Shefter- Cutler to start next week

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  1. dbair1967

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    Broncos ready to go with Cutler

    By Adam Schefter
    Special to
    (Nov. 22, 2006) -- Shortly after the holiday season begins, so will the Jay Cutler era.

    After Jake Plummer starts Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos are likely to turn over their starting quarterback job to Cutler, their highly touted 2006 first-round draft choice, who then would make his debut on Sunday night, Dec. 3, against the Seattle Seahawks, according to sources close to the situation.

    The Cutler era very well might have started sooner had the Broncos not been working on an abbreviated schedule this week, in one of the NFL's toughest road venues. Denver plays at Kansas City in the first live regular-season game televised on NFL Network and one team official said he thought the Broncos would have started Cutler if the team were playing on a Sunday instead of a Thursday.

    But just as the short week prevented Cutler from making his debut this week, it will greatly enhance his chances of starting next week, giving the Broncos 10 days to prep their rookie quarterback for his first NFL start at home against the Seahawks.

    Already, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has shown he is not afraid to shake up his offense. At various points this season, Shanahan has benched his starting running backs, Tatum Bell and Mike Bell, his right offensive tackle, George Foster, and his tight end, Tony Scheffler.

    Quarterback is the next position that will be hit with a change, and it will be a seismic one in NFL circles. One AFC general manager, upon studying game film of the Broncos offense this week, said he believes that Shanahan has had to tone down the aggressiveness of his play-calls out of fear that Plummer will make more mistakes. He certainly has made enough of them this season, throwing 11 interceptions compared to 10 touchdowns.

    Two Sundays ago against the Raiders, Plummer threw three interceptions, causing the Broncos to continue contemplating a quarterback change. In Denver's next game, Plummer played even more poorly, throwing an interception and fumbling twice in the fourth quarter, including once after the Broncos called timeout to go over their play-call.

    Now the Broncos believe the time has come to turn over their offense -- and really their franchise -- to Cutler. Broncos assistant coaches who have repeatedly watched the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Cutler through the preseason and into the regular season say their quarterback is more poised and polished than any rookie they have seen. His disposition is said to be perfect for the position. But there still remains the question of how he will play in games.

    If the preseason is any judge, it should be superbly. Cutler completed 40 of 62 passes (64.5 percent) for 561 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and a 108.3 quarterback rating. During the same preseason, Plummer completed 19 of 34 passes (55.9 percent) for 226 yards, one touchdown and no interception for an 86.2 quarterback rating.

    Plummer's quarterback rating this season has plummeted to 69.7, the lowest it has been in Denver and his worst figure since his last season at Arizona in 2002. He is now the 29th-rated quarterback in the league, trailing such quarterbacks as Tampa Bay's Bruce Gradkowski, Seattle's Seneca Wallace and Cleveland's Charlie Frye.

    Despite Jake Plummer's struggles, he has the Broncos in the thick of things in the AFC West.
    At his press conference Tuesday, Plummer said defiantly: "There have been people who have tried to run me out of here since I got here. If I listened to that stuff, I wouldn't still be here leading this team. Hey, one day that will all come true. Until then, sorry."

    But "then" is coming quick. Thursday night is now expected to be Plummer's last start for an indefinite period and maybe his final one as the Broncos quarterback

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    You cant help but think that Bill and Romo's success has led to the Brunell and Plummer benching... even if only in a small way
  3. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg That gum you like.

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    I think this move will turn out to be the right one for the Broncos, but the timing couldn't be worse for this to leak. You basically have a lame duck QB playing on Thanksgiving.
  4. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    There's probably some truth to that.
  5. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    I bet if Plummer stinks it up tonight we'll see Cutler at some point

  6. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    It's a copy cat league.....;) :)
  7. Cowboy4ever

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    I think this would be a mistake at this point.. they are 7-3,, should win tonight... I just don't see the logic in turning over a 7-4 or 8-3 club to a rookie, I just think it is a bad move..
  8. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    KC at home is tough, and Denver isnt playing that great...the game is far from a gimmee win for Denver

    Cutler may be a rookie, but Plummer is Plummer...a lousy QB with very limited downfield passing ability and highly questionable decision making

  9. dmq

    dmq If I'm so pretty, why am I available?

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    Every justification now to start a new QB seems to mention the name Tony Romo lately. That said, I would bet they wouldn't make the move unless he was impressing Mike in practice like Romo was doing for Bill.
  10. cowboysfan

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    Seems like every club is catching on the "provide a spark to the offense" trend. As mentioned, with 7-3, if it is our team, I don't think BP will turn over to Tony so soon, even if Drew struggles to win.
  11. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Denver will lose tonight and we will see Cutler at some point tonight. Book it.
  12. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    I think so too.
  13. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    i took denver tonight, betting on the defense to come back big after last week.
  14. cowboy4eva

    cowboy4eva New Member

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    Plummer has been bad and flat out held that team back. Going to Cutler gives the Broncos a higher ceiling IMO, because they were not going to win a meaningful game with Plummer at the helm. Cutler is going to be real good down the road and I thought the move should have been made a couple weeks ago when watching Plummer hold that team back.
  15. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    it's funny how they don't include Romo in this list, that's how good Romo has been playing
  16. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I said back before the NFL draft that I thought Cutler will be the better QB out of the big three (Lienart, Young and Cutler).

    I still belive that and if I were a betting man, I would bet that CUtler will be the first of those guy to the Super Bowl.
  17. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    They shoulda started Cutler the day they drafted him. Plummer has alot of problems with a cover 2 defense and everybody(they play) knows this. He has a hard time reading defenses period, that's why he's successful out of the pocket. I do agree with Romo benching Bledsoe has alot to do with other benchings. Except for maybe Brunell. The stinks are done this year, may as well see if Campbell's worth the blank check.

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