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Old 03-24-2009, 07:35 PM   #1
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Source: Secrets Inside Cutler Trade Talks
By Josina Anderson, Fox 31 Denver

Several weeks ago, I called one of my NFL sources for information regarding the free agent market. I received what I expected, and something I didn't: a heads up about a "possible three-way trade in the near future."

I figured my source was talking about a deal outside of Denver; because clearly if they were holding a secret about a grain of salt in the Rocky Mountains my source would have spilled the beans even about that right then and there right?

Nope.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that vague tip weeks ago was about Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, head coach Josh McDaniels, and the "Real World" episode airing about them daily on a television set now near you.

Unfortunately, the dots were finally connected for me in our conversation just (yes just) yesterday afternoon.

"Sorry, I'm so sorry Josina. I couldn't tell you at the time. [The secret trade talks] were too high up then. But, when I knew it was about to get out I tried to call you. Unfortunately I didn't have the phone with your number in it right then and there," my source explained pitifully.

Smile.

Clearly my source forgot about this radical invention called 411. You dial it on the phone nearest to you, and ask the operator to connect you to KDVR FOX 31 in Denver.

Lol.

After I finished yanking their chain for a good ten minutes over the phone, my source relented and revealed some rather interesting details about the now infamous Cutler trade that didn't materialize, and, their primary insight about Denver's A-list key players.

The first thing the source wanted to emphasize without hesitation was the fact that McDaniels definitely had his hand in the cookie jar.

Even though McDaniels characterized the Cutler trade talks as just “conversations,” in a recent interview with the NFL Network, and said that, “there wasn’t anything that we were trying to push hard to get through,” my source begged to differ in unbridled amusement.

"[Denver] was definitely negotiating. They were trying to get a trade in place and there is no doubt about that," said the league source.

“From Minnesota to Detroit to Tampa, although they got in the game late, Denver was trying to get something in place.”

As for why McDaniels was so hard pressed to roll Cutler out on the next Rocky Mountain train to “Anywhere but Here-land” my source (with primary knowledge of these conversations) said there were consistent themes in the coach’s concerns about Cutler.

(Again this was relayed to my ears, from their ears. The following is what was heard by my source in these trade whispers, not what FOX31 cites as definite facts about Cutler.)

The source said there are concerns about Cutler’s consumption of alcohol, and “that he’s not that sharp.”

“That scared the crap out of McDaniels,” the source said.

The source expanded their perspective of McDaniels’ concerns of Cutler learning and working in the Broncos’ new offensive scheme.

“This is a very complex situation. You have to be so smart to play his [McDaniels’] offense. [Tom] Brady and [Matt] Cassel are exceedingly smart quarterbacks. They are not the best athletes in the world but they both make really intelligent decisions. Cutler has a canon for an arm, but he doesn’t manage the game like those guys in critical situations. Brady and Cassel are workaholics. They have the stature, and they have the ability,” said the source.

Well everyone can argue about who they feel is the better quarterback between Cutler and Cassel now.

But at the end of the day, when it comes to the root of all of this drama in Denver, the source told FOX31 to point at New England and Kansas City.

“[Bill] Belichick had first round offers and then some for Cassel. Believe me, a lot of people knew that was on the table. But look at what Matt ended up going to Kansas City for nothing. (Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel went to the Chiefs in exchange for a 2009 second round draft pick.) Trust me Bill wanted to pull the trigger on this one sooner rather than later. Then [Scott] Pioli [the Chiefs new General Manager and former Patriots personnel executive] was scared [edit]-less that he wasn’t going to end up with Cassel for a moment there because before he left [New England] Scott was [edit] sure he was going to get Matt-that’s why I feel he took the job in Kansas City. I am convinced it was [Belichick’s and Pioli’s master plan for [Pioli] to get Cassel all along when you watch how this played out.”

As for why Belichick ended up giving the Chiefs and Pioli such a sweetheart deal, the source opined some more.

“At the time all of this was going down, there’s was a part of me that felt like Belichick really wanted to take credit for Cassel. You see, I think if Matt goes to Kansas City, there is a chance he won’t be as good in the Chiefs’ system. Obviously if Cassel ended up in Denver, McDaniels can take more ownership of Matt’s success.”

But the league source told FOX31 sports that in his opinion Belichick took a lesser deal for Cassel in part to disassociate McDaniels’ work in Cassel’s accomplishments.

“I think Bill wants people to know that Brady and Cassel are successes because of his system. You see every other coach that left the Patriots has basically fallen flat on their face.”

As for who McDaniels will scout to replace Cutler if the Pro Bowl quarterback leaves?

“It will definitely have to be somebody who is smart enough to understand the intricacies of his system.”

And if Cutler is smart enough, he’ll make sure he convinces McDaniels he’s the guy not just physically but mentally as well.

“McDaniels has all the leverage he needs because Cutler is under contract, period. If Cutler tries to force his way out of there, plays for another team and performs poorly after all of this drama, his value will tank tremendously. Hopefully he decides to go back, but right now he is looking like an [edit].”

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Old 03-24-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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I thought they had to dum down the gameplan for Plummer and they opened it up for Cutler.

Plus isn't Vandy a tough college? It was not like he went to USC or Ohio state.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:42 PM   #5
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I thought they had to dum down the gameplan for Plummer and they opened it up for Cutler.

Plus isn't Vandy a tough college? It was not like he went to USC or Ohio state.
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I'm interested to see if this catches on nationally. At this point, I'd doubt it, but in a story this big it wouldn't take much for ESPN to jump all over these details.
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And people are going to talk about Cutler's consumption in trade talks? Another BS "league source".
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Wasn't John known to pound them hard and then drive home. I thought I read where the cops knew his route and would either back off or escort him.
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So according to this "scoop" McDaniels was trying to trade Cutler 'cause he's a drunk and an idiot... So now the question is who the hell is Josina Anderson?
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:50 PM   #10
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:51 PM   #11
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It's no telling what the hell will happen next, the longer this soap opera goes on.

Come on Jay. End it already.
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:51 PM   #12
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Wasn't John known to pound them hard and then drive home. I thought I read where the cops knew his route and would either back off or escort him.
Whether it's true or not, it has been said for years.
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So according to this "scoop" McDaniels was trying to trade Cutler 'cause he's a drunk and an idiot... So now the question is who the hell is Josina Anderson?
A drunk and an idiot?
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:54 PM   #14
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And people are going to talk about Cutler's consumption in trade talks? Another BS "league source".
Well, give her some credit. She did break the star cap story before anyone in the national media did.
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This chick needs to write for a gossip wrag.







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Yeah, I'm calling BS on this too. The alcohol consumption I can understand, but Jay is plenty smart and his offseason study/workout habits were great.
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I took some liberty with the above ...
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........ well then that would explain why some people still can't get in and end up going to michigan
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A 25 year old drinking BEER...no way..i can't believe this!!
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Well, I think this put to rest that Mcdummy as doing more than just picking up the phone, and added concern that Jay certainly has made it convient to indulge in Lodo to the extent he has his primary crib within stumbling distance from Earls.
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........ well then that would explain why some people still can't get in and end up going to michigan
Didn't mean to hit a sorespot but any place that churns out people like MoC can't be all that tough to get into.
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And people are going to talk about Cutler's consumption in trade talks? Another BS "league source".
That right there hits it on the head. If McStupid thought that for an instant he would never utter a word to anyone and would go ahead with the trade. If there's a word of truth to this, things are even worse than I think they are in that front office. They may have a saboteur..
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:04 PM   #23
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So now the question is who the hell is Josina Anderson?
You mean you don't know Josina (aka the Denver Sports Insider, aka Jojo)?

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she has broken numerous local and national sports stories including: the multiple positive tests for water pills in the NFL under the steroid policy; the tragic passing of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams and Broncos running back Damien Nash; failed drug tests involving both NFL running backs Ricky Williams and Travis Henry; a season-ending injury to Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson; the releasing of Dre Bly by the Broncos and Tatum Bell by the Lions; a year's suspension for Buffalo Bills defensive end Anthony Hargrove to name a few.

Josina has conducted numerous local television exclusives. She interviewed Broncos Brandon Marshall and Marcus Thomas following their highly publicized arrests, Josh McDaniels’ father Thom the day his son was officially introduced as the head coach of the Denver Broncos via satellite, and had emotional sit-downs with both Darrent Williams' mother and friend Brandon Flowers who survived the violent limo shooting that fateful night.
All her journalistic accomplishments are a ray of sunshine. In other words, she is aka ****ing trouble. For some reason local athletes like to give her inside info. My guess is because she is giving the athletes inside access to her.
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wow this is bs
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:06 PM   #25
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This article is stupid.
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