Cutler making Shanahan look brilliant once again

Mike Shanahan has never afraid to take chances His latest gamble is paying off as rookie QB Jay Cutler has the Broncos on the verge of making the playoffs, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: December 23, 2006
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

DENVER -- During the Broncos' back-to-back Super Bowl run in the 1990s, a Denver columnist dubbed Mike Shanahan "The Mastermind."

Everyone who came across Shanahan knew he was brilliant. Al Davis hired him early in his career but made the mistake of firing him in his second year with the Raiders. Shanahan ended up calling plays for the 49ers and gained a reputation as a great play-caller before the Broncos named him head coach in 1995. With John Elway as his quarterback, ...

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