It’s not quite clear how new Broncos front office boss John Elway feels about the quarterbacks he inherited, Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton. But based on Elway’s comments this week, it sounds like he wishes he had inherited Jay Cutler.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Elway isn’t so sure the Broncos made the right move when they traded Cutler to the Bears two years ago.
Asked in a radio interview if Cutler would still be in Denver if Elway had been in charge of the Broncos in 2009, Elway answered, “There’s a good possibility, yeah. I would say that.”
Elway tried to make clear that he’s not second-guessing the decision-making process that led to the Broncos sending Cutler packing. But he does think he would have tried to make things work for Cutler in Denver.
“I don’t know. I wasn’t in the middle of that. I didn’t know Jay real well,” Elway said. “But I would have done everything I can, especially when you have a talent like you have in Jay. Those guys don’t come around very often.”
Elway seems to believe that former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen were too quick to cave in to Cutler’s request to go elsewhere, and that things could have been smoothed over between the Broncos brass and Cutler.
“I would say, to be honest,” Elway said, “he’s the type of player you don’t give up on as easily as we gave up on.”