You’ve heard the headlines about Cutler and the new (their should be an emphasis on NEW because the kid is only 32 years old) Bronco head coach Josh McDaniels but here are the condensed cliff notes.
When Shanny was fired, Jay was shocked and dismayed and wasn’t answering his phone after numerous attempts were made by McDaniels and Bronco Owner Pat Bowlen tried his cell phone.
Broncos' talk with Cutler sours
QB is unsure he'll attend workouts Monday after a call team officials contend was positive.
So much for communication.
According to an NFL source, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler came away from a conference call with team officials Monday believing that for the right deal, he would be traded between now and the NFL draft, which begins April 25.
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels would not comment ...
...Cutler said the meeting didn't go as hoped..
... the next stage in this McJaygate drama.
According to the NFL source, Cutler has not yet decided whether he would report Monday. If Cutler doesn't report to Broncos headquarters next week, he would be viewed as undermining McDaniels' authority. What would the team do then? The Broncos may have no other choice but to move the player who in recent years has been dubbed not just the quarterback, but the "franchise" quarterback.
Ill feelings between Cutler and the Broncos began when Bowlen fired longtime coach Mike Shanahan two days after the Broncos were trounced by San Diego in a playoff-or-bust game in the 2008 regular-season finale. Cutler blasted the decision, then stated his support for passing-game coordinator Jeremy Bates.
When McDaniels became the new head coach, Bates was not retained. But in time, Cutler had warmed to McDaniels. They had spent a couple of weeks together at the team's headquarters studying the New England offensive system right up until the time the free-agent, trading season opened Feb. 27.
The next day brought reports Cutler was involved in trade talks, and there has been a rift between the quarterback and his bosses ever since. The most immediate question confronting Broncoland is: Can Cutler and the team reconcile their differences by the time the team begins its offseason conditioning program Monday?
The showdown is Monday when the ’voluntary’ off-season workouts begin and where Jay has a $100,000 incentive in his contract to report and participate. If he doesn't show the Broncos, i.e., McDaniels is screwed. Josh knows he has to prove himself quickly so the Donkeys have been far and away the most active FA participant having signed an even dozen free agents already.
It seems Bronco nation is unraveling and has turned on Cutler. Browns fans and journalists have turned on Cleveland players but I’ve never seen a local reporter referring to a Brown’s player as an “arrogant little punk” and a ”little bitch“.
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Hastings: Cutler is an "arrogant little punk" and a "little bitch"
Denver TV analyst Scott Hastings joined Dan to discuss the Nuggets playoff run, the Broncos and other Denver news.
-Jay Cutler lost Hastings' respect when he claimed his arm is stronger than John Elway's. This was just a stupid thing to say because Elway is a legend in Denver so saying something like that just angers the fanbase. He calls Cutler an "arrogant little punk" and should wake up to the reality that he's the QB of an NFL football team and should act like a leader. He also referred to Cutler as a "little bitch."
-When Josh McDaniel was introduced as head coach, Cutler didn't even appear at the press conference. Hastings thinks that as the team leader, Cutler should've done everything in his power to appear there to support the new coach. He is, after all, the team leader.
-Dan asks Hastings if he'd rather have Brandon Marshall or Cutler. Hastings says he'd rather have Marshall, calling him a great guy.
So you got a taste of how nasty it has gotten here so their is an opportunity to get Cutler.
I won't go into his stats because he was a rookie and had a diabetic condition that went untreated for his first year as a starter where he lost 35lbs over the course of the season and that effected his by-line but last year he tore it up after he got full treatment and held up all season. I've seen more of this kid than I could possibly want to and their isn't any question in my mind that he is a true friggen' stud and his best days are ahead of him. But some goober who hasn't seen nearly as much of him will say isn't that good according to his W/L record and then they will dig up the point that in 37 starts Jay has a below .500 winning percentage of 17-20 so lets just clear that out of the way.
Here is how many points the Denver defense gave up with the W/L record to show the culprit of those losses, hint it wasn't a lack of offense:
Pts ------ Record
0-22 ---- 12-1
23-29 --- 2-6
30-34 --- 2-6
35-39 --- 1-2
40+ ----- 0-5
Total --- 17-20
Of the 37 starts, the Bronco defense allowed 30 points or more in 16 games. The record of the team when giving up 30 or more points? 3-13.
McDaniels has been getting offers up the yang for Cutler but he can't trade him without a replacement and the only team in the league with two young QBs who already have starts under their belt is Cleveland and Josh knows that Quinn knows the Wies/Patriot offense since BQ ran that offense under Wies very effectively. Cutler isn't a good fit for that offense but BQ is taylor made for it and he already knows the system and he would be a perfect replacement if the Cutler situation heads further south.
The Broncos willing to exchange Cutler for Cassell so a BQ for Cutler deal is in the realm of possibilities and if you think that this is idiocy then check out what our new HC and GM said a few weeks back when commenting on our QB situation.
The first words are from Mangini.
You can never have too many good quarterbacks. You can never have too much depth. Without evaluating all the elements, it's hard to say [we're leaning one way or other]. This isn't just specific to the quarterbacks.''
Mangini has spent a lot of time watching the Browns' 2007 and 2008 games and said there are ''things I like a lot about both guys.''
''I don't think the choice has to be made by 'X' date,'' Mangini said. ''I believe you have to go through it and make the right choice. It's much more important to me to let it play out and then make the best decision we can make.''
Kokinis said he didn't feel pressure to move Anderson because of the $5 million roster bonus he's due March 15.
''I don't think so,'' Kokinis said. ''All positions are valuable, but when you're talking about the quarterback position, you want to keep your options open, you don't want to have a deadline represent what decision you're going to make. Derek's a good player, and we want to give him the option and we want to give us the option of taking a look at it. In the grand scope of the football team, if it doesn't make sense, then we have to re-evaluate what we're looking at.''