Reprinted with permission from MackOnSports.
Am I the only one that wants to put any of the blame for the Cutler-Broncos situation on Bus Cook? I mean, as far as I know, he’s the only one of the machismo d-bags in this whole situation with an advanced degree, right?
And if he was in the room with McDaniels and Cutler over the weekend, how on earth was it not his primary function to make sure that the meeting ended with a handshake and a “Jay, you’re our guy"?
Hell, for the purposes of doing right by his client, anything would have been better than Cutler whining to Chris Mortensen Sunday night, that’s for sure…even a “Jay, shut the hell up. You are a player and I am your boss. If I have the opportunity to make a move that I think is going to benefit the team, it is my decision to make, and my consequence to live with if it does not work. Your only responsibility, if that ever happens, is to pack up your locker and vacate the complex.”
While we’re at it, let’s pass out a little blame to Pat Bowlen, the owner…who is, I am sure, a brilliant businessman…or more accurately, WAS a brilliant businessman before he got into sports. So, Mr. Bowlen, if you just hired a top executive who is 32 years old, and the entire harmonic balance of your company was at stake in a meeting he was chairing right after he came on board, would you let him handle it by himself, or would you want to be in the room?
What if I told you that the guy’s chosen profession, based on his intellectual capacity, was “football coach”? I am continually amazed that so many of these guys become so incompetent at running their professional sports organizations after having so much success in the business world…I am becoming more and more convinced that it is pure dumb luck and nothing more that allows these jokers to be successful at anything.
Of course, McDaniels is to blame as well. Jim Rome had the best explanation for it on Jim Rome is Burning today (click the link and you should be able to listen to the podcast).
He likened it to a mafia hit that went south and you end up with a winged capo with an axe to grind…and a forum to air the dirty laundry. If you are McDaniels, don’t you have to send one message or the other?
I mean, you either have to send the message that Cutler is an employee, no more important than any other, or send the message that you will do anything you can to make sure that your QB is happy.
Hell, if you are smart enough, and Josh McDaniels is obviously NOT smart enough, you could probably accomplish both goals—have a happy Pro-Bowl QB that knows, in no uncertain terms, that you are in charge. I mean, his agent is in the room; you should be able to cut through all the high school crap, no?
Which brings us to Jay Cutler, Broncos employee.
As of right now, the Broncos absolutely must trade him, without question. Bowlen needs to sack up, take his medicine for not being more involved during this process and get whatever he can for him on the open market. I am sure that there are enough teams desperate enough that they would take a little whiny bitch over what they currently have at QB.
But I just can’t help myself from coming back to Bus Cook…I mean, he was IN THE FREAKING ROOM!!!!! How on earth does this happen with the agent involved?
Oh, that’s right—this is the same a-hole that had his grubby little fingers all over the will-he-or-won’t-he saga between the Packers and The All-Time Interception Leader for three straight years…and just when you thought it had run its course, his client had a great year, and all of a sudden, the numbers were bigger, and Cook and Favre became even bigger nimrods.
How’s this for a gutsy move by Cutler—fire Bus Cook, publicly in a press conference, apologize to Mr. Bowlen, Coach McDaniels, the entire Broncos organization, and all Broncos fans. Say that the only thing you care about is leading the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl Championship and are willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Short of a move like that, which I do not think Cutler has the stones for, I think he is going to end up somewhere in the NFC North…which is just fine, since they really love whiny prima donna athletes in Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit.
Cutler is the only one that can fix this quickly and permanently, and he deserves everything he gets from this point forward if he does not fix it.