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Cutler & McDaniels Conflict Thoughts

Posted on: March 12, 2009 12:53 am

It has been well publicized in the media that Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler is not happy about the thought of being traded.  The follow up teleconference nearly two weeks later, between the Cutler camp and Broncos management left Cutler feeling the discussion didn’t go well.  However Coach McDaniels thought it did go well.  So like many Broncos fan it was difficult to understand why McDaniels would trade their Pro Bowl QB for Matt Cassel.  The terms of the deal just didn’t add up.

We all understand the NFL is a business, and any one can be traded for the right deal.  Still the deal didn’t make since out side of the obvious, that Cassel has run the Patriots offensive scheme we believe McDaniels plans to run.  But still, why wouldn’t you expect Cutler to learn, understand, and run a new offense?

I came to two plausible conclusions.  First, McDaniels doesn’t have a clue as to Cutler’s value in a trade, has no interpersonal skills, or is in way over his head.  Second, maybe he is Mastermind II.  That’s probably a big leap from what you have been reading lately so let me elaborate.  McDaniels is young and in his first head coaching job.  He is replacing a coach who had a long tenure with the team and who had brought the Broncos two Super Bowl Championship.  That is a big task in itself to live up to and filling those expectations.  So, one of the things he has to do is establish credibility with the team.  What better way to establish who is in control than to take on the highest profile member of the team with his first act.  What McDaniels is doing is challenging Cutler.  It’s likely that out side of a few QB competitions, Cutler has not been treated this way before.  McDaniels has a management style that is much different than Shanahan’s and he is expecting Jay to step up to the plate and show everyone that he is the franchise player we all hope and expect him to be.  McDaniels is going to break down individuals and build a team concept from the ground up.  He’s telling Cutler the train has left the station; you are either on it or going to be run over by it. 

I've seen this management style before, it works on some but not all people.  Will Cutler take the challenge?  Only time will tell.  If he sulks around like a spoiled kid and under performs, we could see Chris Simms late in season.  If he lives up to his billing, then I see a nice long term contract coming his way and all this nonsense will be ancient history. 

As a Bronco fan all I can say is I hope the second conclusion is the probable out come and not the first.  I would like to see these two professionals work out their difference, preferably behind closed doors and not in front of the media.




Category: NFL

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 2:16 am

Cutler & McDaniels Conflict Thoughts

As much as I like Jay Cutler and am a huge fan of the Broncos franchise, I think the problem right now is Cutler.  I would love to see him stay, but he has to drop his spoiled little prima donna act and accept the fact that he might have gotten traded, but didn't.  After all, as everyone says, it's a business, and that'e one of the risk one runs in the sport.  If we do have to let go of Cutler, I am at least looking forward to the potential value we can get off of him and maybe help our defense out a bit.



Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2009 12:06 am

Cutler & McDaniels Conflict Thoughts

You've made some very good points. I'll add that I've been in Cutler's corner throughout this trade talk ordeal, but I'm fast reaching a point where I need to see him start acting like a franchise quarterback. 

I can see where a 25 year old could feel like the rug was pulled out from under him, responding a little childishly. But, c'mon Jay, it's been three weeks now and you should be over it. Some are saying that no one should overreact to Cutler's house being put on the market, but, are you telling me, in the current economy, he needed to list his house two days before he's to report to "voluntary" workouts. This smells lousy on Cutler's part. If he doesn't show up Monday, he's all but telling the organization that he's no longer on board.

As this squabble has been drawn out, I just keep thinking back to the Rivers-Cutler theatrics two years ago in San Diego. They both looked unprofessional, jawing at each other like high school rivals. Then, perhaps even more telling of Cutler's immaturity, he decided to brazenly tell the world that he has a better arm than John Elway had. At the time of he said that I thought, "What an idiotic thing to say." It served no purpose except to show that he's got a rather inflated opinion of himself. Almost as if he truly believes that he should be untradeable.

I don't like where all of this is headed, and I hope I'm reading way too much into it. Again, I want Cutler to show up on Monday and start acting like he's the man to lead this team. If he can't do that, maybe it is time to consider how else this offense can be led.

Since: Aug 24, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2009 11:48 am

Cutler & McDaniels Conflict Thoughts

It looks like Cutler is one of those folks who are not inspired by McDanials management style.  We now know Jay Cutler has put his house up for sale, so it looks like the war of word just took another turn.  I wonder if Bus Cook is the listing agent for Jay Cutler's property too.  Some time ago I wonder if this whole thing was just about getting a new contract extension.  So, it looks like this whole thing will be played out in the media.  I have to wonder about Cutlers timing, does he think he is in a position of power before the draft?  I think his timing stinks, and it opens up possibilities for the Broncos organization to work trade deals involving him.  I think it would be a mistake for Cutler to be traded and I would like to see him stay with the organization for a long time, but it is a business.  Sports figures are generally treated very well in Denver, its a smaller market and there is great interest in their lives.  I just wonder how Cutler would handle a market like Philly.  Sport fans in that city can be pretty tough on their sports figures.  If Cutler can't handle the Denver market he would really be hammered in larger markets. 

A bit of additional information.  Bus Cook also represented Brett Favre, Steve McNair, and Michael Turner all of whom went on to play for other teams.  I don't think he would have any problem extracting Jay out of Denver for a larger market or better deal.  Tony Scheffler is also a freind of Cutler and represented by Cook. 


Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2009 2:32 am

Cutler & McDaniels Conflict Thoughts

Compare the differences between what one Patriots system assistant is doing in Denver, and the other high profile assistant is doing in Kansas City.  McDaniels has been active with your new GM in Denver.  Replacing bodies and getting a new mind set established with the team.  They appear to be out in the open somewhat, and the Jay Cutler trade rumors might be cause for some of that.  The Chiefs don't offer much information at all. Scott Pioli with Todd Haley from the Parcells coaching tree are very quiet at One Arrowhead Drive.  Other than the Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel trade, which I believe was the only real offer anyone gave for Matt, all the Cutler rumors being exactly that, rumor, the Chiefs have turned over a few old vets and signed a couple of depth type players.  Polar opposite approaches.  Yet in the end, both may work.  If the Raiders somehow get their act together, this could be one heck of a division again by 2010.

Jay Cutler needs to realize that in the NFL, you are only as good as your last outings.  What do you all think in Denver about Cutler's long term prospects?  I think he has tons of talent but questions about his diabetes and the toll it takes on an athlete late in a season. Many prominent players have had normal careers like Bobby Clarke, Arthur Ashe, and Jay Leeuwenburg.  Some like the Royals Dan Richert, had their careers adversely affected by the disease.  Cutler should have a good future if he listens and learns from McDaniels.

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