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Les Carpenter
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Les Carpenter

Yahoo! Sports reporter and former NFL writer for The Washington Post.

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When will these acolytes of Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick ever learn? They are not Bill Parcells or Bill Belichick.

Parcells or Belichick might be the only men in the NFL who can walk into a new team, rattle its foundations and expect everyone to accept it. This is something Eric Mangini may someday finally discover before his no-history-came-before-me act implodes in Cleveland.

That Josh McDaniels, a friendly-enough young coach with little experience other than as an underling to Belichick (and regrettably-enough two years with Nick Saben) thought he could come into Denver and try to immediately trade for Matt Cassel without Jay Cutler finding out is unfathomable.

Now it appears the two are stuck with each other: the rookie coach who has yet to establish himself on a team where his predecessor loomed over the organization and the quarterback who was that previous coach's handpicked leader of the future. This does not bode well for the Broncos. If the coach and quarterback can't get along, if the trust between them is broken, the season is doomed from the start.

While McDaniels claims he did not seek to trade for Cassel but was instead approached by another team looking to make a deal, he had to know any discussions involving another quarterback would rattle Cutler, especially given Cutler's reputation for being think skinned.

Unless McDaniels was certain beyond all belief that he could actually make the trade for Cassel he needed to call Cutler to assure his new quarterback he would not be traded. Anything less would open a sore that might never heal.

And if relations are fractured beyond repair then McDaniels might be left with the second option on his roster.

Chris Simms.

Good luck with that.

By Les Carpenter  |  March 12, 2009; 12:29 PM ET  | Category:  Denver Broncos Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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