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Hornswaggle is an alternate spelling of hornswoggle, an archaic word that means to bamboozle or hoodwink. I take my pronunciation from the late Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles" --

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Mile-High debacle

For now I don't plan on writing much here about sports, but I had to say something about what may be the worst start to an NFL head-coaching career that I've ever seen. So this one is for MB.

Quarterback Jay Cutler is not the good guy here. He's being a baby. And in the most recent reports by Peter King and Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, rookie head coach Josh McDaniels comes off as more credible than Cutler following their meeting last week.

Still, McDaniels ought to have been more careful about discussing trade possibilities involving the franchise quarterback, especially given Cutler's reputation for being moody and sensitive.

And why would McDaniels have been entertaining thoughts of getting rid of Cutler and importing Matt Cassell in the first place? When he was hired, he took over a roster on which Cutler was by far the valuable player. If you were taking over a company, would you make it your first order of business to sell off the organization's highest-performing division?

Jay Cutler is able to make throws that no other quarterback in the NFL can make. Last year, in his second full season as a starter, he threw for 4,526 yards, 25 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and completed 62 percent of his passes. He did this on a team with a horrible defense and without a running game, as Mike Shanahan's belief that he could hire any hobo off the street to play running back reached its full expression and logical conclusion: with his firing.

As a Philadelphia Eagles fan, I wonder if the Broncos would be stupid enough to trade Cutler for Donovan McNabb (with a draft pick or two thrown in to even things out). Even though Cutler's being a prima donna here, I think it would be a good move for the Birds. McDaniels was with the Patriots in 2004, however, which means that he witnessed McNabb's classic execution of the 45-minute drill during the Super Bowl, so you'd think he'd know better than to bring in old No. 5. But if his handling of Cutler is any indication, he could be that dumb.

.: posted by hornswaggler 8:03 PM

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