Let's Get Controversial

I've never claimed to be Plummer's biggest fan, but I'm far from his biggest critic. I was one of the many Broncos fans that talked myself into believing in Jake, who seemed like a nice guy and a talented QB who was just in a poor situation in the desert.

Everyone's always talking about quarterback controversies, wherein an understudy takes over a starting job from an established quarterback and questions in the media begin to formulate about who is the better starter. Think Brady vs. Bledsoe, Maddox vs. Roethinalkdnfakjalssburger, Flutie vs. Johnson.

Plummer vs. Van Pelt.

That's right, kids. Gentlemen, start your inkjets.

Jake Plummer has been in Our Town for two years now. In that time, he has eclipsed some records of The Legendary John Elway (again, I support John if he decides to add "The Legendary" to his legal name, but I digress), thrown many touchdowns and almost as many interceptions, been cheered, been razzed, given up fumbles and given the finger to patrons at Invesco.

Now I've never claimed to be Plummer's biggest fan, but I'm far from his biggest critic. I was one of the many Broncos fans that talked himself into believing in Jake, who seemed like a nice guy and a talented QB who was just in a poor situation in the desert. The strong arm and quick feet reminded many (even me) of old number 7.

After two years, it's time for some competition. We all know that head coach Mike Shanahan loves Plummer, even as he's frustrated by him on losing Sundays. We all know that Shanahan's authority is final.

We also know that the Broncos haven't won a playoff game since Super Bowl XXXIII. This year, Detroit will host Super Bowl XL, an extra large game in a questionable city. XL stands for forty, folks. Seven Years since a playoff win. Seven Years since the celebration that only winning in the playoffs can bring. Seven Years since a proud franchise has been more than just "average."

On the Seventh Day, God rested. And in the Seventh Year, so should Plummer.

Bradlee Van Pelt, or "BVP" as I like to call him, is the gold-hearted kid with the spectacular feet and fantastic football instinct, the CSU Ram that is a fan favorite, the 54.5% passer at Colorado State who broke records at the school, the "aw-shucks" demeanor that has made more than one girl I've dated swoon and say things like "he's the nicest guy ever."

He's moving up the depth chart, having just moved past Danny Kanell into the second spot. Van Pelt is the new second-stringer. Kanell is just a memory.

Plummer better watch his backup.

If Jake gets hurt, or is ineffective, or if the team gets off to a slow start (1-4, 2-3, etc.), Bradlee should be given the opportunity to see what he can do. Mike Shanahan needs to understand that you can't coax greatness from good intentions.

That's what the road to hell (and 8-8 records) is paved with: good intentions.

Can BVP be a starter in the NFL? Can he be a champion, an MVP worthy of holding aloft the Lombardi trophy? Can he be the next great passer?

Can he? Hey Mike: Let's find out.



Sam DeWitt is a regular columnist for BroncosUpdate.com. He's currently underemployed but swears it's only temporary. Comments and questions for upcoming mailbags can be sent to BUMoose@gmail.com.


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