Blog Entry

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

Posted on: November 21, 2011 4:32 pm
J. Plummer and Mike Shanahan (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You have to love former Broncos and Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer. He retired after the 2006 season with a starting record of 69-67 and with 161 touchdowns and 161 interceptions. The guy was Even Steven, and these days, he’s gotten into team handball.

And he still does a strong radio interview, as evidenced by his appearance on XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix today .

A sampling:

When asked about Denver’s love affair with a quarterback who “can’t complete a forward pass,” Plummer (who went 39-15 during his time with the Broncos) said, “I’m telling you I came in at the wrong time down there. He is a winner though. I like that because I think the town and the fans and everybody there -- they are craving a winner.

"They lost one when I was run out of town. I don’t have to say it. We won a lot of games when I was playing. It wasn’t all me. … I didn’t do it all, but we won and I think you can see (that) with (Tim) Tebow. He knows he’s not the only cog down there, (but) as a piece of that puzzle that is making them win and helping them win.”

Oh, you have something else say about Tebow? Go right ahead.

“I think he’s a winner and I respect that about him,” Plummer said, via “I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff…like you know, I understand dude where you’re coming from….but he is a baller."

Plummer also was asked about Mike Shanahan, his former coach, and while he said he hated to see him struggle … well … “Hey I was lucky to get the opportunity to play for Shanahan. He helped turn my career around and gave me a chance to show that I was a winner regardless of how things went down. His style is just what it is. I think we are seeing he isn’t the special coach we thought he was. He’s a great coach, but he’s not like some of those guys that will take a player…Coach [John] Fox, man, look at what he is doing. You think he is going to force Tebow to throw 30 times a game? No. They are going to try to win with what he can do and it is kind of fun to see since they are bucking the system in the NFL. They are running the option. Are you kidding me?”

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:25 pm

Like Tebow, but agree with Plummer

I think too many folks "beat-up" Tebow & on the other side too many make him out as a modern Christ. He's a football player who doesn't have the "skill-set" the analysts like YET he wins games. I like him & hope he wins more. I, however, agree with Plummer's point, I don't need to hear it all the time. I'm fine with his right to free speech & he can say it all he want - I'm sure he'll continue. It doesn't endear me to him any more. I DO like that he seems to live his life by the values he preaches - that I am happy with. Question: would the uproar be more or less if a guy shouted "praise be to Allah" every time he won? I'm sure it would be worse, but I think they should be met with the same skepticism/optimism...

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:41 pm

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

Someone tell Elway to shut the pie hole - what an ego - has anyone ever heard a GM yapp so negatively about a guy that wins -- HIS OWN PLAYER -- I know John - he doesn't win like you did - then again you were 37 when you finally got a ring - the kid has 2 from college and maybe if you get out of his way he'll be just fine...keep it up and you will find yourself on the wrong side and you'll get run...and Plummer retired too early and appears to bored and ignored...who cares what he says - Elway is another story!

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:25 pm

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

Tim Tebow understands that the Lord has placed him with an opportunity to reach the "masses." It is not for show and certainly not throwing it in anyone's face. He is simply giving honor and praise to his maker. God may or may not intervene in a football game; however, it is a promise that He works in the lives of those who believe in Him. Tim Tebow I know would be fine if he never won another football game in his life. God gave him the ability and opportunity to play and with every touchdown pass or run he will give thanks. More importanly Tim realizes that football is just a vehicle, a platform where he can spread the message of Christ and further realize the "grander design" that God has for his life. The easy thing to do would be silent and I respect Tim Tebow for his boldness. Whether Tim wins a superbowl, makes it to a probowl, or simply becomes a backup, we will have no doubt to whom he gives his glory to. 

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:37 am

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

Rule #1 - there is no imperical evidence that God, as savior or destroyer, exists (if confused, always refer back to rule #1)

Rule #2 - even if God (or many Gods) does exists, after much research of the many brands of religion, he doesn't give a rats A$$ who wins a football game.  He doesn't help athletes throw, run or catch.  He is not a Sinatra like figure with money on the game and fixing the outcome for a good return (shameless plug to old school SNL).  Any fool that thinks that is true would thereby believe that God is watching football (although, perhaps european football is favored in heaven? purgotory? - Hmmm...maybe God doesn't like American Football or Roger Goodell the Enforcer!) and letting the tsunami's crush evil nuclear plants and tornado's kill evildoers in the mid-west and wildfires to strip the land in lawless Texas and mud-slides for the heathens in California, etc...whew, that God would suck!  Rule #1.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:48 am

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

Not that anyone cares about what formoer Broncos and Cardinals QB thinks, so why is it here? I know, it's Tim Tebow mania...he didn't seem to say a lot about Redskins coach Mike Fhanahan...I almost feel sorry for Shanahan, but he dug his own grave,,,full of money that is...I don't know why we have to slam Tebow for loving his religion. Maybe that's why people hate him. I wonder how many people would love him if he were a Muslim.

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:59 am

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

Tebow's "Thank You" - The Real Meaning

I'm truely sorry for the mases out there that i need to explain Tebow's Thank You to God his Lord and Saviour.  For the rest that understand his thank you, you can move on to the next comment.  I have a calling here to educate those who don't know or have fallen away. This thank you is NOT for winning a football game, or for driving that expensive car, or even for the house the size of a palace.  The true meaning of his thank you is for Jesus Christ and his new covenant that allows sinners like me and you the chance for everlasting life.  You see the signs at every football game John 3:16...well it's actually John 3:16 through 3:18. You now have been educated by a biker, i do this only to glorify His name. May all of you know Him as well.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:33 am

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

i always love hearing people yelling about freedom of speech when someone is criticizing someone they agree with all the while complaining about what that person is saying. you all look like idiots for bringing the first amendment up in defense of tim tebow. he doesnt have the right not to be criticized. i could only imagine if this was a muslim guy going on and on about allah and how great he is. you guys would be having a field day throwing out words like terrorist and what not. but god forbid someone gets tired of hearing tebow lambast us with his faith. 

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:40 am

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

What nonsense... do you honsetly think God intervenes in a football game and decides the outcome?  God gives us the wisdom (if we know how to listen for it) and the strength to ACHIEVE through FREE WILL!  I'd like to think that our society has come farther than using God as an explanation for the things you can't understand or figure out.  Football is a game, and beleivethat  God has far grander designs than to decide the outcome of 22 men moving a football around and artifical piece of turf.  By your logic must have been devine intervention that I won the family game of monopoly last night or that my daughter got 176 points in Wii bowling.  Plummer's comment was accurate, I respect Tebow's faith... but at the same time... Tebow needs to realize that we all get it an d know that he is a man of  faith.  Stop throwing it in our faces. He isn't going to convert the American masses that way.  One of these days the pressure is going to get to him... and a thread in his head will snap and then we'll all see Tebow show up to practice wearing sandals and a robe thinking he is the second coming. Football is about perspirationand inspiration... not devine intervention! There are no miracles happening at Mile High Stadium!

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:01 am

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

If a player worshipped the devil and did a devil dance after every play, it would be disturbing. However, Devine intervention would ensure that he doesn't have much success. He would probably get injured or not get many opportunities to have success. Tebow should not be winning, but it is by Gods design that he is. John Fox is the perfect coach for Tebow. I'm a Falcons fan and I once saw John Fox's Panthers beat us with a no name quarterback who threw the ball under 10 times. They created this running game plan and my Falcons couldn't stop it. Point is Fox will keep finding ways to help Tebow be successful, and it is through God because if Fox wasn't the coach Tebow wouldn't be having this success.

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:44 am

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

I think Tebow is great for standing up for what he believes in. And would agree as a christian that he needs to open his mouth and share what he believes. That said his constant referal to Jesus and thanking him for every triumph on the field is not the place. Do you really think Jesus cares if Tebow scores or wins a football game? He cares about Tebow yes and his happiness! But I think he would feel more respected by Tebow by thanking him privately and using his stardom as a platform in settings that are more appropriate. Some people I think wonder how sincere he is when he has to always put it on public display. The measure of man is not what someone does while we are watching, but while no one is. 

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or