It appears Jay Cutler won’t be headed to the Houston Texans, should he head to the broadcast booth instead?
Jay Cutler has quietly made it clear that he just doesn’t want to play football for any team that’s willing to pay him. He doesn’t want to start for a bad football team and get his head beaten in, but he also doesn’t have any interest playing the QB2 role for a good team.
Cutler wants to start for a good team, the only problem with that is that there aren’t a lot of options for him. Cutler was in talks with Bill O’Brien and the Texans about a week ago, but those talks went nowhere and Houston decided to stick with Tom Savage for the 2017 season.
So where does that leave Cutler? ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson had some compelling thoughts on what would be next for Cutler.
Dickerson believes that Cutler could be headed to the TV booth. He cites Cutler’s improved ability as a public speaker and how his press conferences have been entertaining over the last couple seasons.
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Knowing how private Cutler has been off the field, it would mildly surprise me if he did want to pursue a job in television. I don’t see Cutler interested in doing pre or post for Comcast Chicago either, Cutler’s attitude has always been go big or go home.
ESPN would certainly pick up the phone to gauge his interest as a studio analyst, but is that big enough for Cutler? Would CBS or Fox take a look at Cutler for one of their middle teams as a game analyst? I would think that answer is yes.
Cutler is a smart individual, he has plenty of football intelligence and that would almost certainly combine for the ability to tremendously analyze a football game. That, along with Dickerson’s note that Cutler has improved his public speaking, would translate well to the tv booth.
Not only that, despite Cutler’s on-field demeanor, he actually has quite a personality and is surprisingly funny. Cutler would have a chance to showcase his secret sense of humor and really develop as an analyst.
But the question is what does Jay Cutler truly want to do? Does he want to stay home and be a house dad while his wife does her television appearances? Does he want to go into television? Perhaps he just wants to take a year off and see if a team is interested in his services in 2018?
A year ago, I don’t think anyone would have thought Jay Cutler would be contemplating retirement in twelve months, but not many people thought Donald Trump would be president and the Cubs would be World Series Champions either. It’s a brave new world.