Posted on: March 3, 2009 12:04 am

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Broncos Will Have Their Eggs Scrambled

   The thought that the Denver Broncos were willing to trade Pro-Bowl Quarterback Jay Cutler for New England back-up Matt Cassel over the weekend had all the makings of the biggest wrong move ever.  Without question there is still potential for future fall-out from this “Mother of all Blunders.”  Cutler won’t speak to his new coach and even Bronco fans are calling Cutler “a baby” among other names. Denver spin doctors are saying they were just listening to the offer that would have in effect sent Cassel to Denver via Tampa Bay and Cutler to Buccaneers.  In the end the Patriots dealt Cassel to the Chiefs, along with linebacker Mike Vrabel.  New England got a second-round pick.

  I don’t know what the Broncos where thinking so I tried to figure out why Denver even entertained the thought of giving up their first round pick for Matt Cassel.  I also wanted to know why Denver fans are so quick to gang up on the Vanderbilt University grad that has done more with less than any quarterback in the league.  Then I realized the Denver idiots where not comparing him to any QB, but rather their beloved John Elway.   I decided to look at Cutler’s stats against those of Denver QB John Elway over the same period of time in their careers and see if they had good reason for their dissatisfaction.  Well, the stats don’t lie Cutler is exceeding the great John Elway in every offensive category.

John Elway in his first three seasons (42 Games) threw for 8,152 yds, 47 TDs, and 47 INTs, passer rating of 67.23% and a completion percentage of 53.4%.

 Jay Cutler in his first three seasons (37 Games), threw for 9,024 yds, 54 TDs, 37 INTs, passer rating of 87.1% and a completion percentage of 62.5%. 

Stats compiled from a href="http://sports.jrank.org/pages/
tml">John Elway - Career Statistics</a> and http://www.nfl.com/players/careerst

Sure I know Jay is quick to speak and is not shy about voicing his displeasure but on the field where it matters he is doing everything any legitimate Bronco fan should acknowledge.  There where games when he threw a pick at the wrong time but there have been equally a number of games where he pulled them back and gave them wins they would have otherwise lost.  These tend to even themselves out over the course of a season. Cutler with the right offense around him can take the Broncos to the Super Bowl as well.  Right now he needs a defense and a coach that believes in him. Its time Denver wiped the egg off their face and admits they did a terrible wrong to their franchise QB. 


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