From my side 8/17

Syndicated Columnist tackles the growing concern of the Denver Broncos offense.

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?

Right.

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.

"It's up to the other 10 guys to make his job easier," wide receiver Rod Smith lamented on the team's official website.

"He's 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.'

Ok, so let's set the record straight.

It's 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.

You show me the improvement.

I'll show you the quotes.


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