Is anyone surprised?
This reeked of a glob of toothpaste from day one. It was obvious and immediate that the aforementioned toothpaste was not going back into the tube.
It doesn't seem a stretch to call Cutler a prima dona. Few would argue that he has overreacted and been childish.
But the pattern it contributes to is what other NFL teams should take from this news.
Teams are hiring coaches at young ages and the balance of the evidence suggests that these young coaches are not ready.
This wasn't McDaniels' "fault" per say. But the fact is, these 30-somethings that are finding themselves at the helm for NFL teams are at 'fault' for anything that goes wrong. You are the boss.
Granted, not every young head coach is allowed to "buy the groceries." Mangini is the exception in that respect. They are asked to work with what they are given.
But the end result here is that when you give a coach a contract, it becomes his job to prevent these crises or avert them. Don't you want somebody who has been around a little longer?
Someone from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said after the Raheem Morris hiring that they wanted a guy who 'listened to the same music' as the players. Apparently sitting in McDaniels' office listening to Jack Johnson was not enough for Cutler. Maybe a guy who listens to Sinatra but understands locker room politics would be a better choice.
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