Clearly I have decided to turn Midwest Sports Fans into JayCutler Sports Fans for one 24-hour sports news cycle. I thought I was done with the topic after my last post, which discussed why the Jay Cutler for Brady Quinn and Shaun Rogers trade rumors were highly unlikely to become reality, but then Deadspin has to go and post something that somehow seems to serve as the perfect cap on Jay Cutler Day here at MSF.
Earlier this afternoon, Deadspin posted a story (via With Leather) that cited an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show by former NBA player and current Denver-area radio personality Scott Hastings. And apparently Scott Hastings is not a real big fan of Jay Cutler, so much so that he went as far to say that Jay Cutler is a “little bitch.”
From the SI.com summary of the Scott Hastings appearance on The Dan Patrick Show:
Jay Cutler lost Hastings’ respect when he claimed his arm is stronger than John Elway‘s. This was just a stupid thing to say because Elway is a legend in Denver so saying something like that just angers the fanbase. He calls Cutler an “arrogant little punk” and should wake up to the reality that he’s the QB of an NFL football team and should act like a leader. He also referred to Cutler as a “little bitch.”
Now, obviously the next question is why is the opinion of Scott Hastings even relevant? And why is this story even relevant?
As for the first question, by itself Scott Hastings’ opinion is not that relevant. However, he does echo a similar sentiment about Jay Cutler made by Gene Wojciechowski on ESPN.com yesterday:
Don’t get me wrong — Cutler is a talent, possibly a major talent. His numbers keep tracking upward (4,526 passing yards, 25 touchdowns in ’08), but so do his turnovers (18 interceptions, including four in Denver’s last three games — all losses) and hissy fits.
And there have been other incidents that call Cutler’s alleged bitchiness and gigantic ego into question, like his strange boast about having a stronger arm than notoriously strong-armed Bronco legend John Elway. Seeing as how Elway is beloved in Denver and a two-time Super Bowl champion, it does seem to suggest a certain level of bitchiness and/or douchebaggery to place yourself not just on the same pedestal, but above, a living legend in whose gigantic footsteps you are ostensibly trying to follow.
As to the second question mentioned above — why is this story relevant? — Cutler’s name has come up in trade rumors with seemingly every team in the NFL over the past few days, most notably (for our audience anyway) with the Cleveland Browns. And I went on record as saying that even though the cap realities made a Cutler for Brady Quinn and Shaun Rogers trade extremely unlikely, that getting Cutler would be a huge coup for the Browns.
Talent and production-wise, this is certainly true. Jay Cutler has proven that he can rack up passing yards, win a decent amount of games, and move the chains. Had Denver’s defense been better over the last few years, he might have made and won a playoff game or two. However, with each new story that comes out about Jay Cutler, his public persona takes hit after hit. (And, truth be told, perhaps The Legend of Jay Cutler grew a bit too much after his torrid start to last season. Otherwise, he has been a pretty pedestrian QB despite obvious physical gifts.)
Cutler whined recently about being involved in trade talks, despite the fact that Peter King reported on Monday that Cutler had actually requested a trade once Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates were no longer in Denver. So what is it Jay? Did you really want to be traded? Or are you just a drama queen who enjoys stirring the pot and being the center of attention?
Either way, I can tell you this: such whining and histrionics would not play well in Cleveland, not one bit. Just ask Braylon Edwards. And it doesn’t look like it is necessarily playing well in Denver either.
So maybe it’s a good thing that the Jay Cutler for Brady Quinn and Shaun Rogers trade rumors have turned out to be exactly just that: rumors; and moreover, rumors that appear to have no future legs because of the salary cap issues such a deal would present. Jay Cutler would give the Browns an immediate upgrade at the QB position in terms of arm strength and experience, but the organization and fans in Cleveland would also have to deal with his egomania and whining, which appears to be quite extensive and well documented.
And one more thing, before you ask why I’m even talking about this on Midwest Sports Fans: remember, Jay Cutler is from Santa Claus, Indiana. So it is well within our jurisdiction here. Unfortunately, Jay Cutler does not seem to have taken on many of the personality traits of his hometown’s namesake. On the contrary, the kid from the town named after Jolly ‘Ol St. Nick is quickly earning a reputation as Whiny ‘Ol Jay Bitch.
The more I think about it, the more I’m starting to come around to the opinion of Scott and many of the commenters over at Waiting For Next Year. We may not know what we have in Brady Quinn, but Jay Cutler may best be left as someone else’s problem.