Apr 1, 2009
Jay Cutler is as arrogant and surly as they get. He’s clearly a guy who’s been ridiculously spoiled by his incredible athletic ability. It’s obvious that he’s dominated at every level he’s competed in, and he was probably a major pain in the ass playing sports growing up, all the while destroying his opponents.
Still, I just can’t help but dig the guy. It’s the arrogance that makes him so good, and if you didn’t know it already, he is very good. Great, actually.
I couldn’t care less about his career 17-20 record, either. Anyone who points to that and disparages Cutler hasn’t a clue. All you really need if you need proof that Cutler is better than just about everyone else in the league is vision. To say the guy passes the eyeball test on the field is an understatement.
Denver’s problem under Cutler is their defense, clearly. It really sucks. They can’t stop the run on the D-line, don’t have a pass rush, their LB corps has been a disorganized mess, and their coverage on the back end has been dreadful. Other than that, they’re fine. When this defense gives up 22 or fewer points, which isn’t too much to ask most of the time, Cutler’s record is 12-1. The poor guy’s 0-5 when his defense gives up 40+ points, so I guess we can say he tends to lose shootouts.
My initial reaction to the Cutler mess was that he had to be moved, but then over the last couple of weeks that did not appear to be in the cards. Now, it looks like a move is on again, and quite frankly, I’m glad. I certainly don’t like Cutler’s reaction to this situation, and he’s definitely being a baby, but it is what it is. I had concerns that, if he eventually reported and played for Denver, the stresses of the season could have caused this situation to get beyond ugly. I actually envisioned like a mid-season walkout. That’s a major indictment on Cutler, but the thought did pop into my head.
But as bad a Cutler is, the other side is to blame here as well. The Broncos have to know Cutler’s personality, and you have to handle the dude with kid gloves, especially since the guy’s underpaid. They did the opposite of that.
It’s kind of sad Cutler needs special treatment, but that’s the reality, and Denver will likely soon understand the alternative. I assure you, the alternative to Cutler will pale in comparison. For example, there’s a former #1 pick overall likely available, and he’s a really good guy. His name is Alex Smith. He can’t play, but he’s a great dude. I’ll take the prima donna, who does play hard (and very well) on the field and wants to win, thank you. Cutler’s no Vince Young, he’s a great player, not a whining baby who stinks, like Young.
So it would appear now the question is, what would be the best landing spot for Cutler? Contrary to popular belief, it would not be New York. Rex Ryan is building a defense there, and it’s not going to be a compatible environment for Cutler. I don’t see him in Detroit, either, although that’s at least viable, what with Calvin Johnson being one of the most gifted receivers to ever play in the NFL and all. You can’t put pulling off a trade past the Vikings, and while it’s not an ideal spot, that’s viable as well. Brad Childress is a pass-oriented guy, and it’s a deep passing game. Cutler’s also familiar with the foundation of the west coast system. But with Sage Rosenfels added, it’s not going to happen. I don’t see him in SF and Cle due to potential clashes with their head coach’s and poor personnel at the skill positions. Chicago is a possibility, and I’ve heard the team, while content for this year with Kyle Orton, knows Orton really isn’t the answer. I don’t really see Carolina, since John Fox is all about the running game, but they do need a long-term solution at the position. You can never rule Washington out when it comes to acquiring a marquee player who is available.
The perfect team in this is Tampa Bay. They don’t have much to offer in terms of very high draft picks and young prospects at the QB position, but after the debacle at the position with Jon Gruden, it’s time for Tampa Bay to have a legit young stud at the position. When was the last time they really did? We’re talking Doug Williams here, since Vinny Testaverde was hardly a stud when he was with the Bucs. In the history of the world, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have never had a QB as good a Jay Cutler.
If Cutler is truly on the move, Tampa has to find a way to get him in the fold. They have added some significant pieces on offense, and Cutler would be able to step in and immediately make this offense potent. The Bucs have a decent enough defense, and they would be legit Super Bowl contenders in the NFC this year if they acquired this talented man-child.