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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Make Up or Break Up


The Denver Broncos find themselves in a fine mess, with Jay Cutler at odds with recently hired coach Josh McDaniels. Cutler apparently has taken issue with the Broncos' reported interest in acquiring Matt Cassel in a three-way deal that would have meant the end of the strong-armed quarterback in Denver.

Now the lingering question in the Mile High City is if Cutler and McDaniels, who helped develop Cassel as New England's offensive coordinator, can co-exist long enough for the Broncos to be a prosperous franchise again.

If McDaniels and the Denver braintrust believe Cutler gives the Broncos the best chance at Super Bowl glory, then they better do all they can to patch the relationship. That's the minimum courtesy Denver should extend to its presumable franchise quarterback.

Even if Cutler is resistant at first to detente, McDaniels must continue to press dialogue until both parties reach an understanding. McDaniels's has to make sure his starter harbors no resentment that could betray their relationship.

McDaniels doesn't need to be best friends with Cutler. They don't have to go fishing together or go out for cocktails after practice. After all, Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw had an icy relationship in Pittsburgh, but they made it work perhaps better than any coach-quarterback tandem of the Super Bowl era.

But McDaniels and Cutler need to have one voice when it comes to Denver's goals this season and down the road. They have to put winning in front of personal disagreement and philosophical differences.

If on the other hand Denver's preference is to develop another quarterback, then Cutler needs to be traded immediately. The Broncos can't go the season in limbo, with the Cutler-McDaniels distraction interfering with game preparation and on-field performance.

By Gene Wang  |  March 11, 2009; 6:35 PM ET  | Category:  Denver Broncos , Gene Wang Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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