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Friday, March 27, 2009
Rhodes won't back off Cutler criticism


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes checked in with WFAN hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Friday and didn't back off his criticism of Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.

Rhodes praised Cutler's ability, but underscored his distaste for Cutler as a human being.

"It's not about his play. He's a good player. That speaks for itself," Rhodes said. "But the fact is, there's more to being a quarterback than just having the big arm, getting passing yards and getting touchdowns. His team was 8-8. They didn't make the playoffs. He didn't lead them to the playoffs. That's one point. Evidently, a lot of people besides myself don't think he's doing the right thing."

Rhodes explained his opinion of Cutler was galvanized by all the trash talk during Denver's 34-17 victory Nov. 30 at the Meadowlands. Cutler threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns.

"He was just real brash about everything," Rhodes said. "It's OK to be confident and talk if that's what you do, but you don't continuously do it at the point where it's already done. It's redundant. Just let it go. They weren't the best team in the league. They had a good game against us, but not the best team in the league, and he's not the best quarterback this side of ... I don't want to get into all that. He's not the best quarterback ever yet. He still has work to do. We just didn't get along. It wasn't just me. I may be the one saying something about it, but it wasn't just me."

Esiason also asked Rhodes how he could reconcile his opinion if the Jets were to trade for Cutler anyway.

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