Denver Broncos: What If Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall Were Never Traded?

Austin Quick@@AustinQuickBRContributor IIIFebruary 6, 2012

KANSAS CITY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos looks to Brandon Marshall #15 during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 28, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 33-19.  (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Josh McDaniels, we all know him and most hate him. He was the coach responsible for running the Denver Broncos' two star offensive players out of town.

McDaniels tends to get the blame for what the Broncos could have been rather than what they are today. What if I told you that what the Broncos could have been isn't quite as wonderful as you might think.

Many Bronco fans still hold the belief that if Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Peyton Hillis wouldn't have been traded that this would be a successful franchise right now. I slightly disagree.

Talent alone doesn't win football games and it only gets teams so far. Take a look at the Dallas Cowboys for example. The Cowboys are one of the most talented teams in the NFL but year after year they underachieve.

Had the Broncos kept Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler, Denver would be in the same boat. While McDaniels did trade Marshall, Hillis, Scheffler and Cutler, it wasn't as if he did so without reason.

Both Marshall and Cutler consistently undermined authority and placed blame on their teammates. That is not a recipe for a successful team in the NFL.

Scheffler and Hillis were both malcontents that wanted out of Denver. They were also both selfish and were looking for a better situation for themselves. While that may seem justifiable in some circles, those aren't the types of players you want on your team.

Don't get me wrong, McDaniels' time as the head coach of the Denver Broncos was disastrous, but the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

We, as Bronco fans, must embrace the talent and chemistry that the team has now. Some may still wish to look back on the team that might have been, but that team would never have been quite as good as people tend to imagine.