Leadership at the quarterback position and head coach in the NFL is paramount.
Think about it... Bill Belichick/Tom Brady, Mike Tomlin/Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning/Tony Dungy, John Elway/Mike Shanahan, the list goes on... The quarterback and head coach HAVE to be the backbone of the team. They lead by example and with a strong voice. Cooperation= Super Bowls! The two don't necessarily have to like each other, but they have to respect each other to make it work. The problem at Dove Valley is Cutler and McDaniles don't have any respect what-so-ever for each other... because they don't trust each other.
Cutler doesn't trust McDaniels because he feels like the coach wen't behind his back and tried to trade him.
McDaniels doesn't trust Cutler becuase Jay took FOREVER to return the coache's phone calls when he was hired. Then, Jay reportedly asked for a trade when Jeremy Bates was let go. So why would McDaniels put his faith in a young, immature player who won't invest the time to get acquainted with his new boss.
This broken bond can be mended if the two would just GROW UP! Cutler needs to realize that playing in the NFL is a priviledge, not a right. He is paid very well to be dedicated to the Broncos, no matter who the head coach is. When McDaniels was hired Jay should have been the first on the phone welcoming him to Denver. The conversation should have gone something like this:
JAY: WELCOME TO DENVER, COACH!
JOSH: THANKS, CUT! CAN'T WAIT TO GET STARTED!
JAY: SPEAKING OF WHICH, WHEN CAN I MEET YOU AT DOVE VALLEY SO WE CAN GET STARTED ON WINNING A SUPER BOWL TOGETHER? HOW ABOUT TOMORROW MORNING?
If that would have happened from the start, the Broncos would have never been in this mess. However, the blame doesn't totally fall on Cutler. McDaniels needed to be a man about his problems with Jay... AND be up front with his intentions with the failed trade. Jay deserved better. He is the Broncos in 2009.
Here is to a new start on Monday The two are scheduled to meet next week to hammer out their differences. Both are very young and still learning on the job. Let's hope they learn this: They need each other to win a Super Bowl in Denver. Now it's time to grow up, act like men and blossom into the champions they were born to be!
Jesse Kurtz, KKTV Sports Anchor