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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Only time will tell how the benching of Jake Plummer will affect the Broncos locker room, but it's certainly something Mike Shanahan will be keeping his eye on, considering what happened the last time he decided to make a switch behind center.
"I think that I made a big mistake when I named Brian Griese the quarterback (in 1999) instead of Bubby Brister. Bubby had won four games the year before when John wasn't the quarterback. Even though I thought it was in the best interest of the football team, I don't think everybody else thought it was. Is it a 100 percent? I would say definitely not. It never is, especially when a guy has played as hard as Jake has through the years. But that's why you get paid what you get paid, to make those tough decisions, and you've got to do what you think is in the best interesting of the team. That was one of the reasons why we went with Jay."
Former Broncos backup Bradlee Van Pelt found a new home today, signing with the Houston Texans. Van Pelt joins a long list of former Broncos that are now with Gary Kubiak's squad - tight end Jeb Putzier, running back Ron Dayne, tackle Ephraim Salaam and Roc Alexander, who is currently on injured reserve.
Defensive lineman Kenard Lang will be introducing his new foundation to the Denver community with his annual Christmas event "Shop with a Bronco."
Children from the Denver Boys & Girls Club will have the opportunity to go to the Dick's Sporting Goods at Park Meadows on Monday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. and "Shop With A Bronco." Kenard will also treat the kids to a pizza party sponsored by Papa John's as well as share his thoughts on the importance of staying in school, getting a good education and staying out of trouble.
Monday, November 27, 2006
It became official today – Mike Shanahan pulled the plug on Jake Plummer, and rookie Jay Cutler's era has now begun in Denver. Although he hasn't played a single down during the regular season, Cutler will lead the Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday at Invesco Field.
"We did make a change at the quarterback position," said Shanahan "Jay Cutler will be our starting quarterback Sunday night. The question that couldn't be answered in K.C. was now answered at Dove Valley.
"You go through your summer camp, you go through your OTA days, you get an evaluation every practice and every game and then you make a decision with what you think is in the best interest of the organization with what you think is the best choice and you make that choice."
Since talking over as the Broncos field general, Shanahan has always maintained the "best player for the position," stance, exercising that philosophy several times throughout the year – most recently with George Foster on the offensive line and Mike Bell at the running back position.
But when it comes to Plummer, a starter for the ten consecutive years, four of which have been in Denver, it's a bitter pill to swallow.
The jury is still out locally, with about a 60-40 split on those that agree with the change, but the fact remains, something needed to be done – and Plummer became the odd man out. Poor special teams, despicable rushing attack and questionable defensive play, have all amounted to a "blame it on someone else" scenario.
And that someone else was Jake Plummer.
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past ten years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.
Schon can be reached at Schon@prostarmediagroup.net
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