Vikings Coaches Nixed Cutler Deal?


A somewhat stunning development in the on-going Jay Cutler melodrama:  According to Yahoo! Sports, the Vikings not only contacted the Broncos about Cutler when three-way trade scenarios involving Matt Cassel were being discussed, but were in fact the first team to do so – even before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who reportedly had a chance at a deal before Cassel was sent to Kansas City.  League sources say the Vikings proposed shipping draft picks to Denver for Cutler, with Denver turning those picks around and sending them to New England for Cassel.  But, claim the sources, the trade fell apart largely because “some elements” within the Vikings coaching staff were not sold on Cutler.

And you can be absolutely 100% certain that “some elements” means Brad Childress.  Trust me – if Chilly had wanted Cutler, that trade would’ve happened, regardless of the opinions of anyone else on that staff.  Of course, it’s always been believed that Chilly liked Cutler coming out of college and wanted to trade up to try and draft him.  If that was indeed the case, then Childress must’ve changed his mind on Cutler somewhere in the intervening years.  My guess is that, if Chilly has soured on Cutler, it’s because of character issues more than talent issues.  What all this adds up to is that the Vikings most likely are no longer in the running for Cutler at all, unless they could get him incredibly cheaply.  Or unless Zygi Wilf, who has been known to override Childress in the past, decided he wanted Cutler and didn’t care what his coach thought.

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  • jeege

    Now THIS is going to be interesting to see. How many of your readers that were both Anti-Cutler and Anti-Childress are going to be stumbling over their words to somehow complain about…both of them?

    Aaaaand, begin!

  • Mike

    Does Chilly think character is more important than talent?  What makes T-Jack a paragon of virtue compared to Cutler?  Dennis Green learned his lesson after passing on Warren Sapp for character concerns and then getting Randy Moss later.   Then Zigi got rid of Moss apparently because he mooned the Packers.  When are the Vikings going to learn this is a violent game and not the Miss America contest? 

  • Chuck

    Mike,
    I think Actually Red (Cheap ) McCombs got rid of Moss, and I read in a article a while back that Zygi wished Randy had not been traded… Can’t remember where I read it…

  • Mike

    What do you expect Zigi to say?  He didn’t want to be blamed for trading Randy Moss.  Why would McCombs trade the Vikings best player just before selling the team unless the purchasers wanted him gone.  I believe the trade occured while sale of the team was going on.

  • Chuck

    I just remember the media saying he could  put money in his pocket by doing it, But your right, It wouldn’t make any sense in the long run trying to sale the team and getting rid of it’s  Star player, I agree with you…

  • Dave

    Even though I HATE Chilly, I have to admire him.  He is sticking his “neck” on the chopping block.  He will have a long career as a coach if he is right and if he is wrong he will be canned.  If it were my job, I would like the opportunity to make my own decisions on personnel, play calling, everything.  
    I think this will be another year of wasted talent and another year of disappointment.

  • Mike

    If Chilly would just get a starter-caliber QB, much better RT, vet possession WR and decent fullback all of this waste of talent, disappointment and fan animosity could be avoided.  The wierd thing is the Vikings know they should be doing it and yet for some reasons, probably partly because of Chilly’s stubborness and pride, it never gets done.  Apparently, Chilly nixed QB Cutler and ignored WRs Engram and Holt and FB Weaver.  We have to threaten Zigi’s wallet until he forces Chilly to relent.  Like when the fans pressured Zigi to force to replace T-Joke with Frerotte last year after going 0-2.  But this time the fans need to pressure the Vikings before the season begins.  Then we can really boo Chilly next season.  The fans are the ultimate bosses so we must complain and not admire Childress for his stubborness and pride!

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