To start off I would first like to say something that Broncos' fans don’t like to hear, but know in their hearts to be true. You have been spoiled by John Elway.
You continually compare every quarterback to arguably one of the best quarterbacks of all time. The sooner you accept the fact that Elway is not walking through the tunnel on Sundays, everything will be easier for you.
Living in Denver I hear differing opinions on the most recent failed Elway replacement, Jay Christopher Cutler. People either love or they hate him. They either think Jay Cutler is greatest thing since the invention of the wheel or a bum they are glad to be rid of. Not much middle ground.
I’ve witnessed it a lot over the past 10 years. When Brian Griese replaced Elway after Elway retired all I heard about was how great Griese was and how he would be just like the old man he was replacing. Two years later Bronco Nation wanted to tar and feather him.
Then it was Jake Plummer’s turn to run the Denver Broncos offense. Again all I heard about was the renown of Plummer, the next coming of No. 7. A little over two years later when the Broncos drafted Cutler Denver ran poor Jake out of town.
Alright Bronco fans, your team finally has a good young quarterback to build around. Yes! Three years after Mike Shanahan made Cutler the 11th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Shanahan is fired and Cutler is a Bear.
Now the debate rages, was Cutler a franchise quarterback you shipped off? Or was he just another guy who couldn’t fill the “Great One’s” shoes? If I had to guess I would say somewhere in between. Either way fans in Denver aren’t to optimistic about the 2009 season.
Broncos' fans shouild forget how good Cutler was (or wasn’t depending on how you look at it) and have faith in Kyle Orton. This more than capable signal caller can run your offense with more efficiency and precision than the gunslinger ever could.
And if not you can you always draft Sam Bradford.