This has ground on too long. The now-infamous "McJay-gate" as coined by Mike Klis and Woody Paige of the Denver Post, among other local sports reporters, should be over. It should have been over weeks ago.
This is really an issue that was blown far out of proportion by Cutler and his agent, Bus Cook.
Now, however, the important thing is moving on. Moving on for the fans, the players, the management, the analysts, and Jay Cutler.
Josh McDaniels made it clear, in his interview with Scott Hanson, that he is ready to move on.
Despite the swirling rumors, the recent talk of an imminent trade, and the constant speculation on ESPN and NFL Network, Cutler and McDaniels can end this. Face to face, man to man. The way it should have been handled from the onset.
At the very beginning of this problem, I said the two should simply meet, share the blame for blowing the story out of proportion, and move on. Obviously, that did not happen. But I, unlike many analysts around the NFL, do not believe this situation is irreparable.
This is not about assigning blame. Blame is one of the major roots of this entire problem. Every man has an ego, and, in general people do not like being blamed for a problem or a mistake.
The situation turned into finger-pointing, the need to assign blame to either Jay Cutler or Josh McDaniels by the media, the fans, and the two men themselves.
If one of them had simply said, "I am sorry. I made a mistake, and we both need to move on," I think this could have been a much smaller and less public issue.
Nonetheless, McDaniels says he wants to move on with Jay Cutler as quarterback.
The ball is in Jay's court, and it is his time to step up, walk into his coach's office, and take the initiative to fix this situation from his end. I am confident that if Jay makes the effort, Josh McDaniels will not "turn him away."
Jay Cutler needs to realize he is much better off in Denver.
The Broncos and their fans need to realize they are better off with Jay Cutler at quarterback.
Enough speculation about where Cutler might go, or what the Broncos might get in return. There is no quarterback available who would be better then Cutler.
Matthew Stafford has potential, but not as much potential as Cutler had coming out of Vanderbilt in '06.
Jason Campbell, Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson—these guys are all adequate, but like it or not, they are not on the same level as Cutler.
Could McDaniels develop a Brady Quinn-type player over the course a season? Of course he could, but he wants to win now.
And so do the fans. And so does Pat Bowlen. And Jay Cutler. And the veterans of the defense, Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins.
McDaniels had a very successful free agency. He was able to land some of the bigger names by telling them the team they were joining was going to win now.
Without Jay Cutler, the Broncos have a much lower chance of winning now.
That being said, maybe Cutler is not the leader we (the fans) wanted him to be.
Champ and D.J. Williams are among the best at their respective positions, but they are not really leaders.
Yes, they were "captains" but the captain does not always have to be the best player.
The team will have its share of men truly worthy to wear the "C" on their uniform. Brian Dawkins will be the undisputed defensive and locker room leader.
I think Daniel Graham is worthy of that post on offense.
Cutler, despite his on-field skill set, should not wear the "C" on his jersey. He does not have the right charisma to be a team captain.
After all is said and done though, I think there is a good chance Jay Cutler will be back under center for the Broncos in 2009.
After the storm of speculation and rumors, there is once again hope that the quarterback and the coach will begin to make amends.
When Josh McDaniels was hired, before all of this was even a thought, fans were excited to see the offensive genius improve the Broncos offense that was already ranked second.
To many fans, that did not mean trading Cutler. And, in the end, it might not.
Can we please move on?
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