So where or when do we start the discussion of Bowlen's responsibility! Does Bowlen get a free pass! After all it was Bowlen who hired Josh McD...you know the 32 year old Prima Donna not ready to be a HC in the NFL to replace a HC who won you two Super Bowls!
Its was Bowlen who sat on his hands for almost 2 weeks as the McD--Cutler trade fiasco came to a bitter end with demands for trade. Face it, Bowlen committed a cardinal sin for NFL owners and that is you NEVER trade/allow your Franchise QB to leave town.
Simple put, Bowlen is a piss poor leader! Had Bowlen had the balls, he would have first called McD into his office and said "What the F*ck is going on here?" I hired you as HC...but I did not give you the power to shop my franchise QB around the NFL for a possible TRADE. I want you to call a face-to-face meeting with Cutler and tell him he will not be traded. You call me once that's done. I will personally go over to Cutler's house and tell him as the owner of the Denver Broncos....you are my franchise QB for the next 12-15 years and trading you is un-fathomable!!! Now, thats leadership and thats how you prevent yourself from having 3 QB's on your roster of the likes of Orton, Quinn, and Tebow!!!
When you have a hands off owner such as Bowlen call crucial shots on the decision to fire a Super winning coach-3 years too early and you sit idly by and allow your Franchise QB to leave town, and as an owner you hire 32 year old not ready for prime time HC; its the perfect recipe for turning your once winning & proud franchise into the possible door matt of the NFL.
Right now the state of the Denver Broncos franchise is all Bowlen's FAULT.