12 Mar 2009
For those that don't know Jay Cutler is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos. The rumor is that the coach of the Broncos floated a trade offer to another team to get a different quarterback. Cutler has gotten upset about this and may now prefer to not play for the Broncos.
Most of the commentary on this saga has said that the coach is the coach and is in charge and Cutler should grow up. They usually add that every player is expendable and it's just the nature of the business. The Broncos brass claimed this as their position, all the while denying that they had initiated a trade offer.
I was waiting for at least one analyst to point out that over the past 15 years, all analysts have gushed over teams that cherish guys with "heart" or guys that are good in the clubhouse or teams that behave more like families. Such players and teams usually have a higher standard of play and I believe are more likely to win championships. So it really irks me that everyone has 100% avoided this line of reasoning in their analysis.
If the Broncos floated Cutler as trade bait, they should apologize. If they didn't, they could easily explain to Cutler that anyone is free to offer a trade to them. THIS IS AN EASY SOLUTION TO THIS FAMILY DRAMA!!!
That the Broncos haven't solved this yet suggests that they did indeed float Cutler as trade bait and that their new coach may be a bit too young to realize that family dynamics are an important part of a well-run team.