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Old 04-15-2009, 05:32 AM   #1
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DENVER (AP)—Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen says he’s pleased with the trade that sent Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears and that both sides got what they wanted.

“We’re happy with where we’re at,” Bowlen told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. “I’m happy for Jay. I think he’s going to a good organization.”

The Broncos dealt Cutler and a fifth-round draft pick to the Bears on April 2 for quarterback Kyle Orton, two first-round draft picks and a third-rounder, ending a six-week feud that began when Cutler decided he didn’t want to play for new coach Josh McDaniels.

“He didn’t want to be in Denver. He made that clear,” Bowlen said. “He’s going on with his career, and we’re going on with our team.”



Bowlen said he’s happy with the direction of his franchise under the 32-year-old McDaniels, who was hired in January after Mike Shanahan’s firing.

With the Cutler drama now over, Bowlen is eager to see what McDaniels can do with his team.

“I am. I’ve spent a lot of time with Josh, and some of the other new coaches, I’m very comfortable,” Bowlen said. “A lot of people said, ‘How can you hire a 32 year old coach?’ Some other teams have done similar things, hiring younger coaches.

“I just really like his approach. I really like what he learned in New England, what he’s brought to Colorado. I think we’re going to be very successful with Josh.”

Bowlen is relieved the organization doesn’t have to deal with the Cutler controversy anymore.

“You want to look at the future, not worry about the past,” Bowlen said. “I’m always positive at this time of the year. I don’t want any other distractions. I just want to go ahead and play football.”

Bowlen spoke at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies where former Broncos receiver Rod Smith was among the honorees.

“Rod was not a well-known guy when he came in,” Bowlen said. “He came in and he earned his reputation as one of the better wide receivers of his era, for sure. I think he definitely is a Hall of Famer.”

Smith, who retired last summer after a hip injury ended his career, said he, too, is on board with McDaniels, who spent the last few seasons as New England’s offensive coordinator.

“Both of us have the same passion—that’s for the Denver Broncos to be on top,” said Smith, who owns virtually every Broncos receiving record and helped the team win back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the late ’90s.

So far, Smith’s friends inside Dove Valley have been complimentary of McDaniels.

“I’m getting great updates on how he is as a person, how detailed he is,” Smith said. “The structure is very important when you’re starting a brand new football team. You have to have a structure that’s second to none. That’s going to last for years.”

Shannon Sharpe, who introduced Smith at the ceremony, has mixed feelings about Cutler’s departure.

“I’m sad, disappointed,” Sharpe said. “I wish it didn’t have to happen. At the end of the day, the Broncos did what was best for the Broncos … I hope it works out for everybody.”

Now, Orton and Chris Simms are hoping to succeed Cutler as the Broncos’ starter.

They’re not the only newcomers. The Broncos were the busiest team in free agency, signing 16 players.

“You’ve got a whole lot of new characters on that team,” Smith said. “Those guys have to come together and come together fast. They have to jell with their new coach, jell with all the new personnel—the front office and on the football field. The faster they can do that, those things that look like challenges right now won’t be as bad during the season.”






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Old 04-15-2009, 06:23 AM   #2
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Im happy for Jay. I think hes going to a good organization.
Dude has class.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:45 AM   #3
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Good article..thanks.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:47 AM   #4
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Pretty much what I expected out of him.
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too bad chicago fans are more passionate than denver fans
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:09 AM   #6
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Shannon Sharpe is still mad because he probably thought deep down inside Broncos were so close to greatness if they could have built a defense.

Wait until Orton gets a chance...
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:10 AM   #7
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What did you expect him to say?
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:52 AM   #8
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go **** yourself, Pat.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:55 AM   #9
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It's never a good sign when one side of the deal is busy saying it was a win - win while the other side is dancing in the streets.

God they better hit on these draft picks.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:59 AM   #10
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:10 AM   #11
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Of course he is going to say that......what is he supposed to say "were gonna be screwed for years to come"?

Stupid move......the bang cartoon says it all
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:27 AM   #12
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too bad chicago fans are more passionate than denver fans
from what ive experienced i doubt it... they may be more harsh on there players. but i dont think more passionate
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I'm in Cicago today and tomorrow. Several people I've talked to so far are excited about finally having a "franchise QB". They all agreed Orton and Grossman will never carry them to the next level.

Boy, are they in for a shock....

Actually they are nice folks, I feel bad for 'em.

I''m with Pat though, very happy with the direction so far.
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I'm in Cicago today and tomorrow. Several people I've talked to so far are excited about finally having a "franchise QB". They all agreed Orton and Grossman will never carry them to the next level.

Boy, are they in for a shock....:wiggle:

Actually they are nice folks, I feel bad for 'em.

I''m with Pat though, very happy with the direction so far.

What?
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:40 AM   #15
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I'm in Cicago today and tomorrow. Several people I've talked to so far are excited about finally having a "franchise QB". They all agreed Orton and Grossman will never carry them to the next level.

Boy, are they in for a shock....

Actually they are nice folks, I feel bad for 'em.

I''m with Pat though, very happy with the direction so far.
i am too... i liked cutlers arm but not his mentality... he needs to grow up.
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Props to Bowlen for having the will to go through what what he believed needed to be done. He's always kept this franchise competitive, and I expect this will be no different.
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For Pat to say it was good at least on Denver's side has yet to be proven correct.

Let's see what Xanders does with those picks before we call it win win.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:31 PM   #18
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For Pat to say it was good at least on Denver's side has yet to be proven correct.

Let's see what Xanders does with those picks before we call it win win.










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Pat just sell the team.
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I agree, the name on Dove Valley needs to be the "Gene Kranz Center where Failure is not an Option".

Who is Paul Bowlen anyway?
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Who is Paul Bowlen anyway?
I would buy the team if given the chance...

then move the Broncos to Melmac. NFL teams would hate the travel to Melmac.
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then move the Broncos to Melmac. NFL teams would hate the travel to Melmac.
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Bowlen could've squashed the whole thing when it first happened.
Instead, he sat back and let Boy Blunder choke on his Legos.
Nice job, Pat. Now go back to the tanning bed.
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Stupid move......the bang cartoon says it all
The bang cartoon wasn't one of his best, but it did make the point.
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Bowlen could've squashed the whole thing when it first happened.
Instead, he sat back and let Boy Blunder choke on his Legos.
Nice job, Pat. Now go back to the tanning bed.
whos to say he didnt? cutler took investigatory trade talks by other teams and blew it up into woe is me, my ego is ruined i must get my way out of denver asap. you cannot possibly look at this and say the reason jay cutler is not in denver is anyone other than his own fault.
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