Apr 14 2009

Pat Bowlen, Owner of the Denver Broncos and Josh McDaniels, New 32 Year Old Head Coach, “The Emperors With No Clothes” Fired by Jay Cutler

Ok, making the symbolism easy, Pat Bowlen and Josh McDaniels represent the shallow, narcissistic leaders in our world who have been exposed as the “emperors without clothes!”

I have really enjoyed this story. Just as McDaniels and Bowlen have been trying to manipulate Jay Cutler, treating him slightly less than a piece of property,


Cutler simply told his agent to notify the Denver Broncos that he wanted a trade.

Translation: Cutler told McDaniels and Bowlen he would not play for leaders he could not trust.

In a Fanhouse NFL article, “Despite Perceptions, Jay Cutler’s Teammates Like Him,” Ryan Wilson quotes ESPN analyst (and former Broncos offensive lineman) Mark Schlereth:

“… [T]here is a sentiment in [Denver’s] locker room that Jay Cutler is the best player, and they look at him and say, ‘he gives us the best opportunity to win.’ And guess what? Guys that throw for 4,500 yards and 25 touchdowns and are 25 years old and franchise quarterbacks, they don’t grow on trees; everybody wants one those guys, and the perception that you drove him out of town is going to hurt Josh McDaniels…”
Looking at this situation from the perspective of the imbalance of power and the need for honesty and transparency in relationships, I am definitely siding with Jay Cutler in this saga.
I have a sense that history will side with Cutler too. If he is successful with the Bears, his legacy will be very secure.
McDaniels and Bowlen’s legacy? If Cutler succeeds with the Bears and McDaniels falters with the Broncos, their legacy will be abusing their power in disrespecting a 25 year old all-pro quarterback.
Legacy is important for some people.
They should start thinking about it before they act out their sense of entitlement and grandiosity.
McDaniels can only blame himself in the end. He is responsible for his actions and he alone.

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