Its no secret Bronco fans were torn over the whole Jay Cutler thing. But what about the players?
Well at least one person on the current Broncos roster still has former Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutlers' back. It's Pro Bowl DB Champ Bailey, who is arguably the leader of the Broncos defense.
Well, at least according to what he said in a recent radio interview: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/07/07/champ-bailey-sticks-up-for-cutler/#comments
Champ was very positive on Cutler's behalf and and went on to say he is definitely a top 10 QB and has the ability to be the best in the game.
Champ even went on to compare him to some of the greatest QBs of all time, while predicting a successful future for Jay with the Bears.
"He reminds me of a Marino, Elway type of guy, and he's going to be a great winner for them. It's unfortunate for us that we had to lose a guy like that, but we've got to move on."
In the interview, Champ goes on to say how he was surprised about the trade, and neither Cutler nor the Broncos staff consulted with anyone. He also said he understand it is a business and everyone is expendable.
As a Bronco fan it must be pretty frustrating when the best player on your defense and possibly the whole team actually defends your former "crybaby" QB after leaving the team in such a manner.
It kind of makes you think, was Jay Cutler really the one in the wrong?
To make matters worse for Bronco fans, now Devin Hester is coming to Jay Cutler's defense. In a recent interview, Hester countered negative remarks by Tony Dungy and Mike Ditka with:
"Can't judge a book by its cover. If you haven't sat down and talked to him, how could you say something like that? He's calm in the huddle. He makes us laugh and he jokes around before the ball is snapped. That's the kind of quarterback who is relaxed and says, 'Let's play ball.' "
"Just from the OTAs we've had, our offense has changed a whole lot," Hester continued. "I feel like we're stronger than we have ever been. I feel like we're going to take the ball up and down the field. That's the kind of quarterback Jay brings to this team."
If Cutler really can turn the Bears offense around and continue to be a top 10 QB then he may turn out to be a huge loss for the Broncos, especially if Orton and those draft picks don't work out.
But on the other hand, consensus says Chicagos WRs and TEs don't even compare to that of the Denver Broncos. Others will even go as far to say Matt Forte is highly overrated and the only reason he was succesful was due to a lacking pass-game.
And the fact that Chicago receivers were unable to get open down-field forced Orton to fall back to his check-down reciever Matt Forte.
Regarding Chicago's lack of big name receivers Hester had this to say:
"If we sign a big-time receiver or a free agent receiver who can help our team, I'm glad. But the guys we have here now, we're pretty set. [The coaches] just want us to make plays. ... Jay is the type of quarterback who is going to find a way to get the job done."
One thing that Bears fans now need to ask themselves is, did Cutler make that offense or did the scheme, WRs, and arguably the best line in the NFL make Jay Cutler?