30 Minutes or its Free?

Just as I was going to add a post to the site detailing the possible teams interested in Jay Cutler, the unthinkable happened; Jay Cutler was dealt to Chicago. So much for that idea! NFL sources said that the trade would take around 10 days not 10 hours! While I was telling myself I was OK with the idea of dealing Jay Cutler earlier this week, I felt sick to my stomach today when the news was released that Cutler would be joining the Chicago Bears. While getting Kyle Orton from the Bears in return may not excite the loyal Bronco’s fan with his rubber band arm or his Jake Plummer like beard, I have to admit that the team who comes out on top from this deal is still to be determined. Especially when numerous draft picks are involved.

The Broncos got rid of a huge distraction from their locker room that would have possibly hindered the team next year. Owner Pat Bowlen has said that he was going to take control back of his team and he has done so sending the message that no one is above the team. Plain and simple. Your quarterback must show up to team activities and he must have thick skin to take criticism and understand the business end of professional sports. Furthermore he must be willing to communicate in person (texting doesn’t count) and work out disagreements with coaches, players, or team executives. That is the requirements of a team leader. The requirements of a franchise player.

What is a franchise player? How can we say for certain that Cutler was the franchise? He played three years and had a lot of talented teammates helping him on offense. The Broncos have seen productive former players become mediocre when traded to other teams. The system that produced great running backs under Shannahan should produce great quarterbacks under McDaniels. Anyone remember Matt Cassel before this year? Maybe McDaniels has the same mentality that Shannahan did…plug and play.

It is just too soon to see if Cutler is a franchise player and it is too soon to see if McDaniels can put a winning team together. The media has tugged at our emotions for a month without a single game played. Let the pieces fall and the dust settle before we make final judgement. The Broncos have been a successful organization under Pat Bowlen and his track record deserves our patience and support. Whether the team wins or loses, the loyalty of its fans should never wane. Denver fans our known for their deep love of the Broncos. While the latest news cuts like a knife, let them see us bleed orange and blue.

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  • FootballFan

    Why has everyone decided that his lack of response to Bowlen and McDaniels’ call was Cutler’s version of a tantrum? Everyone either mentions that or starts their explanation with the Cassel trade talks when in reality it started long before that. Back when Shannahan was fired, Bowlen told Cutler that he was still their guy and that the offensive coaches would stay intact. Cutler was upset at that point but he did let it go as everyone seems to think he should have done with the trade talks. Then McDaniels came in on his high horse and fired most of the offensive staff and immediately alienated Cutler without even giving him a chance. In his arrogance, McDaniels acted as if only he could train quarterbacks and since Cutler wasn’t a byproduct of his coaching he didn’t stand a chance in hell of being a good quarterback. At that point, if you had been told that you and the offensive staff you work with would remain intact (and a group that worked well I might add) and then a new guy comes in and immediately gets rid of them all and tries to get rid of you next wouldn’t you be upset? Then to add insult to injury, when the deal doesn’t go through you are expected to remain loyal to the owner who lied to you and the coach who made it know that he doesn’t even want to try to work with you (Cutler wasn’t even being difficult at that point). I think it would be obvious that no one would want to stay in that situation so he asked to be traded. When they refused, of course he stopped returning calls. If you wanted to be traded and the team owner refuses, don’t you think the best way to force a trade is to piss off the owner? Cutler was just smart and playing his cards right. As for saying he didn’t want to be traded later on, he didn’t. But that was before he was lied to and alienated by the new coach. He didn’t originally want out but after everything that happened he didn’t see a choice. And as for the claims that Cutler felt he was above the team, McDaniels felt that he should be able to come in as a new coach and before ever coaching a game be seen as a coaching god who’s ideas should never be challenged even though he has yet to prove that those ideas pay off.