In the January 22 blog, "Could a Bromance Be in Jay Cutler's Future?," I wrote about an apparent bromance between Cutler and his old quarterbacks coach, Jeremy Bates -- and even though Bates left, he might be able to develop a bromantic relationship with the team's new on-field boss, Josh McDaniels. But love isn't in the air. Today, everybody hates everybody.
Well, not really, but here's a sentence I wish I didn't have to type: Cutler isn't even talking to the Broncos. This silent treatment -- a technique usually employed by first- through third-graders -- was prompted by reports that Cutler was used as trade bait in a deal that would have brought Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel to the Broncos. Now the friendship between Cutler and ex-Patriots assistant McDaniels is about as flat as a Kenyon Martin jump shot.
I know what you're thinking: At least we have one of the best wide receiver corps in the league. Marshall and Royal will hold us over until things get better! Unfortunately, even that's up in the air, since the Denver Post is reporting that Marshall was arrested for disorderly conduct in Atlanta over the weekend.
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During the middle of this past season, I remember hearing Marshall on the Fox's Lewis & Floorwax show, and he was going on and on about how stupid he'd been and how much he's matured. Guess that worked out well for him. Marshall is now subject to the wrath of league commisioner Roger Goodell, who has punished repeat offenders severely. Don't be surprised if Marshall is gone for half, or even all, of this season.
After signing a few great producers, including soul-crushing Brian Dawkins, the Broncos have gone into a tailspin in the last few days. Mike Shanahan will probably wake up at 10:30 today, put on his jewel-encrusted robe, fill his gold coffee cup with expensive java, and then laugh for about seven hours straight.
Update, 3:30 p.m.: Reports like this one reveal that charges against Brandon Marshall in relation to the Atlanta arrest described above have been dropped. However, Marshall could still be disciplined by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has suspended players for the totality of their off-the-field behavior (e.g., Adam "Pacman" Jones) rather than for specific incidents or convictions. -- Michael Roberts