Shanahan stands by Plummer

In his Monday press conference, Denver coach Mike Shanahan expressed full confidence in his new quarterback, Jake Plummer, who's debut was something less than stellar. Read about it in today's reports.

Result all that matters - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - Jake Plummer's play during the Broncos' 30-10, season-opening victory in Cincinnati was nothing like John Elway's during Denver's January 1987 AFC championship game win in Cleveland. But inside the media room at Broncos headquarters Monday, the two men, and moments, were unexpectedly linked.

Herndon's stellar effort earns game ball for deceased cousin - Denver Post
Tuesday, September 09, 2003 - In the Broncos' 30-10 victory over Cincinnati, the backup cornerback picked off the second pass of his NFL career, forced a fumble on a kickoff return, made three tackles and knocked down a pass. His desire, hustle and playmaking ability earned him a game ball and kept the heat on starting right cornerback Deltha O'Neal. But the most important thing the game did was help Herndon heal.

'He will be good' - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 9, 2003 - It's normally reserved for players with broken ribs, but right about now, Jake Plummer probably could use a flak jacket. It might help deflect all the criticism the Denver Broncos quarterback has taken since his zero-touchdown, three-interception showing in his Broncos debut Sunday.

Herndon's interception honored his fallen cousin - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 9, 2003 - Mike Shanahan might not have appreciated the antics, but who could fault Kelly Herndon for a little towel-slapping celebration after his acrobatic interception Sunday against Cincinnati? Herndon was playing in his home state, before some 25 of his closest supporters.

Winning ugly better than looking good and losing - Rocky Mountain News
September 9, 2003 - Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer threw three interceptions without a touchdown pass Sunday but still was on the winning side. Over the past 20 years, that has happened one other time to a Denver QB.

Krieger: Jake's not great, but Pryce is right - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 8, 2003 - CINCINNATI - OK, so Jake looked better in the spiffy black-on-black outfit he wore to the postgame interview session than he had all day, certainly better than counterpart Jon Kitna in his own black-on-black on the field. The Bengals might want to think about switching to black and blue, but I don't suppose they need any help from me filling their suggestion box.

Adams: We've had joy, we've had fun, we've had seasons on the run - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 9, 2003 - Sometimes, football fans in these parts tend to forget what made the Denver Broncos two-time Super Bowl champions - a superior running game. The Broncos showed their superior running game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. They will have to do the same throughout the regular season in order to contend for the postseason.

Krieger: Broncos must trample the Lilliputians - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 9, 2003 - Assuming you're finished celebrating that victory over the Little Sisters of the Poor - just a figure of speech, Sister Mary Catherine - here comes another road game the Broncos need to win for the sake of their illusions, not to mention Jake Plummer's self-esteem. A revisionist school of thought out there says we make too much of schedules. They are used mostly as excuses, the argument goes. Worry about your own play, it all comes out in the wash, etc., etc.

Herndon's game ball extra special - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 9, 2003 - Kelly Herndon has made two trips to Ohio, one tragic and one triumphant, in the last month. In the middle of training camp, as he was competing for a starting cornerback spot, Herndon was brought to his kneepads with word that his cousin and best friend had been killed, the victim of a car accident.

Shanahan: Plummer 'Believes in Himself' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sept. 8, 2003 - Two statistics that don't usually go hand-in-hand meshed for the Broncos on Sunday. The quarterback rating for Jake Plummer was 21.7. The Broncos won by 20. Rare is the instance where a margin of victory is so close to the triumphant quarterback's passer rating, and Plummer's statistics -- 12 completions in 25 attempts, three interceptions -- were enough for victory, which provided enough satisfaction.

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