Posted Wed Mar 25th by Mr.East
“I’ve always been optimistic,” McDaniels said at the NFL Annual Meeting. “He’s on our team, he’s under contract, and I understand there’s things we have to work toward in our relationship
When asked about the infamous Matt Cassel for Jay Cutler ordeal he responded,
“You take into consideration what anybody is trying to offer up,” McDaniels said. “If the quality of the trade you feel, in the long run, improves your team, you analyze it.”
“It’s been made very clear to me it’s my job to listen to a number of scenarios that would improve the team.”
McDaniels was also asked about any future meetings he would have with Jay Cutler.
“One thing I want to do and continually want to do is meet with the player,” McDaniels said Tuesday morning. “I want to meet with the player by myself. I want to meet with the player one on one. I think that’s the best way to fix any kind of issue.”
The Denver Post brought up a good point that McDaniels was using the term “the player” which is the impersonal reference that has been used by coaches from the Bill Parcells tree.
“He’s our quarterback,” McDaniels said. “And I’m not calling him just the player. I’ll call him Jay Cutler if you want me to.”
The NFL.com article reports,
McDaniels smiled when asked if this ordeal was difficult for a young, rookie head coach.
“You hope certain things don’t get out before you have a chance to meet and explain them,” he said. “So my attitude is I’m going to work hard to improve the team, and in this case, the player, when I have an opportunity to, get to the point where he respects me for what I can do for him on the field. I hope that that’s mutual.”
“It’s not an ideal situation, obviously,” McDaniels said. “We want him to be here, but it has to be two ways. It’s a challenge for him. I understand the position he is in, and I respect that.”
McDaniels was also questioned about if he has been engaged in any prospective trade talks.
“People have left messages. I can say that,”
Reporters also asked McDaniels if he had no intention of trading Cutler now.
“I think I would be contradicting myself if I said that,” McDaniels said. “Like I said, he’s our quarterback. We’re committed to him, and we will always do what’s in the best interest of our team. That’s why we’re talking about this right now, because there was a scenario that was presented that was considered. I’m not going to fall back from that.”
Well you can’t fault Josh McDaniels for being crystal clear. All of Denver can just hope that he is in fact being honest in those statements. Now the Bronco nation can only keep our fingers crossed that Jay shows up to mandatory camps in April.