Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels spoke to the media Friday, one day after the blockbuster trade that sent QB Jay Cutler and a draft pick to the Chicago Bears for QB Kyle Orton and three draft picks.
McDaniels, wearing a hoodie, praised both Cutler and Orton and explained the Broncos’ reasoning for making the deal, saying the rift between Cutler and the organization stemming from its interest in Matt Cassel could not be patched up.
“It was gonna require two people to want the same resolution. To me, that’s where it fell through,” McDaniels said. “It became obvious that it wasn’t going to be resolved the way we were trying to resolve it.”
McDaniels said that after having discussions with owner Pat Bowlen and GM Brian Xanders, the Broncos decided to put the disgruntled quarterback on the trading block.
“Pat and I and Brian, in the last four to five days, saw that it was becoming more clear, and that concluded with Pat’s statement Tuesday,” McDaniels said.
Drama aside, McDaniels said the Bears have received a quality player in Cutler.
“He’s going to be a good player in Chicago now. (But) there won’t be any reservations.”
McDaniels also expressed confidence in Orton, who was traded to the Broncos along with first- and third-round picks this year and a first-round pick in 2010 for Cutler and a fifth-round pick this year.
“Kyle Orton has won in this league,” McDaniels said. “He’s tough, he’s smart, he makes good decisions. He’s accurate with the football and we’re excited about having him on this team. …
“It’s a guy that can do what we want him to do, understand and process our offense, help our team win, make smart decisions and get the ball to the people that we want to do things with.”
McDaniels said he held a team meeting Thursday and told his players that the organization is moving forward — that the decision has been made and the Broncos are “not going to look back.” McDaniels also said the deal gives Denver a lot of flexibility in the draft to go out and find the players who will fit into the system.
In Cutler’s three seasons with the Broncos, the team went 8-8 in 2008, 7-9 in 2007 and 9-7 in 2006, with no playoff appearances. However, in 2008, Denver’s offense ranked second in the NFL in total offense and third in passing.
In three seasons, Cutler had a 17-20 record with 54 touchdown passes and 37 interceptions. In four seasons, Orton was 21-12 with 30 TDs and 27 picks.