Jason Campbell Teaches Jay Cutler a Lesson

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 20: Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 20, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

I have been hesitant to talk too much about the Jay Cutler-Josh McDaniels soap opera because, frankly, I think it is all childish and there is plenty of blame to be cast on both sides.

You can't start a fire without a spark and Josh McDaniels certainly started the pseudo fire when he shopped Cutler for former New England quarterback and McDaniels crony Matt Cassel.

However, that is not the part of this scenario I am interested in right now. I am more interested in the way Jay Cutler and his agent Bus Cook have handled the situation. The NFL has long been associated with the acronym "Not For Long" and that has never been more true in this fiasco regarding Cutler.

I found it revealing today when current Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell was asked about similar trade talks involving him by the Washington Post and responded with the following:

"I want to be here. I feel like there's a lot I want to accomplish and that's what I have been working to do, but you know it's not in your control. All I can do is just keep doing what I'm doing, working hard and waiting to see what happens."

He added, "A bunch of trade talk is what got Cutler mad at Denver, that's the reason all that stuff started with him, but I wouldn't do all that. The thing you understand that there's no loyalty in this game, so you just have to work hard. That's all you can do."

Considering that Jason Campbell was presented with the very same kind of trade talks that set Cutler off and have many Broncos fans and NFL fans alike calling Cutler a "baby," you have to be impressed with the way Campbell handled the situation.

If Cutler had said something similar to the Denver media, showed up, and worked his tail off at the recent non-mandatory conditioning workouts the Broncos held, Cutler would be looked at in a completely different light and 100 percent of the blame would have been laid at the the feet of Josh McDaniels and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

Instead, Cutler decided to do the exact opposite and act like he is the first person in professional sports to ever be considered for a trade making him out to be—in the minds of the public—a "baby."

I'm not here to say who is wrong or who is right in this melee. Honestly, who could? No one knows what is going on behind the scenes besides the Broncos organization, Jay Cutler, and Bus Cook. Anything written about it is pure speculation. 

The only point I want to make is if Cutler had handled the situation the way Campbell did, Cutler would be in a much better spot for himself not only with his teammates but with potential trade suitors as well.

As a Bronco fan I could definitely get behind a less talented quarterback that acts professionally and thinks of the team first rather than a quarterback with extraordinary talent that is obviously extremely egotistical and emotionally fragile.