I never liked former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. He seemed like a punk. I know there were all kinds of rumors swirling around when he came in and ultimately traded Jay Cutler to the Bears. The proof was in the pudding, just two years later McDaniels was out on the street. He went with his tail between his legs back to New England, after a year in St. Louis.
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In the meantime Jay struggled with numerous coaches, offensive coordinators, and a severe lack of talent. He kept quiet about the abusive punk who bashed him in front of his agent.
I’ve had a love/hate thing going on with Jay for most of his time with the Bears. I’ve written many posts about why he should be here or why he should not be here. In 2015 he is proving a lot of his critics wrong, changing many an opinion along the way. It makes you wonder a little how good he could have been if Shanahan hadn’t gotten fired. How good could he have been if he had gotten a decent coordinator early on? How good can he still be?
Former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist wrote a brilliant story about drafting Cutler and what happened thereafter. It was extremely illuminating. An excerpt from “Why I Drafted Jay Cutler, and What Happened From There”:
“Shortly after Josh McDaniels moved into his office at Dove Valley, he called in Cutler and his agent, Bus Cook, for a closed-door meeting. The story goes that McDaniels began with a 20-minute dissertation of his resume, how he’d worked his way up the ranks in New England to become Bill Belichick‘s right-hand man with the offense and how the team would have been nowhere the year before without his tutelage of backup Matt Cassel. He continued on with justification of his hiring by Bowlen.”
You can see what Cutler was dealing with, and why Josh McDaniels hasn’t really been considered as a head coach going forward. Cutler stayed silent and stoic, much like he is week in and week out after taking a beating on the field, and off the field by his critics.
“…He began to bash and berate Cutler and his game to the tune of a verbal flogging neither had ever witnessed. The expletive-laden diatribe went on for a few minutes, after which Cook stood up and told Cutler they were leaving. As they walked down the long hallway past Bowlen’s office, Cutler turned to Bus and said, “Get me out of here. I don’t care how you do it.”
One of Jay’s biggest stigmas is that he “rubs people the wrong way”, and is “hard to work with”. A “coach killer”. The last exerpt pretty much exonerates him of that. Sure, he might have “forced” his way out of Denver, but wouldn’t you have done the same thing after some 32 year old punk-ass-wannabe verbally abused you?
I’m glad this story came out, and really at the perfect time. Jay is having a renaissance and maybe putting some old ghosts to rest. Ironically, he is doing it mostly without the talent he had the last 3 years. No Brandon Marshall, no Alshon Jefferey, and not even Eddie Royal for most of the season. We are starting to see on the field why Pace/Fox chose to keep the embattled QB. After reading the article, I now understand why they chose to keep the man.
Cutler is going to make mistakes, and some of those may cost the Bears a game or two. I have no doubt though, Jay will win games he has no business winning. He has already proved that. If the Bears solidify the defense, I think he can lead them to a Super Bowl. Will he do it? Only time will tell.