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New York Jets Inside Slant 2009-03-30


New York Jets Inside Slant 2009-03-30
Safety Kerry Rhodes is not a fan of Denver quarterback Jay Cutler, and he again made that clear Thursday when he spoke with the media.


This wasn't exactly a surprise, considering Rhodes declined to talk about Cutler after Denver's 34-17 victory over the Jets last Nov. 30. When asked about Cutler's performance after the game, Rhodes said, "I don't want to talk about him. I don't like him."

When asked again about Cutler, almost four months later, Rhodes didn't back off, saying, "Me and Jay don't get along too well right now. ... You can be confident, but when you're too confident for your own good, that can be a little tough."

Cutler was a major topic in the Jets' locker room as the rumors about the Broncos possibly trading the disgruntled quarterback continue to fly. Cutler demanded a trade after he felt he was disrespected when first-year coach Josh McDaniels brought up his name during trade discussions for New England quarterback Matt Cassel, who eventually was dealt to Kansas City.

Published reports have indicated that the Jets have made it clear to the Broncos that they are very interested, should the schism between Cutler and McDaniels be deemed irreparable, and Denver does trade Cutler.

The Jets would be in the market for a strong-armed veteran quarterback because all three of the signal callers on their roster are young and unproven. Yet coach Rex Ryan has repeatedly voiced his confidence in all three of them, Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge.

Clemens has been here before. He was locked in a duel for the job with Chad Pennington last August, but then the Jets acquired the legendary Brett Favre from Green Bay. Pennington was released and signed with Miami, and Clemens became Favre's backup. He attempted only five passes last season after starting eight games in 2007.

"It's an interesting thing," Clemens said, "preparing to try to be a major contributor to a football team and there's always all the rumors that are floating around and, at times, can be distracting. I'm not going to lie. I've heard about them, and it wasn't something where I was like, 'Oh, good. Jay would be here. That would be great. We can hang out.' You try to ignore it. I'm trying to focus on the things that are actually under my control.

"There's a lot of stuff that you hear and a lot of stuff that's said," he added, "and is there any merit to it? I don't know, but I can't control it, so I just try to dismiss it as best I can. It's a lot easier said than done sometimes."

Ratliff compiled a 122.6 passer rating in the 2008 preseason.

"I try not to focus on things like that because I can't control that," Ratliff said of the Cutler talk. "I can control being here early. I can control how hard I work so that's what I'm going to continue to do. If they do decide to trade for Cutler, or pick him up, or draft a guy, or whatever they feel they need to do to help the team, I'm all for it. That's what I'm trying to do here -- help the team."

Ainge didn't get a lot of reps in 2008. He was recovering from off-season finger surgery and then suffered a foot injury during the season, and eventually was placed on injured reserve.

"I feel healthy for the first time in a long time," Ainge said. "I feel healthy and I feel confident. ... It's not rocket science. Whoever completes more passes and doesn't turn the ball over and moves the chains will be the quarterback."



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: March 30, 2009

Chad Pennington Name: Chad Pennington
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Age: 32
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