Tag:Jake Plummer
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:47 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 7:50 pm
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New Jags owner Khan is all about the mustache

New Jags owner Shahid Khan. (AP)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

There truly is something remarkable about mustaches. And in less than a week, new Jaguars owner Shahid Khan has one of the all-time great mustaches in NFL history. And according to a recent New York Times story, it's Khan's calling card.

"He is described as a private person with a gregarious, salesman’s personality," the Times' Richard Sandomir wrote on November 30. "With long, wavy hair and a thick mustache that ends in waxed tips, Khan cuts a somewhat rakish figure."

Added Ron Guenther, the former athletic director at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Khan's alma mater: “That mustache didn’t come out of nowhere. That’s his signature.”

Well, we applaud and embrace it. And so too, it appears, do Jags fans. Details via the Florida Times-Union:
Jaguar fans don’t know a whole lot yet about Shahid Khan, the Illinois truck-parts magnate who has agreed to buy the team. But they do know he has an awesome mustache. … There are already T-shirts around town showing the mustache on the Jaguars logo, and several websites have popped up.
The Times-Union says that "Khan won’t be at tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Jaguars and the San Diego Chargers — he said last week that he’ll be in New York, prepping for an NFL Finance Committee meeting where his bid go buy the team will be considered, and that he’d rather leave the spotlight on outgoing owners Wayne and Delores Weaver."

And because you asked for it (okay, you didn't -- we were curious), here are how some other NFL luminaries would look with their very own Mr. Tickles. You're welcome.

From left to right: Roger Goodell, Norv Turner, Hines Ward, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady.

No homage to mustachioed gentlemen would be complete without a nod to those players and coaches who unwittingly made it possible for the rest of us to look less ridiculous. Again, you're welcome.

From left to right: Mike Ditka, Dave Wannstedt, Jake Plummer, Ryan Wendell (Getty Images)

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Kurt Warner to Tim Tebow: less talk, more actions

'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living,' Warner said of Tebow. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

There are any number of theories for why Tim Tebow is so divisive: his funky throwing motion (more precisely: his struggles with arm strength and accuracy), the media deification dating back to his days at Florida and, occasionally, his religious beliefs are cited.

The real reason: Tebow wins. Nobody cares about losers, the god they pray to or how they go about their business. They're losers, after all.

Well, since taking over the starting job from Kyle Orton in late October, Tebow and the Broncos are 5-1, 6-5 overall, and just one game back of the Raiders in the AFC West. Ironically, winning has converted some of Tebow's critics because he's shown that a high school offense, in the right hands, can work in the complicated world of NFL schemes and strategies.

Still, some folks have grown tired of all the ancillary stuff, including the Tebowing phenomenon and the religious implications behind it.

Last week, former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said this: "I think [Tebow's] a winner and I respect that about him. 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."


Tim Tebow has won three straight games and is 5-1 since becoming the starter in Week 7. CBS Sports' Shannon Sharpe sat down with Tebow, head coach John Fox and Champ Bailey to discuss the Broncos turnaround as well as Tebow's future at QB.

Tebow's response: "I respect Jake’s opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner, but I feel like every time I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise he is due for it because what he did for me, and what he did on the cross for all of us."

But Kurt Warner, former Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP whose faith is also a big part of his existence, also thinks Tebow should tone it down a tad.

"You can't help but cheer for a guy like that," Warner said, according to the Arizona Republic. "But I'd tell him, 'Put down the boldness in regards to the words, and keep living the way you're living. Let your teammates do the talking for you. Let them cheer on your testimony.'

"I know what he's going through, and I know what he wants to accomplish, but I don't want anybody to become calloused toward Tim because they don't understand him, or are not fully aware of who he is. And you're starting to see that a little bit."

Warner speaks from experience. There was a time earlier in his career when he was a lot like Tebow. And he found that networks would often edit out his religious references during taped interviews.

"There's almost a faith cliche, where (athletes) come out and say, 'I want to thank my Lord and savior,' " Warner said. "As soon as you say that, the guard goes up, the walls go up, and I came to realize you have to be more strategic.

"The greatest impact you can have on people is never what you say, but how you live. When you speak and represent the person of Jesus Christ in all actions of your life, people are drawn to that. You set the standard with your actions. The words can come after."

Warner's onto something. He's well respected by those in the league, the media, and the fans, and his actions -- more than this words -- carry weight with all of them. Tebow is free to worship as he sees fit, but as the Republic's Dan Bickley writes, "On his journey, Warner found his biggest impact on people came during his personal struggles, when he had no platform, when he was relegated to the bench and people witnessed how magnificently he handled demotions and adversity."

Which is what Plummer was saying and Warner reiterated.

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Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Tebow responds to Plummer, will keep praising God

Despite appearances, Plummer isn't Tebowing. We think. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It wasn't that long ago that Jake Plummer was Denver's winning quarterback. From 2003-2006, the Broncos never won fewer than 10 games, and made it to the AFC Championship game in 2005.

Plummer retired after the 2006 season, when then-head coach Mike Shanahan handed the offense over to Jay Cutler. They haven't been to the playoffs since.

Now the honor of "Denver's winning quarterback" falls to Tim Tebow, who is 4-1 as a starter this season. He's also very vocal about his religious beliefs, something Plummer could do with less of.

During a recent radio interview (via Sports Radio Interviews), Plummer said this: “I think he’s a winner and I respect that about him. 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."

On Tuesday, Tebow, appearing on ESPN's First Take, responded to Plummer's remarks (transcription courtesy of ProFootballTalk.com):

“If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife, I love her, the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and have the opportunity? And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ,” Tebow said. “It is the most important thing in my life, so every opportunity I have to tell him I love him, or I’m given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m going to take that opportunity.”

One distinction might be that, in general, men don't proclaim their love for their wives during the course of their workday. To put this in football terms, we've never heard a player preface every media interview or press conference by stating that he loves his spouse. Same with after a big play or a touchdown.

As PFT.com's Michael David Smith points out, Plummer has nothing against Tebow's religious beliefs, just that he doesn’t think Tebow should inject said beliefs into a football discussion.

Tebow continued:
Jesus? Nope, that's Plummer. Ironical, we know.

“I look at it as a relationship I have with Him, I want to give Him the honor and glory every time I get the opportunity. And then after I give him the honor and glory I always try to give my teammates the honor and glory, and that’s how it works. Because Christ comes first in my life, and then my family, and then my teammates.

"I respect Jake’s opinion, and I really appreciate his compliment of calling me a winner, but I feel like every time I get the opportunity to give the Lord some praise he is due for it because what he did for me, and what he did on the cross for all of us," said Tebow. "I really appreciate his opinion and I respect him, but I still will give all the honor and glory to the Lord because he deserves it.”

Put differently: Plummer may like Tebow the football player, but could do without the constant reminders of his faith. And Tebow has no plans to do anything but pronounce his love for Jesus every chance he gets.

Whatever you think of Tebow, there's no denying that divine intervention has a lot to do with his success. Because there's no way a guy completing 44.8 percent of his throws, and who completed just two passes against the Chiefs in Week 10 would be on an NFL roster, much less a starting quarterback with a 4-1 record.

So, yeah, he has good reason to be thankful.

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Posted on: November 21, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Plummer compliments, criticizes Tebow, Shanahan

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 sportsradiointerviews.com. “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?”

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Posted on: July 17, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: July 17, 2011 10:35 am
 

'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson?

Posted by Will Brinson

In Minnesota, Christian Ponder has become the unquestioned future at quarterback, and even if the Vikings end up pursuing and/or signing a veteran free agent, it will be in a "mentor" role.

What about the past, though?

We know Tarvaris Jackson isn't coming back to Minnesota, and we know that there's a need for quarterbacks around the NFL. But could there be a market for a guy like Jackson, who's got potential but has struggled so often to succeed at the NFL level?

Well, the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora certainly thinks so and notes that he foresees "a nice market" for Jackson in free agency.

Specifically, LaCanfora cites the Redskins, the Seahawks and the Dolphins as "strong possibilities" to sign the former first-rounder.

Those teams make a lot of sense, too, because they've got uncertain quarterback situations with incumbent veterans that need to be pushed.

The Redskins will, in all likelihood, end up with Rex Grossman and John Beck competing for the starting job (we're assuming here, of course, that despite love from Mike Shanahan, Donovan McNabb gets the boot) and Tarvaris would make a good third wheel to push the other guys and give Mike Shanahan a second option. Plus, he can roll out and throw on the run, so he must be just like Jake Plummer!

In Seattle, Matt Hasselebeck is supposed to come back, but no one's really all that sure -- one week he's guaranteed to be back, the next week it's no more than a 50-percent chance. Since anyone can beat out Charlie Whitehurst for a job, Jackson's a good candidate there as well.

And in Miami, there's been a lot of chatter about Vince Young as a possible addition to the Dolphins roster. Jackson might not have the same résumé as Young but he also doesn't bring to the table the same dramatic downside that VY does.

Factor in that Jackson will be cheaper and more durable over the course of a contract than most "veteran" quarterback options out there, and it's not unreasonable to see why teams might be interested.

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