Does Every New NFL Head Coach Need “Their Guy” At Quarterback?


Published: March 17, 2009


... to University of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Denver Broncos for franchise quarterback Jay Culter. 


Shenanigans. Did someone call shenanigans?


After the Broncos blew a three-game lead over the San Diego Chargers with three games to go, Denver owner Pat Bowlen fired his long-time friend, his Hall-of-Fame head coach and his hard-working general manager, Mike Shanahan. 


During his 15-year tenure in the Mile High City, Shanahan made seven playoff appearances, winning two back-to-back Super Bowls behind John Elways' arm and Terrell Davis' legs and finishing with just two losing seasons. 


With the 11th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos drafted Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler: Mike Shanahans' guy—A poor man's Elway who throws hard and accurate. 


Bowlen soon replaced Shanahan, with former New England Patriots offensive coord...

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