Jay Cutler’s Agenda Didn’t Jive With Denver’s Plans: That’s Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen’s Story, And He’s Sticking To It

May 22, 2009 – 8:15 am by Michael Bean

NFL fans are going to hear an awful lot about how the Denver Broncos fare in 2009 after deciding to trade quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears this past April. It’s just not that often that an organization parts ways with their fourth year franchise quarterback that has stayed out of legal trouble and shown tremendous promise in each of his first three years in the league. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen joined ESPN Radio Chicago to talk about how the Cutler trade went down, and how the organization is fully committed to taking things in a new direction under the leadership of first year head coach Josh McDaniels.

What are the Bears getting in Jay Cutler?

“They’re getting an extremely talented young quarterback.”

Any regrets about how the Cutler situation turned out?

“In my case, yeah. Jay and I got along. It just didn’t work out. However, I think he’s gone to a good place in Chicago. I think he’ll be a real asset to them and we’re moving on to a different direction.”

Could it have ended differently?

“You know, I don’t want to go down that road with Jay. I mean, Jay had his own agenda and you know I respect that. It just didn’t work out for him as for staying in Denver.”

Questioning Cutler’s tools?

“No, no, I think Jay was a very talented quarterback and he’s very early in his career and he has an opportunity to go on and be considered one of the better quarterbacks. So I don’t think there is any doubt in my mind that he has the physical and mental tools to do very well.”

What do you think about what you got in return in Kyle Orton?

“It’s a little early for me to start commenting on stuff like that, so we’ll see. We’re going through some OTAs and you know we’re watching guys throw footballs around. But, we’re a long way away-at least I’m a long way-from making any serious judgment calls on who is going to be good and who isn’t.”

Listen here to Pat Bowlen on ESPN Radio Chicago with Waddle and Silvy (39:10 into podcast)

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  1. 7 Responses to “Jay Cutler’s Agenda Didn’t Jive With Denver’s Plans: That’s Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen’s Story, And He’s Sticking To It”

  2. DENVER FANS ARE IN FOR MAJOR SURPRISES WITH

    KYLE ORTON AT QB. REMEMBER–HE WAS A WINNER AS

    A ROOKIE QB WITH THE BEARS (10-5) AS WELL AS

    THE REST OF HIS TIME WITH THE BEARS. ALL THIS

    WITHOUT THE WEAPONS THE BRONCOS OFFER. WHEN IS

    THE LAST TIME A “FRANCHISE QB” DID THAT?

    By JOE NESTORY on May 23, 2009

  3. to AL on may 23, i am glad not to have you for a bronco fan any more, if your memory is so bad that you cannot even remember that jay wanted out of denver when shanny was let go. Mac walked into this ‘thing’. he tried his damnest to resolve it. but when jay brought in his AGENT to a one-on-one meeting that should have told you he (cutler)wanted no more of Denver. When he would not return Bowlens calls that should have told you he wanted no part of Denver. when he put his houses on the market that should have told you he wanted no part of Denver. when he left town to go to tenn. that should have told you he wanted no part of Denver. what don’t you get. CUTLER WANTED NO PART OF DENVER

    By tpetec on May 23, 2009

  4. Good riddance AL! You can chase Jay’s sorry butt all the way to Chicago, in fact, they’re probably gonna have a great season. I hope you already have your #6 chicago jersey to go along with your purple molded male genitalia! Then, next year, when they have some turmoil, you can “convert” to the next team you think will be a winning team, and so on. You are nothing more than a bandwagon fan. Us true fans will ride this thing out until we do have a solid team. While I don’t agree with everything McD has done in his short career as our HC, I as a fan have to support him and the 53 guys that will make the final roster, and hopefully we’ll have a chance to stick it to Jay in a few years. If your boss was calling you, and you just ignored him, how long would you expect to keep your job, AL? Probably not long. Get a life, loser, and don’t ever try to come back to being a Bronco fan when things start looking better for us.

    By TRUE bronco FAN on May 23, 2009

  5. Jay is gone. Get over it !! McDaniels probably won’t make it through this year, maybe a couple of games into next year. I really don’t think any coach would do well with Denver’s schedule this year and obviously, Jay didn’t want any part of it. Orton will be serviceable and will have the luxury of a very good offensive line. The recievers are very good and the running game should be much better with Knowshon. The question, as always, will be how well the defense can hold the other team down. If the offense can consistently score about 30 points/game the team will be o.k. If the offense only score 20 or so, it could be a very long season. The time to keep harping about what happened is long gone. Let’s look forward to the 20009 season. The Bears will be much improved. The Broncos, who knows ??

    By Bronncohowie on May 23, 2009

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