When Jay Cutler replaced Jake Plummer in Denver, Plummer compared Cutler to Jeff George, a former No. 1 overall pick with a 46-78 record as a starter. There’s two huge differences. George was immobile; Cutler gets sacked a lot, but he also scrambles for big plays.

When Jay Cutler replaced Jake Plummer in Denver, Plummer compared Cutler to Jeff George, a former No. 1 overall pick with a 46-78 record as a starter. There’s two huge differences. George was immobile; Cutler gets sacked a lot, but he also scrambles for big plays.

Also, George would make one or two horrible plays at the absolute worst time to kill you every game. Cutler makes his mistakes in bunches. While you could never count on George, you can always count on Cutler. You just don’t know until game time whether that means counting on him to be good or bad.

Let them eat their own words
Sometimes a reporter’s job is to do nothing more than give someone the rope to hang himself with.

The Register Star’s Jay Taft asked Jay Cutler if he ever thought about staying clear of DeAngelo Hall, who intercepted him four times in the second half.

Cutler said: “I’d go at him every time, if we could.”

ESPN.com’s David Fleming called it “asinine, delusional, out-of-touch and arrogant.” The Washington Post compared it with Napoleon saying he’d invade Russia in the winter every time, if he could. I say it’s the perfect example of why the Bears underachieve: They are mind-numbingly intractable.

Don’t blame the multiplier
Rockford Christian can’t blame its 0-7 football playoff record on coach Kirk Heidelberg “fighting the IHSA with this multiplier.”

Heidelberg said “I would feel a lot better being in 1A” than 4A, but without the 1.65 attendance multiplier for private schools, the Royals would be in 2A, not 1A. Ask Christian Life what that’s like. The Eagles, now 0-4 in the playoffs, were in a quadrant with overwhelming 2A favorite Sterling Newman, defending champ Morrison and NUIC champ Eastland/Pearl City among others.

Sterling Newman, fourth in a Class 2A-sized Big Rivers last year, was bumped up to 3A last year and lost to eventual state champ Stillman Valley on a failed two-point conversion in the final seconds. The multiplier is a fair hurdle for private schools that have big-city advantages.

What price Ozzie?
The Chicago Sun-Times reported the Marlins considered trading rookie Mike Stanton to the White Sox for manager Ozzie Guillen this summer, but talks stopped after Ozzie met with owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

This is a little too crazy to believe; Stanton is one of the best power-hitting prospects in a decade. But even if it took moving their popular manager AND a couple of good players to get Stanton, the Sox should have done it.

Best corners play physical
The Jets allow quarterbacks a 37.5 passer rating on throws that travel at least 15 yards. That’s worse than if you throw every pass incomplete (39.6). Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie get the credit. But NFL refs are part of the reason, too.

They let Revis and Cromartie put their hands on receivers more than any other cornerback this side of Green Bay’s Charles Woodson. They should let more corners do the same. As long as they aren’t grabbing or impeding, the NFL is a better product when corners can touch receivers, allowing them to find the ball and try for interceptions without losing the man they are guarding.

Matt Trowbridge’s Quick Shots on sports appear Sundays. He can be reached at: 815-987-1383 or mtrowbridge@rrstar.com.