Monday, November 27, 2006 - "Jay Cutler will be our starting quarterback." With those words Monday afternoon, Head Coach Mike Shanahan ended a weekend of speculation that spilled over into chat rooms, talk shows, newspapers and NFL game broadcasts, announcing that the first-round pick will take over as Denver's starter under center when the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday night. The decision -- which Shanahan termed "very tough" -- came after the Broncos lost a second straight game under Jake Plummer. However, the 19-10 loss at Kansas City was not the sole factor.
Report: Broncos bench Plummer - Mercury News
Sun, Nov. 26, 2006 - Denver Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan plans to make Jay Cutler his starting quarterback for the Dec. 3 game against Seattle, the Denver Post reported Saturday, citing sources close to the situation. Cutler, a rookie from Vanderbilt, will replace veteran Jake Plummer, who started the Broncos' previous 46 games, including the playoffs, dating to the 2003 season. Despite a 7-4 record, the Broncos are coming off arguably their worst all-around performance this season, a 19-10 loss Thursday at Kansas City, and appear in need of a jolt after losing two in a row for the first time in two years.
Report: Broncos turning to Cutler as starter - Yahoo! Sports - Jason Cole
November 26, 2006 - The Denver Broncos will make it official Monday that they have switched quarterbacks from 10-year veteran Jake Plummer to rookie Jay Cutler even though they are in the midst of the playoff race, according to a league source. Cutler's first start will come against the Seahawks on Dec. 3. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan made the decision known to several members of the team's staff Saturday and word leaked by early Sunday. The Broncos are 7-4 and currently in third place in the AFC West behind San Diego (8-2) and Kansas City (7-4). Plummer played poorly in the Broncos' 19-10 loss to Kansas City on Thanksgiving Day. He struggled again in the fourth quarter, a week after having an interception and two fumbles in the fourth quarter of a loss to San Diego.
Cutler era expected to start with Plummer's benching - USA Today -
11/26/2006 - The Jay Cutler Era is expected to begin Monday, when the reeling Denver Broncos return from a three-day furlough, a team in disarray. The Broncos, coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in two years, face the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 3, and the rookie from Vanderbilt will almost assuredly be the one taking snaps from center Tom Nalen instead of Jake Plummer, who has started the Broncos' last 46 games.
Start the Cutler era - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/26/2006 - Broncos rookie Jay Cutler, the 11th pick of the April draft, has yet to play in a regular-season NFL game. (Post / John Lebya)Heading into his coaching staff meeting today, Mike Shanahan is planning to make Jay Cutler the Broncos' starting quarterback for the Dec. 3 game against Seattle, sources close to the situation confirmed. Cutler, a rookie from Vanderbilt, will replace veteran Jake Plummer, who started the Broncos' previous 46 games, including playoffs, dating to the 2003 season. The immediate reasons for making the switch are hardly complicated. Despite a 7-4 record, the Broncos are coming off arguably their worst all-around performance this season, a 19-10 loss Thursday at Kansas City, and appear in need of a jolt after losing two in a row for the first time in two years.
QB mess has Broncs in disarray - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
11/26/2006 - Image never counts as much as touchdowns in the NFL, but as fresh rookie quarterback Jay Cutler stood amid the sad mess that the Denver locker room has become, it was easy to see why he is the future of the Broncos and beleaguered veteran Jake Plummer is not. "Yeah," Cutler said, when asked after a disheartening 19-10 loss to Kansas City if he was ready to replace Plummer in the starting lineup. "I think I could go out there and play and be efficient with this offense." Dressed for success and unmarked by failure, Cutler wore a snappy pinstripe suit, looking like a 23-year-old who could secure a loan from a banker and be trusted by a football coach not to throw away his good fortune.
In Shanahan's world, best players play ... right? - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
11/25/2006 - Jake Plummer or Jay Cutler? Inquiring minds want to note. ... The best players play. If I had a dollar for every time Mike Shanahan has said that, I'd be buying myself a Porsche for Christmas. Which brings us to Cutler, the kid of the hour. Know this about Shanahan: If he plays that card, it would be because he thought Cutler potentially could play better than Plummer. Not next year, not five years from now. Right here, right now. Cutler appears destined for stardom, but Shanahan isn't about to punt the season just to give the kid some experience. If he goes there, it would be a last-ditch attempt to spark a lethargic offense whose issues run well beyond the player taking the snaps.
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