I am angry and actually feeling kind of foolish. You see, I was one of the few who took the side of former Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler when he and Josh McDaniels battled and escalated to the point where Cutler was shown the door and the team moved on without him.
While I blamed both sides, I put more of the blame on McDaniels, after all he is the head of the franchise and it appeared as though he was stabbing Jay in the back.
Through all of the jabs back and forth, all of the whining and the crying about who was doing what, I sided more with Jay than McDaniels.
I was actually saddened by the trade, seeing a quarterback who I hoped would be more Elway than anyone who came before him.
After all, Cutler seemingly had it all, a big arm, just enough arrogance and an attitude that I believed would help make the team a winner.
Through his three years in Denver I stood up for Jay, though he made mistakes, though he was temperamental, and though he could never put the team on his back and put them in the playoffs.
It was easy to make excuses, I mean the guy played with a terrible defense, he got so angry when the talent around him made mistakes because of his competitive fire.
His feud with Philip Rivers was caused by Rivers; after all we saw the evidence on the infamous video of Rivers taunting Cutler.
Even after hearing Rivers' explanation that Jay was taunting the Chargers, it could be explained away and I did just that.
I always admitted that he needed to grow up, but didn’t ever see the reason for the hate that Cutler constantly got thrown at him.
Even after he was a complete jerk at Fan Fair, texting and acting like he couldn’t care less about the fans in line to see him, it didn’t matter. He was going to help the team, attitude be damned.
Now as they say, times (and my opinion) are changing.
Maybe Philip Rivers wasn’t that far off with his characterization of Cutler. Maybe the local and national media wasn’t that far off when they talked about Jay as an infant who was constantly behaving like a child.
Maybe his new teammate Brian Urlacher calling him a ***sy was accurate and maybe McDaniels was right, Cutler doesn’t have the football intelligence to run his complicated offensive system.
So what has made me feel like this?
Yesterday, Cutler was on a radio show based out of Chicago, when asked about the fans in Denver compared to fans in Chicago and the differences, Jay answered with the following:
“It’s the fans and how passionate they are…Denver’s on like a six, Chicago’s a nine…It’s a quite bit different…”
Whoa there, Jay…Time to think before you speak.
But what else would we expect? This is another case of Jay opening his mouth and inserting his foot.
Memo to Cutler: don’t you dare question the passion that I or any other Broncos fan has for our team. You have no idea what it means to be a Denver Broncos player or a Denver Broncos fan.
Wearing the Blue and Orange is something special and requires a certain type of player. We have seen greats like Rod Smith, John Lynch, John Elway, Randy Gradishar, Shannon Sharpe, Steve Atwater and numerous others pass through Dove Valley and Mile High.
Frankly, Jay would and will never be in that class of player. While he was talented and has the physical skills, he never had the mental makeup to succeed here. Now I wonder if he has the mental equipment to succeed anywhere.
At some point his potential will either be fulfilled or will go unused. Cutler can either become the quarterback many fans believe he is, or he can be the new Jeff George.
It is completely up to him on which way his career will go. Talent will only get him so far though and to be a champion and a leader will require him to grow up.
No more tantrums, no more screaming at teammates and no more acting like he is God's gift to the quarterback position. The league is not graced by his presence; he is graced to be in the league.
To this point, Cutler has done nothing but make a lot of people angry, and this story certainly will not help him gain any supporters, especially here in Denver.
This is Broncos Country and we are some of the most passionate fans in the entire league. The Broncos have sold out every home game since the NFL merger in 1970. Crowds of fans packed Mile High and they continue to pack Invesco Field on Sundays.
Every team-sponsored event that is open to the public draws crowds of hundreds and sometimes thousands. So, he has no grounds to say or insinuate that we are not passionate about our football team.
Whatever issues Cutler has with Josh McDaniels or the Broncos franchise should not involve the fans. He can be as angry as he wants at them, but there is no reason to attack the fans. Keep us out of it. Attacking the fans is bush league and unnecessary.
Some of us, if not most of us, supported Jay during his time here, even after he went diva and put his attitude above the team. Almost all of us hoped that Cutler would be the quarterback to finally make his own legacy and step out of the large shadow of Elway.
It wasn’t to be, so now it is time to move on. The Jay Cutler era in Denver is over, and it is probably the best thing for all parties involved. I am moving on, why talk about Cutler when he is no longer here?
Best of luck to him and the Chicago fans who now have to deal with him.
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