Hey everyone! This is my first post as a member of MHR, but I am a longtime admirer of the quality of info here and a nearly-lifelong fan of the Broncs. Enough about me; you can read my profile for the rest.
I am like you: sick of the McJaygate saga and ready for a resolution-- any resolution. However, I wanted to throw out an observation that I haven't heard yet from any quarter and then I will move on to more edifying areas of discussion.
I have noticed that Bus Cook has been painted in a very negative light here on MHR, and (latecomers to the party that they are) recently as well in the broader "more reputable" media. While much of his criticism is deserved, I want to present the other side of the coin, by way of an analogy. I went to college wanting to be a lawyer, which then led me to figure out what kind of lawyer I wanted to be. When I was considering the criminal law side of things, the obvious choices are either prosecutor or defense attorney. The main hangup I had with defense was the #1 question I'm sure they get asked all the time: how can they defend such scumbags? The answer I finally came to with at least some degree of comfort is helpful, I think, in understanding this nasty mess that is the Cutler/Cook/McDaniels/Xanders/Bowlen saga.
A defense lawyer's primary goal is to ensure that justice is done, not so see it carried out. This is a subtle yet crucial difference. The prosecutor represents the interests of the government, whose primary responsibility is to provide of the safety and overall welfare of the citizenry. The defense lawyer represents the interests of the people, whose primary motivation is to ensure that their rights are protected and respected. So, apply this to a defendant who is accused of a thoroughly heinous crime. But what about all the evidence against him? It is merely hearsay, conjecture, public opinion, and accusation until it is sent through the crucible of the court system. To allow even one bending or flexing of the strict rules of evidence is to open the floodgates to the inevitable conclusion of a kangaroo court. Even in cases where the client is damned by evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, the defense lawyer is there to ensure that the punishment is not cruel or unusual and is commensurate with the crime. The bottom line? The defense lawyer is after the preservation of the system of justice, and acts as a check/balance to make certain that justice is, in fact, carried out. Justice-- understood as a legal term-- bears no intrinsic relation to the truth of the matter, which is why defendants are found either "guilty" or "not guilty." They may not be innocent, but it cannot be said without doing violence to the system of justice that they are guilty.
Perhaps now you can see where I am going with this. Just as a defense lawyer has certain requirements of his profession which compel him to overlook the emotions and desires of the general population, a sports agent has similar obligations. He (I'll stick with the masculine pronoun, since we're obliquely referring to Bus Cook here) is to look out for the interests of his client before all else. I was struck by this distinction when I heard the he said-he said back-and-forth from the Cutler and Broncos camps. The one thing they both agreed on, it seems, was the fact of the matter that McDaniels told Cutler that he could not rule out a trade if it was in the best interests of the organization. That is his job description, as the head coach. Bus Cook's job description is to look out for the best interests of his client: Jay Cutler. Now, there could be an argument made that leaving Denver is NOT the best thing for Cutler (hardly an open-shut case), but the mere fact that the issue is open for discussion proves my point. There are other forces at work here besides greed, or ego, or the like. There is also honor and duty, like the duty an agent has to his client. I hope no one would claim that agents are not necessary to protect the interests of kids coming out of college, often without degrees, often without particularly high IQs, into a job market which is likely to consume years of their life and leave all but a few broken-down wrecks when it spits them out at the ripe old age of 40.
So, before we all tar and feather Bus Cook, lock him into the pillory in the Internet town square, or burn him in effigy in our dreams, let's consider: isn't it possible he's just doing his job, even if the end result of doing his job is a situation we hate?