2011 NFL Schedule: Previewing Jay Cutler's Return to Denver in Week 14

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IApril 19, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks on while taking on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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When the Denver Broncos made Jay Cutler the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, they thought they were getting their franchise quarterback.

That almost turned out to be true.

After his third season in Denver, it became clear Cutler was steadily improving. He threw for more than 4,200 yards, 25 TDs and was named to his first Pro Bowl.

Then something happened.

During the offseason, there were murmurs of a three-team trade that involved Cutler being dealt to either Detroit or Tampa Bay, with Denver receiving Matt Cassel, who then-new head coach Josh McDaniels had worked with the previous season in New England.

Even though the Broncos made it clear that they were just rumors with McDaniels saying, "We don't want to trade Jay...He's our quarterback," Cutler just wouldn't let it go.

He would eventually demand a trade, which he would be granted. He was dealt to Chicago for Kyle Orton, two first-round picks and a third-round pick.

Now, let's fast forward to today.

NFL schedules have just been released, and the Chicago Bears will be visiting the Denver Broncos in Week 14.

Now, that should be one hell of a scene.

Broncos fans these days absolutely despise Jay Cutler; they feel he quit on them and acted like a baby (and that wasn't the last time people said that about him).

So you better believe there's going to be some serious fireworks when he returns to the house that Tim Tebow now owns.

With that being said, the Broncos' defense is still absolutely dreadful, and even if they pick up Marcell Dareus in the draft, Cutler and the Bears' offense should light it up against this motivated Broncos squad.

This isn't exactly Favre vs. the Packers, but it should make for some quality television.