Re: What do you think of the Culter deal?
posted at 4/10/2009 9:49 AM EDT
Love Mcdaniel because he was a former pat, but belichick would have never allowed the media to get a hold of something like this and if it did, he would have denied it and then never spoken again about it. Mcdaniel should have learned how to play head coach first before trying to be bill belichick. McDaniels did handle it the same as BB would. He never elaborated to the media, simply stated he wanted to sit down with Cutler and work it out. Cutler refused to do so. Then just as BB did with Branch, he made a trade and eliminated the distraction. They actually made out well on the trade, as Branch hasn't done much since. In return they picked up Merriweather. Now Josh has two QBs to choose from plus a few draft picks to fix the defense. I'd say he got the better end of the deal. You can't call McDaniels two faced, it doesn't fit. He admitted he would listen to whatever offers he thought might improve the team. He also wanted to try and work with Cutler. But Jay evidently didn't want to work with him, so he balked. I also think Bus Cook was a major player in all this. It's well known that Cutler's contract is at it's low point right now. But I doubt he'll be getting "Manning money" in Chicago, even if they won the SB! He pushed his way out of town, fine. Now he'll have to prove himself in order to get the raise he is looking for. I agree he has a lot of talent, but his supporting cast has taken a dive in this move. Jason Campbell may not be a perfect comparison, I wouldn't say he couldn't get a starting job elsewhere. But the pressure is now on Cutler big time. Chicago will show no mercy should he flop. He made his scene and now needs to prove McDaniels wrong. The Bears had better bring in a WR. If Cutler has to start scrambling looking for a receiver he'll sorely miss Marshall and Royal in Chicago!
Posted by bubthegrub2
Completely disagree Bub, through this process there was some light shed on how Belichick handled his QB situation in Cleveland (which blew up on him) and how he handled it in NE (which worked out.)
The word was that Belichick did not care for Bledsoe, but Bledsoe was THE guy in NE at the time although aging. Still Belichick reupped his contract and let him play. When Bledsoe got hurt Belichick was able to put Brady in. The rest is history. Belichick acted differently in Cleveland wanting to immediately replace Kosar. The point is that Belichick did not create waves at the outset in his first year in NE unlike his stint in Clev.
McDaniel has acted like Belichick in his first job. Beyond that McDaniel was not saddled with a QB who had his best years behind him like both Bledsoe and Kosar.
McDaniel was two faced for saying he was not trying to do the deal and that he only listened. There are multiple reports out there to the contrary. That's two faced, and he never owned up to it. After that Cutler didn't give him the satisfaction of what he wanted and forced his way out.
This wasn't about money initially, but I do agree that it became that. Money is proof of committment and the Broncos held their ground. I think Cutler said, you have demonstrated that you don't want me. Now you are saying you do. Prove it. When the Broncos did not budge, Cutler realized the end had come.
As for getting money from Chicago, I disagree here, too. I don't think Cutler will win an SB in the immediate future with Chicago, but if he does, he will get paid. Why, because Chicago demonstrated a willingness to pay significantly to get him.
Ultimately, it appears that both got what they wanted (except that McDaniel does not have Cassell) and Denver was paid handsomely. That said, the fiasco has put a great deal of pressure on both of them to deliver.
They will forever be linked