This year Denver fired Mike Shanahan and brought in a 32 year old offensive coordinator as their new head coach.
They then gave him the keys to an awesome offense with a franchise QB in Jay Cutler and a franchise WR in Brandon Marshall, who combined with a few other playmakers, and a solid offensive line to make the 2nd best offense in the league.
This new head coach decided instead of being happy with his new franchise QB, he would rather have Matt Cassel and attempted a trade with NE to land him.
Unfortunately for McDaniels, he was too late to the party and KC already made the trade. This obviously ruffled the feathers of his Pro Bowl QB and he asked to get traded because he didn’t want to work with a head coach who preferred someone else.
McDaniels now gets to work with Kyle Orton. Orton is far more likely to be like Jake Plummer than he is to be compared to Tom Brady, and it will be evident with his play this season.
It took Denver several QB’s until they landed a franchise QB with Cutler after Elway retired. How long will it take Denver to land another franchise QB, and how long will McDaniels last in Denver?
As for the players Denver drafted from their trade with Chicago, Denver added DE Robert Ayers, who is expected to play as an OLB in the 3-4. They traded Chicago’s 2010 first round pick in the 2nd round for 5’9” CB Alphonso Smith out of Wake Forest.
The 2009 NFL draft was the weakest combined group of talent in years and there’s going to be a lot of busts. Risking a 1st round pick from next year’s draft for Dre Bly II was an odd move considering the AFC West is going big at WR, and the 2010 NFL draft is expected to be loaded.
If Cutler has a few Pro Bowl seasons with Chicago then Chicago easily wins the trade. If Cutler goes on to have a Hall of Fame career (I highly doubt it) then this trade will go down as the worst ever for Denver.
Several analysts have all pointed out how bad this trade was and how Denver got fleeced.
Kyle Orton isn’t Brady; he’s the snake who’ll bite Denver in the ass for the Colts after they traded Elway to Denver, and Denver’s getting the returned favor for trading Cutler.