When the Denver Broncos play the Chicago Bears in their week 14 match-up, Jay Cutler’s return to Invesco Field at Mile High will be the talk of the town, and for that matter, the rest of the football-loving country.
But that game won’t really be about Cutler. Really, it will be about the Denver Broncos' new defense and what they are capable of doing against a quarterback of Cutler’s caliber.
Cutler can throw a spiral like nobody’s business. He can also throw a beautiful pass that beautifully ends up in the hands of a defender. That’s what the Broncos and their fans should really be concerned with.
How will Patrick Peterson play against Cutler, and will he break up a pass or two, or even catch an interception? If, in fact, the Broncos are fortunate enough to land Peterson.
Would Marcell Dareus be able to thwart the offensive line and collapse the pocket right on top of Cutler? Or, rather, would it be Von Miller doing all the damage? Might he get a monster sack or two, possibly even a forced fumble, against Gunslinger Jay?
Those are the questions leading up to the draft, and the questions going into Week 14 would be similarly defensive.
It won’t be Tim Tebow versus Cutler. Don’t let them fool you. Yes, Tebow will likely be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, and Tim Terrific is a terrific reason to forget about Jay, but again, the real questions and concerns start with how far John Fox can take this defense by that point in the season.
Will Cutler get smashed, hurried, pressured, sacked and frustrated by a relentless pass rush? Will he make his trademark gorgeous pass followed by his trademark brain-numbing interception to a linebacker?
Cutler will be there. But will the Denver Broncos defense also be there?
For Denver fans, that's the real question.