Broncos coach Josh McDaniels sat down with NFL Network’s Scott Hanson for a one-on-one interview Monday and made the point that Jay Cutler was his quarterback. Period.
“He’s our quarterback,” McDaniels said. “We can’t predict the future. He’s our quarterback, we want him to be our quarterback, we made that very clear to him and we hope he feels the same way.”
During the interview that focused entirely on the Cutler situation, McDaniels does not deny that there were conversations about trading Cutler, but reiterated that those talks weren’t really serious — pointing to the fact nothing got to owner Pat Bowlen‘s desk.
“Conversations were had and we’ve never denied that,” McDaniels said. “But at the same time it’s our job to look at every opportunity that we can to see if it’s something that could improve our football team and that’s what we were doing.”
Given that stance — that McDaniels and the Broncos will always look to improve the team — the first-time head coach was asked if a trade could still be on the table.
“Every decision we make is based on trying to do what’s best for the football team in order for us to win and improve,” McDaniels responded. “That’s always going to be the way that this job is. This was just a very highly-publicized situation that was brought to the forefront. (Cutler) is obviously one of our better players, our best players. He’s a good leader and we’re looking forward to having him back here with us.”
McDaniels went on to say he “absolutely” felt that his relationship with Cutler is not irreparable.
He also sounded comfortable in saying that Cutler understands where the franchise is coming from.
“I hope so,” McDaniels said. “We haven’t held anything back. I think the big thing is that we need to continue to communicate and I’d love to have the opportunity to continue to meet with Cutler face-to-face. I think that’s the best type of communication at this point to try to work toward a resolution.”