First of all, this post is in no way intended to criticize Jay Cutler- he had the game of his short but spectacular career this afternoon. But it seemed as if his mechanics and decisiveness deteriorated as the game went on. Some of this can be attributed to increasing pressure. While at the beginning of the game Cutler was virtually untouched, as the game went on, it seemed the Charger pass rush was looming closer and closer, and Cutler eventually did take several hits. I was very worried on several plays as Cutler stood in the pocket and seemed like he failed to pull the trigger as promptly as he should have.
But although some of the drop off in offense can be explained by the increasing pressure on the QB by the Chargers, it is fairly clear that Cutler made several very boneheaded mistakes in the fourth quarter.
1) Throwing interception in end zone (should have either tucked the ball away and ran for the 1st down or thrown the ball away and taken the FG)
2) Dropped the ball two times (once when he completed a pass to D. Graham (who incidentally seems to be more involved in the offense than last year, a good sign for the O line) and once on 2nd down on the last game-winning drive)
These mistakes can obviously be overlooked for the amazing game Jay-C otherwise had (4TDs) which honestly could have been better given some dropped balls (eg Scheffler letting a pass bounce off his chest near the end zone for the 2nd straight week). However one has to wonder: how good of a job are the Broncos, and specifically Steve Antonopoulos (aka Greek) of managing Cutler's blood sugar? The drop off in decisiveness in the 2nd half was pretty severe. Although Jay-C regained his swagger to win the game, it seemed like for a while that he was a bit down (although he is pretty coldblooded, which I like for a QB). In addition, diabetics can get diabetic neuropathy which can cause loss of feeling (due to nerve damage) to hands/feet. I highly doubt that this is the case for Cutler because the risk for diabetic neuropathy increase with age and duration of diabetes, and Cutler is rather young. It just seems really bizarre how the ball twice just fell out of his hand when he wasn't under severe pressure (w/out defensive contact).
Overall, i think the broncos are looking at a very bright future, and our main rivals in the AFC are the steelers- we could be seeing them in the AFC championship game again. THE Main reason for this is the ability of Jay Cutler, but I just wanted to see if anyone else was wondering about the job the Broncos are doing of managing his blood sugar in game. It seems like it would be better to keep it high than low.