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Once again, as I said yesterday, I’m not advocating this move, but it’s important to keep something in mind while having this discussion. . .

Headline, New York Post – “Jay Cutler and the Jets would be a doomed marriage.”

Headline, New York Post – “Stop dreaming of Jay Cutler – he’d be a nightmare.”

These columns might be on to something.

Cutler can be moody and is turnover prone, so yes, it could be “doomed” or a “nightmare.”

But from my experience, no matter who they acquire will likely be “doomed” or a “nightmare.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick turned out to be “doomed” and a “nightmare.” Geno Smith turned out to be “doomed” and a “nightmare.” Brett Favre was “doomed” and a “nightmare.” Chad Pennington was “doomed” and a “nightmare.” Richard Todd was “doomed” and a “nightmare.”

What is my point? With the media around here, even though some of the players have changed over the years, Jets quarterbacks (and offensive coordinators) are going to end up like war criminals at the end. I’ve seen this pattern over and over again. It almost always ends the same way.

So perhaps Cutler would be “doomed” and a “nightmare” with the landscape around here with reporters and some of the fan base. They have a history of running QB’s and offensive coordinators out of town.

So if the Jets end up getting Brian Hoyer or Mike Glennon or A.J. McCarron, there is a good chance they will be “doomed” and a “nightmare” with the reporters and some fans who think Cutler will be “doomed” and a “nightmare.”

I’ve seen this play out over and over and over again.

Many of these people pushed for Bryce Petty to play and eventually got their wish, and then these people turned to Christian Hackenberg. Petty might have played himself out of contention for the starting job in 2017.

It’s like whack-a-mole around here. Just picture the heads of different quarterbacks and offensive coordinators popping up, and getting whacked by reporters and some fans.

Remember when Brian Schottenheimer was made into public enemy #1 and eventually the Jets caved and fired him. How has the play-calling been since? I’m not saying “Schotty” was Bill Walsh. I’m just trying to make a point.

Whether it’s Hoyer, Glennon, Case Keenum, whoever, eventually these players will likely be “doomed” or a “nightmare” in this neck of the woods.

I’ve been around here a long time.

Quarterbacks are going to make mistakes The job is extremely difficult. They are going to throw picks. They are going to have bad games, perhaps a couple of bad games in a row. But around here, a multiple interception game, a few bad games in a row, and reporters, sports talk hosts and some fans, want these quarterbacks sent out of town with a one way ticket.

I actually don’t think Fitzpatrick is that bad. I’m not saying bring him back. That ship has sailed. He’s now in that war criminal category.

But he played fairly well in 2016. He had some good games in 2016, like the two Buffalo contests and the New England game at MetLife Stadium. That six pick game in Kansas City took on a life of it’s own. He could never overcome that. He was a war criminal, and there was no escaping.

And that would happen to Glennon or whoever.

So whoever they get, will likely be “doomed” or a “nightmare.”

Because Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers isn’t walking in the building.

February 22, 2019

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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