The Jay Cutler Situation: An Outsider's Perspective

The RantCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Although, I am not a Denver Bronco fan (hang with me), I root for Jay Cutler. This is one situation that has me so intrigued and entertained that every time I open a text from 79710, which is ESPN's NFL Update, I'm hoping it is a Jay Cutler-Josh McDaniels soap-opera story.

It all starts with Mike Shanahan, who had to be the scapegoat in this NFL era where if you don't win every year someone must not be doing their job right. Shanahan was a quarterback when he played and he coached some of the greats like Steve Young and, of course, John Elway.

After John Elway, he needed someone to bring his offense back to the glory days. He fell in love with a guy with a huge arm from Vanderbilt. Jay Cutler was a surprise pick by many after the team made it to the AFC Championship the year before. 

Moving forward, Cutler took over the starting position his rookie season. The comparisons to Elway or the "next coming" of Elway started. (Cutler has said he has the best arm in the history of the Denver Broncos.)

After not finishing the season strong and not winning games in which they should have, Mike Shanahan is fired. This lies the problem because on Jan. 11, 2009 Josh McDaniels is hired to bring the high-powered offense back to Denver.

But McDaniels runs a system. The same system former Patriot offensive coordinator Charlie Weis installed as offensive coordinator of the team. The Patriots have run the Erhardt-Perkins system since 2000.

Since its installation, they have won three Super bowls with some guy who slipped into the sixth round named Tom Brady. There is no doubt in my mind that New England saw something that Tom Brady could provide them in A SYSTEM that every other team passed up for six-and-a-half rounds didn't see.

The Patriots did the same thing drafting Matt Cassel in the seventh round of the 2005 draft. Do you really think that Josh McDaniels is going to ditch the Patriots' way and the Erhardt-Perkins system just because Mike Shanahan's Jay Cutler is a Denver Bronco.

Absolutely not.

McDaniels is going to do what he has learned in his brainwashing tenure with the Patriots, and that is win with a quarterback who will run HIS system. If he feels Jay Cutler can't run what he wants to do to be successful, he will get rid of him. I don't blame McDaniels for trying to get the guy who got him his first NFL Head Coaching job in Matt Cassel.

McDaniels is installing the Patriot way into Mile-High Country and putting fear into players in the locker room rather than letting the players say this is their team. As Bronco fans, people should think whatever it takes to win and get back into the playoffs.

If that means trading Jay Cutler for draft picks or some other need, then so be it. The Broncos have made some major upgrades to a suspect defense but it isn't going to be enough to take the Broncos immediately to the Super Bowl. McDaniels knows this.

Jay Cutler may need to take the backseat and just play football. McDaniels and Cutler could both suffer from this situation. Cutler may be unhappy playing in Denver if the situation isnt resolved and if McDaniels trades Cutler, he better start praying he has someone who is gonna win him some games or he will be scrutinized for years to come. 

Unfortunately for Cutler, the NFL is a BUSINESS and it's something he has to deal with. Either way, Cutler will still have to lace up the cleats and McDaniels will be pressed to win games, whether Cutler is a Bronco or not.