Letter From Pat Bowlen


Broncos owner, Pat Bowlen, wrote a letter to fans today:

“Dear Broncos Fan,

I am writing this letter today because I feel compelled to give our community and our fans an explanation regarding the Jay Cutler situation.

One of my directives to Josh McDaniels upon his hiring was that he consider everything possible to return the Broncos to the level which you and I both expect, and this certainly includes making a fair evaluation of every opportunity presented to us which might improve the team. He and General Manager Brian Xanders have had my complete support throughout, and they have it now. It is important that you know that at all times we represented ourselves to Jay with honesty and integrity.

I assure you both Josh and I made repeated attempts to reach out to Jay, and I can not speak for him as to why he chose to limit his response. Ultimately, given his unwillingness to speak with either of us directly in the last 12 days- at the same time his agent clearly stating to us Jay’s intentions- it became very apparent to me personally that he no longer wanted to play for the Denver Broncos. As such, we elected to trade him.

Understand this: it remains about team. Our franchise has gone to the Super Bowl six times, with three different coaches and with many different players. It has never been about one player, and it never will be. Coach McDaniels shares this vision, and everyone in the organization—players, coaches and staff—must understand and accept this unconditionally. If anyone does not, that person will not be a part of this franchise.

I am extremely proud of our franchise, its accomplishments, and the region and fans that we represent. We have an illustrious history, one which we are all anxious to add to, and if someone does not wish to be with us as we head in this direction, then we will move on, and move forward.

Over 96% of our season ticket holders have chosen to renew their tickets for the 2009 season. This is once again a compelling statement of support and trust by the greatest fans in the NFL, and I assure you my only goal is and always will be to compete at the highest championship level.

The Denver Broncos will move forward in 2009 as one team, united with the most loyal and passionate fan base in football, towards the only goal we will ever pursue.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your understanding and continued support.

Sincerely,

Pat Bowlen”

H/T: Denver Post.com

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  • Derren Stoebe

    I am a huge Bronco fan and a huge Cutler fan, I think he is a great QB an has the talent and drive to be the best, saying that I fully support this decission. He was not the right fit in Denver anymore. I dont like Kyle Orton as QB but some damage can be done to strengthen our defense with a pickup like Rey Maualuga or Fili Moala, not that my opinion matters, just seems like a smart pick up. Offene has been the Broncos main focus for the last few years with a poor performance in the defense, I am happy to see that there is some balance now between the two. Hope someone that reads this agrees with me. I am very optimistic about this upcoming season and I really think that we will make it to the playoffs this year and if the heart and drive is there, take it all. Best wishes to all Bronco fans.

  • David George

    Mr. Bowlen,

    I have been a Bronco fan since 1977, when I was just seven years old–i remember watching my dad watch the bronco/cowboy superbowl. Since that time i have remained a fan! Here’s how this situation appears to have happened to me. When coach S and quarterback C failed to win one of three remaining games to make the playoffs, especially the beating they took in SD, i think your gut told you that C was not a winner and no longer a fit in Denver. Coach S was canned and C, in good with S, had to go. It also seems like the new coach, D, is your puppet. I don’t think a he could have had much to do with any of it.

    With all this said, I want to say that I realize it’s a business and that coach S and quarterback C are fine, wealthy and happy. You own a business and have followed your gut instints–good for you!!!!

    David George
    1348 W. Hoye Pl
    Denver, Co. 80223

  • David George

    Mr. Bowlen,

    I have been a Bronco fan since 1977, when I was just seven years old–i remember watching my dad watch the bronco/cowboy superbowl. Since that time i have remained a fan! Here’s how this situation appears to have happened to me. When coach S and quarterback C failed to win one of three remaining games to make the playoffs, especially the beating they took in SD, i think your gut told you that C was not a winner and no longer a fit in Denver. Coach S was canned and C, in good with S, had to go. It also seems like the new coach, D, is your puppet. I don’t think a he could have had much to do with any of it.

    With all this said, I want to say that I realize it’s a business and that coach S and quarterback C are fine, wealthy and happy. You own a business and have followed your gut instints–good for you!!!!

  • Demolition Mann

    Sorry, I cant blame Cutler for this. I know its a business, but a QB and Coach have to be tight for it to work, and McD didnt step off in the right direction. Did you see Mike Tomlin try to trade Ben Rothlisburger when he arrived in Pittsburgh? No, because he knew what he had and stuck with it. Cutler was your franchise QB. I really believe he would have been the ticket to the SB. But thanks to Mc Dumba**, we will never know. Its that NE Patriot arrogance of “I know everything” that F’ed this up. And all so he could get Matt Cassell… Gee whiz.
    I love the Broncos with all my heart, but I really hope the Bears come in for that Preseason game, and Cutler torches them. Great job Mr. Davis…I mean Bowlen.