Like Jay Cutler, I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that Cutler was thrown into the trade talk. For those of you who somehow missed it on the national/local news, radio, paper, and talk around town, Cutler was thrown into the mix when Matt Cassel was still available. Reportedly, the Bucs wanted Cutler for a 1st round pick, and then the Broncos would’ve traded their 1st round pick for Cassel.
If that would’ve happened, I would have lost nearly all respect for the Broncos organization. I would take Cutler over Cassel any day. In fact, looking long-term, I would take Cutler over Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and any other quarterback in the league. He’s a young gun that has shown signs of greatness. He just needs molding. He’s got something going with Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal already, so why would you just throw that down the pipes? Oh yea, enter Josh McDaniels. McD basically created Cassel as offensive coordinator in New England, and he was probably looking for something familiar. Well coach, that may have just put a large dent into your relationship with your new QB before the dance even started. Great.
On Saturday, Cutler said,
“My understanding at this point is they’re trying to trade me. We’ll see where I end up at. I liked it here, I liked playing with these guys, but obviously they’re not going to let me have that opportunity.”
“We don’t want to trade Jay. We never did. He’s our quarterback. We’re excited about this season. And excited about what we’re doing here in free agency to improve our team.”
Bottom line: McD should have communicated that to Cutler before the free agency period began. He didn’t, which probably means that there was something in the works regarding a trade for Cassel. If that wasn’t true, then as a young coach he needs to learn to communicate better with his players. Cutler was genuinely upset and you need to keep your QB happy. He should’ve at least called Cutler to reassure him the rumors were not true instead of letting it explode the way it did.