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
Making the case for Jay Cutler as a quarterback on the New York Jets is equally comical and terrifying. The decision against him involves acknowledging many warning signs.
Once upon a time in a far-away land, weeks before then NFL Draft, Jay Cutler was considered as a possible New York Jets franchise quarterback. The year was 2006 and the Jets chose D’Brickashaw Ferguson with the fourth pick instead.
Deciding on the best quarterback for now and beyond; the Jets’ precarious situation also involves signing a veteran which would make the most sense. But in none of their scenarios past, present and future can Cutler mitigate the path to Minneapolis nor Atlanta.
At this point in the free agency delirium, Jets fans are finding themselves in a sea of fury, hysteria, and psychosis. Now, they titter on the precipice of outright divorce from all things Jets or Gang Green.
The Jets should stay far away from Cutler to avoid another season of infuriating their fanbase. Here are the top three reasons why.
Next: 3. Cutler isn't the answer
3. Cutler isn’t the answer
Each of Cutlers’ last 11 years are perfect examples of the undeniable importance of quarterback development under veteran tutelage.
Competent veterans give their young quarterbacks a blueprint necessary for development. The ensuing outcome is most often predictable when a young quarterback is thrown into the fire before having taken the natural course of development. And the Jets’ free agency interest in Cutler is one of the quintessential models proving the fire failed example of great expectations from an under-developed suitor.
In 2009, following his 2008 Pro Bowl appearance, Cutler threw 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. Now at 33 years old, with 302 sacks, 208 touchdowns,146 interceptions, 89 fumbles and 38 fumbles lost, Cutlers’ proficient “winging-it” abilities somehow renewed attention from the Jets.
Cutler wasn’t the answer then and isn’t the answer now. It’s best the Jets don’t even waste their time hoping he can be that veteran quarterback they need for the next few years.
Next: 2. The opposite of what the Jets need
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
2. The opposite of what the Jets need
In 2017, according to ESPN staff writer Rich Cimini, Cutler tops the list as the most accomplished of the 10 quarterbacks most likely to make their next home with the Jets.
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In a perfect world, the Jets would already possess their ideal quarterback and would be using free agency and the draft to build around said quarterback. Instead, most recently we remember how Ryan Fitzpatrick threw to invisible receivers or how he threw for six interceptions against the Kansas City Chiefs?
And now the Jets are entertaining the incomparable Cutler who has more often made poor decisions, taken sack after sack, interception and interception and consistently makes as many negative plays as he does positive. Most recently, Cutlers’ record last season in five games was 1-4 which bears a striking resemblance to the Jets 1-4 start with Fitzpatrick under center.
Cutler is the opposite of what the Jets need. They need a veteran that has experience but also had some degree of consistent success. Unfortunately, Cutler won’t bring much to the table if the Jets bring him in for a mentoring role.
Next: 1. The inability to develop those around him
Oct 31, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) warms up before the NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
1. The inability to develop those around him
Yes, the Jets are retooling, remodeling and restructuring on the road to winning. But, there is no time and certainly no patience for rehabilitation. Essentially, the Jets would have to rewire all negative habits and nuances that have captioned Cutlers’ career. Yes, Cutler is a veteran. But, unlike gold, when subjected to electricity or extreme heat its impurities are removed creating a refined and more desirable substance.
The fire Cutler was subjected to throughout his career hasn’t made for a more refined nor desirable substance. So, what if there are unstated and unpublished reasons for not seeing quarterback Christian Hackenberg on the field? Of course, it then begs the questions— was it a wrong decision to draft him in the first place? And, is he their 2016 second round Cutler?
It is highly probable Hackenberg requires more development to earn the starting job. Yet again, this is something Cutler never received. There is a bright side here but it entails long distance learning. Which means, the Jets learning from their history with Cutler from a distance and using his career as a teaching tool of do’s and don’ts for teams rebuilding and developing young quarterbacks.
Hence, adding a newly drafted quarterback in the Bryce Petty and Hackenberg frying pan is like pouring grease on a fire that could burn into next years’ offseason. A competent and dependable veteran alongside two developing quarterbacks facilitates balance and stability. Preferably, the chosen quarterback will not be a sack and interceptions magnet. And perhaps, the battle of the starters would be between a more suitable veteran and Petty. Considering such a competition and the fact that Cutler simply can’t develop quarterbacks around him the right way, won’t bring the kind of progress the Jets need for their young quarterbacks.