PFT brings our attention to a letter sent by Pat Bowlen, the owner of the Denver Broncos, to the team's season ticket holders in response to the Jay Cutler debacle, which some would argue rivaled last year's Chad Johnson debacle. Leaving aside what you think about the Jay Cutler situation, let's consider two points:
(1) The Broncos had a young, promising quarterback that showed an ability to succeed early in his career (which as we know, is hard to come by). Cutler was about 1/20th as loud as Chad Johnson was last year in asking for a trade. Nonetheless, the situation became a distraction for the Broncos as the Quarterback was non-responsive to his team and his agent insisted that Cutler be traded. Rather than bringing that distraction and media frenzy into the 2009 season, they dealt him (for Kyle Orton, 2 first round draft picks and a third round pick). Only time will tell if this deal is a good one but given the spiraling out of control of the situation, it's tough to argue with the Broncos pulling the trigger. Perhaps Denver coach Josh McDaniels' decision to go after Matt Cassell and try to trade Cutler was a mistake in the first place but that's besides the point. The team had a player who didn't want to be a part of the team and a potential distraction (and one not nearly as big as the Chad circus last year) and they dealt with it. Meanwhile, despite Chad's antics last year, Chad remains on the Bengals this year and after a horrid 2008 season, is once AGAIN skipping voluntary workouts. And this despite the fact that Carson, Chad and TJ couldn't get on the same page during voluntary workouts last season after the latter two skipped last year's voluntary workouts.
(2) More importantly, Denver's owner wrote the season ticketholders a letter to address the Cutler media frenzy and assure Bronco fans that Denver is committed to being a championship team. Bowlen writes to his fans:
Understand this: it remains about team. Our franchise has gone to the Super Bowl six times, with three different coaches and with many different players. It has never been about one player, and it never will be. Coach McDaniels shares this vision, and everyone in the organization — players, coaches and staff — must understand and accept this unconditionally. If anyone does not, that person will not be a part of this franchise.
He also says:
One of my directives to Josh McDaniels upon his hiring was that he consider everything possible to return the Broncos to the level which you and I both expect, and this certainly includes making a fair evaluation of every opportunity presented to us which might improve the team.
Bowlen, an NFL owner of a team that has made it to the Super Bowl six times and won two of them, addresses his fans and assures them that the Denver Broncos are evaluating everything in order to ensure that the team returns to glory. The Denver Broncos are about the team. The team is committed to returning to their levels of success in the past. In the past, they have won 2 Super Bowls and been to 6. Meanwhile, Mike Brown has 0 playoff wins in 18 years and has made the playoffs one time. We've discussed the ridicularity of the Bengals communications with season ticketholders this year (both here and here). Never once has Mike Brown informed or even demonstrated to his fan base that the team is committed to do everything it takes to win a Super Bowl. The scouting department remains small. Our head coach is not held to a high standard and medicority, or just under it, is rewarded. We continually leave major problem areas unaddressed, namely the O-line and D-line.
Mr. Brown, please take a lesson from Pat Bowlen in (a) running a winning, championship NFL franchise and (b) basic people skills.