Jay Cutler Is NOT the One in the Wrong: McDaniels and Critics Need To Grow Up

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIMarch 24, 2009

Jay Cutler has taken far too much heat as of late, and I'll be damned if I'm going to sit back and let people criticize a man who didn't do anything wrong. How easy it can become to pass judgement on a player, despite the fact that those who typically pass judgement do not comprehend the situation to begin with.

I have no reason to defend Cutler. I'm a Colts fan, so as far as I'm concerned, he has no impact on my team's future what so ever. My motivation for coming out and speaking the truth is because I feel that a good player has become the victim of a situation in which he has been deemed the problem.

The issue began weeks ago when new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels entertained trade offers for Cutler. At one point, he was trying to work out a three-way deal between the Broncos, Patriots, and Buccaneers that would land Matt Cassel in Denver and send Jay Cutler to Tampa Bay.

Those trade talks fell through and instead, Cassel ended up in Kansas City. So now Jay Cutler had to deal with some very serious issues.

People try to make it seem like entertaining trade offers is no big deal. Few people place blame on Josh McDaniels and instead feel that he was doing no wrong by having the desire to acquire his former quarterback at Cutler's expense.

Reality check people, that was a problem.

Jay Cutler has been working hard since day one to help rebuild the Broncos franchise.

Last year, he earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl by passing for a franchise-record 4,526 yards which ranks as the 17th best single-season total in NFL history.

Cutler's critics claim that since his winning record is just about at .500, that Cutler has not earned the right to speak out.

Let me give you another news flash, the Denver Broncos' defense during Cutler's only two full seasons ranked 28th in 2007 and 30th in 2008 in terms of points-per-game allowed. Cutler has been 15-17 during that span.

Why is it that if Cutler wins eight games per-season with some of the worst defensive squads in the league, that is not good enough but Matt Cassel winning 11 games with the league's eighth best defense is perfectly acceptable.

What's more impressive, winning eight games with a defense ranked 30th or winning 11 games with a defense ranked eighth?

Cutler also seems to gather criticism because he said that he felt his arm is stronger than John Elway's. If that offends people, they need to respect the fact that everyone has an opinion.

Besides, Cutler deserves the right to compare himself to Elway in any way he pleases. Quarterback coming into teams that have failed to replace their legendary quarterbacks are often the victims of limitless comparisons.

Why would it be okay to say that John Elway was so much better than Cutler but not okay for Cutler to have confidence in one aspect of his physicality?

Statistically speaking, Jay Cutler is John Elway's superior.

He has a much higher completion percentage, throws for more yards and more touchdowns. His career quarterback rating is a almost eight points higher! Both players are from different eras but one still has to consider the substantial difference in production.

Then I hear, "Jay Cutler hasn't won two Super Bowls," well isn't that a shallow statement. My response would be to ask how many Super Bowls John Elway won with a defense being ranked 30th.

Answer: zero.

Beyond all of the Elway comparisons, the real issue is with Cutler's response.

He was hurt by having his job threatened. Why should Jay Cutler have to worry about his job security? He lives in Denver and would have to move if traded. How easily this passes people's minds.

After having the most productive season in Denver Broncos history, Jay Cutler was rewarded by having his new coach attempt to ship him out. Where do his critics get off on criticizing Cutler for later requesting a trade?

That's what happens when you treat your quarterback like a piece of meat.

Josh McDaniels has no track-record as a head coach but Jay Cutler does have a track record as an NFL quarterback. Players should trust their coaches but how can you put faith and trust in a man who tried to get rid of you?

Before McDaniels tried to trade Cutler away, he never gave the team any issues. He's been a hard worker and a productive player. To criticize Cutler for reacting to wrongs done to him is inherently contradictory.

Jay Cutler deserves better than this and hopefully if he ends up with another team, his talents will be better appreciated.