Just like the old days, Jay Cutler was a little uncomfortable during his interview with the Denver press.
How has he changed as a man and a quarterback since he left Denver after the 2008 season, he was asked Wednesday during a conference call.
“We’re getting pretty in-depth here,’’ said Cutler, who will be the Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback this Sunday against his former Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium. “Well, I mean I have three kids now. You’re going from a single bachelor playing football to a lot more responsibilities, which makes life fun.
“My game, I’m a little bit older. I can’t move quite as well as I could when I was 23, so you have to start refining things in the pocket.”
In Cutler’s final season with the Broncos, he made the AFC Pro Bowl squad. It was a mostly torrid beginning that made his career-year as he threw 8 touchdown passes during a 3-0 start while leading the Broncos to 41, 39 and 34 points.
A mere 25 years old at season’s end, Cutler got sideways when Broncos management fired head coach Mike Shanahan and replaced him with Josh McDaniels, which meant the end of offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.
Cutler asked for a trade and then as he settled down and was ready to smooth things over, McDaniels started shouting obscenities during what was supposed to be a private, peaceful summit. It went all wrong and the ever-eventful, never-conventional Broncos wound up trading away their 25-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback.
Cutler has since played nine more NFL seasons, eight with the Chicago Bears and now one, injury-plagued season with the Dolphins.
“I had a great time, I still have great friends that came out of that experience,’’ Cutler said of his Bronco years from 2006-08. “Mike Shanahan, being able to play with him for the first three years of my career, I couldn’t have asked for a better head coach. I think I was very lucky to be able to spend my first three years there.”
Not one of Cutler’s Broncos teammates or coaches is still with the Denver team now.
“It’s been so long that I think a lot of those memories and feelings have kind of subsided a lot,’’
Cutler said of playing the Broncos on Sunday, “It’s kind of just another team.”