Shutdown Corner has a post on what is going on with the Denver Broncos and their Pro-Bowl Quarterback, Jay Cutler. They quote Peter King in his Monday Morning Quarterback column. Quoth Peter:
I heard one other interesting thing Sunday: Cutler asked for a trade shortly after the Broncos lost offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates — Cutler’s confidant — to USC after the season. So maybe both sides need to go into marriage counseling here.
For the record, McDaniels says he never wanted to trade Cutler to begin with, though he’d have to say that, right? Again from the Denver Post:
"We’ve received trade calls on a number of players, which is not uncommon this time of the year. I also think the sensitivity of the other trade that was occurring, with my relationship with New England and the whole Cassel thing, I think that stirred the pot even more."
And then McDaniels made a point of emphasis: "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."
Another possibility is that names get leaked all of the time to the media just to rattle team chemistry (see what Minnesota Vikings did last year with Brett Favre). At the same time Cutler needs to make nice with McDaniels and prove to the new coach that he can be the man in Denver. He needs to remember that despite his high powered offense, there were some games that the offense was not a factor in the game and he lost them one or two games by himself, games that may have saved Mike Shanahan his job.
Finally, Jay has to realize that pro football is a business. Itâ€™s what players say all of the time when they want their contract renegotiated and it is what they say when it is free agency. What they need to learn is that it is business from the teams point of view as well. If the Broncos think that someone else can do the job better, they go with them. It happened to fellow 2006 draft class QBâ€™s Vince Young (who was a Pro Bowl QB as well) and Matt Leinart last season and it will happen to some other player who feels he is the â€œface of the franchiseâ€ this year. Itâ€™s not just a business but a brutal one at that.