Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and quarterback Jay Cutler are trying to repair a strained relationship. It remains to be seen whether the two can co-exist in Denver the same way that former Orioles manager Earl Weaver and pitcher Jim Palmer did in Baltimore despite neither being particularly fond of the other.
Cutler is upset because he claims McDaniels was attempting to trade him. McDaniels said he was merely listening to offers from other teams. It's imperative the first-year coach and hotshot QB are on the same page. The two will attempt to patch up their differences this week as the Broncos have a team meeting.
Here are five examples of a coach/manager and his player clashing. It can get ugly.
Billy Martin vs. Reggie Jackson: Maybe the most famous odd couple in sports. Billy loved booze and Reggie loved himself. During a nationally televised game against the Red Sox in 1977, the two had to be separated in the dugout after Martin benched Jackson during the middle of an inning for not hustling in the outfield. It was a toxic mix that produced several back page headlines during the Bronx Zoo years.
P.J. Carlesimo vs. Latrell Sprewell: Playing for Golden State in 1997, Sprewell thought he was being criticized by Carlesimo during a practice. A deranged Sprewell responded by grabbing his coach by the throat and choking him before players stepped in. "Spree" had to be restrained and led away, but he returned and went after Carlesimo again.
Harry Neale vs. Gord Gallant: Neale was coach of the Minnesota Fighting Saints, who lived up to their name in the now-defunct WHA. Gallant lived up to his nicknamed "Machine Gun." Upset at his coach, Gallant knocked on Neale's hotel room one night and beat him up badly.
Jim Rice vs. Joe Morgan: In 1988, Red Sox interim manager Joe Morgan needed a player who could drop down a sacrifice bunt. The power-hitting Rice wasn't ever asked to bunt, and Morgan wasn't about to ask him. So he sent up Spike Owen to pinch hit. Rice didn't appreciate the move and responded by shoving Morgan, who later defended his move by saying, "I'm the manager of this nine."
Lou Piniella vs. Rob Dibble: Late in the 1992 season, the fiery Piniella challenged his fireball reliever to a fight and a shoving match ensued in the Reds clubhouse. The two had to be separated and Piniella could be heard yelling "I'd treat you like a man, but you don't want to be treated like a man!"
Can you think of other cases where a manager or coach and player were at odds?