Apr 07 2009

Mike Klis, Denver Post Sports Columnist, Addresses the Cutler Trade

While some believe the way Josh Mcdaniel and the Broncos managment treated Jay Cutler is an example of the misuse of power by a coach against a player, Mike Klis believes Cutler had to be traded. Here is what Klis has to say:

“Plain and simple: What do you think of the Broncos trading their franchise quarterback to the Bears? Thanks.”
— Bud, Fort Collins
“Simply put, Bud, the Broncos got superstar compensation in return. Consider the Kansas City Chiefs got one first-round pick and two third-rounders for Jared Allen, arguably the league’s best defensive end. Also consider the trade proposal that started this mess back on Feb. 28. The Broncos essentially would have gotten Matt Cassel for Cutler — straight up. Now, the Broncos get quarterback Kyle Orton, who many would consider at least Cassel’s equal, plus two first-round picks and a third-round pick.

As for the issue of trading away a franchise quarterback, the Broncos had no choice. Cutler wasn’t coming back. Had Broncos coach Josh McDaniels flown out to Nashville, Tenn., to meet with his disgruntled quarterback, as so many people suggested, I’m not sure Cutler would have met with him.”

It’s possible Mike Klis will be proven correct over time. However, his views seem to ignore the important fact that Jay Cutler is 25 years old, and has significantly less power in his relationship with the coach.

This is an example of the dual relationship concept I have written about before. A coach who determines who starts a game, who sits on the bench and who is fired or traded, has more power than a young quarterback.

I sense that history will describe this event as an inappropriate power play by a new and very young (32 years old) coach who became intimidated by his inability to manage (or manipulate) a young player he thought would never call his bluff.

Kliss says it would have made no difference if McDaniels flew to Nashville to meet with Cutler.

I, many people in Denver, and anyone who understands the concept of dual relationships might argue that if McDaniels had flown to Nashville, it would have made a difference.

All the literature exploring the concept of dual relationships suggests that the person who has more power in the relationship, in this case, McDaniels, should have made more accomodations to respond to the complaints and concerns expressed by Jay Cutler.

For Kliss to suggest that Jay Cutler is to blame and “had to go” because he appeared to question McDaniels authority seems wrong to me. If McDaniels had a mature and comfortable sense of his own power, he wouldn’t have had any trouble sharing it with his young quarterback by accomodating to Cutler’s needs.

When the organization is feels threatened by a perceived challenge to its authority, the unhealthy organization and its officials circle the wagons and start firing their pistols.

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