COOK KEEPS IT UP

At a time when more and more league observers are observing that agent Bus Cook is more of a problem-maker than problem-solver, more evidence has emerged suggesting that Cook, like many other agents, is using the representation of one high-profile client as ammunition for recruiting more of them.
Cook doesn’t represent any of the elite members of the 2009 quarterback class.  So at a time when we all should be more focused on the fates of Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez, and Josh Freeman, the Jay Cutler drama is engulfing the league.
And Cook is in the thick of it.
And we think he loves every second of it.
On Wednesday, Cook offered Cutler’s spin on the roots of the problem that now exists between player and franchise.
Jay was disappointed in the firing of Mike Shanahan and met with the owner,” Cook told Thomas George of NFL.com.  “The owner assured him everything would be fine.  The owner said he had the second-best offense in football and would leave the offensive staff intact.  Jay was good with that.  Then he hires an offensive coach who gets rid of the staff.”
Bowlen denied the allegation, sort of.  “I really have had no discussion with Jay or the agent,” Bowlen said.  “Mike was fired right after the season.  At that point, there was no need to have a discussion with Jay.  Now, actually, to be fair, I don’t think I had that discussion.  I don’t recall it.  I know I’m getting up there in age, and I am not sure of that discussion.”
If Bowlen had the discussion and forgets, there’s a reason for it better than advancing age.  The discussion, if it occurred, wouldn’t have been memorable to Bowlen because Bowlen doesn’t need Cutler’s permission when deciding how to run the business Bowlen owns.
And that’s where this soap opera acquired its first hint of lather.  Somehow, Cutler allowed himself to believe that being the quarterback also means calling the shots when it comes to hiring the coach.
Then again, Cook represented Brett Favre, who spent his last few seasons in Green Bay under the mistaken impression that he was also the General Manager of the team.
For those who say that Cook is merely a bystander in this process, we couldn’t disagree more vehemently.  Cook should have pulled Cutler aside early in the process, and Cook should have explained to Cutler that Favre played for four different coaches during his time in Titletown, and that it’s common for players to have to adapt to new coaches.
Cook also should have encouraged Cutler, explaining to him that if Josh McDaniels was able to help make Matt Cassel into a guy who’ll make $14.65 million in 2009, then McDaniels could make Cutler into a Hall of Famer.
But Cook didn’t.  Instead, he instigated and agitated just enough to set the stage for the drama of the offseason, and even if Cutler emerges with a new contract paying $30 million in guaranteed money, Cook’s three-percent fee will pale in comparison to the value of the free advertising he has enjoyed.

41 responses to “COOK KEEPS IT UP

  1. This is getting old. As a Broncos fan, I hope Denver moves on without this guy, I don’t care what kind of stats he puts up. He is a whiner, and has an unjustified sense of entitlement. Shanahan created a monster, as I get the impression that Cutler could do no wrong with Shanahan was around. What really gets me is that there are thousands of people in America right now losing their jobs, and this guy won’t show up to work because he’s got hurt feelings?? Get him out of here, send his punka$$ to Detroit, see how he likes that.
    I would love to get Sanchez or Stafford, two guys that don’t appear to be crybabies and will show up and do their job. Will be an interesting couple weeks nonetheless.

  2. BEEP BEEP – Here comes the bus. Wait, nevermind. It’s just an ambulance chaser…..

  3. Who gives a shit? I care about as much about player’s agents as I do the teams special teams coach. See you in Cleveland.

  4. ‘the agent’ may get a lot of free pub out of all this, but I hope prospective NFL players understand that when opportunity arises, he’ll have no problem turning them into whiny malcontents, ruining their credibility so he can make a run at the next crop of top 10 players.
    Good luck salvaging your rep Jay!

  5. Cook basically has to support Cutler even if it appears to not be in Cutlers best interset. Cook sees how Rosenhaus has defended his clients and wants to mirror his image to show other possible recruits he is on their side. It’s all about the money, show me the money! Your ability Florio to add the humorous little analogies is great. I wish you could write a drama, i would buy it.

  6. This situation is too bad. The thing is that the perfect team for Jay Cutler, the team with whom he can thrive the most … is the BRONCOS. It’s ripe for a passing quarterback, and Cutler is excellent. Bus Cook seems like he’s kind of an idiot, and Cutler is being a baby.
    Then again, Josh McDaniels doesn’t seem too smart for — after knowing Cutler is a sensitive one — going ahead and giving Cutler the impression that he can be traded.
    Quality quarterbacks are a much needed commodity, and Cutler is one of them. If everyone ends off worse than what would have occurred had this situation not happened, then they all should make fun of themselves for being stoopid.

  7. We’re still talking about that qb who averages at least a turnover a game still? When was the last time Kyle Boller was allowed to dictate anything? Denver needs a few more outspoken vets to step up and tell the boy how it is.

  8. “Then again, Cook represented Brett Favre, who spent his last few seasons in Green Bay under the mistaken impression that he was also the General Manager of the team.”
    Zing! Spot on, MF. Spot on.

  9. I hope it’s clear to everyone how important it was for Josh McDaniels to clear this prima donna out of town. Leave it to the media to blame the young coach and the team and to say the problem is everyone’s fault. It’s not. Cutler is a douchebag who hired douchebag to run his business. Buyer beware on Cutler and Cook. The only reason Bowlen refers to him as his “star” quarterback is to keep his market value up. Cutler belongs in NY as a Jet. He seems to be a fitting replacement for Favre.

  10. Bus wants to drive the Bus.
    When the short bus arrives, Bus will be on it, licking windows and tossing tongue.
    Bus only cares about bucks. He loves ESPN. He loves SI.com. And he loves throwing his clients under the BUS while earning big bucks.
    Bus Cook is the Rachel Ray of current agents: really irritating, COOKING up crap, and making millions.
    Cutler and Favre will forever be known as whiners because Bus cooked up ’em that way. In the end, two really decent QBs will be ever known as whiners because they were not men enough to fight against an agent. Cutler and Favre are just hairs on Bus Cook’s testicles.

  11. I’m telling you, Cutler & Bus to Detroit with the Broncos 12th pick. In return we get the #1 and #20 pick. Dangle that around and swing it towards the Chiefs for Cassel and see how it works out. If not, draft a friggin new QB and let McD do the training.
    Cutlers attitude is a direct reflection of Sham’s arrogance and attitude.
    Screw Cutler. I don’t even want to see him in a Bronco uni ever again. The dude ain’t that good. Sure, he can throw a ball (his arm is stronger than Elways *gag*) but he ain’t all that accurate and lacks serious leadership.
    Go Away Cutler! Boooooooooooooo

  12. This situation gets more bizarre by the day.
    I’ll skip Cook and his integrity or honesty if he has any, which I doubt.
    More interesting is Bowlen’s non-denial denial that he doesn’t remember if he spoke to Cutler or his agent after the Shanahan firing abour keeping the offensive staff intact.
    There is only one supposed star on the team and it’s Cutler, and Bowlen doesn’t remember if he spoke to him? It’s not like he had to talk to Dumervil, Marshall, and four or five other “key” players and forgot who he spoke to.
    This sounds like McDaniels denial that he entertained trade talks for Cutler before admitting that he had those talks.
    Cutler comes off as an arrogant punk, albeit a 25 year old punk, who has time to grow up. He also comes off as a QB having significant accomplishments in his three years with even more upside potential.
    McDaniels and now Bowlen come off as dishonest. Maybe Cutler has a point in expressing his distrust in the Broncos.
    This is an absolute unnecessary disaster. Bowlen spoke about reclaiming control of his team after firing Shanahan. There’s no time like the present Pat, if you’ve got any balls now is the time. You’ve already allowed a rookie head coach with a 0-0 winning record to devalue your key player asset by about 20-30%, are you going to let him run it down to AIG levels, pennies on the dollar?

  13. So now it is Bowlen’s fault, not McDaniels.
    My biggest question is who’s fault is it that Cutler has become one of the most overrated players in football and it has all gone to his head. There isn’t a QB who is as highly rated who folds under pressure more than Cutler. I hope he gets traded to a division with a bunch of good defenses and he will be exposed as the fraud he is. He will rue the day that he left a division where he had three of the worst defenses in football to go against for six games a season.

  14. Josh McDaniels main problem is that he’s used to coaching men. Not the rest of the team, just the baby qb. Mr. Bowlen, weed the weaklings out and the team will thrive. If Cutler is this self serving at 25, god help you later. Doesn’t he remind you of a certain receiver that just changed teams????

  15. Bus Cook has been doing this for years and few seemed to notice.
    Brett Favre started 291 consecutive games including having a broken thumb on his throwing hand (yes you Romo.) You cannot call him an undedicated whiner.
    So many of PFT’s comments spoke badly of Favre when there was that silly Randy Moss thing when Cook represented Moss.
    Favre is a league icon that the people loved. The icon is only tarnished by Cook.
    Cook did make him the highest paid player ever.

  16. Neither side is telling the whole truth. This should be pretty obvious. The ownership and management would have been aware that Cutler wanted a new contract because {{SPOILER AHEAD}} he’d have to ask for it. And Cutler would be aware that a new coach would put his own people in and maybe that would include replacing him. Their attempts at feigning a child-like innocence here stretch believability.
    Anyhoo, this is just about a qb getting paid what he thinks is market value. I’m not sure why this is considered such a surprising thing. In the real world Ive yet to meet anyone happy to be underpaid. Also, in this hypothetical “real world” contracts sometimes get broken to resolve these kinds of situations. Shocking I know.
    Is Bus Cook the agent of this destruction (that was a play on words there haha for all you keeping score)? I guess. He’s that terrible guy whose job it is to get the best deal for his client. It’s quite horrific that he would actually try to do this. Gives me chills frankly. I can’t sleep at night I’m so bothered.

  17. If you hate Bus Cook so much and you think this is all about his publicity then why don’t you stop posting stories about how he likes all of this publicity. You are adding fuel to a fire that you seem to desperately want to put out. Or you guys just think that fueling his fire will get you more hits… i believe that is what you call being a hypocrite.

  18. this Bus Cook guy is just doin his job. I dont see a reason for all the ill will.

  19. Why are you still talking about Cook and giving him the very thing he wants?

  20. Thanks for calling out Favre as wanting to dictate moves to the GM. That point doesn’t get out nearly enough.
    Alot of us Packers fans were thinking maybe it was Favre’s wife Deanna that was steering him. Maybe it was just his agent.
    Still, Favre himself deserves alot of the blame.

  21. “The more that I sit down and think about it – you had the second worse defense in the National Football League. You couldn’t turn the ball over; you couldn’t pressure the quarterback. And the new guy [McDaniels] comes in and the first thing he wants to get rid of is his Pro Bowl QB? I don’t want to trade for a Julius Peppers. I don’t want a Ray Lewis or a Bart Scott; I don’t want a defensive lineman. I want to trade my QB! That’s the problem.”
    “And why is it that when an organization wants to trade a player, it’s business; but when a player wants to request a trade, he’s being disgruntled, he’s a malcontent? See you can’t have it both ways.”
    – Shannon Sharpe
    http://sportsradiointerviews.com/200…y-cutler-saga/

  22. Bowlen says “I know I’m getting up there in age, and I am not sure of that discussion.” What……? I think if you are THE OWNER of the Broncos you would remember important conversations like that. Sounds like that retarded senile bastard should get on the short bus and be dropped off at the old folks home!

  23. Jimico and Florio have this wrong…..comparing Cutler and Favre is ridiculous!! QB’s with the body of work Favre had DO have say in mgt issues..if you don’t know that you’re clueless. Manning and Brady don’t have a say? Puhleeaase…..the only commonality is Cook. And people get another chance to knock Favre. It’s funny to me how the Packers’ mgt gets a pass on this one…..and Favre gets doubted and knocked for it. Need to do some investigating and learn the facts….you are looking stupid.

  24. Ya know this is getting pretty ugly …. I’ve changed my mind on the trade …. Cutler is not worth the drama, though I believe he was lied to from Mcboy coach, but I think we learned in Cleveland a valuable lesson…. Quinn’s name has been out there like a famous label attached to every trade possibility, but not a peep from his agent or Quinn himself….. pretty professional under pressure and a test of leadership skills….. this is the kind of general you want in the huddle……. keep Quinn and tell the Broncos we don’t want to be part of your public relations nightmare, unless they’re willing to take the great proball qb Derek Anderson……

  25. Just for the record, remember Favre’s complaints of a year ago centered on the GM not trading for Moss and failure to resign a guard (Wahle) which raised some eyebrows on why Favre thought he was entitled to make personnel decisions for the team. Same thing here for Culter except its not players but coaches.
    Cutler is showing the same sense of entitlement that extends beyond his job responsibilities. Denver signed a fairly good QB in Chris Simms. I would love to see them move on and let Jay sit out this next season, shoved it up his as sideways and by extension, ruin Bus Cook’s payday.

  26. Florio wants to be part of the media he criticizes for overhyping every big story. He wants ESPN to be accountable for being up Favre’s butt, while he had dozens of stories himself, and is now doing the same treatment to this Cutler story. This is a nonissue till there is a resolution, but I bet we see a 1/2 dozen more stories before they say “suck it up” or “your new team is …”

  27. Jeff George Jr. is a P O S and so is his agent! Culter has proved noting in the leauge except that he has no touch on the ball, forces the ball inside the 20 and looks like a D-BAG with his Beattle haircut!

  28. I couldn’t agree more. Bus Cook is another scumbag agent. See Drew Rosenhaus. Cutler appears to be another diva, like that drama queen who used to play around here.

  29. patriot fan says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 6:22 am
    “Jimico and Florio have this wrong…..comparing Cutler and Favre is ridiculous!! QB’s with the body of work Favre had DO have say in mgt issues..if you don’t know that you’re clueless. Manning and Brady don’t have a say? Puhleeaase…..the only commonality is Cook. And people get another chance to knock Favre. It’s funny to me how the Packers’ mgt gets a pass on this one…..and Favre gets doubted and knocked for it. Need to do some investigating and learn the facts….you are looking stupid.”
    There’s a BIG difference between having a say in players that mgt. brings in, and DICTATING to the front office who they want on a team. I’ve never seen anything about Manning or Brady, outside of the locker room no less, telling the owners and management who they think should be on the team. The difference between the 3 QB’s that you lumped together is that the other two know their role and the one you’re defending doesn’t. Favre was drowning in offensive weapons and he’s still pining for Randy Moss when they really needed to be bringing in defensive players. When have you ever heard Manning or Brady ever openly question their management on who’s on the roster? Looks like you need to be doing the research!

  30. Bus Cook is like too much booze.Add him to any starting NFL QB and you get instant AHOLE

  31. …more evidence has emerged suggesting that Florio, like many other lawyers, is using the representation of one high-profile client as ammunition for recruiting more of them.
    Haaterrrrrrr.

  32. Bob_Nelson says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 12:08 am
    “Bus Cook has been doing this for years and few seemed to notice.
    Brett Favre started 291 consecutive games including having a broken thumb on his throwing hand (yes you Romo.) You cannot call him an undedicated whiner.
    So many of PFT’s comments spoke badly of Favre when there was that silly Randy Moss thing when Cook represented Moss.
    Favre is a league icon that the people loved. The icon is only tarnished by Cook.
    Cook did make him the highest paid player ever.”
    So many things wrong with this post it’s not even worth taking the time to point them out.

  33. Look Pat Bowlin interviewed and hired McDaniels!
    He’s the owner, that’s his part!
    McDaniels is the HC. He needs to be the one making the football
    decisions and Bowlin should support him.
    Bowlin must have known up front McDaniels would run his offense.
    I’ve seen comments where, Cutler and Sheffler watched the Pats offenseive system and basically stated that there isn’t enough lattitude to go improve on the field! That’s when all the trouble started. The Cassel trade was mentioned after.
    Jay then became insensed, artificially so to enhance his whinning!
    This is very similar to Cook/Favre. Boras/Ramariz and now Cook/Cutler.
    The differince being Favre had the resume, Cutler does not!
    While this may work in the short term, in the long term he’s damaging his rep. around the league. 1 pro-bowl means little, mostly a popularity contest anyway. Show me your rings, play off wins!

  34. cutlet wanted a trade. then the broncos entertained offers.
    crybaby.
    simms blows chunks and cant win even with a running game. without a defense he is worse than cutlet.
    quinn may get there. but it’s easy to have pocket presence when ya dont throw any passes over 10 yards.

  35. Mike,
    For those who think Cook is a bystander in this process, I would also point to this out take from this article:
    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_11919325
    “Cutler has insisted that until his situation gets resolved, all conversation with Broncos officials must include Cook, who led the discussions in the conference call a week ago that included Bowlen and chief operating officer Joe Ellis, and in the meeting Saturday with McDaniels and Xanders.”
    “‘I would love to have a one-on-one conversation [with Cutler],’ McDaniels said. ‘I have been trying to get that realized here for the last two weeks. I would still be open to it.’”
    Its pretty clear that McDaniels thinks he could get a lot more done with Cutler if Cook was out of the room.

  36. florio, are you finally moving on from bashing kurt warner & now moving on to bus cook. maybe you’ll have better luck exposing cook as a fraud, because it never worked with warner.

  37. I’m sorry. I know Profootball is a business but when your head coach trys to trade for a different quarterback that tells your existing quarterback that the new coach doesn’t think he can win with you.Do you actually think that Cutler is going to forget that his new coach wanted someone else as his starting QB.Cutler will have to be traded now. Any relationship between the franchise QB and the new coach has been destroyed.The new coach screwed up already.Now he will have to find a new QB that will be better than Cutler.Good luck with that.I am no Cutler fan, but his new coach really screwed up.

  38. I disagree. Cutler does not have to be traded if he just grows up a little.
    This guy signed a contract. Sure, he can request a trade. The question is the request and his method of making it justified or is he over-reacting? I’ll bet nearly any veteran NFL player will tell you that its the latter. Jeff Garcia is the one who comes immediately to mind who has expressed this opinion publicly – and no one knows better than him. His relationship with Gruden was rocky at best. He expressed his disappointment in the media which is fine. But at no time did he publicly request a trade or do anything that might hurt the team or his performance on the field. As an NFL veteran who is under contract, he knew his position.
    Here’s the bottom line. The coach didn’t say he couldn’t win with Cutler. He said he prefered the QB that he knew better and thought it was in the best interest of the team to acquire him if the price was right. He did it because NFL organizations – from the owners down to the water boy – are team first. If it is within reason and it will help the team, you do it. Yeah, you try to make more money and you keep the financial situation in mind. But you also know that
    better financial situations come with success and success comes with working as a team. That goes for the players as well. It especially goes for the players.
    Cutler is hurting everyone with this and he’s doing it for purely selfish reasons. A) He’s said he’s going to the bare minimum to help the team succeed. Absolutely nothing voluntary. You know what happens when team leaders do that? You end up underachieving like the Bears defense did last year. If the team leader is a QB, you end up worse. If you’re Denver with a brand new coaching staff, you end up a lot worse. B) By requesting a trade and by causing so much emotional upheaval in the process, he’s become a distraction – one that’s likely to last well into training camp when everyone is supposed to be focusing on winning.
    Yes, Cutler’s got a right to demand a trade, raising a ruckus as he goes. But that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. The truth is that he’s got to put his personal pride aside, grow up and handle this like a man – like the veteran NFL football player that he’s supposed to be.

  39. I am a Packer fan up until the time Farve got Cook he was like the most perfect football player of all time ,Very team oriented I remember times when he would restructure his contract so we could get a good player or help get us out of financial signing problems thanks to some of our past gms, them along comes cook or should I say Crook then all this retirement garbage starts not being able to set a team to spring and his me attitude it was not him at all he did a complete 360 once he got cook for a agent he is worst than drew at wrecking his clients team and public outlook .
    I think Farve would still be in Green Bay in some way if it was not for cook.
    As far as cutler goes he does not have the following or the record like Farve did I cant believe cook pushed as hard as he did hopefully some of these players out there will start to see what happens to cooks players and get him out of the NFL.

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