Sometimes the Browns talk around here gets a little silly, I will admit. While I am not going to participate in a moratorium, I can’t help but take some of the over-coverage of the Browns this off-season to heart. As a result, I will try not to go too long on this whole thing, but I just can’t understand why the Browns would want Jay Cutler. It flies in the face of pretty much everything we have heard so far in terms of Mangini wanting guys who are all about team. That was at least partially the reason that they traded Kellen Winslow. So why would they bring in a guy who has babied and whined his way out of Denver because of the new head coach and front office?
I don’t think the Browns would bring Cutler in because of those things. Mangini wants a leader for the QB spot on his team. He needs someone that leads the offensive huddle and leads by example on the practice field and in the weight room. At least that is what we have all been led to believe. While Cutler does have some talent on the field throwing the ball, can anyone say he is a leader of men? Can you say that after the act he has put on this off-season? I was partially critical of Shaun Rogers for his part in the spat with Mangini, so I can’t just look past the histrionics and high school garbage that has taken place in Denver so far this year.
What I think might be happening here is just the continuation of Mangini’s QB strategy. Right there with the announcement that this year would be an open competition, Mangini is continuing to make the league aware that he could go any direction he wants with either of the two QBs on the roster. Oh yeah, and that includes trading one of them to Denver for Jay Cutler. But not really. I think that is the perception he wants to put out there to keep people on their toes when inquiring about either of the Browns’ QBs. At the end of the day, though, I wouldn’t expect the Browns to truly entertain the idea of Jay Cutler as their QB.