With Cutler, Shanahan might be recrowned 'offensive genius'
The best QBs make the best coaches look good. Mike Shanahan finally has his ideal project in Jay Cutler, Seth Wickersham writes.
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Cutler is not great yet. But the signs are there. As bad as his fourth-quarter red-zone interception and "incomplete pass" against the Chargers were, neither affected his mindset. Neither miscue affected his play.
Elway, during the course of his career, had plenty of lousy fourth quarters before pulling the game out in the final minutes. And now there's a grittiness the Broncos' offense has lacked since Elway retired. And a cockiness. "We have a chance to be as good as anybody," Shanahan said. "We have a chance to be the best in the league."
The same can be said for Cutler, who's quickly becoming one of those guys.
Seth Wickersham is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and a columnist for ESPN.com