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Jay Cutler is far from the answer at quarterback for the Jets

Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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With the New York Jets hiring Jeremy Bates for their vacant quarterback coach position, the rumors surrounding Jay Cutler have started to heat up. Cutler is one of the last names the Jets should be looking at.

After another atrocious year of quarterback play for the New York Jets in 2016, the team is once again looking for a signal caller to lead them to victory. There are not a boatload of options, but there are certainly a few notable names in the veteran free-agent market and the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Jets have signed former Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates for their vacancy at quarterbacks coach. Of course, the talk about a player Bates has worked with on multiple occasions, current Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has picked up significantly.

Bates was Cutler’s quarterbacks coach in Denver from 2006-2008 where the strong-armed quarterback played some of his best football. Bates also worked with Cutler in Chicago as their quarterbacks coach during the 2012 season. Now, the thought is that Bates could be working with Cutler again at the Jets’ training facility in Florham Park.

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While Cutler may be one of the more talented options at the Jets’ disposal, there are multiple reasons why he should not be a consideration to be brought in. The first of these many reasons is his age.

At thirty-three years old, Cutler is certainly on the downside of his career. With the Jets looking to find a quarterback who they could build around for years and years to come, Cutler’s age makes him an option that prevents him from fitting that bill.

Another factor that should turn the Jets away from Cutler, apart from his age, is that as of late, he hasn’t been very good statistically. During the five games in which Cutler played during the 2016 regular season, he threw four touchdowns compared to five interceptions while averaging an underwhelming 211 yards per game.

When discussing Cutler as a potential quarterback option for a young, rebuilding team, his leadership ability has to come into question as well. Throughout his career, there have been plenty of instances where he has been ridiculed for his lack of ability to galvanize a locker room and take control of the huddle. The Jets simply cannot afford to have a quarterback who is not a natural leader.

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With all of these factors considered, Cutler clearly is not worth bringing onto the Jets’ roster no matter what cost he comes at. He would be a detriment to the current roster, and he could potentially set the organization back for an indefinite amount of time.

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