Countdown to a Denver disaster

April, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a timeline leading to the stunning events in Denver resulting in the team publicly saying it will pursue trading quarterback Jay Cutler:

Dec. 30: Denver owner Pat Bowlen fired head coach Mike Shanahan after 14 years. Bowlen says he will take control over the organization in which Shanahan was reputed as having complete control. Cutler publicly expressed displeasure in Shanahan's firing.

Jan. 11: The Broncos hired New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to replace Shanahan. The 32-year-old first-time head coach was chosen over six other people who were interviewed partly for his ability to take Cutler to the next level.

Feb. 5: While at his first Pro Bowl in his three-season NFL career, Cutler expressed excitement in working with McDaniels and said the two sides have had productive meetings.

Feb. 28: Word spread that the Broncos considered trading for Matt Cassel and dealing Cutler in a three-way trade. Sources close to Cutler said he was infuriated and wanted to be traded after hearing the news.

March 8: Cutler and the Broncos' brass had a conference call that didn't go well.

March 14: Cutler and his agent Bus Cook met with McDaniels and Bowlen in person. It didn't go well.

March 15: Cutler tells ESPN's Chris Mortensen he wants to be traded.

March 16: Cutler does not show up to the team's offseason workout program.

March 24: McDaniels told a large media throng that Cutler is his quarterback and he expected Cutler to be his quarterback despite the team getting messages from other teams about interest in the quarterback.

March 31: Bowlen puts out a statement saying the Broncos will pursue trading Cutler because he will not communicate with the team.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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