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January 1, 2009 11:29 AM

Shanahan's office: Moving Day

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Out with the old
I just got to wondering what cleaning out Mike Shanahan's office might look like...and here's the image that popped up. Still hard to believe, but change is a constant of life. The early days of 2009 will bring changes for a lot of us here at the News. But I know there are better days ahead. Hope you have a very Happy New Year.

Shanahan's slide show
Be sure to check out our cartoon retrospective of Shanahan's career. You can see it by CLICKING HERE.
And the best of 2008 cartoons selected by you the readers can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.



Discussion

  • January 1, 2009

    3:22 PM

    Gregg writes:

    It won't matter who becomes the next Bronco coach. The Broncos will be lucky to get 3-4 wins out of next year's schedule. It's going to take at least 4-5 years of solid drafting to gather a roster that is a playoff roster. The Raiders have an up and coming group of players, and got much better in the late part of this past season. The Chiefs will still be bad, but San Diego will be on top of the AFC West for several years to come. I do not see Jay Cutler being the Broncos starting QB come the start of next season. The new coach needs to bring in a solid vet to start and have Cutler watch for a year. New coaches like to pick their own quarterback, and whomever is the next head coach will want to choose their guy.

  • January 1, 2009

    4:54 PM

    J.D. writes:

    Agreed Gregg.

    Cutler took a step back this year. Yes, he threw for more yards and all that, but he continued to turn the ball over at critical times. He still locks onto one receiver. In your third year in the NFL, you cannot do that and continue to have people think that you're moving forward. Cutler lets the smallest things get to him and whatever focus he goes into games with (very little) disappears the moment he starts arguing with his teammates or the officials.

    It's not just Cutler being young, which he no longer is, but it's him being a liability. I would hope that the next coach/GM is smart enough to get a bonafide veteran quarterback in here to straighten things out until the Broncos can draft a true franchise quarterback who is a real winner.

  • January 1, 2009

    8:08 PM

    Peter Theodore writes:

    If any of you get the chance, go to the Broncos web site and find the locker room interview with Cutler. Chewing gum the whole time, very distracting and he looked like a kid (or fish) out of water. About as mature as an ameba.

  • January 1, 2009

    9:06 PM

    Pherdinand Marcos writes:

    Just remember...

    It's all Jake Plummers fault.

  • January 1, 2009

    9:07 PM

    kirby writes:

    Shanny was class act all of the way. A brilliant coach. One that is not replaceable. I honestly think the problem might have started when Bowlen told him and everyone else that Mike was a lifer with the organization. I don't care who you are, I think it is human nature to get just a bit complacent when given that kind of immunity.

    Now why the heck wouldn't he have any kind of talk with Mike before deciding to cut his throat? I have a feeling that Shanahan would have gotten the message if there was some sort of compromise. But from the sounds of it, the meeting was only 5 minutes long and not much was said. If Bowlen is the honest man that everyone claims him to be, he claims that he made this stupid decision only after the SD game.... gut decision or not, it was wrong! A decision like this should take time, and a heck of a lot of consideration about the future of this team.

    One or two years, with a revamping the defense and we are a Superbowl contender.

    It was STUPID!

  • January 2, 2009

    7:33 AM

    Thrawn writes:

    Agree with most, except I think you're kidding yourself if you think Cutler won't start next year. He may not have gone up to that next level this year, (...and I don't care how many yards he passed for this year when you consider how many pass plays they called compared to running plays,) but there is "no" solid veteran out there they can snag that will be better than Cutler. What, you want Culpepper? Hey, Michael Vick might be able to play fairly soon.

    ...don't kid yourself. There are plenty of elements the Broncos need more than a replacement for Cutler.

  • January 2, 2009

    7:52 AM

    dude writes:

    Can we all start bashing on Cutler a little more!!?? What's the point? Until Bowlen picks a new GM and a new head coach (there is no way that he going to give all of that power to one person again for a long time) it doesn't matter whether Lombardi himself comes back from the dead and inhabits Cutler, THE TEAM IS ON HOLD!

    When a new scheme maker, a new head is found then we can speculate about the rest of the body. Cutler has potential, you CANNOT deny that. What he needs is someone kicking his butt and forcing him to step up. After he gets smacked a few times by a new coach thta didn't hand pick him we will see if he worth keeping around. Until then back off.

    For all of you who think we are looking at 4-5 years before we can challenge the Bolts for the ACF West (and I am one of them, so don't get me wrong) there is that chance that Bowlen will find the right spark for this team. Look at Miami if you think I'm full of it. They were 1-15 in 2007 and 11-5 this year. The biggest change.... a new head coach. The things that remaind from the old "administration" a few talented players who need a swift kick.

    Bottom line, can Denver be a contender next year? Absolutely, but not likely. Can the Broncos be better than 6-10 next year? Absolutely, but not likely.

    GO BRONCOS!!!

  • January 2, 2009

    8:46 AM

    Penfold writes:

    I have to say, after viewing that interview of Cutler on the Broncos website, it reminded me a lot of the interviews that the character Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh gave in the film Bull Durham. Remember?

    Nuke: (on getting his first win)

    "Oh, it's out there. And not just out there, but it's OUT THERE. It's a major rush."

    That said, Cutler isn't going anywhere at least next season, but if he hasn't improved by the end of next year and gotten the Broncos into the playoffs, the team has to start looking elsewhere for a franchise quarterback.

  • January 2, 2009

    1:32 PM

    Phillip writes:

    Jay Cutler seriously needs to take classes in how to act during an interview. Gum chewing is just unprofessional. And he could at least act slightly interested in the reporter's questions and show that missing the playoffs actually bothered him. He appears to not care much. That's a bit disheartening.

  • January 2, 2009

    4:54 PM

    bruno writes:

    I think that Jay cutler is the guy for this job!! You cannot win games, when your defense play like that. The Broncos defense suck. Jay Cutler is the Broncos teams,he is the heart of this team. You have to create around Jay Culter. He is young and play like a veteran, but with a poor defense like the broncos defense, you cannot hope go far. Jay Culter forever!!!!

  • January 2, 2009

    4:55 PM

    bruno writes:

    I think that Jay cutler is the guy for this job!! You cannot win games, when your defense play like that. The Broncos defense suck. Jay Cutler is the Broncos teams,he is the heart of this team.

    You have to create around Jay Culter. He is young and play like a veteran, but with a poor defense like the broncos defense, you cannot hope go far. Jay Culter forever!!!!

  • January 2, 2009

    4:55 PM

    bruno writes:

    I think that Jay cutler is the guy for this job!! You cannot win games, when your defense play like that. The Broncos defense suck. Jay Cutler is the Broncos teams,he is the heart of this team.

    You have to create around Jay Culter. He is young and play like a veteran, but with a poor defense like the broncos defense, you cannot hope go far. Jay Culter forever!!!!

  • January 2, 2009

    5:14 PM

    D. Farnsworth writes:

    A list of things for Jay Cutler to do this offseason:

    1. Get a decent haircut.
    2. Lose the ego, and learn how to not throw into double and triple coverage when you have a man open on the other side of the field for a 20 yard gain.
    3. Take interviewing seminars. Learn better generic answers.
    4. Listen to your coaches.
    5. Be involved on the sidelines instead of sitting off by yourself on the bench.
    6. Stop arguing with referees and focus on the game.

    Anyone else want to add a few?

  • January 3, 2009

    12:10 AM

    J-Man writes:

    Drew, considering how much Shanny has done for Denver I feel like this cartoon is a bit disrespectful. To portray the man who brought this town's favorite team it's ONLY two championships as an arrogant monarch being hauled out with disdain is classless. Yes the last few years have been rough and the firing was warranted but it's absurd to forget all he has done for this town. Just because you may be out of a job in a few months is no reason to take your work down with you.

  • January 3, 2009

    2:39 AM

    Justin writes:

    Um...J-Man....

    Shanahan didn't bring those Super Bowls to Denver.

    Cheating the salary cap did.

    And it was TEN years ago anyway.

    Give it a rest.

  • January 3, 2009

    5:53 PM

    Andy writes:

    For those of you who think that Cutler needs to sit - we are talking about AMERICAN FOOTBALL, not "soccer."

    WTF is wrong with you guys?!?!? He clearly doesn't like interviews, etc. he's seriously a top 10 QB in the NFL. If you gave him a TEAM (running back and defense) the Broncos would be a SERIOUS contender.

    I am just so tired of you morons thinking that Cutler is the problem. The lack of defense was the problem this year. Cutler will be here for a long time. It's starting to remind me of when some "punk kid" from California came to play at the Broncos and a LOT of people were saying the SAME things. NOW - look how *THAT* turned out.

  • January 3, 2009

    6:47 PM

    BFJ writes:

    The only good thing about the RMN shutting down will be that Drew Litton and Bernie Lincicome will be looking for work. Can we PLEASE get these Denver-haters the hell OUT of Denver?

  • January 3, 2009

    11:59 PM

    den2mke writes:

    Tell you what, just for grins, start floating the idea of trading Cutler around the league and watch virtually every GM come out of their shorts trying to figure out a way to land a talent like this. Everyone else in the league understands what a great talent he is--which is why they voted him to the Pro Bowl over other solid performers like Pennington and Rivers. At times this guy makes throws that no one else in the league is capable of making.

    You people need to get over yourselves. There are maybe 3-4 QBs in the league that GMs would rather have than Cutler right now--for current and potential abilities--and none of them are going anywhere either.

    Totally agree with Andy. Frankly, I'm not sure Elway looked as good at year 3 as Cutler does at the same. I personally remember when Elway was vilified at even later times for 'never being able to win the big one' because of mistakes, poor play in big games, not being able to throw the touch pass (my personal favorite), etc. Similar to Elway, he's had to carry this team. But, at least Denver's defense in those days wasn't considered among the worst consistently.

    What's necessary is for Cutler to be COACHED and not feel like he has to take chances every time he has the ball in his hands in order to have a chance at winning. The Broncos won a lot of games 'managing' Plummer and relying on an adequate defense. What makes anyone think that Cutler's not capable of doing the same. Funny how the few games the defense showed up--ATL, NYJ, etc.--Cutler managed the games just fine. Ill-advised turnovers are reflective of a young QB, someone who's trying to do too much or (as in this case) BOTH.

    Frankly, Cutler's shown a competitiveness that should be applauded. This guy fights to win every time he has a chance. Imagine how much better he could be if the defense didn't give up points on every key opponent drive. You people need to get real.

  • January 4, 2009

    11:47 AM

    Sean writes:

    Cutler gets to go to the "Pro-Bowl". Oh boy.

    Rivers wins the AFC West Division Title, and beats Indy and Manning to advance to the playoffs.

    I think we can stop the discussion as to who is the best quarterback.

    Rivers is clearly years ahead of Cutler in both maturity and on the field success. Did you see that interview Rivers gave after the game? Dude can actually speak in full sentences, unlike Cutler. Rivers looks professional, plays professional, and does what it takes to win. Cutler will never reach that level. Ever.

    Get over yourselves Bronco fans. You have a team where your coach just got canned and a quarterback that could care less and was tiredof playing football. He flat out quit in the last game. Total loser.

  • January 4, 2009

    1:33 PM

    Bryan writes:

    Rivers > Cutler
    L.T./Sproles > Pick a Broncos RB
    Gates > Sheffler
    Any SD Receiver > Marshall/Royal
    Turner > Shanahan

    Chargers > Broncos

    It's very clear.

  • January 5, 2009

    12:32 PM

    dude writes:

    Sean and Bryan-
    Thank you for the input from the Sunny Side of the armpit of California!! The Broncos did NOT deserve to go to the playoffs... however, the way the Bolts played the first 13 games of the season, neither did they. It was good luck and hard nose play from the Bolts that got them the division but at 8-8 do hold your head up too high. The Colts losing was great (I love to see Manning with his head down) but if you think the Steelers or the Ravens are going to ley down and let the Bolts win you need help. Right now the Chargers are the most fun team to watch and they are playing great ball but the problems they have had all season are not going to go away.

    I would be willing to bet that both of you were SCREAMING for Norv's head on a spike and now you thinks is the cream from a Krispy Kreme dougnut. Don't get me wrong it is nice to have team that pays well in December but don't get to full of yourselves.

  • January 5, 2009

    2:25 PM

    Jacob writes:

    I agree Dude, had the Broncos finished off the Bills at Invesco, every Charger fan would want Norv fired. Don't mind them though, they're just uneducated San Diego fans who yell when the scoreboard tells them to.

  • January 5, 2009

    9:08 PM

    Alan writes:

    Sorry Dude & Jacob....

    Please answer this question.

    Who, exactly, are the Broncos playing next weekend?

    Right.

  • January 6, 2009

    7:41 AM

    JD writes:

    I can't believe how many dumb people commented on this cartoon. Seriously. I won't even respond to any of them. This post is just my intelli-post, letting other non-idiot readers know that they are not the only ones--or maybe I am the only one.

  • January 7, 2009

    6:39 PM

    Randy writes:

    Ah, Broncos fans continuing to prove why they are some of the dumbest, fickle fans in the entire sports world.

    Those that called for/calling for Shanahan and Cutlers head will rue the day they opened their mouths and their own farts started sneaking into their throats. Remember this is the same fan base that complained about Elway during his first years with the team. Shows just how much they know about the game.

    Anyone believing this team would be better off without Shanahan or Cutler, kindly remove your head from your butts, take up a gun and make life a little better for those of us with an ounce of intelligence.

    My family has had season tickets since 1964 and every year, I find myself more and more ashamed that I have to be lumped together with so many shortsighted, myopic idiots.

    While I dread this firing for my beloved team; I still hold hope that it educates the moronic fan base of the difficulties of winning a Super Bowl in the NFL. You reap what you sow and the fickle Bronco fans are about to have the opportunity to learn how good they truly had it. Let us pray that they are intelligent enough to recognize a learning opportunity and don't make the same mistake, yet again.

    Being the cynic that I am; I very much doubt it.

  • January 8, 2009

    9:37 AM

    Neil writes:

    It cracks me up reading some of the comments dogging Cutler on here. We would have lost most of the games we did win without him.
    He had a remarkable season considering he had no running game and a horrible defense most of the time.
    Jay is one of the few bright spots on this disaster. But I'm sure you'll all be back on the bandwagon when he leads us to a division title next season. Do me a favor, please choose another team to cheer for, it's embarrassing that you root for the Broncos.

  • January 8, 2009

    9:41 AM

    Neil writes:

    Sean writes:

    Cutler gets to go to the "Pro-Bowl". Oh boy.

    Rivers wins the AFC West Division Title, and beats Indy and Manning to advance to the playoffs.

    I think we can stop the discussion as to who is the best quarterback.

    Rivers is clearly years ahead of Cutler in both maturity and on the field success.

    Yeah, that might be because he came into the league two years BEFORE Cutler, bozo!

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