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Old 03-16-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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Default Woody Paige: Nobody wins in this high-stakes game

Paige: Nobody wins in this high-stakes game
By Woody Paige
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Posted: 03/16/2009 12:30:00 AM MDT


Jay Cutler blinked.

The seemingly-soon-to-be ex-Broncos quarterback pushed all in and demanded a trade on Sunday night in a Mile High-stakes game.

There is no winner.

Everybody loses.

And the Broncos are the worst for it. An organization that used to be one of the classiest and most successful in professional sports has displaced Dallas and overtaken Oakland as the most diss-informational, dysfunctional franchise in football.

After a weekend at Pigeon Valley, where the testosterone and tension were so thick you could cut it with a Popeil butter knife, the Broncos and Cutler were finished.

Coach Josh McDaniels wanted to get rid of Cutler two weeks ago. Cutler now wants to rid himself of McDaniels.

Who was the culprit in McJayGate the coach, the quarterback, the agent, the owner?

Each of the foolish four has liability (and probably lie-ability), responsibility and accountability.

Start at the top (the owner) and end up at the bottom (an agent).

Pat Bowlen wanted control of his team again when he fired Mike Shan- ahan. But he didn't take control, and the Broncos have raced completely out of control.

In his press conference on the last day of 2008, Bowlen said, "I run the show."

That day Bowlen said of Cutler, "Obviously, he is the man around here now."

Not any more.

And Bowlen is running a dog-and-pony show.

Bowlen told The Post's Mike Klis on Sunday afternoon: "I'm very disappointed. I'm disappointed in the whole picture, not just disappointed that we might lose our star quarterback."

"Disappointed" doesn't cover it, and "might lose" doesn't get it.

Bowlen was mad that Cutler didn't back his hiring of McDaniels and didn't answer his phone calls when McDaniels considered trading the quarterback to acquire Matt Cassel. Bowlen could have gotten on a plane to Nashville with his coach, or he could have ordered his quarterback to come to Denver. Instead, the owner became a role player, not the lead player, in the feud between McD and Jay-C.

In the end, Bowlen wasn't in on the Broncos Summit on Saturday, sources said, and appeared powerless to stop the billion-dollar franchise from blowing up in his face.

(This deteriorating affair has more leaks than a cheap sink.)

Bowlen should have brought McD and Jay-C into his office and ordered them to stay there, Road Warrior Thunderdome-like, until the feud was settled. If they didn't, he could have made a decision as difficult as the one to fire Shanahan fire another coach or trade the player. The decision was made for Bowlen.

He has lost.

McDaniels created the original conflict by exploring the trade shortly after claiming publicly he was "excited" about coaching Cutler, had spent time with the quarterback going over the team's new playbook, then discussed a deal on the day the quarterback left town. The new coach then went into denial and has not once had the nerve to address the media and the fans until late Sunday. His lack of experience, and his background in New England, and his slips are showing.

What does McDaniels do? He and Bowlen could try to keep Cutler in Denver, but that won't work. He will try to trade Cutler, but will that work? The Broncos won't get a quarterback of equal value, and they'll probably end up with a couple of draft choices and Chris Simms, who hasn't thrown a pass in anger in two seasons, as the starting quarterback.

He has lost.

Cutler must

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share the blame. He did react immaturely to the firing of Shanahan and Jeremy Bates, the hiring of McDaniels and, of course, the trade. His prolonged snit was unbecoming. His refusal to return to Denver last week, then his Harpo act in the meeting on Saturday were characteristics of the bad and ugly types in the NFL. He will go somewhere else, but his future home likely won't be an upgrade.
He has lost.

Bus Cook, Cutler's agent, is the most evil player in the melodrama. The former "personal injury attorney" from Hattiesburg, Miss., added insult to injury by being a source for the trade rumors and other recent stories.

He served as the lightning rod for Cutler's fire and ire. His and Cutler's rigid stance could have been a ploy to get Cutler a renegotiated, extended, larger contract or the trade to another team.

Why wouldn't Cook's past representations of other high-profile NFL players make newspapers, websites and Broncos loyalists have reservations about his intentions? Didn't Brett Favre, Steve McNair, Randy Moss and other Cook clients have contractual issues, disputes and salaries that ended up with splintered teams and the players in other cities? The troublemaker, not peacemaker, was only interested in manipulating the event that became a national joke.

He has lost.

Josh, Jay, Pat and Bus got the Broncos into this mess. They couldn't pull the Broncos out of it.

They should have blinked together this morning. Instead, they can go blank in the night. Denver deserves better.

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Old 03-16-2009, 01:13 AM   #2
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So hilarious.

McDaniels preaches accountability.

but he cannot account for his own actions.

Welcome to the bottom, Denver!
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:14 AM   #3
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Did Woody just give a wink and a nod to the Thunderdome?
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:15 AM   #4
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You are reading my mind.
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Woody did mention Thunderdome, must be an avid orange mane lurker. I wonder who he is? Bob?
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Clearly Woody is reading the mane because he questioned why Bowlen was not at the meeting. Is Woody TACO JOHN!!??
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:20 AM   #7
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Did Woody just give a wink and a nod to the Thunderdome?
Seriously, he just about summed up everything thats been said on the Thunderdome.
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That totally went over my head, but I understand now.
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Clearly Woody is reading the mane because he questioned why Bowlen was not at the meeting. Is Woody TACO JOHN!!??
Gotta give Woody more credit than that. Anyone with a brain is wondering that.
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I have never seen Woody and Taco John in the same place..... You might be on to something here.
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Woody also said the Broncos would go undefeated with Jake Plummer.

Look, I'm not saying Bowlen isn't without blame here, but this is something his staff needed to work out, and when a player and agent are dead-set on a raise or a ticket out of town, there's really no stopping them.

The only thing Bowlen could have done to ensure Cutler stayed was to open his wallet and pay him for a massive extension. That wasn't going to happen. Not without seeing how he coexisted with the new staff.

It's an amusing article. Paige is a nice guy. But, where's the part in the article about Bus and Jay holding a gun to the throat of the organization, just as Bus has done with other clients?

Jay wants a big pay-day or a ticket out of Denver and he just wrote one.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:33 AM   #12
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It's an amusing article. Paige is a nice guy. But, where's the part in the article about Bus and Jay holding a gun to the throat of the organization, just as Bus has done with other clients?

Where's the part where Josh McDaniels loaded that gun and held up the organization's throat?
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A sign of the apocalypse? I'm agreeing with Woody Paige....
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:47 AM   #14
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Woody's right. No one wins here. Cutler will be villified as a selfish player who cares nothing about the team if he sticks to his trade demand. If a trade goes down, Cook will get his player a big extension, but teams will not want any part of players he represents again and he will lose in the long run. McDaniels has to realize he can't win with Chris Simms and will be fired for making a young team with off the charts potential one of the worst in the NFL. Bowlen has watched his franchise go from one of the premier in the NFL to it's biggest joke. He will not win a Super Bowl in the near future, or maybe ever again.

If this trade goes down, it will be a death sentence to our franchise, unless we can somehow find a stud QB if not this year then next year at the latest. Mind you, do you think Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal are going to stick around to let Chris Simms throw them the ball? Clady can be the greatest tackle of all time, but it won't matter since we'll have a piss poor QB throwing the ball and no one to carry the team at RB. We have nothing of long term value on defense. However, with a star QB, all of these sins are forgiven. We will have a top 3 passing offense for the next 10 years, and the defense will simply need to be top 15 or so for us to be competitive. If it cracks top 10, we will be Super Bowl favorites.
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Where's the part where Josh McDaniels loaded that gun and held up the organization's throat?
You're right... the leak may have opened a window for Cutlerbus to try to sneak through.

Still, it just illustrates the point... if Jay wants to stay, he'll stay. He doesn't. He and his agent want a massive payday or a trip out of town.

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What do you mean everyone loses?

Bus Cook wins big time... big big time. He either gets a 150-milion dollar contract for Jay from either the Broncos or the Lions. He gets his $4.5 million from the deal and is happy.....

This was a Bus Cook story right from the day Shanny got canned..... and he wins big....

Maybe 2 years later, he can "advice" Cutler to whine out of the Lions and get a big contract for him from another team.... who cares if Jay's legacy or potential HOF career gets trashed..... Bus Cook just wants to milk everything he can from this.....
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What do you mean everyone loses?

Bus Cook wins big time... big big time. He either gets a 150-milion dollar contract for Jay from either the Broncos or the Lions. He gets his $4.5 million from the deal and is happy.....

This was a Bus Cook story right from the day Shanny got canned..... and he wins big....

Maybe 2 years later, he can "advice" Cutler to whine out of the Lions and get a big contract for him from another team.... who cares if Jay's legacy or potential HOF career gets trashed..... Bus Cook just wants to milk everything he can from this.....
Hey, wait... did you say that before today? Taco will get mad and call you a liar if you didn't.

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Woody has been spot on throughout this whole mess
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What do you mean everyone loses?

Bus Cook wins big time... big big time. He either gets a 150-milion dollar contract for Jay from either the Broncos or the Lions. He gets his $4.5 million from the deal and is happy.....

This was a Bus Cook story right from the day Shanny got canned..... and he wins big....

Maybe 2 years later, he can "advice" Cutler to whine out of the Lions and get a big contract for him from another team.... who cares if Jay's legacy or potential HOF career gets trashed..... Bus Cook just wants to milk everything he can from this.....
ya, bus does win...he doesn't care about wins for any team, just the contract's bottom line
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Hey, wait... did you say that before today? Taco will get mad and call you a liar if you didn't.

The reason I didn't say it before today is because I am not clairvoyant.

But as more facts become public we form our opinion and reconstruct the story.

From the day this saga started 2 weeks ago, it seemed unreal to me. I couldn't find any logic in it from either Cutler's side and from the Broncos FO side. Something just didnt make sense. Something was missing. No one had anything to gain. I felt McD was being McD in the New England mould and Jay was just his usual slightly impulsive self. And the media was just milking this cow in a slow offseason.

When it deteriorated to this level, we all knew there was some other factor that we were missing.

Now that we know more facts, we can rationally deduce that the missing angle to this drama that we didn't consider earlier is Bus Cook. He alone wins from this thing. This is consistent with the whole story we know thus far.

If someone can refute this using known facts and a solid arguement, we'll be willing to listen. But can anyone seriously refute that Bus Slime Cook alone wins from this episode and hence is the only reason that this whole drama took place.
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"No one wins" except Cutler's bank account and playing for a new team where his new contract will make him untradeable.
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"No one wins" except Cutler's bank account and playing for a new team where his new contract will make him untradeable.
Or the Broncos cave and give him a new deal. The only way Jay doesn't get paid here is if the Broncos dig their heels in and don't move him, but at this point that might be at determinant of their own franchise. In the ESPN article, Cutler goes on record that he'll attend all mandatory functions, so it appears he's not thinking about a holdout at this point. Geese what a mess.
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What do you mean everyone loses?

Bus Cook wins big time... big big time. He either gets a 150-milion dollar contract for Jay from either the Broncos or the Lions. He gets his $4.5 million from the deal and is happy.....

This was a Bus Cook story right from the day Shanny got canned..... and he wins big....

Maybe 2 years later, he can "advice" Cutler to whine out of the Lions and get a big contract for him from another team.... who cares if Jay's legacy or potential HOF career gets trashed..... Bus Cook just wants to milk everything he can from this.....
How do we know Culter will go to the Lions? Does this mean Shanahan could be coaching the Lions by next season as well
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