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Old 03-15-2009, 09:13 PM   #1
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"I went in there with every intention of solving the issue, being a Bronco, moving forward as a Bronco," said Cutler. "We weren't in there but about 20 minutes, [McDaniels] did most of the talking and as far as I'm concerned, he made it clear he wants his own guy. He admitted he wanted Matt Cassel because he said he has raised him up from the ground as a quarterback. He said he wasn't sorry about it. He made it clear that he could still entertain trading me because, as he put it, he'll do whatever he feels is in the best interest of the organization.

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"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. I thought he was antagonizing me and that was disappointing because I was ready to move on, committed as a Bronco. Really, I figured we'd hash things out, shake hands, laugh a little and move forward. What happened [Saturday] was the last thing I expected. If I didn't think it could be fixed, I never would have come back to Denver. It was painfully obvious to me and Bus [Cook, his agent] it's not something they want to fix."

Consequently, Cutler instructed Cook, who also attended the meeting, to formally request a trade. The quarterback said he left town late Sunday and would skip McDaniels' first team meeting on Monday as they begin their off-season program.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen told the Denver Post on Sunday that he was disappointed with how Cutler has handled the situation. In a telephone interview with ESPN, McDaniels was reluctantly expansive on the story.

"I realy have wanted to avoided a he-said, she-said thing but it's only fair for us to present the Bronco side of the story rather than let things get taken out of context," said McDaniels. "There's been a pattern here for the past two weeks the way things [have been represented] in our communications. I don't think anythng that happened [Saturday] was out of the ordinary. At the end of the meeting, Jay said he had thought about things quite a bit and requested a few more hours to mull things over. He said he wanted to talk to Bus on how to proceed. He was gonna call me on my cell phone and that never happened. Instead, Bus called [GM] Brian [Xanders].

"Again, I think that's been a pattern. I couldn't get [Cutler] to talk to me for two weeks or to talk to Mr. Bowlen. Then when he came here this weekend, we couldn't get a one-on-one meeting, just me and him alone. He wanted Bus in there, so I had Brian sit in, too. And it was the four of us, there wasn't any yelling, none of that. I can't believe we get to a totally different [interpretation].

"It's an unfortunate set of circumstances that has cropped up, a potential distraction and we've done our best to limit that. The main message I want to get out is that we're excited to start our off-season program [Monday]. It's an exciting time for us."

Cutler won't be present at the team meeting.

"I certainly went back there, expecting I'd be there [Monday] but not now," said Cutler. "It's not mandatory. I'll attend every mandatory mini-camp and training camp but that's it. Really, it's best for me to move on. As coach said, he needs every eye in the meeting room to be on him and not me."

As McDaniels pointed out, Cutler had a completely different expectation when he left their private meeting on Saturday.

Cutler said, "You know, even after the meeting, I hung around town, kind of expecting him to call me and say, 'Hey, let's just me and you get away and have lunch or a cup of coffee' and mend things but that didn't happen. So, I get it, really, it's a business. I'm disappointed beause I love being a Bronco but I think it's run its course."

Cutler denied recent reports that he had asked to be traded when the Broncos fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.

"Yes, I was upset when they let Jeremy go because Mr. Bowlen had assured me when Mike [Shanahan] was fired that the offense wouldn't change because [it] was the second-ranked offense in football," said Cutler. "But I didn't push for a trade then."

McDaniels and Cutler agreed on at least one element of the controversy, knocking down a Sunday report on NFL Network that the coach had criticized the quarterback's play in 2008.

"That just isn't true," said McDaniels. "Not a word has been said about that."

Cutler added, "Josh has never said anything negative to me about my play or anything else, for that matter."

McDaniels admitted that the team got involved in trade discussions for Cassel, who instead was dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs. However, he said any perception Cutler felt that the team could still trade him was misleading.

"That's what we have communicated ever since the deal with Cassel didn't happen," said McDaniels. "Other teams have called but we're not interested in getting draft picks for Jay. I never made a statement [Saturday] that 'you can be traded at any time.' They asked a question and I told them it was the time of year when people inquire about your team. Your job, as a head coach and general manager, is to listen and not bypass any opportunity to help your team improve. I think most people [in the NFL] feel the same way. You make smart, educated decisions that are best for your football team."

Cutler feels like McDaniels lost his credibility with him when he initially denied to the quarterback that the Broncos tried to acquire Cassel only to admit it later.

"Before this trade for Cassel thing ever came up, in the two weeks or so I had spent with McDaniels, he was basically telling me that he came to Denver because he wanted to coach me and that we needed to trust each other," said Cutler. "He's never been critical to me. But trust now? How can I trust him now?"

He also explained that his house being placed for sale on the market was "nothing more than a coincidence."

"I had already shown my house privately to some interested buyers a couple of months ago," said Cutler. "I've really been looking to buy 40 to 70 acres of land there."

As for ignoring phone calls from McDaniels and Bowlen, Cutler said, "Josh and I have exchanged text messages. We had a conference call. And if Pat wanted to speak to me, why didn't he come to the meeting on Saturday?"

Cook said that as an agent he was "totally in shock" that it has gotten so ugly.

"I would have bet my house going into Saturday's meeting that everyone would be shaking hands and smiling," said Cook. "I thought it was going to get worked out. But it was very clear to me that Jay Cutler is not their choice to be quarterback of that team."

Yet Cook admitted that when he called Xanders to request a trade on Saturday night, the team's general manager said it wasn't going to happen and that "Jay should show up Monday."

That wasn't going to happen, either.

Chris Mortensen is a senior NFL analyst for ESPN.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:15 PM   #2
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WOW ... just wow.

Let's hear from all the Josh apologists now.


I say we run Josh outta town on a rail ..... he's drunk with power.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:18 PM   #4
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:19 PM   #5
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Oh boy, Hamburger Bill. So, Bill is saying that Jay expected McD to call him for a cup of coffee and just shake hands, but he's also saying that Jay wouldn't show up without his agent? Which one is it, Bill?
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Funny he can't talk to Denver but, he sure can to ESPN Vic etc.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:22 PM   #7
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WOW ... just wow.

Let's hear from all the Josh apologists now.


I say we run Josh outta town on a rail ..... he's drunk with power.
I agree.

Throughout this whole mess, I wasn't going to take anyone's side. Then when it first came out Jay left town I was pissed and ready to move on.

Now with this...I'd say it looks like Cutler is the one who has been wronged.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:22 PM   #8
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**** you, Jay. **** you very much.

Enjoy Detroit, you ungrateful a-hole.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:22 PM   #9
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This is pretty much what I've been saying all along ... by the way!!!

It's not about being traded ... it's about being lied to.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:22 PM   #11
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Im staying on Cutlers side still. You McD lovers might want to watch the Pats.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:24 PM   #13
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SOB and i was gonna buy a Cutler Broncos jersey this season. guess it's Dawkins or bust now.
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This is not even about a quarterback's ego .... even guys like Nate Webster and Karl Paymah deserve honesty.
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WOW ... just wow.

Let's hear from all the Josh apologists now.


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Again, I think that's been a pattern. I couldn't get [Cutler] to talk to me for two weeks or to talk to Mr. Bowlen. Then when he came here this weekend, we couldn't get a one-on-one meeting, just me and him alone. He wanted Bus in there, so I had Brian sit in, too. And it was the four of us, there wasn't any yelling, none of that. I can't believe we get to a totally different [interpretation].
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its still about money, wake me up when this **** is over!
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And Pat wasnt at the meeting. ****ing brilliant.
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Well the good news in all of this is that Jay is smart enough to show up for mandatory camp and will probably play for Denver next season. The two may not trust each other but neither did Elway and Reeves and they went to 3 superbowls.

McD said he will NOT trade Cutler for picks and Cutler said he will show up for mandatory camps so I honestly think he will be playing for Denver and you know what they say, time can heal all wounds.

I'm not gonna pick sides here because to me, it truly does look like a misunderstanding of each other.

As for Schef - who care's. He's gone anyway.
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There will be no peace until McDaniels is gone.
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Yet Cook admitted that when he called Xanders to request a trade on Saturday night, the team's general manager said it wasn't going to happen and that "Jay should show up Monday."
No trade.
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WOW ... just wow.

Let's hear from all the Josh apologists now.


I say we run Josh outta town on a rail ..... he's drunk with power.
C'mon Buff. I like you, man, but how can you argue with this quote?

"Other teams have called but we're not interested in getting draft picks for Jay. I never made a statement [Saturday] that 'you can be traded at any time.' They asked a question and I told them it was the time of year when people inquire about your team. Your job, as a head coach and general manager, is to listen and not bypass any opportunity to help your team improve. I think most people [in the NFL] feel the same way. You make smart, educated decisions that are best for your football team."

Do you not want your coach looking to improve his team? It's not like his job isn't on the line either. You can argue with his intentions to trade for Cassel all you want, but personally, I want a guy in charge always looking to improve the team.
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WOW.

How the hell can anyone defend McDouche? This is ri-****ing-diculous.

McDouche has single-handedly set us back 10 years because he wants a QB that "He can build".

McDaniels has the ego, not Cutler.

**** YOU MCDOUCHE!
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These douchebags deserve to be fired on the spot for this bull****, and they would be if we had an owner with any balls.
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Cutler is full of ****. Even if the Broncos don't want him why would they f it up so bad that they would be left in this situation. Makes absolutely no sense.

Listen to what McD is saying. There's been a pattern here on behalf of Cutler. The Broncos haven't been talking about it publicly. All the BS and misrepresentation is coming from Cutler.
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