, but once Cutler returns, Mike Tice needs to find a way to jump start the Bears passing game, even if it's a controlled efficient style similar to the 49ers' approach.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Yu Darvish, Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa and more

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Yu Darvish, Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa and more

Tuesday on Sports Talk Live, David Kaplan along with Chris Bleck, Rich Campbell and Jordan Bernfield discuss:

            -the posibility of the Cubs signing Yu Darvish and the need for one more pitcher in the rotation

            -Jim Thome looking like he'll be inducted into Cooperstown tomorrow

            -Sammy Sosa's Hall of Fame chances

            -Corey Crawford back to working out as the Hawks losing continues

            -DeMarcus Cousins with a game for the ages, but is his baggage worth signing him?

            -Do the Eagles have a chance of beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl?

1-on-1 with Antioch quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis

1-on-1 with Antioch quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis

Need proof that the college football recruiting process is evaluating and offering players younger than ever before? All you need to do is ask Antioch quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis (6-foot-3, 185 pounds).

Kaliakmanis, who as a freshman was Carmel's starting quarterback before transferring to his home school district after the fall semester, recently landed his first verbal scholarship from Syracuse. Kaliakmanis, who is also on several college recruiting radar screens this winter, was easily one of the stronger performers in a loaded quarterback field at the recently held EDGYTIM MLK Underclassmen Showcase, powered by EFT Football Academy. 

I caught up with Kaliakmanis and discussed how Syracuse gave him his first scholarship, his recent transfer to Antioch and much more.