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Question #173: Should the Jets get Jay Cutler?


So the Jets need a quarterback. That’s pretty obvious. And the Broncos, who have a new coach in former Patriots coordinator Josh McDaniel, are apparently at least somewhat open to shopping Pro Bowler Jay Cutler since Cutler has said he doesn’t believe he can play in Denver anymore.

Then in today’s Daily News, there comes a report that the Jets have let to the Broncos know they’re very interested in Cutler, if a deal is possible.

Thus the question: Is this the right move by the Jets? Is Cutler a good idea? Or do you not want him/think the Jets should stick with what they’ve got (which is, essentially, a competition between Brett Ratliff and Kellen Clemens)?

11:34 a.m., Sam says:

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At first glance, Cutler seems like an obvious solution: The Jets don’t have an established QB, Cutler could be available, ergo, get Cutler. But I’m not so sure it’s the best idea.

Remember, simply adding Jay Cutler to the roster doesn’t automatically make the Jets better. It sounds sort of elementary to say, but Cutler actually has to perform to his previous levels in New York to make the move a good one. And I’m not convinced that’s what he’d do.

The way Cutler handled himself during the “Will the Broncos get Matt Cassell?” scenario smacked of insecurity and immaturity, two traits which don’t often translate well to players in New York. Essentially, Cutler was mad that his team even considered the idea of getting another QB. He apparently was also mad that McDaniel, the new coach, overhauled the coaching staff (and, thus, offensive scheme) after taking over since Cutler says he’d been told by team executives that wouldn’t happen.

Whatever. The bottom line is that quarterbacks need to have thick skins and deal with changing situations, and Cutler has shown himself to be a little too self-involved/rigid lately. How would he handle New York pressure and expectations?

Don’t get me wrong, I think the Jets would be best-served by getting a new QB from somewhere (though their OL is strong enough that a weaker QB might survive). I just don’t think Cutler would be able to come anywhere close to being as good in New York as he’s been in Colorado.


 First, sorry for the delay, Sam and all. I’ve been hopscotching all over the state the last few weeks and just up to my eyeballs in travel and work.

As for Cutler, let me just say this. If the Jets think either of their guys are better than Cutler — and I cannot believe they do — then they need to do everything they can to get Cutler. I don’t care about his tantrum when this whole mess started. I don’t care that he’s a young version of Brett Favre in terms of that gunslinger, risk/reward mentality. 

The most important position in football, of course, if quarterback, and getting a top quarterback is the most difficult task in the sport. This guy is young, has a cannon, and some experience. Why wouldn’t you want him? How are the Jets better without him? I don’t get it.

Me? I go get him.

This entry was posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 9:14 am by Sam Borden. |
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Sam BordenSam Borden grew up in Larchmont, graduated from Mamaroneck High School and has spent all 29 years of his life following the local sports scene. The drama of sports has always fascinated him, and his columns are designed to take a side or tell a story. The best days are the ones where he gets to do both.
Rick CarpinielloRick Carpiniello grew up in lower Westchester and began working in The Journal News' sports department (back when it was The Reporter Dispatch and eight other newspapers) in October of 1977 after a year of covering high school sports as a stringer. For more than 20 years he covered the New York Rangers and the National Hockey League. Carpiniello has been writing columns on everything from local sports to the big leagues since 2002.