Barca Blog - Cutler excels in NFL

Oct. 1, 2008

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Congratulations to former Commodore Jay Cutler for being named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.

In only his third year with the Broncos, Cutler has emerged as one of the elite quarterbacks in the league.

Just look at the stats.

With Denver atop the AFC West at 3-1, Cutler has piled up impressive numbers including 1,275 passing yards and 102 completions to lead the AFC in both categories.

If Cutler were able to keep up this amazing pace, he'd have a shot at breaking Dan Marino's single-season NFL record of 5,084 yards established in 1984.

Sure, the Broncos would like to see a decline in the amount of points given up by its defense so Cutler wouldn't have to throw it as much, but it's still fun to marvel at how quickly he's been able to excel at the pro level.

In a recent article by Jim Corbett from USA TODAY, Denver's standout wide receiver Brandon Marshall had nothing but praise for Cutler.

"Sometimes you get guys who can make big plays, run fast and throw hard," said Marshall.

"But very seldom do you get a package of a guy who can do all that and can read coverages and tell everyone what they've got on every single play. He's a special guy. And he's our guy forever."

Best of luck to Jay. And in case you're wondering if he's keeping up with the Commodores' 4-0 start, then check out this recent quote he gave when asked if it was hard for a Vanderbilt graduate to wear orange for the Broncos.

"It is," Cutler said. "I had to get used to orange, especially orange hats. Vandy is 4-0 - What are we (ranked No.) 19 right now? The coaches over there are great. They are doing a great job. The talent has gotten better and better each and every year, so I'm happy for them. I talk to (Co-Passing Game Coordinator & Quarterbacks) Coach (Jimmy) Kiser every week, and I'm thrilled for them. Hopefully they can keep it going."

In other news about former Commodores, David Price is expected to make the Tampa Bay Rays final 25-man postseason roster.

We won't officially know until Thursday's 9 a.m. CT deadline, but word is that he could serve as a long reliever in the Rays' American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox, which starts Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CT.

According to the Rays official site, Manager Joe Madden will go with 10 pitchers on the roster, with the final spot going to either Price or veteran closer Troy Percival, who's fought injuries throughout the season.

We'll see how it all plays out. Keep your fingers crossed for David.

Finally, I'll close with a video of the day. AT sent this one to me. Enjoy!



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