Much has been discussed about the saga between Josh McDaniels and Jay Cutler in the Mile High City.
The franchise QB has been quoted he wants out of Denver. He and his parents have put their homes on the market, an ominous sign of the tension between them and the organiztion.
Fresh out of the Bill Belichick system,new head coach McDaniels has been apprehensive (to say the least) in keeping Cutler as his trigger man.
Writers from across the nation have offered their opinion on the matter, suggesting everything from firing McDaniels to releasing Cutler immediately.
For this trade opportunity to take place, Denver owner Pat Bowlen must be convinced the Josh & Jay relationship is far beyond repair.
As of now, he expects that this will all blow over and everybody will soon hold hands and get along.
Unfortunately, Cutler’s absences from the team workouts have greatly concerned the young HC and his offensive staff. McDaniels, as stated previously, is a disciple of Belichick’s no-nonsense approach and a believer that no player deserves favorable treatment.
The TEAM FIRST philosophy, so evident in New England’s recent dynasty, has been proven pervasive in the Denver front office by the willingness to trade for players whom McDaniels feels would be better for the whole of the team (e.g. new KC QB Matt Cassel).
Both parties are currently at a standstill, as evidenced by Cutler’s inability to return McDaniel’s calls and McDaniel’s refusal to appease Cutler's ego with apologies for trade talks.
In Philadelphia, the notoriously rabid fanbase has still not fully accepted Donovan McNabb, even after 10 years as an Eagle.
For a Philadelphian, there is one man responsible for four NFC title losses, a Super Bowl loss, and the recent subpar regular season records: Donovan Jamal McNabb.
It doesn’t appear to matter that No. 5 has thrown for 29,000 yards, 194 touchdowns, been to five Pro Bowls, and has taken a once mediocre organization to five NFC Championships.
Now on the final stretch of his career, the Philadelphia faithful would love to see a new, young trigger man grab the helm of the organization into the next decade.
Excuse us: A talented young, new quarterback; not some Houston has been.
McNabb has felt somewhat betrayed by the front office and his fans. His HC Andy Reid has not been the solid rock for his QB, shying away from grabbing a go-to WR and subtly looking at future replacements.
With Cutler gone and McNabb instated as the new face of the franchise, McDaniels will have his veteran and the go ahead to thrust into a successful training camp.
McNabb will be able to start fresh, under an excited young HC with a new system, and an enthusiastic fanbase.
McNabb will have what he always wanted, a hard working big name WR in Brandon Marshall, and will be reunited with longtime teammate and friend in safety Brian Dawkins, who could make a strong case to bring McNabb to the Mile High City.
In addition, McNabb’s constant warring with the defensive-minded NFC East will cease as his opponents shift from the likes of the Giants and the Cowboys to the Raiders and the Chiefs.
Jay Cutler’s move to Philadelphia will prove successful for the City of Brotherly Love. He is a proven gunslinger with a Pro Bowl and several Bronco franchise records under his belt (remember, John Elway was the QB there). At 25 years of age, he has the potential to don the Eagle jersey well into the next decade.
Unlike McNabb’s recent problems with injuries, which has been a source of derision by the fans, Cutler started all 16 games the past season.
Offloading McNabb and bringing in Cutler will be the solidifying piece to the youth movement that has befallen Philadelphia this offseason (refer to S & G Sports Article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/139276-spreading-my-wings-a-close-look-at-the-2009-philadelphia-eagles).
This quarterback change will not be a major drop off for Coach Reid as Cutler has blossomed under a similar passing attack at Denver and in college at Vanderbilt, amassing impressive stats on both teams.
His rocket arm and decent mobility will make him a dual youthful threat to take the pressure off RB Brian Westbrook.
With this evidence presented, the Cutler—McNabb trade makes sense.
McDaniels wants a veteran quarterback to vault his team to the playoffs, and Reid desires a young gunslinger to take his club to the next level.
That being said, however, this possible blockbuster deal begs the question: Should high profile stars' trade demands be catered to?
S and G Sports believes not, as one man does not make a team, but as in the case of Jay Cutler, there are always exceptions to the rule.
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