Is the Denver Locker Room Already Lost?

Sean BacaContributor IJune 21, 2009

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MAY 03:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos oversees practice during minicamp at the Broncos training facility on May 3, 2009 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Just a quick question for all those who have played for a coach they either don't
trust, don't like, or any combination of the two: Would you play for Josh McDaniels?

I don't mean would you suit up and do your job, but would you be willing to walk
through the fires of hell for him?

The wording's a bit overdramatic, maybe, but with the current situation in Denver, and this new-found attitude in the organization, I can't help but wonder if he hasn't lost the locker room two months before coaching his first game.
Is it entirely his fault? No. However, it does seem that he has owner Bowlen's ear and wallet, and Pat seems to be alright with that. The Cutler debacle aside (I mean, we all know how badly and amateurish he was in handling the Prima Donna quarterback situation), McDaniels is only fueling the fire of doubt by now telling everyone that things are going to work out with our No. 1 receiver and that Brandon Marshall will be a Bronco this year.

Meanwhile, Marshall is letting anyone willing to listen that he loved his time in Denver but it's time to move on.

Hmm, who to believe here?

Obviously, somebody is not being entirely honest in this situation, and after watching
McDaniels parade around with a Cutler jersey just days before sending him to Chicago,
the pendulum seems to be swinging away from Josh.

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Should Cutler have been traded? If you're asking me, I would say yes. Should the new head coach have engaged in a pissing war with the QB in such a public way? God help us if he really thinks that is how to handle a player in the NFL.

So now here we are again with Marshall, two sides and two different stories. I reiterate, would you fight for a guy that has this recent history, the only history you have to pull from?

Determining who's telling the real truth doesn't matter, really, because the Broncos will struggle this season regardless. Brandon certainly has a laundry list of troubles with the law, his health (hip), not to mention the way he's handled this situation.

But has this rookie head coach lost his team already? Is there no hope for the future? If you can't trust a man, you won't follow him anywhere, much less into battle.

Trust is a sacred word with athletes, because without it, you'll never gain their hearts. 

For what it's worth, I hope Josh is right this time; we need Marshall in the 
orange and blue if this season is to be a success. I just wonder if it's too late to 
pump the brakes and start over. Here's to hoping for less junior high "he said, she 
said" and more bloody knuckles in the dirt.

Here's to letting the pads do the talking, right men!