I just heard Boomer Esiason say on the radio something to the effect, since Cutler is now with the Bears "the Jets are left to pickup the pieces..."
This was followed up by Craig Carton's, "this team cannot go into the season with an unproven quarterback..."
First off, the Cutler thing was never happening for the Jets, and was an anomaly that rarely ever takes place. The fact he was even available at all makes no sense, so it's not as if 5-6 weeks ago this was a consideration. The Jets were still going into the season with Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff, Erik Ainge, or maybe a veteran pickup like Jeff Garcia or Byron Leftwich.
Second, the Jets aren't left trying to "pickup the pieces", as if the franchise was banking on this, or figured they had a real shot. The Broncos were much more likely to trade Cutler to a team outside their conference for less than a team they could face in the playoffs like the Jets. If lucky the Broncos will play the Bears twice in 2010. Picture in your head the last time you even saw the Bears and Broncos on the same field. There were no pieces to pickup because nothing was broken, other than the Jets QB situation before Cutler became available at all.
As for Clemens, everyone needs to relax. The guy will start for the first time as the official starter this season. He has game. Is he a superstar? We have no idea. But I do remember him bringing the Jets back from the dead in Baltimore against a very good Ravens team, and had it not been for Justin Mcaerins inability to catch a ball, the Jets win. Maybe if that happens, things change, and there is no Brett Favre? I don't know, just saying, in his first season playing he certainly wasn't bad. Matt Cassel didn't start off a star last year, next thing you know the Broncos are trying to deal Jay Cutler for him.
After the Ravens game Clemens was benched, and then came back to play a very difficult schedule down the stretch, if I recall correctly. Again, not predicting stardom, but I am predicting he'll be better than the great BRETT FAVRE.
The Jets will be fine. I predict Clemens plays well at first, even with the worst receiving corps in the league. Put Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal on the field, and then see how he does.
Btw, I don't even like the Jets. I just hate overreactions and stupidity more.