The stakes are high. The emotions are raw. Everyone wants to see a resolution in the situation between the Broncos and quarterback Jay Cutler and we all wanted it yesterday.
The fact is that sometimes things just take time.
If you had asked me two weeks ago how I thought this saga would end, I would have said without a doubt I believed Jay Cutler would be back as the Broncos’ starting quarterback in 2009.
Now, I can only hope he will be back.
The tough part in trying to come to an opinion about a situation such as this is that people on the outside, and I include myself in that group, don’t really and truly know what is going on. People might think they know based on who tells what to whom.
But when it gets right down to it, we weren’t in the meetings. We didn’t hear the various conversations that went on. The people who were in the meetings and were involved in the conversations have often come away with much differing thoughts on what transpired.
I have never liked playing the blame-game; it just doesn’t accomplish much. So I’m not going to sit here and say who I think is right in this whole thing because I just don’t know. Call that a cop-out if you like but sometimes I believe we all think too highly of our uninformed opinions.
Early this week, Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels told the NFL Network that Jay Cutler is “our quarterback.” While teams have been contacting the Broncos about possible trades for Cutler, to this point, the message back seemingly has been the Broncos are not interested in a deal. I’m glad for that. I hope it is a message that the organization wants Cutler to be playing in the Mile High City in 2009.
On the other hand, I can understand it if any player gets wind of a possible trade and has some issues with that. Understandably, it is a sensitive topic for players.
This is a complex situation in which both parties take a side and have their opinions. Of course, the rest of us also have our opinions about who is more right, based on the limited (and sometimes inaccurate) information we have.
But our opinions don’t matter a hoot. All that matters is what the Broncos organization thinks and what Jay Cutler thinks. I can only hope each side handles things in such a way that maximizes the possibility of this whole thing getting worked out.
Is it past that point for Cutler? I don’t know. I certainly hope not.
I do, however, think the latest pause in the back-and-forth has been good. Hopefully it is the first step in the process of the two sides working out their differences. Right now, as we sit here in mid-to-late March, the one thing the two sides undeniably have is time.
While it would be great if Cutler were taking part in the offseason workouts, the fact is those workouts are voluntary and the players are only conditioning. Cutler has said he will participate in all mandatory team activities. The first mini-camp is in April and I’m not sure the organization has deemed that one mandatory.
There is no rush for the Broncos to put Cutler on the open market. There is also no reason to think Cutler could never be happy playing for the Broncos again. I hope the two sides talk again and that progress is made toward reconciliation.
Time. We all say how great it would be if we just had more of it. In this case, the Broncos and Cutler have exactly that. And I believe it is wise for them to take advantage of it.
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