McDaniels: Cutler didn't want to mend fences in Denver
Josh McDaniels said he wanted to work things out with Jay Cutler
McDaniels said it became clear the Broncos had no choice in matter
Kyle Orton will compete with Chris Simms for starting job, says coach
In his first news conference in Denver since the rift developed more than a month ago, McDaniels said it became clear the Broncos had no choice but to grant Cutler his trade request.
McDaniels said Orton will compete with Chris Simms for the starting job in Denver. He also didn't rule out taking a quarterback in the draft.
The relationship between McDaniels and Cutler began to crumble when the 32-year-old rookie coach talked to other teams about trading the rocket-armed quarterback who turns 26 later this month. Cutler and his agent, Bus Cook, didn't think McDaniels was up front with them about the discussions and the distrust reached a level where he requested a trade.
McDaniels balked at first, saying he wanted to repair the relationship. But Cutler never returned his calls, and McDaniels realized the two sides weren't working toward the same goal.
"We got to a point where it was made very clear to us that we were not going to be able to get to a resolution where Jay Cutler could be on our football team," McDaniels said.
However, McDaniels said he doesn't have any regrets.
"It could have worked out," he insisted. "As I mentioned a week ago, it was going to require a two-way commitment."
The drama with Cutler began to unfold when Denver flirted with trying to acquire Matt Cassel, McDaniels' star pupil in New England. Cassel was traded to Kansas City instead, but feathrs were already ruffled.
"I don't know where the blame lies, or if there is blame," McDaniels said. "Obviously, it was a situation where communication became an issue. At that point, it started to get progressively worse. But, I understand the player's mind-set. I understand that he wasn't happy with what had happened or transpired."
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