Posted Tue Mar 17th by Monty
Don Banks has a terrific article on SI.com discussing the storied history of Jay Cutler‘s agent Bus Cook. After destroying the relationships that veteran QB’s Steve McNair and Brett Favre had with their former teams, Cooks appears to be the mastermind behind the current fiasco facing the Broncos. Take a look:
“Bus has a pattern here with this sort of thing,” one veteran NFL general manager told me Monday afternoon. “And he’s been successful with it before. What you have here is an agent trying to dictate the position of an entire franchise. He sees an opportunity, because he knows [the Broncos] are vulnerable to pressure. They’ve got a new, 32-year-old head coach [Josh McDaniels], a new young general manager [Brian Xanders], and an owner in Pat Bowlen who has only recently re-engaged in the decision-making of his team.
“Bus is turning up the heat because he knows there has been a tremendous amount of change going on there in Denver. He’s trying to break the organization, break the ownership, now that it’s just Bowlen and these two young guys. There are new people in Denver and they exposed themselves with the dabbling they did [in trade talks], and now they’ve got an agent trying to make it as miserable as he can for them. He’s creating some pressure through the media, and trying to see how strong these three are going to be. Will they sit there and be able to take the heat? Something like this can bring an organization to its knees.”
Indeed, the Broncos organization has been brought to its knees. Three months ago we had a Pro Bowl quarterback and a Hall of Fame coach. Now we have a royal, royal mess. This GM is right – Bus Cook has played the antagonist in this and plenty other messes.
That being said, I still expect better of the men tasked with leading this team.
Thanks for the tip dee!
Cooking up trouble: Cutler’s agent has shaky history with QB clients [Sports Illustrated]