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McDaniels: A Lack of Communication

April 3, 2009
Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels

For those of you who missed it, this morning Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels held a major press conference on Jay Cutler and the trade that took place yesterday between the Broncos and the Bears. In that conference he expressed a lack of communication between him and Jay.

Throughout the conference, he did not refer to Cutler by name but as “the player” and seemed to be frustrated about him and his agent Bus Cook throughout the press conference. That said though, he remained positive about the Broncos and made it very clear they were showing progression. He also had high remarks about new Broncos QB Kyle Orton.

“Kyle Orton is a player I have watched and I have studied. He is tough, smart, makes good decisions, and wins.”

As you might guess, winning was also a major theme throughout it:

“I think a pro Quarterback is supposed to score Touchdowns and win games. Cutler could do that but many other Quarterbacks can too. You’re distinguished by going to the playoffs and winning games.” McDaniels said to reporters.

This probably was to point out that Jay Cutler had never had a winning record or gone to the playoffs. Kyle Orton on the other hand has a record of 21-12 and was extremely close to leading the Bears to the playoffs last season with a very weak offense. Still, on the note of a lack of communication McDaniels expressed vexation:

“It was obviously a situation where communication was an issue.” McDaniels explained. He went on to say, “We could never get to the point where there was effective communication between the two parties.”

McDaniels also felt that Cutler never showed true commitment to coming to a resolution with the Broncos despite him saying he still wanted to play for them.

“It was going to require a two way to commitment and it was clear to Pat and I there wasn’t going to be one.”

McDaniels also said multiple times that at every single position there would be a battle for who the starter would be. What this shows, is that maybe Cutler was upset with that new mind set. It was always clear that Mike Shanahan, as good as he was, babied Cutler throughout his career and made it seem like Cutler would always be the starter.

Instead under this new regime, McDaniels brings a concept where nobody is safe and that he just wants to win. It is the classic Patriot way. He said that Chris Simms would also have a chance at the starting Quarterback position. He did say only positive things about Orton too though.

“I think when you give a away a good Quarterback, getting a Quarterback back that has been productive and won in this league, I think that it is really a great thing for the team.” He quoted.

So I guess if anything, our Head Coach seems positive. Let’s hope that he knows what he is doing or else we might be in for a rough ride.

  1. Turk permalink
    April 3, 2009 9:54 AM

    It was all pretty basic. I am just glad he feels positive on KIyle Orton because I still have my doubts…

  2. Wes permalink
    April 3, 2009 10:33 AM

    I thought he was pretty good at Purdue. Hopefully, the lack of statistical production in the NFL is due to a shortage of weapons on the offense. Maybe this move can rejuvante his career. There’s no reason to look backward, we can only look forward and hope for the best. Go Broncos yesterday, Go Broncos Today, Go Broncos til the day i die

  3. April 3, 2009 4:42 PM


    As much as I can tell you about Kyle Orton: He’s won games much in part because of a great defense. As a rookie, he was 10-5, which is impressive, but statistically he was quite inane.

    He has improved as years have gone by, and his biggest positive is that he makes few mistakes, and is a great team leader in the truest sense.

    His negatives: Little arm strength and average accuracy.

    I bet he’ll beat out Chris Simms to start, but don’t expect more than a great game-manager with great, great character.

    • April 3, 2009 4:49 PM

      It’s at least an upgrade to Cutler’s game managing skills, and character so I figure if McDaniels could work on the accuracy (arm strength is just one of those gifts you have or you don’t) we might not do bad next year with him. I am just hoping for the best for him and Cutler in Chicago.

  4. Mark in mi permalink
    April 3, 2009 9:57 PM

    Does anybody know where i can buy some “fire mcdaniels” merchandise?

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