Do the New York Jets REALLY Want Jay Cutler?

Deb LagardeCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2009

It has been a few hours since I learned that Broncos QB Jay Cutler wanted out of Denver, and any number of teams might be interested in trading for him, including the New York Jets, who play in the AFC East, which might be the NFLs toughest division in 2009.

While it is true that the Jets need a QB with quality play and experience, is Jay Cutler the right guy for the job?

Consider that many Denver fans already think the Broncos should give up on him. He's got the arm, obviously, but maybe not the heart. Further he doesn't seem to be compatible with new coach Josh McDaniels.

So the question is twofold: is Cutler right for the Jets, and are the Jets right for Cutler?

The main complaint I've read from Denver writers and fans is that while he's good for an offense, the fact that Denver's defense was deficient last year created situations where Cutler had to come from behind.

Yet, considering the game last year in Denver vs. the Dolphins, it was Denver who was ahead at half time and it was Chad "noodle arm" Pennington who brought his team from behind (as well as the use of the Wildcat).

But if Cutler is good when Denver's ahead, going to a team that is clearly charted to have a superior defense in 2009, the Jets, would make sense.

But let's be mindful of Jets history here. "Sonny Werblin curse" or not, since Super Bowl III, the Jets have offered one excuse after another for why they haven't repeated as Super Bowl champs. For why they don't make the playoffs very often. For why they don't consistently win the AFC East.

In fact, of the three other teams in this division, all—Maimi, Buffalo, and New England—have had much better consistency in winning this division. Even old AFC East member Indianapolis had more consistency!

Further, in 2009, the AFC East with a tougher schedule than in 2008, will be very hard to win. Most pundits are picking the Pats to take it back, and I agree, but most also agree that (considering Miami will also be in the thick of it), the Jets will also be right up there if they can get a good QB.

However, it is apparent at this point that Jay Cutler may not have the character that the Jets would need to overcome the "curse." What if Rex Ryan is a coach similar to McDaniels, and Cutler can't get along with him? Will he miss Jets team meetings? What if the Jets "Raven-esque" defense doesn't live up to expectations and the Jets disappoint?

How will Cutler react to that? Will he be the Jets' T.O.?


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