The common perception in Broncoland and around the NFL for the last couple years is that Jake finally "got it". He was touted as a potential MVP candidate last year and had some pretty good numbers, that is until it all started to unravel in the AFC championship game. After that horrendous game and a near 0-2 start this year it appears that the NFL is on to Jake.
See, I'm a Plummer fan....I legitametly like the guy, but something became very apparent to me during the Kansas City game that can't be minimized. Jake "got it" alright, but only after Shanahan changed the class from Calculus 101 to Math for Dummies.
Unfortunately for Jake, the rest of the NFL has "got it" as well. They realize that they can sit back and allow the Broncos to run all day long and as long as the keep Jake in the pocket and under pressure the Denver offense is ineffective.
Against St. Louis and Kansas City, the Broncos ran effectively. The difference from years past is that neither team focused on the run, instead focusing on Plummer and forcing him away from his limited comfort zone. The result of this is a Denver team that has wasted one great performance by its defense and nearly allowed the same to happen against the Chiefs.
Coach Mike Shanahan can certainly come up with new and innovative ways to utilize Plummer that will make him somewhat effective this season. The question is why would he?
At this point the Broncos are, at the worst, just as good with Jay Cutler at quarterback. So why not I ask......why not start the rookie and give this team a legitimate chance at winning. In Cutler you have a blank slate.....in Plummer you have a book that has been read by the entire NFL.
It's time to look to the future.
Toby Thorp is long time contributor to BroncosUpdate.com. He has experience as a football player and commentator as well as being enough of a Denver Broncos fan that he tried to name his first son "Seven." Unfortunately the child's mother did not cooperate. You can e-mail Thorp at Bighungry71@yahoo.com with your arguments or critiques or post a message for Bighungry71 on our Broncos Hardcore Message Board.