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    By Bob DiCesare
    09/10/07

    Which play prompted you to draw the comparison that no one in their right mind is ever supposed to draw? At what point Sunday did you behold the work of Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler and blurt out, “You know what. He reminds me a little of John Elway”? Did those words spill from your mouth on Denver’s first possession, when the Broncos gained 33 yards on a Cutler-orchestrated option play that looked like something plucked from the highlights of Elway’s younger days? Or perhaps you bit on the second possession, when Cutler escaped the Alcatraz that was the grasp of Chris Kelsay to complete a 15-yard throw.

    Maybe you held your tongue until the thirdquarter drive during which Cutler completed four of five throws, his passes accounting for 56 of the 81 yards on the touchdown march that put the Broncos a field goal from victory. But surely there was no avoiding the comparison during a final two minutes that Denver kicker Jason Elam said might have been more Elway than even Elway could have managed.

    The Broncos had their backs to a third-and-23 wall, followed by a third and 13, en route to Elam’s winning kick and a 15-14 victory win at The Ralph. Twice they converted on fourth down, once on a Cutler pass, once on a Cutler run after the backfield was emptied of everyone but him. His poise was astonishing, his accuracy unerring when it absolutely had to be. And to think this was Cutler’s first seasonopening start and only the sixth start of his two-year career.

    “That was unbelievable,” said wideout Brandon Stokley, who witnessed a few dozen sublime quarterbacking performances during his days with the Colts. “I’d go to battle with that guy any day. Lot of heart. Just get the job done and that’s what he did. It wasn’t pretty and we got a lot of work to do, but it was a win.”

    “I’ve been involved with a lot of comeback victories with John over the years,” Elam said. “I’m not sure anything compares to this.”

    It eats at you, doesn’t it? Broncos fans haven’t been waiting for the next Elway nearly as long as you’ve been waiting for the next Jim Kelly, nor have they suffered through seven straight seasons without visiting the playoffs. Certainly they’re not as deserving of quarterback salvation as are Bills fans such as yourself.

    How can you be anything but discouraged by what happened in Week One of the NFL season, a day that began with unbridled optimism and deteriorated from there? Cutler, given veteran responsibilities, showed glimpses of the extraordinary while completing 23 of 39 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, the Bills’ J.P. Losman was exceedingly ordinary in executing a norisk game plan that demonstrated little belief in his abilities. What’s certain, you’d have to admit, is that it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence and belief to

    see the Bills steer Losman gingerly while the Broncos tell Cutler it’s his game and he best go win it.

    The Broncos are intriguing, a team full of potential as epitomized by the quarterback they moved up to select in the first round of last year’s draft. It says a lot about Cutler’s makeup when he can come into The Ralph and steal a victory in dramatic fashion, overcoming his own colossal blunder in the process.

    No, the kid’s not flawless. His ill-advised backward pass nearly cut short the Broncos’ final possession. They lost 10 yards on the play, backtracking deeper into their own territory, setting up a challenge that when met served to elevate Cutler’s status.

    “He got a game ball,” said coach Mike Shanahan. “To have that poise on third down and 23 — that’s what you’re looking for in a quarterback. That’s what separates the good ones from the great ones.”

    Cutler can sense it’s becoming his team, that teammates are lining up behind him without reservation.

    “I think the guys on the team have always believed in me, so I don’t think I had to win them over,” Cutler said. “But there are a lot of veterans on the team, and for me to go out and do what I did puts a little more faith in them and I feel pretty good about it.”

    As for Broncos fans, they must be drooling. The kid leads them to an improbable victory in the final two minutes of the season opener, on the road, performing the seemingly impossible in the process. The long wait appears over. The QB of the future has arrived.

    “That’s why we get paid the big bucks, to make third downs and make two-minute drives,” Cutler said. “Bronco fans know the situation well from John Elway doing it all those years.”

    http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bi...ry/159424.html

  • #2
    Originally posted by columbiaskinny View Post
    By Bob DiCesare
    09/10/07


    What’s certain, you’d have to admit, is that it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence and belief to see the Bills steer Losman gingerly while the Broncos tell Cutler it’s his game and he best go win it.

    Cutler can sense it’s becoming his team, that teammates are lining up behind him without reservation.


    http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bi...ry/159424.html

    Thanks for the post.
    I do not want to see another game that close but it was exciting we are really opening the paly book for Jay!!
    BRONCOS RULE !!

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    • #3
      Awesome!

      Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
      R8R H8R

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      • #4
        As most of you did - I am sure, I jumped and screamed when Jason made the FG!!

        Godspeed Denver



        ----------------------------------------------
        I work at Vanderbilt University

        Where Jay Graduated!


        I tell you I love Elway! He was my hero growing up. I loved the way he threw the ball with velocity! I love that in a QB. This is why I am a Cutlerfan!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by columbiaskinny View Post
          By Bob DiCesare
          09/10/07

          Which play prompted you to draw the comparison that no one in their right mind is ever supposed to draw? At what point Sunday did you behold the work of Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler and blurt out, “You know what. He reminds me a little of John Elway”? Did those words spill from your mouth on Denver’s first possession, when the Broncos gained 33 yards on a Cutler-orchestrated option play that looked like something plucked from the highlights of Elway’s younger days? Or perhaps you bit on the second possession, when Cutler escaped the Alcatraz that was the grasp of Chris Kelsay to complete a 15-yard throw.

          Maybe you held your tongue until the thirdquarter drive during which Cutler completed four of five throws, his passes accounting for 56 of the 81 yards on the touchdown march that put the Broncos a field goal from victory. But surely there was no avoiding the comparison during a final two minutes that Denver kicker Jason Elam said might have been more Elway than even Elway could have managed.

          The Broncos had their backs to a third-and-23 wall, followed by a third and 13, en route to Elam’s winning kick and a 15-14 victory win at The Ralph. Twice they converted on fourth down, once on a Cutler pass, once on a Cutler run after the backfield was emptied of everyone but him. His poise was astonishing, his accuracy unerring when it absolutely had to be. And to think this was Cutler’s first seasonopening start and only the sixth start of his two-year career.

          “That was unbelievable,” said wideout Brandon Stokley, who witnessed a few dozen sublime quarterbacking performances during his days with the Colts. “I’d go to battle with that guy any day. Lot of heart. Just get the job done and that’s what he did. It wasn’t pretty and we got a lot of work to do, but it was a win.”

          “I’ve been involved with a lot of comeback victories with John over the years,” Elam said. “I’m not sure anything compares to this.”

          It eats at you, doesn’t it? Broncos fans haven’t been waiting for the next Elway nearly as long as you’ve been waiting for the next Jim Kelly, nor have they suffered through seven straight seasons without visiting the playoffs. Certainly they’re not as deserving of quarterback salvation as are Bills fans such as yourself.

          How can you be anything but discouraged by what happened in Week One of the NFL season, a day that began with unbridled optimism and deteriorated from there? Cutler, given veteran responsibilities, showed glimpses of the extraordinary while completing 23 of 39 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, the Bills’ J.P. Losman was exceedingly ordinary in executing a norisk game plan that demonstrated little belief in his abilities. What’s certain, you’d have to admit, is that it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence and belief to

          see the Bills steer Losman gingerly while the Broncos tell Cutler it’s his game and he best go win it.

          The Broncos are intriguing, a team full of potential as epitomized by the quarterback they moved up to select in the first round of last year’s draft. It says a lot about Cutler’s makeup when he can come into The Ralph and steal a victory in dramatic fashion, overcoming his own colossal blunder in the process.

          No, the kid’s not flawless. His ill-advised backward pass nearly cut short the Broncos’ final possession. They lost 10 yards on the play, backtracking deeper into their own territory, setting up a challenge that when met served to elevate Cutler’s status.

          “He got a game ball,” said coach Mike Shanahan. “To have that poise on third down and 23 — that’s what you’re looking for in a quarterback. That’s what separates the good ones from the great ones.”

          Cutler can sense it’s becoming his team, that teammates are lining up behind him without reservation.

          “I think the guys on the team have always believed in me, so I don’t think I had to win them over,” Cutler said. “But there are a lot of veterans on the team, and for me to go out and do what I did puts a little more faith in them and I feel pretty good about it.”

          As for Broncos fans, they must be drooling. The kid leads them to an improbable victory in the final two minutes of the season opener, on the road, performing the seemingly impossible in the process. The long wait appears over. The QB of the future has arrived.

          “That’s why we get paid the big bucks, to make third downs and make two-minute drives,” Cutler said. “Bronco fans know the situation well from John Elway doing it all those years.”

          http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bi...ry/159424.html
          Great Find - Thanks

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          • #6
            Greate read.

            I had chills throughout the whole article.

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            • #7
              I know most people don't want to see games that close (myself included), but if Cutler is going to be to the Broncos what Elway once was, get used to it. That is what made the Broncos so damned exciting. Heartattack one second, over-joyed the next.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cutlerfan View Post
                As most of you did - I am sure, I jumped and screamed when Jason made the FG!!

                Godspeed Denver
                Lol. I have complaint stickers on my apt. door from the outburst I gave when Elam missed the kick and an even bigger one when he made the winning kick.

                C'mon Broncos.... Win, but not so close again; I may get kicked out next time..........
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                • #9
                  After converting the 3rd and 23, gaining the 21 yards to Walker then the run for the first down. I couldn't believe it. I was in awe. My buddy and I just looked at each other like, "What the hell was that?"

                  Then, we convert another 4th down and I'm even more in disbelief. I didn't even want to think about number 7 because it's not fair to put Jay there yet but man he was just making things happen.

                  Last, the field goal was insane. I didn't think we were going to get the snap off. I just remember jumping up and down yelling.

                  It's cool to see Jay getting some recognition. Now it's time to look forward to the raiders. It's great we won. We had ups and downs but it's only the first game and Jay needs to show he can improve from week to week and keep getting the W's.

                  Go Broncos baby!!!

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                  • #10
                    Now thats the kind of stuff I wanna read on NFL monday! Good Find, CP for you my friend.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by columbiaskinny View Post
                      By Bob DiCesare
                      09/10/07

                      “That was unbelievable,” said wideout Brandon Stokley, who witnessed a few dozen sublime quarterbacking performances during his days with the Colts. “I’d go to battle with that guy any day. Lot of heart. Just get the job done and that’s what he did. It wasn’t pretty and we got a lot of work to do, but it was a win.”

                      http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bi...ry/159424.html
                      This really shows that Cutlers a leader out there and hearing this form a guy that played with Peyton really says alot.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cutlerfan View Post
                        As most of you did - I am sure, I jumped and screamed when Jason made the FG!!

                        Godspeed Denver
                        I spent my entire young life watching that with Elway, finally it happened again, man,its about time!
                        I was with about 15 Broncos fans screaming and jummping!!!
                        Man, what a start to the season!!

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                        • #13
                          nice find, thanks for posting
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by socalorado1 View Post
                            I spent my entire young life watching that with Elway, finally it happened again, man,its about time!
                            I was with about 15 Broncos fans screaming and jummping!!!
                            Man, what a start to the season!!

                            I was at my friend's house. . .who happens to be a bills fan . Yeah, I was yelling sooo loud, and he was PISSED. he kept saying that we got lucky. He was like, what luck a*^ bi^*#&@!!!!!! I was like how did we get lucky? his retort was. . ."they should've spiked it."

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                            • #15
                              Great article... I wish it included some quotes from Bills... Like that compliment Terrence Mcghee gave about Cutler... Thanks for the post!

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