Jay Cutler was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Coming out of college some draft experts pegged Cutler as being anywhere from the top quarterback prospect to the third best, behind USC’s Matt Leinart and Texas’ Vince Young.
As a high draft pick, Cutler entered the NFL with high expectations and plenty of hype, especially while playing in John Elway’s shadow in Denver. While Cutler was a Pro Bowl selection in 2008, there are many who feel he has yet to live up to his expectations coming out of Vanderbilt.
LISTEN: Don Shula On The Mully And Hanley Show
“I don’t feel like I’m an expert on [Jay] Cutler and his ability,” former Dolphins head coach Don Shula said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “I know he had a good career at Vanderbilt and everybody thought he was going to be a great pro. But, or some reason or another, he hasn’t quite been a great pro.”
While Shula admits that he isn’t an expert on Cutler, he his aware of the abilities that both got him to the Pro Bowl and built up the expectations.
“He’s a big strong guy. He’s very very bright obviously,” Shula said. “And maybe it’s just getting him in the right situation and putting good people around him, [putting] good coaches around him and then see what happens. But so far he hasn’t been able to live up to the the expectations that everybody had when he came out of Vanderbilt.”