I'm going to get lynched. I can feel it. But bring it on. This is about healthy debate, and NO ONE has all the facts yet. I sympathize with Cutler. I think we should also take time to get into the head of Josh McDaniels and ask why he would think of trading a franchise quarterback, whom everyone thought was a solid REASON for any coach to want to be in Denver.
McDaniels is a new coach. He has been asked to win a Super Bowl with an unfamiliar team. Like any new coach, he makes changes and brings familiar people with him to his new job. He is expected to maintain some continuity (or is he?), but his REAL bottom line is the expectation to WIN GAMES. Everyone knows that's the measure of success as a head coach.
So McDaniels is presented with an opportunity: Move up in the 1st round of the draft, add a 3rd round pick, and get a good quarterback in trade for one potentially phenomenal quarterback. What's more, the quarterback is a guy the new coach KNOWS. He has seen the potential, he has seen the intangibles, he knows what he can expect, and he knows he can make the QB fit into the system he is trying to install, and he knows the QB knows the terminology. This one point alone means that, in addition to the 2 extra high draft picks to use on defense, McDaniels possibly sees a better chance to win games IMMEDIATELY, as opposed to a year or two out. Why not consider this?
I wanted to post that as insight for those of you calling for McD's head. Having said that, I agree that the coach's methods were reckless and have caused a bigger fallout than they should have. Unfortunately, there is a learning curve. But, like all jobs, you have to make mistakes in order to learn. If we fire McDaniels, who's to say the next guy won't make a similar mistake? At least McDaniels isn't likely to repeat a blunder like this.
Do you think a coach should be on a "one-strike-you're-out" plan? Or do you think coaches are coachable, too?