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Ex-Denver QB has choice words for coach

11/5/2010

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer retired after the 2006 season and he’s having the time of his life living in his native Idaho.

Still, Plummer is paying attention to the shenanigans of his former coach, Mike Shanahan, who benched Donovan McNabb in Washington last week. Plummer was benched by Shanahan in favor of rookie Jay Cutler in 2006. Plummer said his former coach looks for perfection from his quarterback, and ultimately, that Shanahan is chasing a ghost. Here’s some of what Plummer had to say:

“I had a coach that, regardless of how well I thought I was playing or how well the majority of fans across the country thought I was playing, it was never good enough for him," Plummer said. “And that kind of gets frustrating …It just seemed like every game I could have completed these four more passes or these five more shots here and it would have been perfect. And that just wasn't my personality... But Shanahan wanted perfection and he wore a lot of us down there."

“I think Shanahan is still searching for John Elway," Plummer said. "Somehow, someway, he thinks there's going to be another guy like John Elway … He coached a team to almost perfection [with Elway] so he wanted that again, he wanted that every time we went out there. It's just not realistic."

These words don’t surprise me. Plummer has been critical of Shanahan since his retirement and it was well known that Plummer left the game prematurely because he was disenchanted with Shanahan.