Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Some Input on the Quarterback Situation

Had an interesting conversation with an offensive coach from another NFL team the other day. While a lot of people are clamoring for the Jets to bring in Jay Cutler, this coach thought this is not such a cut-and-dried situation.

On the one hand, there is no arguing that Cutler is very talented quarterback. Some people have referred to him as a young Brett Favre. This coach felt that while that might be a bit of an overstatement, there are some similarities. Both have a propensity to throw a whole lot of interceptions, but can then kick it into gear for five or six plays a game and pull off a rescue. But, as this coach also pointed out, the year Favre's Packers won the Super Bowl, the defense was phenomenal - they allowed so few touchdowns that the offense's job was made exponentially easier.

Cutler has a good amount of experience under his belt at this point and is still approaching what should be the peak of his career. So, if the Jets do get him, he could probably serve as their starter for several years. He's got the arm, and the smarts.

On the flip side, what we've seen of his behavior during the whole drama with Denver is apparently an accurate window into his personality. As this coach said, "He's a bit of a jackass." Does a team want to deal with that? Well, if he can put wins on the board, absolutely. Although, that kind of personality can take a toll.

Rich Cimini discussed Rex Ryan's comments about this today in his Daily News blog and if you take them at face value, Ryan is perfectly happy with Clemens or Ratliff. Ultimately this will be GM Mike Tannenbaum's decision - and of course Denver's, and their new coach, Josh McDaniels was quoted as saying that Cutler is his quarterback.

I know Jets fans are not thrilled with the idea of either Clemens or Ratliff so we'll have to see how this plays out.

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