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Broncos Players "Revolt" Against Cutler Drama

The Denver Post is posting (from Denver) daily updates regarding the status of the feud between quarterback Jay Cutler and the Broncos.
For Monday’s update, Mike Klis of the Post reports that other Broncos players have been boycotting media availability in connection with offseason workouts.
Klis says that, typically, the team’s P.R. staff brings out “a player or two” after the morning sessions.
Since March 19, however, no player has agreed to meet with the media.
Klis calls it a “player revolt” to the ongoing drama.
In a roundabout way, then, the ongoing brouhaha could be bringing the Broncos players together, giving them a cause around which to rally.
Meanwhile, Vic Lombardi of CBS4 in Denver apparently plans to launch his own boycott regarding the Cutler situation, explaining in a video posted on the station’s web site that “if we don’t discuss it we’re told it will discuss the healing process, allowing the principals, i.e. Josh [McDaniels] and Jay [Cutler], to handle this behind closed doors, where it should have been handled weeks ago.”  (And, of course, this makes us wonder whether the “player revolt” against media coverage of the Cutler situation is something that was suggested to them by those who run the team.)
Vic Lombardi then added, “If they don’t make any progress by minicamp in late April, then we are free to speculate, formulate, and propagate as much as we please.”
Maybe we missed the day during “J” school that covered the independence of the media (then again, we missed every day in “J” school), but it sounds to us as if Vic Lombardi might be letting the subject he’s covering dictate how he covers the subject.
We’re not saying Lombardi should discuss the situation merely to have something to discuss on an otherwise sssslow news day.  But if there’s a legitimate development between now and late April that requires, say, analysis from those paid to analyze such developments, Vic Lombardi will not be serving his audience by biting his tongue.

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19 Responses to “Broncos Players "Revolt" Against Cutler Drama”
  1. neofight says: Mar 31, 2009 5:17 AM

    hahahaha! you could take a cue from Vic Lombardi with all the irrelevant, inane dribble that comes out of your mouth florio.

  2. realityonetwo says: Mar 31, 2009 5:59 AM

    So the “cause,” as I understand it, goes something like this: “Our quarterback is an immature, sniveling doofus, and our coach is an inexperienced, spineless liar.” Yes, the Broncos are revolting…

  3. Kotite says: Mar 31, 2009 6:17 AM

    And if that doesn’t work, Bowlen is going to force Cutler and McDumbass into his office where they will each be given sock puppets in their own likeness. The longer this goes on, the worse it is for the team.

  4. vikingfan128 says: Mar 31, 2009 7:45 AM

    It also could be that Coach McDaniels is trying to run a tight ship out in Denver. Alot of first year coaches come in trying to look like a tough guy and seriously limit the amount of media access, as well as player appearances. That is my guess, along with the Cutler drama it probably has just intensified it.

  5. MaineMan says: Mar 31, 2009 7:52 AM

    Well, it’s been my experience that, with grade school “fights” like this one, if there aren’t a bunch of other children hanging around egging on the participants (“He said your Momma is so fat that . . . .”), resolution of the original dispute between the two parties comes a lot quicker. Of course, that’s far less entertaining and entertainment is all that “news” sources know how to offer these days, so . . . .
    Meanwhile, I don’t see how it surprises or dismays anyone that the rest of the players don’t want to get into it at all, much less take sides. They will have to live with the eventual “winner” of this pissing contest, so it’s in their best interest not to piss off either one. It’s also in their best interest to not contribute to the continuation of the dispute by being part of the crowd of children who are egging on the fight. I’d imagine that they’re hoping that this gets resolved one way or the other soon so that they can get on with preparing for a (hopefully) successful upcoming season.
    But, I also suspect that they understand, better than Cutler, apparently, that McDaniels is probably not going to lose this and, as HC, probably shouldn’t. I further suspect that many (if not most) of them are probably getting tired of Cutler’s consistent refusal to man-up, call a truce and get on with it. And I have to wonder how much respect they have left for Cutler or if they had any to begin with. If Cutler is getting this publicly upset over a perceived slight, how has he treated the rest of the guys in the lockerroom during his tenure? Maybe the rest of the players would just as soon see Jay gone.

  6. Nate A says: Mar 31, 2009 8:06 AM

    true Broncos fans would be best served to have the situation resolved. If that means that they don’t hear about any of the progress till that happens, I doubt a single true fan would complain. The only people who aren’t being served are those who care more about hearing about conflict than the purpose of the NFL, good football.

  7. WithoutDoubt27 says: Mar 31, 2009 8:07 AM

    Maybe Vic Lombardi feels that not discussing it is the quickest way to a resolution therefore eliminating distractions ASAFP and giving the Broncos the best chance at salvaging a successful season. I’m just gonna throw something out there, let me know if you think I’m on to something, Mike: Maybe, just maybe, Vic realizes that’s what most people reading his football columns in a Denver newspaper want. Maybe he’s actually serving his audience quite well. Maybe this country could use a lot more journalists like Vic. Of course I haven’t even seen Vic’s work; I’m working off your take on the situation so what the hell do I [you] know…?

  8. ball-hawk says: Mar 31, 2009 8:36 AM

    McDaniels wil be another branch of the Belicheck tree that will falter. Crennel terrible, Weis won w/Willingham’s players (I am an ND fan). Now McDaniel decides to take the #3 offense in the AFC that scored 28 or 30 pts per game Ave and tries to trade the Qb???!!! MORON, why not try to trade for Peppers, Sheppard (injured but w/champ may have been ok)……or some other D Line help??!!! IDIOT!!! Talk about ruining a good thing, OFFENSIVELY anyhow!

  9. VaBthang4 says: Mar 31, 2009 8:50 AM

    “Maybe we missed the day during “J” school that covered the independence of the media (then again, we missed every day in “J” school), but it sounds to us as if Vic Lombardi might be letting the subject he’s covering dictate how he covers the subject.”
    Zactly!

  10. Mbehavin2 says: Mar 31, 2009 8:51 AM

    Florio, Why is that the media gets their shorts in a knot when people get bored with the nothing new to report on a topic?
    This fiasco has been fueled by the media since it first came out. Both sides are wrong for taking it public.
    Fans are tired of the daily BS monitor on topics like McJayGate or Owens or LT or ????. Outside of the media not very many people care and would actually prefer that this story only be reported when there is some meat to it. Not the drivel and potential slander that is in your second column on Cutler today.
    There are lots of stories waiting to be written, ones that are actually worth the effort to write and read. Space fillers like the two cutler stories today are waist of your talent.

  11. MaineMan says: Mar 31, 2009 8:58 AM

    Hey, ball-hawk.
    If Bowlen was so convinced that the offense was such a “good thing”, you’d think he would have hired a new HC who was primarily a defensive guy who’d leave the offense alone. But he didn’t. He hired an offensive guy who’s always had (and been very successful with) an entirely different approach from the way things had been done under Shanahan, an approach that may not be well-suited to Cutler’s specific style and talents. So, you think Bowen somehow didn’t know that going in? You think that Bowlen somehow expected McDaniels to change his approach and do things the same way, offensively, that Shanahan had done them?
    Seriously, if you don’t like the way things are going, you should be pissed at Bowlen, not McDaniels.

  12. Patscantcheatkharmabitches says: Mar 31, 2009 10:21 AM

    Cutler is a Baby. Wow I am white criticising a white guy. You other guys may want to take note.

  13. Stoogie says: Mar 31, 2009 11:00 AM

    The sock puppet Lombardi says –
    “…if we don’t discuss it, we’re told it will expedite the healing process…”
    The healing process???
    WTF. I thought this was pro football. NFL. Instead, it more closely resembles a couple of women who got into a pissing contest at their book-of-the-month-club meeting.
    Hey Cutler and McDaniels – – Ditka’s nutsack and Ronnie Lott’s severed pinky just called to tell you two to man up and stop acting like a couple of 12 year old girls.
    “healing process”…..wtf is this world coming to.

  14. royalmarshalls says: Mar 31, 2009 11:40 AM

    ball-hawk says:…..”Now McDaniel decides to take the #3 offense in the AFC that scored 28 or 30 pts per game Ave and tries to trade the Qb???!!! MORON”……
    I think that the only moron in relation to this topic is YOU. Where are you getting the pts per game stats that you post on this site as if they are correct? The Denver Broncos were 16th in the NFL in PTS/GAME @ 23.1 and 7th in the AFC in PTS/GAME. They were #2 in the NFL and #1 in the AFC respectfully in YARDS/GAME, but yards don’t matter much if you cant punch it into the endzone. You can drive up and down the field all day, but if it doesn’t turn into points on the scoreboard its a waste of time. Bates was a great OC in calling plays between the 20’s, but once the Broncos made it into the red zone, his play calling became predictable and led to a field goal rather than a TD. By the way, the Broncos were 32nd in the NFL in turnover margin on Offence last year with a -17. That 23.1 is even skewed based on the fact that the first three weeks they scored 34+ every game. The Denver Broncos were a team that drove down the field only to turn the ball over. So your speculation that he is trying to “ruin a good thing offensively” is pretty ridiculous.

  15. MattR says: Mar 31, 2009 11:50 AM

    Pretty rich coming from Lombardi since he was one of the lead purveyors of rumor and innuendo about Cutler and McDaniels for the past month. I wonder if this is the result of reader/viewer complaints.

  16. royalmarshalls says: Mar 31, 2009 12:05 PM

    ball-hawk says:…..”Now McDaniel decides to take the #3 offense in the AFC that scored 28 or 30 pts per game Ave and tries to trade the Qb???!!! MORON”……
    I think that the only moron in relation to this topic is YOU. Where are you getting the pts per game stats that you post on this site as if they are correct? The Denver Broncos were 16th in the NFL in PTS/GAME @ 23.1 and 7th in the AFC in PTS/GAME. They were #2 in the NFL and #1 in the AFC respectfully in YARDS/GAME, but yards don’t matter much if you cant punch it into the endzone. You can drive up and down the field all day, but if it doesn’t turn into points on the scoreboard its a waste of time. Bates was a great OC in calling plays between the 20’s, but once the Broncos made it into the red zone, his play calling became predictable and led to a field goal rather than a TD. By the way, the Broncos were 32nd in the NFL in turnover margin on Offence last year with a -17. That 23.1 is even skewed based on the fact that the first three weeks they scored 34+ every game. The Denver Broncos were a team that drove down the field only to turn the ball over. So your speculation that he is trying to “ruin a good thing offensively” is pretty ridiculous. Get your information together first.

  17. OrangeCrush_77 says: Mar 31, 2009 12:59 PM

    Actually, Lombardi would be doing everyone a favor if he bit his tongue. In a Denver market begging for a legit sports-anchor, Lombardi’s only saving grace is that he is a smidge more tolerable than the truly inept Drew Soicher. Lombardi’s smug delivery, and constant finger wagging, are condescending enough – but coupled with the inflection that most use to talk to a two-year old child – he is damn near unbearable. I long for the days of yesteryear, when the news was more important than the personality. Vic Lombardi is narcissism with a haircut and a suit, and it should come as no surprise that he has put himself in/above/below this story. He is too big a jock-sniffer to report from an objective position.

  18. dashoe says: Mar 31, 2009 2:54 PM

    The media is corrupt, Florio. Kind of like how the media won’t touch the story about Joe Biden’s daughter being video taped doing lines of cocaine(which is fine with me) but they’ll send reporters to Alaska to cover the “break-up” of Sarah Palin’s 19 year daughter and her 19 year old boyfriend.
    Looks like sports journalism is no different.
    Thank God for The Drudge Report and ProFootballTalk.com!!!!!!!!!

  19. chip says: Mar 31, 2009 8:42 PM

    there has been almost as much if not more attention given here
    then in the denver media…
    & it will continue to help PFT on slow news days
    but its not going to be resolved in the media & really until the april camp its best for both parties to keep their mouths shut

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