Posted Sun Mar 1st by Ian Henson
Ladies and gentleman, meet your new quarterback, same as the old quarterback. No thanks to the New England Patriots Bill Belichick.
“Bill Belichick wouldn’t do his mother a favor,” one NFL insider scoffed yesterday. “Anybody who looks at this [Matt Cassel] deal and thinks he did doesn’t know him. Or the guys he just traded.”
Though the relevance of the Cassel trade is obvious at this point, he went to the Kansas City Chiefs, but not before wrecking havoc throughout the hills of Dove Valley.
What were your intentions with the prodigal son Mr. Belichick? Worried what may happen when Josh McDaniels gets together with the guy that Tom Brady used to be? This situation’s got clam chowder all over it and what has it done? It put a little chink in the already unsteady relationship of McDaniels and Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.
My requests for further information from the Broncos have thus far gone unanswered. Though McDaniels did state that Cutler is the quarterback in Denver, what more needs to be said? Throughout this whole situation, I keep being reminded of the John Lynch quote, when Cutler was first drafted.
“If this guy can take a bunch of future doctors and lawyers and have them competing against the Florida Gators,” explained Lynch, “This guy is a stud”.
How complicated is the new offense that McDaniels is bringing from New England? Very, but Mike Shanahan’s offense wasn’t exactly a easy. Shanahan played to the strengths of his players, where as McDaniels system plays to the moment-by-moment weaknesses of the defense. There is nothing that Cutler cannot handle offensively, he will have to continue to mature, but a Pro Bowl in his third season is nothing to scoff at. Neither was the way he commanded the offense last season.
Remember, Shanahan made the move to get Cutler, because he wanted the next Peyton Manning. McDaniels didn’t inherit a tarnished flag here, he has one of the best offenses in the league and a defense that can only get better. He didn’t take a, “Swing for the fence,” in trying to trade Cutler, it’s just as likely that teams have tried to trade for Champ Bailey or D.J. Williams. Those stories just haven’t been leaked like this one.
Oh, and would someone please shut Bus Cook up? Who started the rumor that Denver wanted to trade Tony Scheffler? Who would even want Scheffler? He’s a great tight end, but what could they possibly offer for an unproven tight end that hasn’t made it through an entire season?
UPDATE (March 1, 2009 12:15 EST): As I am typing this story out, ESPN and Chris Mortensen go live with this story. Stating that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were prepared to offer a first-round and third-round for Cutler to the Patriots and that would have turned over to New England who would receive a first and Cutler from Denver for Cassel.
Why in the world would Denver give up a first and Cutler for Cassel? Via PFT Mike Florio stated that Mort was insinuating that Belichick leaked the news of the Broncos interest to the Boston Globe. There’s no way if the 12th pick is up in the air that New England says yes to the 34th pick in the draft and gives up Mike Vrabel. Get better Belichick.
UPDATE (March 1, 2009 6:15 EST): The Broncos have scheduled a sit-down talk with Cutler. He is not on the block, though he may have been specifically for the Cassel trade. They will not be trading him and he is no longer, nor was he ever seriously considered to be on the block. CBS-4 in Denver has just confirmed this as well.
In other news it is confirmed that the Broncos have signed cornerback Andre Goodman formerly of the Miami Dolphins. He started every game last season for the Dolphins and has previously played for the Detroit Lions.
Let’s focus on bringing Derrick Ward in, with the contract situation with J.J. Arrington weaning.