Jay Cutler was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 2006 NFL Draft with the overall number of selection 11, in April 2006. The relationship between the Denver Broncos and coach Mike Shanahan was particularly successful for the young quarterback as he flourished under coach Shanahan.
After climbing on the third string quarter in the 2006 training camp (fourth from Bradlee Van Pelt to become the backup) Cutler officially became the starter for the Broncos the end of his rookie season. On November 27, 2006 football coach Mike Shanahan, who had formed John Elway back to back Super Bowl victories made the announcement that Cutler would replace veteran quarterback Jake Plummer in the starting lineup.
After starting the season with seven wins through nine games with Plummer as the starting quarterback of the team fell back to back games and at that time turned to signal caller rookie Jay Cutler, in the hope of saving season.
Fortunately for Cutler his first starting role came in a game at home in the friendly confines of Invesco Field at Mile High was the Broncos play all their home games at about 5,280 feet (one mile) altitude above the sea level . Unfortunately for Cutler cold December weather in Colorado did not provide favorable conditions for the transition to the December 03 debut as an NFL quarterback and the Broncos fell to the Seattle Seahawks by the narrow margin of 23-20.
Jay Cutler had his first win as an NFL quarterback two weeks later, December 17, 2006, when an offensive explosion catapulted the Denver Broncos past the Arizona Cardinals by a final score of 37-20. Jay followed the victory with an Arizona bis Christmas Eve victory against the Cincinnati Bengals by grinding a 24-23 victory.
Unfortunately for fans of Cutler and the Broncos both upset an additional loss to the San Francisco 49ers on New Year gave the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs last playoff spot in front of the Denver Broncos. Despite a 7-2 start to the 2006 season, the Broncos fell short of making the playoffs.