View Full Version : Shanahan: Plummer's job as Broncos QB safe for now

10-23-2006, 06:39 PM

DENVER -- Jake Plummer (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=3895) will remain the Denver Broncos (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=den) quarterback -- at least for another week.
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Mike Shanahan had a chance to quiet the escalating Plummer-Jay Cutler (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=7760) debate Monday, but didn't exactly give Plummer a ringing endorsement.

"It's not my job to share with you if I want to make a change at any position," Shanahan said. "When we do make a decision, we'll make the decision in the best interest of our organization. I will tell you this -- Jake Plummer will be our quarterback against Indy."

Plummer's recent woes have led to speculation that the Cutler era could be close at hand. Plummer has a passer rating of 60.4, which ranks 32nd in the league. He's thrown seven interceptions -- the same number he had all last season -- and just four touchdown passes.

What's more, the offense is averaging 13.2 points a game, which is second-to-last in the NFL.

This won't help the offense, either -- left tackle Matt Lepsis (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=4572) is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee during the first half of Sunday's game.

While the Broncos aren't sounding the alarms over the offense's recent struggles, it is an increasing concern, especially with the defense holding up its end of the deal and keeping teams to just 7.3 points a game.

"I wouldn't say incredibly frustrated, just frustrated," Shanahan said of his offense's inability to score.

Before Sunday's game, an ESPN report surfaced that the Broncos are considering a switch to Cutler, who was taken 11th overall out of Vanderbilt. Shanahan didn't want to lend credence to the story, even though the report cited sources within the organization.

"Just because something's in the newspaper or something's on a so-called channel does not mean that I said it or someone within the organization said it," Shanahan said. "You've heard so many different things through the years. If I spoke about every one, I couldn't get my job done. But we're winning football games. Why don't we support our quarterback who's winning those games?"

The most popular player in Denver seems to be the backup quarterback, especially since he looked good in the preseason. Cutler threw four touchdown passes, only one pick and completed 64.5 percent of his passes against predominantly backup players.

The fact that Plummer is off to a shaky start isn't helping his cause. However, Plummer doesn't care about what's being said, only about the Broncos improving as a team.

"We are 5-1," Plummer said Sunday. "We didn't put up all of the points in the world. At the end of the game, I didn't make some good decisions. We need to get better there. There is some room for improvement."

But Plummer may be running out of time to make improvements. When asked if he's any closer to playing Cutler than he was a month ago, Shanahan just smirked.

"We're going to play the best football players. We've done that from day one," Shanahan said.

That didn't exactly put the growing quarterback debate to rest.

"It doesn't put any position to rest," he said. "It's not just the quarterback position. I wouldn't tell you if it were the center position, wide receiver position or any position. It's not my job to share with you if I want to make a change at any position."

Shanahan said Plummer has earned the right to start, at least this Sunday against the 6-0 Indianapolis Colts (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind).

"Then I'll get a chance to be on this little program [media interview] again and we'll talk about the same thing," he said.

10-23-2006, 06:43 PM
I want Plummer under center on Thanksgiving @ Arrowhead...

and under Allen, and Hali, and Johnson.

10-23-2006, 06:45 PM
I want Plummer under center on Thanksgiving @ Arrowhead...

and under Allen, and Hali, and Johnson.

I don't see him getting past Pittsburg...

Bring in the rookie!!!:spank: Allen, and Hali, and Johnson will give him a warm welcome...

10-23-2006, 06:48 PM
What's really funny is that Cutler is probably the most overrated qb coming out of college since that wacky guy that went to Sandy Eggo.


10-23-2006, 06:49 PM
I want Plummer under center on Thanksgiving @ Arrowhead...

and under Allen, and Hali, and Johnson.

Yeah I'd like to see Jake the Mistake have a huge day and lose a shootout to Indy.

10-23-2006, 06:59 PM
Good news, good news.