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Popps
03-16-2009, 04:06 PM
http://blogs.nashvillescene.com/pitw/2009/03/bus_cook_jay_cutlers_agent_and.php

Bus Cook: Jay Cutler's Agent and Master Puppeteer
By Caleb Hannan in Hannan, Sports, TitansMonday, Mar. 16 2009 @ 1:17PM

A rare sighting of Bus Cook: Agent to the stars and master manipulator.
Jay Cutler's metamorphosis from aspiring NFL superstar to the world's largest 5th-grader took a giant step forward last week. Cutler had a public hissy fit when new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels tried to trade for his former pupil in New England, Matt Cassell. A move that would have meant the end of the Vandy QBs time in Denver.

On Thursday, Cutler put his Denver home on the market. Then, after a meeting with team officials, he expressed disappointment that Coach McDaneils didn't ruffle his floppy mane and tell him he was the bestest kid ever.

"At the end of the meeting, he wasn't like, 'Jay, I want you as our quarterback, you're our guy.' It felt like the opposite. He basically said that I needed to tell him if we can't work this out, to let him know," Cutler added. "I thought he was antagonizing me and that was disappointing because I was ready to move on, committed as a Bronco."

Potential prima donnas and aspiring victims take note. This is a master at work.

But even casual fans of the NFL have to be experiencing some major deja vu right now. It was only a year ago that Brett Favre, a first ballot Woe Is Me Hall of Famer, orchestrated his own dramatic concerto to force a trade to the New York Jets. Cutler's crybaby act isn't just annoying, it's unoriginal.

And the tie that binds them? Agent Bus Cook...

Cutler-Favre comparisons are nothing new. They have similarly strong arms (Bonus Sacrilege: Cutler once said his was stronger than Rocky Mountain Demigod, John Elway) and sportswriters can't help but call them gunslingers, which means they both have a tendency to force throws into triple-coverage, thus incurring game-crippling interceptions. But little attention has been paid to Cook's role in both their media maelstroms*.

*We thought this was a wholly original idea until today's Denver Post. And last week's NFL Fanhouse. Just scratch that "original" comment.

Cook's ability to score for his client isn't in question: As Favre's agent, he negotiated the first $100 million dollar contract in NFL history. But Cutler's latest spat suggests that, apart from big money, Cook also has a way of providing his clients with lasting reputations. That of whiny, entitled troublemakers who're willing to submarine the team, the organization and all those around them to get what they want.

Maybe this is the way its always been behind the scenes between player and team. Even still, it's probably not in Cook's long-term interests to keep throwing the curtains open, exposing the ugly truth that lies just behind them.


As a last aside, let's take the opportunity now to break the hearts of all Vandy alums dying to see their man return to Nashville. Collins is resigned. VY is worth too little on the trade market to bring back anything worthy of the investment they've made in him. And the price Denver would demand for Cutler, even in a low-leverage position (first-round pick, impact player and maybe more) is too high. Sorry Titans' fans. It ain't happenin'.

Popps
03-16-2009, 04:25 PM
To me, that's a very interesting quote. (Last one.)

This could just be a case of dirty laundry being made public, when it's normally hashed out behind closed doors.

It's worked in the past for Cook, why not try it again.

Hulamau
03-16-2009, 04:40 PM
Touche! hits the nail on the head!

Sassy
03-16-2009, 04:42 PM
So behind the scenes...is it Jay or is he being brainwashed by his agent?

lazarus4444
03-16-2009, 04:54 PM
I think he's receiving bad advice from his agent. The Mile High Report on this made it all click. Hope we never sign another bus cook player again.

watermock
03-16-2009, 05:01 PM
This has nothing to do with Favre. NOTHING.

i WOULD OF WANTED MY AGENT WITH ME TOO....but Josh needed X-man.

I thought it was "I'll take care of it", not "I'll being an extra gun too...."

Meanwhile, Bowlen pours another scotch and is "Very dissapointed."

watermock
03-16-2009, 05:04 PM
I think he's receiving bad advice from his agent. The Mile High Report on this made it all click. Hope we never sign another bus cook player again.

You better get used to reality then. or would you rather deal with Rosenslime or the Postons?

Pick your poison.

Why didn't Shanny have all the problems with agents?

Popps
03-16-2009, 05:06 PM
So behind the scenes...is it Jay or is he being brainwashed by his agent?

I think his agent is very effective at playing up the emotions of his clients and turning it into $$. Again, this is almost identical to the Favre situation in such that it heavily relied upon emotions and heresy more than tangible things.

watermock
03-16-2009, 05:07 PM
BTW, Favre had a problem with THE COACH AND GM.

Cook just found him a job, which is HIS job.

TheReverend
03-16-2009, 05:08 PM
Ahhhh... a Nashville blog becomes gospel...

Fantastic.

watermock
03-16-2009, 05:09 PM
I think his agent is very effective at playing up the emotions of his clients and turning it into $$. Again, this is almost identical to the Favre situation in such that it heavily relied upon emotions and heresy more than tangible things.


Your full of sh!t.

This has NOTHING to do with Favre.

Popps
03-16-2009, 05:14 PM
Your full of sh!t.

This has NOTHING to do with Favre.

Riiiiight. That's why so many of his clients end up on the ****-list with teams, and/or have sour negotiations.

Probably a coincidence.

Popps
03-16-2009, 05:16 PM
Ahhhh... a Nashville blog becomes gospel...

Fantastic.

Just a random opinion from the place where Jay played college ball.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Broncos4tw
03-16-2009, 05:29 PM
Clayton's take:

Q: Given Bus Cook's history (Steve McNair, Brett Favre among others), how much of the debacle in Denver do you think is attributable to Bus Cook? I don't mean to say that he manufactured the situation, but is it possible that he is "fanning the flames" in order to get a bigger check for himself via Jay Cutler?
From Charles in Durham, N.C.
A: Cook, Jay Cutler's agent, has done nothing in the Cutler mess other than offer his support. People may be getting a wrong perception of Cook. He's not a Scott Boras. He's not trying to play hardball. Remember, Steve McNair and Brett Favre had long, successful careers in their cities, and Cook was their agent. In fact, Cook's willingness to sign both to long-term deals made sure the Tennessee Titans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten) and the Green Bay Packers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=gnb), respectively, kept their quarterbacks as long as possible. But when trouble comes, Cook will fight for his client. Remember, it was the Titans who kept McNair off team property when they were ready to move him. The Favre problem was between Favre and his bosses. Cook just had to do the dirty work. In the Cutler affair, he just has to sit back and watch and be with his client in all meetings. The problem is between Cutler and his coach.

watermock
03-16-2009, 05:33 PM
In the Cutler affair, he just has to sit back and watch and be with his client in all meetings. The problem is between Cutler and his coach.

But Mr. "I'll handle it" had to bring another gun to the table.

DenverBrit
03-16-2009, 05:36 PM
This has nothing to do with Favre. NOTHING.

i WOULD OF WANTED MY AGENT WITH ME TOO....but Josh needed X-man.

I thought it was "I'll take care of it", not "I'll being an extra gun too...."

Meanwhile, Bowlen pours another scotch and is "Very dissapointed."

When a player insists on having his agent at a meeting, it would be irresponsible not to have the GM present.
Cutler should have just sat down alone with McD, the fact that he insisted on bringing his agent indicates he had an agenda other than mending fences.

Popps
03-16-2009, 05:37 PM
But Mr. "I'll handle it" had to bring another gun to the table.

You mean Jay bringing his daddy... I mean, his legal to what was supposed to be a man to man coach/player meeting to clear the air?

watermock
03-16-2009, 05:39 PM
Sure, But that contradicts Mcdummy's exact quote.

X-man could of brought in Bowlen too, ever think of that?

ColoradoDarin
03-16-2009, 05:39 PM
<I>*We thought this was a wholly original idea until today's Denver Post. And last week's NFL Fanhouse. Just scratch that "original" comment.</I>

And first reported by Mile High Report.....

UberBroncoMan
03-16-2009, 05:42 PM
and this is why I made my sig.

watermock
03-16-2009, 05:43 PM
You mean Jay bringing his daddy... I mean, his legal to what was supposed to be a man to man coach/player meeting to clear the air?

How do you know the exact parameters of the meeting?

Is dealing with McDummy the equivelant of dealing with N. Korea?

Wasn't McDumMy the one who said "I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT?"

Popps
03-16-2009, 05:49 PM
How do you know the exact parameters of the meeting?
"

McDaniels said he asked Jay to meet him one on one.

Jay refused.

Jay brought his da-da with him, instead.

No party involved has denied this, and it was published as fact.

TheReverend
03-16-2009, 05:52 PM
McDaniels said he asked Jay to meet him one on one.

Jay refused.

Jay brought his da-da with him, instead.

No party involved has denied this, and it was published as fact.

False. McDaniels word does not = fact. In fact, he's recently admitted he's full of ****.

Xenos
03-16-2009, 06:05 PM
Ahhhh... a Nashville blog becomes gospel...

Fantastic.
The Titans had to deal with Bus Cook and the Steve McNair situation as well. So this guy does get around.