Mike Shanahan’s Cialis induced reaction for a strong armed passer from Vanderbilt ultimately cost him his job. The former Denver Bronco head coach was so enamored with Jay Cutler that he moved up in the draft to select the cocky quarterback. Eventually Shanahan would bench Jake “The Flake” Plummer in favor of his prized rookie during the 2006 season when the Broncos had a record of 7-4.
Cutler led the Broncos to just two victories in the final five games of his first season. Denver missed the playoffs and a line was drawn separating owner Pat Bowlen from coach Mike Shanahan.
Cutler wanted the license of John Elway, but thanks to Shanahan he didn’t even have to get his Tommy Maddox learner’s permit.
Pat Bowlen knows a rat when he smells one, so he sent Shanahan and his two Super Bowl rings onto the street.
Pat Bowlen knows a patsy when he sees one, so he invited Josh McDaniels into the organization.
McDaniels is now the face of NFL hubris, proving once again that the lone coaching trait passed down from Bill Belichick to his assistants is arrogance. There is no way that McDaniels was acting alone during his now infamously failed attempt to acquire Matt Cassel at the expense of his Pro Bowl quarterback. Bowlen was pulling the strings all along and used McDaniels as his Lee Harvey Oswald in the assassination of Cutler’s fragile ego.
Cutler was supposed to be the savior of the Bronco franchise. His initials are JC but a career record of 17-20 reveals that’s about all he has in common with the most famous savior of all. Now Cutler’s Denver home is on the market and he has requested that his rocket arm be sold to the highest bidder.
Bowlen has no choice but to move his whiny superstar, it’s phase one in exorcising the Curse of Kiffin.
McDaniels will now be pitted with the task of making Chris Simms into the new Matt Cassel. Something tells me that Jeff Garcia and Mark Sanchez could be seeing a few calls with the 303 area code pop up in their called ID window this week.
My final impression of Jay Cutler will be his arrogant display of throwing at Chris Johnson like he was MeAngelo Hall back in November. The Raiders walked off the field 31-10 victors that Sunday and the Bronco meltdown of 2008 was given its first warning shot.
The final image of Cutler in the AFC West will be his 300-yard, 2 INT, performance during a 52-21 humiliation in San Diego to seal one of the great collapses in NFL history. JC has some nice stats, but no playoff appearances.
That pain that Bronco fans are feeling in their collective arm is not the result of a tetanus shot. No, Denver, that’s an injection of reality that you’ve been hit with. The AFC West seems to reshuffle every week and with the eminent departure of Cutler your franchise just got sent to the bottom of the deck.
I never was sold on JC, he needed to be humbled and maybe this is the best thing for him. However, when your team was one upgraded defense and a healthy running back away from winning the division, somehow trading your quarterback just doesn’t seem the way to go. Pro Bowl quarterbacks don’t grow on trees, but McD seems to think he can engineer one at mini-camp.
Just to think that we Raider fans had hated Shanahan for so long. Now, the Rat appears to have mastermined the demise of Denver.
Thanks Shanahan, we knew you were always a Raider at heart.
Enjoy looking up at the Chiefs, Bronco fans. Your hot shot coach looks like another dead branch on the Belichick coaching tree. This is now a full-on, post Elway, reboot.
Farewell, Jay Cutler. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.