The conflict between Broncos quarterback (for the moment) Jay Cutler and new coach Josh McDaniels seems so stupid on the surface that there's got to be a motivating factor more sensible beneath it, right? That's a possibility entertained by Brian Billick, a former NFL head coach turned ESPN talking head. Billick has espoused the theory that Cutler's fit-throwing may be part of an elaborate scheme to renegotiate his contract early. Hence, presumably, his behavior of late represents a well-calibrated strategy to convince the Broncos to break the bank in order to keep him.
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Really? That's the best we can do? The only thing well-calibrated about this situation is the way it's gotten Broncos loyalists like yours truly to obsess about the team months before training camp opens -- and even longer before the first meaningful game. If that was the plan, then kudos, Broncos brass. Because I, and thousands of other fans, have fallen into your trap.