Insiders say Jay Cutler's bad reputation is a creation of misinformation in Denver.
April 24, 2009, 9:43 AM
By: Tom Waddle
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Petulant child or innocent victim of a PR blitz?
Yo, T-Weezy checking in from La-La Land, hanging with the stars and chillin' with the beautiful people!
Actually, I'm lying on my hotel bed in a pair of cargo shorts, a dirty T-shirt and black socks as I try to memorize as many names as possible for the NFL Network's marathon draft coverage this weekend. Sounds glamorous, doesn't it? Actually, it's pretty cool to be with NFL insiders who actually have inside information, not rumors coming from "Southside PJ" spewing nonsense on a message board. That was a little mean, wasn't it? Sorry. Anyway, it's nice to be back in the football bunker.
Some random thoughts after picking some large football brains:
Jay Cutlerisn't the petulant child the Broncos want you to think he is. My source says while he might like to go out and have fun every now and again -- like all single 25-year-olds -- he was the first one in the building every morning, studying film of the upcoming opponent. His teammates loved him and Brandon Marshall was made by Cutler, not the other way around. New Broncos coach Josh McDaniels is now suffering from debilitating migraines. I wonder why.
For you Notre Damers, don't be shocked if Brady Quinn is traded before or during the draft. Eric Mangini doesn't think the world of him. The Browns are also looking to move Braylon Edwards, who's never gonna repeat his career year of 2007, but he's still a talent that needs a change of scenery.
Al Davis is even crazier than you think he is.
Andre Smith of Alabama looks soft but plays hard. He should be a dominant tackle despite his Jell-O appearance.
The Vikings love Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin and aren't scared off by his positive marijuana test at the combine.
Overall, this is a very weak draft in which teams will be more inclined to take the best possible player and not draft for need.
Outside of that, everything else coming outta my mouth is more than likely a guess. Let's face it, the draft is one gigantic crap shoot. Nobody knows exactly how 20-year-olds will react with newfound fame and fortune.
Right now, I've gotta be honest, I'm more interested in trying to figure out our Bulls, secure second-round playoff tix for the Hawks, find a therapist willing to give a group discount for the Cubs bullpen and convince Kenny to open up the check book for John Danks. Trying to predict what the Bears will do with their second-round pick is way down on my list of things to do at the moment. At least until tomorrow's noon production meeting at "the Network." Hey look, the Bulls just made another silly mistake. Like I said, Celtics in 6?
When we talk again next week, here's hoping Jerry has added a wide receiver, a safety, an edge rusher and some O-line help.
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