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An Open Letter to Josh McDaniels

Ari HoringSenior Analyst IMarch 17, 2009

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Dear Josh McDaniels,

Who exactly do you think you are? You need to look in the mirror and realize that you're not Bill Belichick and frankly you’re just a rookie head coach who hasn’t proven a thing yet.

So you were the offensive coordinator for a great Patriots’ offense. So was Charlie Weiss, and I think we all know how he turned out. So you worked under arguably the greatest coach of all time in Bill Belichick. So did Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini and we know how they turned out.

The truth is that there are only a few elite head coaches like Belichick that have earned the right to basically do whatever they want. I'm sorry for breaking the news to you like this, but unfortunately you are not one of them. Contrary to what you may believe, a franchise quarterback is much more valuable than a rookie head coach.

As Joe Montana proved by winning four Super Bowls with two different head coaches, it doesn't always matter who the head coach is. Jay Cutler, in only his third year last season, threw 25 touchdowns and made it to his first Pro Bowl.

Jay Cutler has the physical tools to be the next John Elway, but you foolishly wanted to trade him for a guy, who had one great year in arguably the best offense in the league. But regardless, as foolish as that was, that’s not what I’m upset about.

You would think that after the trade didn’t work out, you would have given Jay Cutler your support and full confidence in him being the franchise quarterback. But you didn't. It’s time for you to man up and tell Cutler that you want him to be your starting quarterback.

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All Cutler wants to know is that you're behind him 100 percent and that he’s your guy. If you’re looking for someone else to be your guy and that’s why you haven’t ensured your confidence in him, than you’re hopeless. Contrary to what you may believe, franchise quarterbacks don’t grow on trees.

Maybe Matt Cassel’s surprise breakthrough has  made you delusional, because I have no idea why else you would be treating Cutler the way you are. Now I'm not saying Cutler is  completely innocent. In reality the NFL is a business and Cutler has been a little too sensitive. But regardless, that doesn't make it right for you to treat such a great quarterback in Cutler, the way you have been.

It's time for you to grow up and take care of the situation.

Sincerely,

Ari Horing

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