If you believe Broncos QB Jake Plummer, there's really no need to panic.
If you believe what you see, however, you're likely in tune with the first mate on the Titanic.
Eight quarters of football, five interceptions, countless dropped balls and I guess we're just supposed to ignore that iceberg?
I'll even give you the fact
that this is only preseason and it's an evaluation process, but let's get real,
after all this is a Mike Shanahan regime and for a head coach with the
reputation of an offensive mastermind, these numbers, at best, are alarming.
"Obviously, we're not
scoring touchdowns in the preseason, which is not good, but we're out here
working hard to take care of that," Plummer admitted.
"It starts with me and
pretty much telling everybody to raise their level of play. Everybody can play
better. It's not one guy or two guys, it's everyone. If we step up and keep
pushing it hard out here, I think everything will take care of itself. Not to
say I'm not concerned with everything because I don't want to make it sound
like I don't care, but I know we've got guys that will work out here.
We'll take care of everything that's not working right, and the coaches will
make sure we take care of it. We've just got to keep working."
Truth be told, it's not
all on Plummer. Despite two early interceptions against Buffalo, the passes that
did reach Broncos receivers had roughly a 50-50 chance of hitting the turf.
Receivers who shined just days earlier at training camp suddenly soured under
the spotlight of game situations.
getting pressure up front, he throws an interception, they say, 'Well, Jake
Plummer threw an interception.' They don't say, 'OK, somebody up front missed a
block, he got pressure and the receiver ran a bad route or happened to run the
wrong route and he threw an interception. Those types of things don't get
quoted. They get quoted as, 'Jake Plummer made a bad play.'
so let's set the record straight.
not Jake, it's not Rod, and it's not Darius Watts. The onus for this one
falls squarely on the shoulders of eleven different offensive players privileged
enough to don a Broncos uniform.
show me the improvement.
I'll show you the quotes.