It isn't breaking news by any stretch, but the comments of the two main figures in the Jay Cutler V. Josh McDaniels saga finally spoke out about their "feud". Here is what they had to say --
Jay Cutler --
I went in there with every intention of solving the issue, being a Bronco, moving forward as a Bronco. We weren't in there but about 20 minutes, [McDaniels] did most of the talking and as far as I'm concerned, he made it clear he wants his own guy. He admitted he wanted Matt Cassel because he said he has raised him up from the ground as a quarterback. He said he wasn't sorry about it. He made it clear that he could still entertain trading me because, as he put it, he'll do whatever he feels is in the best interest of the organization.
At the end of the meeting, he wasn't like, 'Jay, I want you as our quarterback, you're our guy.' It felt like the opposite. He basically said that I needed to tell him if we can't work this out, to let him know. I thought he was antagonizing me and that was disappointing because I was ready to move on, committed as a Bronco. Really, I figured we'd hash things out, shake hands, laugh a little and move forward. What happened [Saturday] was the last thing I expected. If I didn't think it could be fixed, I never would have come back to Denver. It was painfully obvious to me and Bus [Cook, his agent] it's not something they want to fix.
Now here is what Head Coach Josh McDaniels had to say --
I really have wanted to avoid a he-said, she-said thing but it's only fair for us to present the Bronco side of the story rather than let things get taken out of context. There's been a pattern here for the past two weeks the way things [have been represented] in our communications. I don't think anything that happened [Saturday] was out of the ordinary. At the end of the meeting, Jay said he had thought about things quite a bit and requested a few more hours to mull things over. He said he wanted to talk to Bus on how to proceed. He was gonna call me on my cell phone and that never happened. Instead, Bus called [GM] Brian [Xanders].
Again, I think that's been a pattern. I couldn't get [Cutler] to talk to me for two weeks or to talk to Mr. Bowlen. Then when he came here this weekend, we couldn't get a one-on-one meeting, just me and him alone. He wanted Bus in there, so I had Brian sit in, too. And it was the four of us. There wasn't any yelling, none of that. I can't believe we get to a totally different [interpretation].
It's an unfortunate set of circumstances that has cropped up, a potential distraction and we've done our best to limit that. The main message I want to get out is that we're excited to start our offseason program [Monday]. It's an exciting time for us.
So, let me get this straight. Jay Cutler's problem the entire time has been that the Broncos "misled" him. He has stated that he wanted the Broncos to come clean about any and all trade discussions. According to Cutler himself, McDaniels did that. It still isn't good enough. He still wants to be coddled, his ego massaged.
I also find it interesting, according to McDaniels anyway, that Cutler "needed to think some more" and wanted to discuss with Bus Cook on "how to proceed". A few hours later, Cutler wants to be traded. If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and acts like a duck, well, it is a duck and Bus Cook is filled with feathers.
We all have differing opinions on this and trying to lay blame at this point is a useless exercise. What is important to me, at this point in time, are the other men in that locker room that WANT TO BE Denver Broncos. The Jay Cutler situation will clear itself up at some point, whether #6 is here or somewhere else.
Oh, and it hasn't been lost on me that the other Bus Cook client on the roster, Tony Scheffler, has planned on staying away today as well. Anyone else believe there isn't a method to the Bus Cook madness???