Mile High In Denver ? This Franchise Is Now Beginning To Make The Raiders Seem Like MIT Or Harvard. ………
As the all too ugly display of one up man ship plays out within the Denver Broncos’ franchise. The two characters in this modern day homage to all things stupid, the team’s coach Josh McDaniels and its erstwhile quarterback Jay Cutler are now making this thing seem all the more comedic. The he said he said now makes the shenanigans that took place between the Raiders’ Al Davis and former coach Lane Kiffin seem all too cerebral.
Now far be it for me to say the intelligence quotient factor here is greater than anything that the Raiders possess. But when your two main characters have all but fallen short of calling each other names. It can only go downhill from hereon in. Now the thought will be who’ll be the first to crack and sink to that all too infantile level ? Children are allowed to play within their sandbox play nice and then at times there tends to be a falling out sorts. In comes McDaniels and he wants to stamp his own identity and authority on what he may well have perceived was a wayward organization. But instead like a tornado he’s ripped through the franchise like Hurricane Ike. However in this case the only injury suffered here has been the ego of the player . Having found out that the franchise may well have been in talks to trade him. He all but had a hissy fit and let it then be known that he wasn’t happy with the apparent subterfuge and apparent denial by the organization.
Now one can assume that the naiveté shown by Daniels as this is his first professional head coaching position within the NFL ? It has become all too apparently clear that this may well have been the case. And the way he’s gone about this has been poorly handled. The two have met trying to iron out their differences but it’s been much like the peace-keeping talks between the Palestinians and Israeli’s . Neither side actually trusts each other from the get go. And in the case of Cutler and McDaniels the road map to peace here is long and winding and in no way is it likely to end gracefully in Denver.
And peace here isn’t about to at a low cost. Someone will end up having to eat their words or quite possibly the player himself as he’s already stated would be to be now traded. A new surrounding with an all too welcoming organization may well be the best situation for Jay Cutler at this juncture. Now as to where he may well end up is open to a great deal of conjecture and speculation. There’ll no doubt be a great many teams that’ll be interested in the player. He’s now become a very desired commodity and the price desired will be indicative and predicated on what the Broncos will no doubt want .
Now what I find all the more inexplicable is the lack of action by Pat Bowlen as the owner of the franchise. One would’ve thought that it’d be in his and the franchise’s best interest to have this matter resolved expediently and with no real harm being done. But as alluded to in the title of this piece the franchise is now on appearance something akin to being like the Raiders’ franchise in terms of its internal dealings between ownership and management. But in the Broncos’ case here it’s management and the player.
Now as this episode plays itself out one can only ask what will happen next ? Do the Broncos move the player or have him honor his contract ? The signs are that moves are afoot to do the former and that’s to avail themselves of the best deal possible for the player. But as to what the asking price will be who’s to say ? Suffice to say Cutlers wants out and McDaniels has basically started off on the wrong foot. And now McDaniels will have to prove himself to the fans there in Denver and also prove to the powers that be, the hierarchy of the franchise that he’s their man. And that they made the right decision in choosing him as the right man for the position.
The funny thing is that I for one would like to see this play out much longer as it has become all so entertaining. But for the surreal goings on Los Angeles last season with regard to the Raiders and then the constant uneasiness in San Diego with the Chargers and LaDainian Tomlinson. I really thought that the AFC West in terms of the mediocrity therein wasn’t going to give us any real entertainment at all. Before the season starts and the NFL Draft has come around we’re having all the idiocy one could’ve come to expect .
No word as of yet if there’s another franchise who’s prepared to step down this particular road. Any bets as to who might want to be next ? It doesn’t have to be a quarterback in the midst of it all at this juncture .