Plummer answers his critics

Jake Plummer knew he would be scrutinized closely in his new job with the Broncos. He just didn't realize that criticism would come as quickly as it has. In other news, Chargers wide-out David Boston will apparently sit out the game with the Broncos. Read about it in today's reports.

Plummer: criticism premature - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 11, 2003 - One nightmare purged, another one to go. Sunday the Broncos shut down Cincinnati Bengals power back Corey Dillon, limiting him to 34 yards on 14 carries. It didn't erase the NFL record Dillon set with his 278-yard performance against the Broncos in 2000, but it muffled the memory.

Tomlinson another target for Broncos - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 11, 2003 - As he formulates winter wedding plans, Jake Plummer can only hope his honeymoon lasts longer than the one as Broncos quarterback. That one, as Plummer admitted Wednesday, is over.

Boston will pass on Denver - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 11, 2003 - The San Diego Chargers gave former Pro Bowl wide receiver David Boston a five-year, $30 million contract. Now it's time for them to give him a rest. Boston all but ruled himself out of Sunday's game against the Broncos with a bone bruise on his heel that prevented him from practicing Wednesday.

'It's as if ...' - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 11, 2003 - Denver Post sports writer Adam Schefter posts his Broncos Mailbag each Thursday on

Good with the bad - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 11, 2003 - The first clue that Jake Plummer would have a short honeymoon in Denver came to the quarterback during the Broncos preseason, when cheers quickly turned to boos. It was much like his six-year tenure in Arizona, only compacted into three weeks.

Hands down, a relief - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 11, 2003 - Next to running back LaDainian Tomlinson, David Boston is the San Diego Chargers' biggest offensive weapon. But the 6-foot-2, 240-pound wide receiver said Wednesday he doesn't expect to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos because of a bone bruise in his heel.

Adams: Portis has started faster than Davis - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 11, 2003 - Should Denver Broncos running back Clinton Portis rush for 100 or more yards against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, it would be his 10th career 100-yard performance - in his first 18 NFL games.

Krieger: Let's give Jake the Snake a break - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 11, 2003 - Let's face it, we all need a support group sometime. For you, it might be an unfeeling boss insisting a tribute to Barrel Man is inappropriate even on casual Fridays; for me, the latest batch of "Hey, jackass" e-mails. For Jake Plummer, it's a 21.7 quarterback rating as the leader of Bronco Nation.

Plummer adjusting to all the scrutiny - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 11, 2003 - The classified ad was too good to pass up. Help wanted: strong, athletic individual to play quarterback for the Broncos. Must be willing to work on Sundays. NFL experience required. Position pays $6 million up front with $40 million total upon completion of the contract.

Gardener getting testy - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 11, 2003 - Daryl Gardener isn't ready to play defense yet, but he is getting defensive. The "other" free agent Broncos coach Mike Shanahan signed to lucrative contract this offseason is still recovering from a wrist injury sustained in the infamous IHOP fight before training camp. Gardener, who has been ruled out for Sunday's game at San Diego, is tired of talking about not playing.

Boston says he'll probably sit out Sunday - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 11, 2003 - Defensive tackle Darius Holland was asked if the Broncos would be focused on LaDainian Tomlinson when game-planning for the Chargers. "I think they got a real big receiver called David Boston," Holland said. "I don't want to put the weight of their success on one guy."

Boston is inclined to let heel heal - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jim Trotter
September 11, 2003 - With regard to his injured left heel, Chargers wide receiver David Boston sees it two ways: He can continue practicing once a week and then go out on Sundays and play at 60 percent or 70 percent and be the most expensive decoy in the NFL; or he can give the heel 10 days of rest and rehab and come back 100 percent.

Plummer Unfazed In Face of Critiques - - Andrew Mason
Sept. 10, 2003 - Six years and two teams ago, San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer craved Jake Plummer. When the Kansas City Chiefs were going through their paces in the 1997 NFL Draft, Schottenheimer and the team's brass began working the phones. The team had started four different quarterbacks in the previous four seasons, and had recently added former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Elvis Grbac. But the idea of adding Plummer, then a rookie from Arizona State, piqued the interest of Schottenheimer and the Chiefs.

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