Denver Broncos

Why Jay Cutler Had to Go

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Max WarrenContributor IApril 8, 2009

The Denver Broncos headed into this offseason with a new rookie coach. When free agency started fans were ecstatic because gaping holes in the defense were being filled with the signings of players like Brian Dawkins, Andre Goodman, and Andra Davis. 

Then it all went wrong, Josh McDaniels entertained the possibility of trading Jay Cutler for Matt Cassel. McDaniels ultimately decided not to trade for Cassel. Cutler decided that his coach saying no to a trade for him was beyond acceptable. Cutler also went into a massive tantrum about this situation.

The Broncos tried and tried to get in contact with Cutler to fix the problem. Cutler couldn't have cared less, all along what he wanted is for McDaniels to be fired. Let me ask you; does the soldier report to his general? Or does the general report to the soldier? Cutler obviously thought that being the franchise quaterback meant he was immortal to trade talks. 

Nobody is an untouchable human being. Part of playing football is that you have to be a team player. Cutler always said he was playing for his teammates, but how is thinking you are better than everyone else being a team player?

The bottom line was that Cutler wasn't traded. The Broncos time and time again said he was their franchise quaterback but nothing came of it because Cutler never returned their calls.

The Broncos finally realized Cutler had to go and announced that they would trade him. Well, live from a UFC fight Cutler said he never wanted this to happen.

And that is why Cutler had to go, because your quaterback cannot be a prima-donna person who wants everything to revolve around him. He has to be a leader who rallies the players around him. Cutler never did that.

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