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New Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, the former Patriots Offensive Coordinator, has had a rough start to his regime. After attempts to trade Jay Cutler in a deal to get Matt Cassel became public, relations between Cutler and the team has been strained.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said he and McDaniels have been unable to make contact with Cutler over the last 10 days. After speaking with Cutler’s agent Bus Cook, Bowlen became convinced “that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos.”
Reaction: Josh McDaniels seems to be in way over his head. Jay Cutler could succeed in his system, but it may take a year or so. If they do trade Cutler to the Lions, they’ll snag the No. 1 pick that will set the franchise back a couple years. If they send him to the Browns, they could land Brady Quinn and perhaps build the team around the former Notre Dame star.
Either way, the situation definitely bears watching.