I am not going to try to say that Cutler is blameless in this situation or that he could not have handled things better, but I have been reading some of the posts/comments and have been surprised to see how quickly people have completely turned on him. I appear to be part of a small minority that thinks that Cutler has not really done anything that egregiously wrong so far (obviously Monday could change things).
IMO, the biggest reason for this discrepancy is a difference in our perception about Cutler's complaints. It seems that quite a lot of people are stuck on this idea that Jay Cutler thinks that he is untradeable, entitled to his spot, above the team, etc.. I just don't buy that basic premise. I think Cutler was surprised initially and made comments about being shocked/hurt to hear his name came up in trade talks, but as he has subsequently said the issue for him is a matter of trust and the feeling that he was lied to by McDaniels and the Broncos organization.
I don't know if Cutler is right to feel that way (and frankly he would be deservedly ripped for publicizing the details necessary to prove he is justified in his belief), but I do believe that it is an honest feeling. You may disagree or think it is a smokescreen and you may be right and all the speculation from experts and the comments from anonymous sources may be correct. But I am going to wait for Jay Cutler himself to say or do something before I change my mind.
Unfortunately if there is a lack of trust, it will not be too productive for the Broncos and Cutler to stay together. Cutler is still a work in progress and needs refining and coaching to become a truly elite QB. But a large part of successful coaching is convincing a player to have enough faith to make the coach's changes/adjustments even if the player does not see the short term gains. Among players and coaches with no past history, the player can still have an unconcious fear/distrust of what he is being told and will resist the coaching. If there is actual, active distrust of the coach by the player, I just don't see how they can coexist productively so unless things actually get resolved (not just patched up) I think it is best for both parties to go their separate ways.
What is Jay's complaint with the Broncos?
Doesn't trust the team (27 votes)
Thinks he is too good to trade (14 votes)
A bit of both (30 votes)
71 total votes