Interesting, considering that Plummer is all of 31.
Of all the intriguing moves in the draft, Denver coach Mike Shanahan’s decision to trade up from No. 15 to No. 11 to get Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler ranks as the top move in terms of immediate controversy and impact on the 2006 season.
Or as a friend of Plummer’s said Saturday after seeing the Cutler pick, “It’s going to be interesting to see how Jake handles that.”
The media in Denver is already clawing for a shot to interview Plummer and gauge his reaction. Fortunately, Plummer wasn’t available right away. Snap decisions and reactions aren’t Plummer’s strong suit, such as the time he threw a ball left-handed in a game and had it intercepted (Plummer is right-handed). Or the time he came to the sideline after a bad play, was booed by the fans and then was caught on camera flipping off the fans.
Then again, maybe that’s the point.
In three years with Denver, Plummer has proved just good enough to run Shanahan’s offense effectively and look good doing it. He led the Broncos to a 13-3 record in the regular season and threw only seven interceptions last season, including only four over the final 14 games.
But in the critical moments, such as the playoffs, Plummer regressed.
The aforementioned AFC Championship Game is the prime example. Against Pittsburgh, Plummer threw two interceptions, lost two fumbles and was sacked three times as the Broncos got drilled at home.
Fair or not, that’s not good enough in football-crazed Denver.
Thus, Shanahan put the screws to Plummer on Saturday by taking Cutler, the strong-armed kid with a touch of Brett Favre to his game. In short, Plummer better perform under pressure.
When asked about a competition for the starting job, Shanahan didn’t cut Plummer a lot of slack.
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Broncos fans may start a Jay Cutler cult following.
Hopefully? Hmmm, kind of makes you wonder. That is, until Shanahan practically put Plummer on notice.
“There is a lot of competition, and everyone is playing for a job. Jake had the same situation in Arizona. That’s just the nature of the job. There’s always going to be competition. There’s always going to be great players. If you back away from competition, you shouldn’t be the guy anyhow. That’s just the nature of the National Football League,” the coach said.
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