An Alternative Perspective on the Request for a Trade

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      In the summer of 2008, then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson claimed that there was no problem from the housing bubble, and everything was going just fine. Later, in the fall of 2008, he and other US Treasury officials scrambled and struggled to pass a $700 billion bailout package for the financial industry.

            Many were skeptical of the bailout, arguing that these institutions did not deserve to be bailed out because they underestimated the risk. Others believed that Paulson was misleading the public when he mentioned that the economy was going just fine. At least one columnist wrote that Paulson's earlier public statements in the summer undermined his credibility and his ability to get the bailout package passed.

            As devout Bronco fans, many of us know that Jay Cutler and his parents grew up in the Midwest. He is well-known in the Denver community and regularly performs charitable acts. He flew a Broncos PR guy to Honolulu on his own tab, met with diabetics in Honolulu, has his own charitable foundation, and is a member of Dedicated to Diabetes, a Denver-based organization that is committed to education about diabetes ( Cutler has also donated to Reverend Leon Kelly's Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, which fellow Bronco Brandon Marshall is also a member, ( without a press release or fanfare. Recently, he didn't show up at a fundraiser at Mile High because he thought he would be a distraction, but he did donate money to the cause.

            The point of this post then, is to provide an alternative perspective that is not based on money or Bus Cook. Clearly, Cutler is not a  attention-seeking drama king. As Dave Krieger mentions in his article (


            In the wake of the gang-related murder of former Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, Kelly's was a             cause close to the Broncos' hearts. This is what Cutler thought commitment            meant. He thought the             feeling was mutual. When McDaniels took over, he learned it          wasn't. Grow up, he's told now. It's a             business. Don't be a baby.

With that being said, I believe that Cutler has learned his lesson that football is a business and that he is simply one of the employees, like Krieger says.

            The question that I wish to pose to MHR is: Is Cutler asking for a trade because he dislikes the way that McDaniels had essentially lied to him?

My Reasoning:

            Initaially, McDaniels said that he was excited to coach Cutler. Then McDaniels turned around and tried to trade Cutler. History has shown that people do not dislike the action that was performed (i.e. listening to trade offers), but what peeves them is the cover-up and deception. Could it be that Cutler is asking for this trade because he is standing up for his values? Cutler wants McDaniels to come clean, McDaniels is refusing to do so.

            For the record, I am not pro or anti Cutler or McDaniels. Both dug deeper holes for themselves as the news broke. Cutler ranted to the media; McDaniels tried to put spin on the story. Ideally, both of them should have shut up and privately met, and/or Bowlen should have ordered a reconciliation. Now, the best case scenario is if both of them reconcile and learn something from this experience (Cutler: football is a business, McDaniels: the Belichick style is gradually granted to you, not instantaneously given), and the Broncos go on to win Super Bowls with those two.

            Somewhere out there, Bill Belichick is chuckling at this situation that as Michael Lombardi put it, "I cannot see any way the Broncos come out a winner in this deal." Also, Mike Shanahan is playing golf, lounging on the beach, earning a multi-million paycheck for nothing, and cackling at how Pat Bowlen has screwed things up not even three months without Shanahan. Simultaneously, he is working to get Cutler traded to Carolina. Next year, he is going to replace John Fox at Carolina and lure Turner and Dennison from Denver. By the way, could you imagine Jay Cutler and Steve Smith? Of course, this paragraph is highly speculative.


This is a Fan-Created Comment on The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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