A New Era

by Rick Pidcock

A new era has begun in the Mile High city for the Denver Broncos.  At 12:30 local time, head coach Mike Shanahan announced that the change has been made for Jay Cutler to become the starting quarterback. ”

(Jay) is our future, and our present,” said Shanahan regarding the gift from Santa Clause. 

Jay Cutler, the twenty two year old rookie from Santa Clause, Indiana will make his NFL debut this Sunday night on national television against the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.  All of this coming as the Broncos are on the verge of possibly not even making the playoffs, just two weeks after being in first place.

Cutler started all four years at Vanderbilt–the punching bag of college football’s most tenacious conference, the SEC.  During his senior year, he was awarded as the MVP of the SEC.  And many national columnists believe that Jay will turn out to be much better than his peers Matt Leinart or Vince Young will ever be.

What the next fifteen years holds for Jay Cutler and the Denver Broncos remains to be seen.  He may turn out to be yet another post-John Elway bust.  Or he may be what the city of Denver has been searching for over the past seven years–the next quarterback who will lead us to the big game.  Only time will tell.

What we do know is that a new era has begun.  And as Mike Shanahan begins perhaps his final decade as the head coach of the Broncos, we can only hope that Jay Cutler will be the one who takes us back to the top.  With the gift from Santa Clause, Indiana how could we wish for anything less?

*You can view the video of Mike Shanahan’s press conference at cbs4denver.com.

*Photo courtesy of Hyoung Chang of the Denver Post


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