Posted on: April 26, 2009 9:51 pm
this is just brutal...a continuation of the black hole this once-great franchise has found itself in since the end of last season...
i think Moreno could be a good NFL back, but he was NOT the pick to make here...i dont know that he's all that much better than some of the RBs drafted after him...and let's not forget that out of the 15 RBs the Broncos had on the roster going into the draft, while i wouldnt pencil any of them in for a trip to Canton as anything besides a paying customer, they have some decent backs...Selvin Young and Peyton Hillis played well before getting hurt, and Shanahan was pretty high on Torain, who never got to do much because of injury...and living here in Eagles country, i've seen Buckhalter's entire career close up...the Birds were really high on him, but 2 season-ending knee injuries allowed Westbrook to become the man here...but when Buckhalter was put in the game to spell Westbrok, he played pretty well...my point being, with ALL the other holes on this team, both inherited by and created by mcdouchebag, RB was not a concern that early in the draft...
it's been well-documented how bad the Broncos' D is...as much as i love high-scoring, offensive football, defense wins championships (as we saw up-close-and-personal last year)...and when you pretty much have to rebuild everything outside of Champ Bailey and B-Dawk, you have to start with the front 7, especially the D-line...instead they went from the other direction (when they even bothered to address the defense, that is), drafting only 1 LB and NO D-linemen...mcdouchebag has had a bug up his ass about Scheffler since day one for whatever reason, so he'll be gone after this year, but Richard Quinn in the 2nd round? a guy who had 12 catches in his college career?
and then trying to come up with his own Tom Brady or Matt "Career Benchwarmer" Cassell by drafting Brandstater in the 6th round? even IF that guy gets to the point where he can compete against the likes of Kyle Orton or Chris Simms for a starting job, you're looking at 2-3 years out...do you REALLY want Orton or Simms as your starting QB for that long?
don't even get me started about getting a 2nd round pick this year for what most likely will be a top-10 (or possibly top-5) pick next year...i'm ready to put my fist through the wall over that one...seriously, WTF!?!?!?!?!!?!!!! i think i saw that in an episdoe of Leave it to Beaver, where Eddie Haskell gave The Beaver a shiny new quarter for a raggedy old $10 bill....
mcdouchebag is big on his 'system', but honestly, i cant figure out what the hell it is...it just seems to me like he's pulling stuff out of his ass because he has no clue what he's doing...i mean, he does realize that you generally only have 2 RBs on the field in an offensive formation, and 4 DBs in a standard defensive formation, right?
you look at where this team was 4 months ago, and obviously the defense needed to be laid waste to with an H-bomb and completely rebuilt (with the exception of Champ)...as much as i love Shanny, i could see the side of the argument about why he should've gone...but consider the fact that with an AVERAGE defense last year, this team wins 11-12 games and the division...now, 4 months removed from the end of the season, the defense is only incrementally better (because let's face it, it couldn't have been much worse), and now the offense is completely trashed...and the worst part of it all is the fact that it's not a case of you know we'll suffer this year, but things will be better next year...i don't get that feeling at all...i feel like in mcdouchebag's attempt to turn our team into the Denver Patriots, we wound up with the Rocky Mountain Raiders...i just have 6 words for you all:
2010 Broncos' Head Coach Bill Cowher...
Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:06 pm
To everybody from sportswriters and ex-QBs who don’t even qualify as “washed-up” because they are “never-weres” (I’m looking at YOU, Tim Hasselbeck), and everybody in between who says that Jay Cutler is a crybaby and the Broncos are better off without him, you are WRONG. You’re talking about trading a 25-year-old, Pro Bowl franchise QB who has a cannon for an arm, who just came off a season leading his team to the # 2 ranking of all offenses in the league (with a revolving door at RB due to injuries). In what universe does it make sense to trade this guy for Matt “Career Benchwarmer” Cassel? If guys like Cutler are so easy to find, and he’s so much of a problem, then how come at least 10-12 teams have contacted the Broncos about acquiring him?
Oh, because he’s a “crybaby”, and pouting because they talked about trading him. The history of pro sports is filled with great players who didn’t exactly have a great, friendly personality (and yes, there have even been a few criminals from time-to-time—shocking, I know). Well, maybe it’s me, but if I’m anywhere in management on a team, from the owner down to the assistant coaches, I’d rather have guys who’d get pissed about me talking about trading them than a steady drumbeat of players who can’t wait to get out the door. When the story about the trade for Cassel broke, if I was Pat Bowlen, Cutler’s reaction actually would’ve actually given me a sense of pride that I’d built my franchise to the point where my star player was seriously upset about the idea of trading him, and I would’ve stepped in right there to fix it.
People say, “it’s a business, and he has to get over it”, which is true. As much as I’m on Cutler’s side in this (100%, for the record), he definitely could’ve handled this better on his end, and he does have to accept the fact that in pro sports, anyone can be traded (except a baseball player who is 10/5 or has a no-trade clause, or an NBA player who can’t be moved due to his contract and the NBA’s ridiculous salary cap rules). At the same time, I don’t blame him for being pissed off, and worrying about where he stands with the team. The head coach who drafted him and built the offense around him gets fired, but Bowlen says, “Jay’s our guy”. Jeremy Bates, the QB coach, was let go even though Cutler specifically asked that he be kept on. (Let’s take a minute here to remember that when it comes to coaching or player personnel moves, the franchise players aren’t necessarily asked for their opinion on a move, but are kept in the loop by management, and this pretty much goes on across the board in all sports, so, no, I don’t think that Cutler was being unreasonable when he asked if Bates could be kept on). Cutler meets with McDaniels and they start to go over the playbook, and McDaniels tells Cutler that he’s excited to work with him. Then, on the day Cutler leaves for Nashville, McDaniels is on the phone trying to trade him, and Cutler finds out from sources outside the Bronco organization. Then, they bring in a scrub QB in Chris Simms, who’s thrown 2 passes in 2 years, as a backup who’s making more money than Cutler, the Pro Bowl starter. Do you blame Cutler for being pissed, and for feeling that he can’t trust McDaniels, especially considering who his former employers are, and their reputation for less than above-board tactics? I’ve been in situations where I’ve done great at my job, but my bosses come in and undercut me, and speak out of both sides of their mouth, and you know what, it sucks, and I was pissed, and got to the point where I couldn’t trust them, so yeah, I understand where he’s coming from on that.
But THAT’S why he’s a crybaby, and the team is better off without him? Because he got pissed off when they weren’t honest with him? If that’s the WORST you can say about this guy and his behavior, please, I’ll take him, and more like him. It’s not like he did something selfish and careless by breaking his contract and riding his motorcycle into an SUV (Roethlisberger); says that he wants his contract torn up and extended (even though he’s over 30, with a history of injuries)—but only if you bring in better players on offense, otherwise don’t bother renegotiating (McNabb); got convicted of torturing and killing dogs and running an interstate gambling operation over it (not even going to mention that piece of sh**’s name); went to Cancun with his girlfriend the week before a playoff game—which he lost (Romo); or cares more about his “game” than his game (Leinart). You never hear about Jay Cutler getting caught running someone down while they were DUI, or failing a drug test, or getting arrested on weapons charges.
And I have to wonder, with all the people who are saying that “It’s a business, he needs to get over it”, how many of these same people rip a player for leaving a team he’s spent his entire career with in order to play for the highest bidder, and call him a mercenary and bemoan the fact that there’s no loyalty in sports any more, and that the players are only in it for the money? Loyalty works both ways. The Broncos created this mess by not showing loyalty to Cutler. This might be McDaniels’ attempt to assert control over this team, but how many players in the locker room are thinking to themselves, “If they treated our franchise QB this way, how am I going to be treated?” While loyalty should not be the be-all end-all when it comes to personnel decisions, it just makes sense to me that if a team shows loyalty to it’s players, most will be loyal back to the team. Teams that operate this way are generally more successful, often times the atmosphere is so good that players are willing to give them a hometown discount, freeing up money for other moves, and you become an attractive place for players to want to go, be it through the draft, free agency, or a trade.
If Jay Cutler’s biggest crime is expecting the Broncos to show the same loyalty to him that he’s shown to them, and being pissed when they didn’t, then give me a team full of Cutlers.