Cutler settling in

Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler met with the media on Wednesday. Check out the transcript of his comments.


On the Broncos playing like a playoff berth is on the line in the last two weeks

"The last two or three games, we've felt like that. We knew we were going to have to win out to get a good spot in the playoffs and have a chance. So yeah, we're confident right now. We're not taking the 49ers lightly. This is their last game, so they're going to come in here and give us all we have."

On how much he feels he has progressed

"A lot. Each game I've felt more comfortable, more relaxed and more like I was just playing football. The first couple, I think I was thinking too much and wouldn't just react. Now, I feel comfortable. I think the coaches are starting to feel a little bit more comfortable."

On whether he expected to progress as quickly as he has

"Yeah, I knew it wasn't going to take long. It's hard to sit and watch football for 10, 11 weeks and then jump right into it and be perfect. Just the speed of the game and seeing things, making progressions, it's hard to do. So I knew it was going to be a few games for me to get back in there and feel comfortable again."

On becoming the first rookie to throw multiple touchdown passes in his first four games

"I don't know. That wasn't the game plan going into it. I just got lucky a few times and had some opportunities to throw some touchdown passes, and guys made some great catches for me. So that's great."

On whether he's felt pressure during the playoff run

"Yeah, definitely. There's definitely a lot of pressure on me. There are a lot of veterans on our team that know their job and do it well. For me to step in as a rookie in the middle of the playoff race and be expected to play at that level right away, it was tough. But those guys were always positive with me, and they were confident and had my back. Whenever I messed up, a lot of the guys picked up the slack. So it's been great working with these guys."

On whether having the game against San Francisco at home helps

"I guess. I think we're going to play well wherever we're at. We went down to Arizona and won that game. This team knows what's at stake, and we're going to go out and we're going to play. If it was there, we'd play the same way."

On whether the coaches' play calling has become more aggressive with each of his starts

"The first start, I think we did some stuff that I wasn't that great at. And it was my first start, so it was going to be a little bit rocky. The coaches had to feel me out, and I had to feel them out as well – just as far as play calling and what I like to do, what they used to do, and just trying to combine a little bit of both. So it's been a little bit of give and take on both ends. The more successful I am and this offense is, the more Coach Shanahan's going to open it up and let us do more. That's been the case so far."

On defenses trying to confuse him

"That's NFL defenses. They're going to try to confuse any quarterback. Me, as a rookie, they're going to try to blitz a little bit more and come get me and see what happens. But the offensive line has done a great job protecting me for the most part. Most of those sacks have probably been my fault. But defense is defense. I think that's one of my strengths, being able to read things out and get rid of the ball."

On what challenges the 49ers' defense presents

"They're a good defense. They're playing pretty good football, and they're going to give us their best shot. They're going to want to spoil what we've got going here. (I've) just got to be sound, protect the ball and get some touchdowns."

On whether he's gone to QB Jake Plummer to ask questions

"Jake's been great so far. Whenever Coach Shanahan made the decision, Jake was the first one that came to me and said nothing was going to change between me and him. He was going to help me out as much as possible. That's been the case. Since those first couple games, he's talked to the coaches about what I like and been there to help me make reads on and off the field, coming up to me and just started talking things through. So he's been great so far."

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