Jay Cutler isn’t the only player who has developed trust issues with first-year Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. A few other players have privately expressed concern, and the media has joined the chorus in feeling that McDaniels has a problem with honesty.
Cutler, who’s now a Chicago Bear, said his rationale for wanting a trade out of Denver was because McDaniels refused to be honest with him about his role in pursuing Matt Cassel. According to Cutler, McDaniels continued to deny his role even when confronted with incontrovertible evidence that he had tried to trade for Cassel, his pupil in New England.
But this trust issue goes beyond players and extends to the Denver media. In June, Broncos WR Brandon Marshall met with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen to discuss his future. In that meeting, according to Marshall, Bowlen said he wouldn’t stand in the way of the receiver being traded to another team.
Later that afternoon, reporters questioned McDaniels about whether he had met with Marshall. According to Mike Klis of The Denver Post, McDaniels said, “We met after Pat’s meeting with Brandon, and we are going to continue our dialogue with Brandon and his representatives.”
Within subsequent days, KDVR-TV in Denver received a tip that McDaniels wasn’t being forthright and challenged him on his statement. Presented with the report, McDaniels admitted that he DID NOT meet with Marshall.
Some would say this is no big deal, but trust is the cornerstone of this society. We need to be able to trust our government. Trust is essential to marriage and relationships. We need to be able to trust our children. We need to be able to trust our friends.
As a former NFL player, I can tell you that trust is the foundation between the player and the coach. When players trust their coach, they play at another level. Unfortunately, truthfulness seems to be a character trait that Bill Belichick didn’t pass down to young McDaniels.