No Peace in the Valley
It was hard enough to grasp the firing of Mike Shanahan. But even more stunning may be the events of the last few weeks and the mess that has emerged between the Broncos new head coach and their franchise quarterback. On one hand you have a new inexperienced head coach who has not yet witnessed his first practice as an NFL head coach and a young promising quarterback who just played his first pro bowl.
With Cutler now requesting a trade, and refusing to show up on the first day of mini-camp, his actions have undermined the authority of McDaniels from which I don’t think he will ever recover. In a sense, McDaniels has lost the team before he has even started. Yes, Cutler has acted immaturely. Yes, he too has hurt his image that will most likely haunt him for the rest of his career. But the real damage that all of this has inflicted is aimed at the very heart of the Broncos organization. The result is devastating, and is most likely to last until McDaniels is replaced as the head coach, an event not likely to happen anytime in the near future. McDaniels hast lost the trust of an entire team. That is wound not easily healed, not easily mended. Have another opinion? Or agree with me? Please comment away.