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November 21, 2006 12:00 AM

A Downward spiral


I think even the staunch Jake Plummer supporters have seen the light. The offense has been dumbed down to such a level of simplicity it can no longer function. Plummer cannot be trusted by his head coach and his teammates to handle even the basic task of taking a snap from center under pressure when it matters most.

The Cutler era, in effect, began Sunday night. All that awaits now is for the timing to be right to put him on center stage and give him the spotlight. Jake Plummer, for all intents and purposes, has seen his career with the Broncos come to an end. It's only a matter of time for the final exit.


  • November 21, 2006

    1:37 AM

    Mike writes:

    I have to wonder which team will acquire Plummer and think they are getting something for nothing?

    Jake, thanks for the memories. At least you didn't trip over your dog like the last guy.

  • November 21, 2006

    7:37 AM

    Jerry writes:

    I think if Jake loses against Kansas City, Shanahan will have to look at giving Cutler a shot, if nothing else, just to shake Jake up by benching him for a game.

  • November 21, 2006

    9:24 AM

    Chris from Littleton writes:

    If Jake gets benched this season, it's for good. Unless they fake a Plumb-bob injury. That might not be a bad idea - that way we see what Cutler can do without Shanahan losing face over the whole "Stick with Plummer" routine from this year. In any case, it appears the Broncos are an early playoff exit team...once again. I look forward to the Phillip Rivers vs. Jay Cutler battles of the future. They should be pretty good...

  • November 21, 2006

    10:37 AM

    Mark McLaughlin writes:

    I disagree, if Jake gets the W in KC this Thursday, I think you keep going with him. The thing we can't forget here is, Cutler is the future, and I'll bet anything Shanahan isn't forgetting this. It's clear, we're not the best team in the AFC this year, so why risk forcing Cutler too soon, when even Cutler isn't going to make us the best team in the AFC (mostly due to the fact that we don't have our usual strong running game)?

    Romo was eased into the system, Rivers was eased into the system, and Rothlesberger was forced into the system by injury and it happened to work out.

    Let's not sacrifice the future to try and salvage a season where we aren't the best AFC team.

  • November 21, 2006

    12:53 PM

    Jacob writes:

    Mark, I don't know what you're talking about with the running game, we're ranked 6th in the NFL. I think it's impressive we're ranked that high without a legitimate threat at QB. I look at the way Shannahan treats Plummer in terms of playcalling, and it's the same way that Jon Gruden treats rookie 6th rounder Bruce Gradkowski in Tampa. Put Cutler in, there would be virtually no change in playcalling and you'd get the youngster some experience. Besides, he can't honestly be worse than Jake who gives us 50% completion 175 yds and 2 picks a game.

  • November 22, 2006

    8:42 AM

    NMLeo writes:

    The offense looks awful this year. Jake gets most of blame, but Foster, Bell and Schaeffer were benched because their performance on the field has been bad.
    But I'll take 7-4 and an early playoff exit than wallow in the basement like the Raiders.
    Looking forward to the Culter Era *next* year.

  • November 22, 2006

    10:22 AM

    Ted in Vegas writes:

    Well, Elway was thrust into the limelight and it worked out for him... Let's see, who else?
    Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman, lots of others started as rookies and turned out well.
    I don't think whether or not Jay Cutler starts this year will tell if he succeeds or not. Honestly, the question is more of "do we want to have a QB that can play ball or not?"

  • November 24, 2006

    9:21 AM

    Big Red writes:

    Granted the team as a whole doesn't have a lot of impact players, but a lot of blame has to fall on the coaches as well, namely the defensive coordinator.
    From the first half to the second he never changed a thing to confuse Manning, consequently Manning had a field day. When Plummer goes, take the defensive coordinator with you.

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