Jay Cutler, If You Want To Polish Your Resume', Stay In Denver

Billy DeCostaCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2009

So much had been made of the recent riff between Bronco's head coach Josh McDaniels and his star quarterback Jay Cutler.

We know the story, McDaniels dangled Cutler in an attempt to grab Matt Cassel, so now Cutler wants out.

But if Cutler really does want out of Denver and wants to make more money doing it, he should settle the differences and learn to work with his new head coach.

There is no denying that Cutler is one of the more physically gifted QBs in the NFL. He's got a cannon for an arm and Pro-Bowl already to his name.

However, Cutler's best career move is staying put in Denver.

The kid should remember he has only three years left to play on his contract. He has just been given one of the most talented offensive minds in football to call his plays. Learning to work with McDaniels could turn one of the league's most promising young players into one of the league's elite signal callers and earn him a big free-agent contract in the process.

The one big knock on Jay Cutler is that he's too much of a gunslinger. He takes too many chances downfield and he tries to put the ball where he doesn't belong. With 18 picks last season, he trailed only 39-year-old Brett Favre for the league lead.

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Both McDaniels and former coach Mike Shanahan give Cutler a pass-happy offensive scheme. There is one major difference though.

Shanahan's offense was more prone to Cutler's mistakes. He used that vaulted  zone-blocking run game on first down. Then he opened up the book for Cutler to make the big play down field on second and third. All too often, this led to the big mistake and a turnover.

Josh McDaniels loves to pass the ball too, but in a much more controlled fashion. Some will say this is a product of having Wes Welker but it's not about the player, it's about the system.

He emphasizes the short four and five-yard pass on first down, even while spreading the field with 4 and 5 wide sets. Not only does this keep the front seven in the box, but keeps the backfield playing tight on their men. If run correctly, this philosophy sets up the long play down field even better than pounding the ball up the middle, because it leaves the corners and safeties more prone to get burned.

Not only will this increase Cutler's passing numbers but it will also limit his mistakes. Can you imagine the demand Cutler will have if he can put up a stat line like 4500 yards, 30-35 TDs and only 8-10 INTs? McDaniels even has the receiveing pieces in place for that to happen with the likes of Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal.

Cutler needs to settle his differences with McDaniels, it's only gonna pay off for him in the long term.

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