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nojobny
04-04-2009, 08:37 PM
Bowlen explains Cutler trade
Associated Press

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in a letter to season ticket holders Saturday that the organization had no choice but to trade Jay Cutler over his insubordination.

Bowlen preached a message of team unity in the e-mail, reiterating that he and new coach Josh McDaniels had reached out many times to Cutler, who didn't respond to their overtures.

Bowlen, who remained largely silent during the six-week rift that ended with Thursday's blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bears, wrote that anybody who puts himself above the team gets a one-way ticket out of town.

"Understand this: it remains about team," Bowlen wrote. "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."

Cutler became disenchanted when he learned Denver had talked about trading him for New England Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel six weeks ago.
He requested a trade last month after a face-to-face meeting with McDaniels failed to clear the air. The Broncos initially balked, with McDaniels saying repeatedly that Cutler was his guy and they would work things out.

Cutler ignored calls and texts from McDaniels and Bowlen, however, and the owner reached his breaking point Tuesday and told McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders to try to trade Cutler.

Several teams were interested in the 25-year-old, rocket-armed passer who made the Pro Bowl in his second full season as a starter. But the Bears came up with the best offer, sending quarterback Kyle Orton, two first-round draft picks and a third-rounder to Denver for Cutler and a fifth-rounder.

In his letter, Bowlen wrote that he felt compelled "to give our community and our fans an explanation regarding the Jay Cutler situation," and suggested he had no problem with his 32-year-old rookie coach chasing off a franchise quarterback before he'd even conducted his first practice.

Bowlen said one of his directives when he hired McDaniels to replace Mike Shanahan "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," Bowlen wrote. "It is important that you know that at all times we represented ourselves to Jay with honesty and integrity."

Bowlen added that more than 96 percent of season ticket holders had renewed for 2009, which he wrote was "a compelling statement of support and trust."
Deana Sanders, a season ticket holder since 1996, didn't even open her e-mail from Bowlen, who already has her support.

"Whether the Broncos are at fault or not, that doesn't matter," Sanders said. "If I threw a fit like Jay Cutler and didn't respond to a call from my boss, I wouldn't even have a job. I wouldn't have an opportunity to be traded."

At least one fan's feelings weren't assuaged by Bowlen's letter.

"I thought it was too little, too late," said Ken Mendelsberg, 42, whose family has had Broncos season tickets since 1961.
Neither Bowlen's letter nor McDaniels' news conference Friday curbed his concerns about the direction of the franchise.

"I don't understand why he'd go to a press conference wearing a hoodie," Mendelsberg said of McDaniels. "Jay Cutler showed up at his press conference (in Chicago) looking nice. He looked like he had a makeover -- nice suit, nice tie, nice haircut. He even laughed. I'd never seen him laugh. It's like he had a new lease on life."
He doesn't feel the same about his beloved Broncos.

"I'm so bummed. What do I tell my kids? We don't have a quarterback; we don't have a defense," Mendelsberg said. "This did nothing to ease my mind."


http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4042472

X-Terminator
04-04-2009, 09:53 PM
"It is important that you know that at all times we represented ourselves to Jay with honesty and integrity."

Um, obviously you didn't, Mr. Bowlen, otherwise Jay wouldn't have thrown his fit and would still be a Bronco. :dang:

Even though Cutler acted like a spoiled brat in this whole saga, he had every right to question the FO after learning about that trade proposal. I know I would.

BrandonCarr39
04-04-2009, 09:56 PM
Well - there's sure been ALOT of offseason drama, not just with the Broncos, but in the ENTIRE NFL, that's for sure!

I'll admit - I'm kinda having fun watching it, for some reason.

Steelman16
04-04-2009, 10:38 PM
As long as the drama bug stays out of Pittsburgh, I'm fine. Things seem to be shaping themselves up for another Super Bowl run.

steelreserve
04-05-2009, 05:37 AM
Yeah, if this guy had any brains, or balls, he would've replaced the coach instead and stopped the trade before it even happened.

OK, so the Broncos lucked out and got something decent in return for Cutler, and McDaniels saved face because of that. But did the whole thing not make you wonder whether you hired the right guy? A person who, as his first act as head coach, pissed off the whole team and made the franchise a laughingstock around the league by trying to trade for a shitty quarterback, who he didn't even get anyway? What's going to happen the next time some bonehead decision like this goes on and you don't luck out? You just spent $20 million to let Shanahan loose, and how much do you have invested in this guy in terms of either time or money? You're really saying you couldn't get rid of him?

As little as I think of Cutler, I think even less of McDaniels, and I hope his sack-licking face gets kicked out the door so fast he never gets a job in the NFL again. Of course, a year or two of abject failure in the meantime wouldn't hurt.

RoethlisBURGHer
04-05-2009, 07:31 AM
This guy is trying to be a mini-Bellichick.

He even wears a hooded sweatshirt all the time.

nojobny
04-05-2009, 11:17 AM
Here's the letter printed in the Denver Post

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


http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_12064844?source=commented-broncos

But what's funny is some of comments down below the article. The funniest are now on the second page of the comments.

KeiselPower99
04-05-2009, 02:46 PM
I hope McDaniels turns out like every other Belicheat ass. before him. Fired in 3 to 4 years.

Steeler in Carolina
04-05-2009, 03:09 PM
While Cutler really hasn't proven much in the NFL, I don't understand why the boy genius McDaniels thinks Cassell would have been a big upgrade.

steelreserve
04-05-2009, 08:18 PM
While Cutler really hasn't proven much in the NFL, I don't understand why the boy genius McDaniels thinks Cassell would have been a big upgrade.

There's some famous quote that explains this phenomenon in the business world ...

" 'A' people hire 'A' people. 'B' people hire 'C' and 'D' people."

Hopefully this at least means McDaniels is on the right path to failure.

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-05-2009, 11:51 PM
Yeah, if this guy had any brains, or balls, he would've replaced the coach instead and stopped the trade before it even happened.

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I think that is absolutely the wrong move!!!! Imagine if Bolen fires the coach and shows the rest of the team that the star player is more important than the team:doh:

Its Jay Cutler...........what has he won in his 3 years in the NFL??? Cutler needed to prove he can be a man, understand this isnt the highschool team and that its PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL. I can just imagine the trash talk that Cutler is gonna hear for being the biggest crybaby in the NFL.

As much as I disliked Favre for threatening the Packers to retire for the past 4 seasons, tearfully retiring and unretiring in drama queen fashion........I respect Favre 10x more than I do Jay Cutler.

Pat Bolen has Super Bowl rings as an owner. Jay Cutler hasnt seen the playoffs since he was in highschool. Broncos did the right thing.

BrandonCarr39
04-06-2009, 01:44 AM
The Broncos got a goldmine out of this deal. Plus while Kyle Orton is hardly a worldbeater, he's nonetheless a smart QB who knows how to manage the game. Now he has weapons to work with in Denver.

Only time will tell how GOOD this deal will be - if they end up wasting these picks on busts, then, of course, this franchise will be set back a few years. OTOH - if they use them wisely, then they could be contenders in a year or 2.

The Curtis Martin deal b/w NE/NYJ comes to mind - the Jets had to fork over a 1st/3rd, but the Pats couldn't do a darn thing about it, while Martin paid alot of dividends to the Jets.

steelreserve
04-06-2009, 11:46 AM
I think that is absolutely the wrong move!!!! Imagine if Bolen fires the coach and shows the rest of the team that the star player is more important than the team:doh:

Its Jay Cutler...........what has he won in his 3 years in the NFL??? Cutler needed to prove he can be a man, understand this isnt the highschool team and that its PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL. I can just imagine the trash talk that Cutler is gonna hear for being the biggest crybaby in the NFL.

As much as I disliked Favre for threatening the Packers to retire for the past 4 seasons, tearfully retiring and unretiring in drama queen fashion........I respect Favre 10x more than I do Jay Cutler.

Pat Bolen has Super Bowl rings as an owner. Jay Cutler hasnt seen the playoffs since he was in highschool. Broncos did the right thing.

Those are all good points, but my rationale mostly ignored the PR fallout and focused on the fact that you don't want a dumbass for your head coach. That should be the top priority if you ask me. But of course, for the reasons you mentioned, it's pretty unlikely it could've played out that way in the real world.

The Broncos lucked out this time because they got a deal for Cutler that was absolute highway robbery, but let's just wait and see how much damage McDaniels can do to the franchise if they give him 4-5 years. If the start he got off to is any indicator, they ought to be challenging the Raiders for the title of Perennial AFC West Doormat. Which is not an easy task.

And to tell you the truth, I have no idea why that should bother me in the slightest. Screw the Broncos. From here on out, I ought to just sit back and enjoy the entertainment as they self-destruct. :thumbsup:

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-06-2009, 11:57 AM
5. In the end, this trade happened so quickly because, first and foremost, the owner of the Broncos felt dissed. And you do not diss Pat Bowlen. Bowlen is 65. He has owned the team for 25 years. In Bowlen's world, there is a protocol to doing business, and part of that protocol is the players and coaches having respect for the owner, regardless of their personal feelings about anyone else in the organization. Imagine Tom Brady ignoring calls from Bob Kraft. It'd never happen. Imagine Dan Rooney getting snubbed by Ben Roethlisberger, or Peyton Manning ditching Jim Irsay. Never in a million years, regardless of how they felt about what was happening with the team, would it happen.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/peter_king/04/05/trade/index.html

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-06-2009, 12:00 PM
Quote of the Week.

Jay Cutler, to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com, Wednesday night:

"I didn't want to get traded. That wasn't me. I really didn't want this. I love Denver. I didn't want it to get this far.''

Jay Cutler, to the Chicago media, 44 hours later:

"I'm really happy to be here. It's like a dream come true.'' http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/peter_king/04/05/trade/2.html

And the funniest thing about this is that he thinks he cant believe the Bronco's coach because he is a liar. :rofl:

steelreserve
04-06-2009, 12:04 PM
And the funniest thing about this is that he thinks he cant believe the Bronco's coach because he is a liar. :rofl:

Well, look at the lying, cheating place where the coach came from. There might be some truth to that.

Man, it would make me laugh if both the Bears and the Broncos are in the toilet three years from now and both Cutler and McDaniels are crying their eyes out.

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-06-2009, 12:17 PM
Well, look at the lying, cheating place where the coach came from. There might be some truth to that.

Man, it would make me laugh if both the Bears and the Broncos are in the toilet three years from now and both Cutler and McDaniels are crying their eyes out.

Yeah, but I bet there is videotape of McDaniels trying to trade Cutler. :chuckle:

Honestly, I think Denver is gonna have a good offense this year with Orton, those receivers and a young, talented O line. They just need to draft solid defensive players and not potential busts like Tyson Jackson or Michael Johnson.

Chicago should make the playoffs, but by the time they get Cutler some offensive weapons and he stops thowing INT's like he does..........Urlacher, Tillman, Briggs, Harris will all be on the downside of their careers.

steelreserve
04-06-2009, 01:02 PM
Yeah, for Chicago's part, I pretty much saw this as an admission that they're going to run out of steam in a couple more years, so they need to take whatever chance they can get to win a title before the door slams shut. Who knows, maybe they can get it done with so-so receivers. Who you have at QB matters more than who you have at WR if you ask me -- just look at the Lions if you think different.

The Broncos are interesting' they could go either way. They're potentially sitting on an absolute gold mine with those picks and all the money they have to spend. Only question is whether McDaniels will screw it up because he really is that dumb. He got lucky with his first big incident -- now comes the hard part. Let's see if he has what it takes to make something out of that good fortune or whether he squanders it. So far, my money is on squander.

fansince'76
04-06-2009, 01:13 PM
Explanation? McDaniels effed up. Sure, they saved some face with the draft picks they got, but make no mistake about it, McDaniels effed up.

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-06-2009, 01:37 PM
Explanation? McDaniels effed up. Sure, they saved some face with the draft picks they got, but make no mistake about it, McDaniels effed up.

I dont see it that way. McDaniels tried to get Cassell and shopped Cutler. Whoever leaked out that Cutler was being shopped around is the one who effed up.

I dont understand why QB's like Drew Brees, Donovan McNabb, Chad Pennington, Jason Campbell, Vince Young, etc can all be the subject of trade rumors, but when its Jay Cutler...............he decides he is gonna go pout in the corner until he gets what he wants??

steelreserve
04-06-2009, 03:13 PM
I dont understand why QB's like Drew Brees, Donovan McNabb, Chad Pennington, Jason Campbell, Vince Young, etc can all be the subject of trade rumors, but when its Jay Cutler...............he decides he is gonna go pout in the corner until he gets what he wants??

Well, look at who they were trying to trade him for. They might as well have spread rumors around the league that he had a small dick. That would've been a little less insulting.

fansince'76
04-06-2009, 03:24 PM
I dont see it that way. McDaniels tried to get Cassell and shopped Cutler. Whoever leaked out that Cutler was being shopped around is the one who effed up.

I dont understand why QB's like Drew Brees, Donovan McNabb, Chad Pennington, Jason Campbell, Vince Young, etc can all be the subject of trade rumors, but when its Jay Cutler...............he decides he is gonna go pout in the corner until he gets what he wants??

I dunno, seems to me McDaniels could have grown a pair and been upfront about his efforts in trying to trade him for Cassel from the jump instead of lying about it and getting caught in the lie later. Would you want to play for someone like that? I personally wouldn't.

rbryan
04-06-2009, 03:41 PM
Its tough to find anything good to say about either McDaniels or Cutler at this point.

My first thought is to side with the HC because it's his job to explore options (right or wrong) that he thinks will make the team better. Whether he was up front about it with Cutler is irrelevent to me. WTF is Cutler??

But McDaniels just doesn't come across like an NFL HC, more like the hall monitor in HS. Bowlen is slipping to hire him to begin with IMO.