Jake Plummer on Tim Tebow’s Passing Performance against Steelers: “If you can’t complete those, you shouldn’t be playing quarterback in the NFL.”

January 10, 2012 – 8:00 am by Michael Bean

Here we go again. Several months ago, former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer went on the record to say that he would maybe start liking Tim Tebow more just as soon as he cut out all of the public displays of faith Tebow’s ignited controversy. Now, just after Tebow led the Broncos to a shocking overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs, Plummer took to the air again to field questions about the NFL’s most polarizing quarterback. This time, Plummer doesn’t initially sound all that controversial with what he has to say about the young Broncos quarterback, but by the end of the interview, he basically says that Tebow shouldn’t be pat too squarely on the back just for making a few throws that every NFL quarterback absolutely has to be able to make consistently. And yeah, he dives into the topic of religion once again.

Plummer joined 95.7 The Game in San Francisco to talk about whether or not he thinks the well-oiled offensive machine of the New Orleans Saints will be slowed down by playing outdoors in San Francisco this coming weekend, what a solid defense like the 49ers can try to do to slow down Drew Brees who’s playing so well right now, being surprised that the Denver Broncos were able to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, how the Steelers definitely looked beat up physically in Sunday’s wild card loss in Denver, the Broncos setting up favorable situations where Tim Tebow could succeed in the passing game, how every NFL quarterback has to make the types of throws he was asked to make in the win over the Steelers, his previous controversial comments about Tebow’s public displays of faith, and if he thinks Denver has a shot this coming weekend against New England.

How much he thinks Drew Brees and the Saints will be slowed down playing outdoors in San Francisco this coming weekend:

“You know, I don’t think it makes that big a difference. I don’ know, you can make a big deal about all that, but I remember as a player, coaches were always saying it comes down to playing football no matter where you’re at, so you’ve got to focus on that. I don’t think that Drew Brees…he’s such a great quarterback that I think he’ll be able to adapt.”

On what the 49ers can do to try to slow down Brees who’s playing so well right now:

“Oh man, I don’t know. You can’t just focus on him; it’s going to have to be a whole collective deal with the entire team. I mean, everyone’s going to have to pick up their game. Don’t forget now, San Francisco got a bye. So they’re a better rated team than the Saints. I think it’s going to be an interesting game. I haven’t seen every game this year of either the ‘Niners or the Saints, but you see Brees throwing for all these yards and making all these plays, I think he’s going to do that. I don’t think you can stop him from doing that. But it’s about what other phase of your team will step up to try to compensate for what Drew is going to do regardless. I mean, I don’t think he’s going to have a bad game.”

Whether he was surprised by what Tim Tebow and the Broncos were able to do against the vaunted Steelers defense:

“Yeah you know, we were watching that game, kind of checking it out — the Steelers, they definitely looked a little beat up. I think you can see they were beat up. They’ve been such a solid team for so many years, I was picking Pittsburgh to win that one just because of their toughness and how they always seem to pick it up in the playoffs. You know, they always step up and do it. You saw them do it, they almost did — I mean, they forced it to OT, and then that one throw, the one play, the guy makes one play and the game’s over. I was impressed watching both teams play. Their defenses are just super tough, and you know, Tebow made the plays he needed to make. I think he looked a little more comfortable throwing in there. They took out…from what I could tell they were getting a lot more 1-on-1′s outside, which is what happens when you run the ball a lot like they do. Asking him to throw to some spots, and he was hitting routes that aren’t as hard to complete. Like curl routes or back shoulder stop route. If you can’t complete those, you really shouldn’t be playing quarterback in the NFL. But he made the throws he needed to make.”

On Tebow seemingly letting it fly a bit more from the pocket against the Steelers as compared to in previous weeks where he looked tentative and held on to the ball far too long:

“Well, it just comes with time and repetition. You look at all these quarterbacks coming through the college ranks, a lot of them can already do a lot of the things I only wish I could have done my fourth or fifth year in the pros. Their knowledge of the game is so great, their ability to predict and anticipate is pretty awesome, they can see where the openings are going to be. And that’s through repetition. So with more reps, more practice, another offseason to continue to learn, I don’t see why he couldn’t continue to become a better passer. But what I see him do that kind of throws me off, is he doesn’t anticipate down-field throws. They were saying on one…I can’t remember when it was, but it was later in the game…he didn’t make the down-field throw on a deep in route. And then the very next drive, Roethlisberger did it with ease. If he’s going to make it in this league for a long time, he’s going to have to start making those throws. It’s not forcing them, it’s just taking them when they appear. And that’s part of becoming a top-level QB, so I don’t know. He might struggle with that as far as throwing goes. But he can win, and that’s all that matters in the league.”

On his previous headline-grabbing comments about not being a huge fan of Tebow’s regular displays of faith on the field and in interviews:

“You know, from day one when I watched sports as a young kid, I never saw the correlation or saw where you had to bring in the Lord or bring in your religious beliefs into a football game where there’s, literally, guys trying to rip your head off, try to kill you out there on the field, I mean they want to hurt you. And then they’re sitting down and giving thanks to their Lord and their savior. It’s kind of weird to me. It trivializes it a little bit, you know? Hey, if you’re a good guy, be a good guy. That’s just his faith, and I think as you look into the issue more and more, people have to believe in something. And that’s what he believes in, and that’s his faith and it’s strong. I guess my thing is as long as he’s living his life the way he is, you know, taking a knee, praying, Tebow-ing — as long as he’s living his life out of the camera and limelight like that –than more power to him, do what you’ve got to do. But for me, I usually like to just watch a game and then shut it off, because it’s not just him, there’s multiple athletes that do that. I think a lot of time these kids thrust into situations where they have a ton of money, everybody loves them, they’re the cream of the crop, they’re just looked up to and idolized. And some of them have a tough time keeping their morals and their values, and possibly remembering that they get up in the morning and put on their pants and brush their teeth just like every person. So I think sometimes their faith and that religion can kind of give them something to hold on to to keep convincing themselves that they are good people. By the way, I’m not saying all the guys are like that. But NFL players, some of them have a bad rap; I’ve seen a lot of guys that are not the greatest of guys, but they still have a faith in the Lord, and I think that’s what kind of helps balance them and gives them something like when they have a tough moment or a tough decision to make, they can fall back on their faith and it maybe gives them an understanding of how to get through something like that. So for me, I never really ever needed that. But for some guys, they do.”

Whether he thinks the Broncos have any shot at upsetting the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round:

“I mean, how can they not? I mean, they just continue to find ways to win. A team that gets that sort of a break — I mean, they what, lost their last three games, correct? They lost their way into the playoffs. That doesn’t happen. That’s rare. You’ve got to usually win your last couple of games just to get into the playoffs. They lost going in, and so you take a team that has talent, that obviously believes in their quarterback and they’ve rallied around each other — you just gave them a whole new nine lives. They’ve got a whole new, ‘I mean, we are sooo lucky to be here, let’s do everything to maximize this.’ And they’re doing it. They’re playing hard. That defense is outstanding, it plays so fast and so hard. As long as Tebow takes care of the ball, I think they’ll have a chance against anybody.”

Listen here to Plummer with The Rise Guys on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco

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  1. 26 Responses to “Jake Plummer on Tim Tebow’s Passing Performance against Steelers: “If you can’t complete those, you shouldn’t be playing quarterback in the NFL.””

  2. Jake,
    We used to like you in Denver. Do you remember the game that brought the end of your time in Denver. Well we do. It’s was when the Steelers ate your lunch. Thank goodness Tebow exercised that Demon from the past on Sunday.

    By Barry on Jan 10, 2012

  3. Jake Plumber wasn’t much of a playoff QB and threw far more interceptions than TD’s in his first 6 years in the NFL. Tebow hasn’t played 16 NFL games yet and is really just a rookie that is doing pretty good. A heck of a lot better than Plummer did as a rookie I might add. So let’s give Tebow a chance and see what he’s got. It’s fun to see all those talking heads tell us he’s no good but still manages to win and piss them off.

    By Mike on Jan 10, 2012

  4. I don’t think Plummer said anything wrong. He didn’t slam Tebow at all. I like Plummer.

    By Kerry Miller on Jan 11, 2012

  5. Coming from a guy who didn’t give everything he was into Bronco Nation and winning, he needs to stop giving interviews.

    I am confident that Tebow will do everything he can to win, not just play handball on the offseason. How can you bag a guy who is working to make humanity better? How can you bag a guy who celebrates a huge playoff win by visiting kids in the hospital?

    Come back to Denver and hang with Timmy. You might learn something. Or maybe you never really ever needed that.

    By Joey on Jan 11, 2012

  6. I agree…I don’t think he was bagging on Tebow. I can’t imagine Tebow would be offended by Jake’s opinion. Most of what he said is fair, and really speaks to the fact that the Broncos’ run this season really is amazing and fun for fans.

    By Pat on Jan 11, 2012

  7. Where’s all the Tebow-bashing. To me it sounds like Plummer is saying that Tebow is a good person, has ignited the Denver Broncos, and still has a long way to go. Where’s the controversy?

    By Mike on Jan 11, 2012

  8. The problem with “fans” is that they think that supporting your team and acknowledging reality are mutually exclusive.

    Jake Plummer said absolutely nothing wrong here. Every QB SHOULD be able to make these throws if they’re starting in the NFL. If anything, Plummer’s saying Tebow proved he can start in the NFL when everyone said he couldn’t. Tebow is allowed to display his faith on the field and Plummer is entitled to think it’s obnoxious. The Broncos defense is as big of a reason as Tebow for why the broncos are playing this week and not sitting on the couch.

    By Grant on Jan 11, 2012

  9. I wish Tim would bust Jake right in the chops and break his jaw. That would shut his mouth for a bit while his jaw is wired closed. He is just a jealous, loser, nobody. Stirring the pot because he needs a job.

    By Ben Jones on Jan 11, 2012

  10. plummer is a has-been quarterback who has been out of the spot light and now needs an ego boost; at least Tebow won a playoff game.

    By Tim on Jan 11, 2012

  11. Taking a look at Jake Plummer’s comments is a bit disheartening but unfortunately seems to be a common viewpoint.

    Backing the way into the playoffs. Last I looked, the Broncos started out 1-4. Being in the playoffs at all is amazing. Yes, losing the last three had a bad after taste, but no one can expect Tebow and the team to win 9 straight and 6-3 in the last 9 games is much better than most any other team in the league (excluding the Packers, Steelers and Patriots).

    Problem with vocalizing his faith. This is actually very common place in football and sports in general. If the camera was not panned on Tebow every other moment of the game, people would not see, or I guess be partly offended, as much. You being offended by someone’s display of faith is your own problem – your choice to be offended. This just happens to be Tim’s application (and MANY other PRO/COLLEGE/HS athletes) of the great commission.

    By Derek on Jan 11, 2012

  12. Jake played football on more teams than the Broncos people. Don’t forget the Cardinals. Jake servered Bronco fans well. Remember he led a delapidated and beat down team to his best #’s before being replaced with that gutless winer that WOULDN’T return to the NFC championship game last year because of a boo boo. Read some Cutler quotes and Lovey quotes and bash one of them. Love ya “Snake”

    By Dane W on Jan 11, 2012

  13. Plummer has every right to be bitter toward the Broncos and the NFL in general. All he did was win; many games the Broncos had no business winning. His 3 1/2 years in Denver were some of the happiest years of my life. I named my son Jake. He was the catalyst for the magical ’05 season. Denver (Shannahan) rewarded him with a slap in the face. I shed a tear when they crapped away that draft pick on Cutler because I knew that Jake was being put on the “hot seat” and that his days of inspiring such passion in us LOYAL Broncos fans were numbered. Jake, buddy, when Tim “Tebows” he is praying to YOU…Because you are a god.

    By RenoMotlex on Jan 11, 2012

  14. I respected the efforts that Jake contributed for Denver while he was here. People just don’t know how to handle the Tebow thing. He’s just being himself and gets judged every minute & everyday of his life good or bad and takes a risk most of us are not comfortable taking. It is much easier to conform to the masses than to actually take a chance and stand for something. Jake should take closer look at why Tebow is who he is.

    By Chuck on Jan 11, 2012

  15. Jake didn’t bash Tebow. I like Jake, he is one of the most honest guys out there. Hope he does many more interviews. He was 20Xs the player Greise was and 10xs the man cutler the cry baby was and he could throw 20xs better than Tebow. Another good reason Shanny left. F*&k Shanny.

    By John on Jan 11, 2012

  16. After living in Denver, back in the days of Charlie Johnson, Little, Atwater, Alzado, I see a marked change in the Denver Broncos. John Elway (no matter what anyone thinks) was one H*** of a QB. He brought the Broncos back in the 4th quarter more, or at least as many, times as any other QB. If Dan Marino or Elway were a touchdown behind with 2 minutes or less in the 4th quarter, you could paraphrase Don Meridith. “Turn out the lights the party is over. They would find a way to get the necessary points to win the game by at least one point. It seems this has rubbed off on Tebow, as that is exactly what he has done in four games (three in O/T). Did anyone bad mouth either John or Dan when they did it? NO, IT WAS HOORAY, HOORAY, GREAT GAME. And as far as showing your respect to the LORD, how many players in other sports do you see doing it now. Tebow only made it known that it was O.K. to praise God for your success. Look at other NFL players, 5 in last weeks playoffs alone, pointing their fingers to the sky in a Thank You to God. Look in Baseball. One of the greatest hitters and athletes of all time, Albert Pujos. What did he do each time he (along with other players) crossed the plate. Raised one or both hands to the skies in appreciation for God allowing them to be great AND APPRECIATIVE players.
    So I say “Get off of Tebow’s A**. He is not the only one nor is he the FIRST athlete to thank the Lord for their success. AND, I can promise you he won’t be the last.

    By Jim on Jan 11, 2012

  17. Who gives a rat’s ass what Jake Plummer thinks anyway????

    By Lisa Whitmire on Jan 11, 2012

  18. who in the fu– is jake plummer?

    By herbert hall on Jan 11, 2012

  19. Shame on you Jake. I’ve lost a lot of respect for you over your mean spirited comments. Evidently the lack of respect that Shanahan and the media showed you at the end of your career has soured your attitude.You of all people ought to understand how being underestimated can hurt !

    By Sharon on Jan 11, 2012

  20. As he has had little enough success with other tools Jake might want to consider faith.

    By Stan Kerns on Jan 11, 2012

  21. Jake who??? I know who he is but what is doing talking smack,holding a budlight and a cellphone. he needs to keep delivering those meals on wheels and sober up and MAYBE he’ll see tebow doing what he NEVER did. Plummer,Don’t hate the player-hate the game!

    By chris rodriguez on Jan 11, 2012

  22. jake was the worst quarterback denver ever had so he has no rome to talk jay cuttler took his job

    By jack on Jan 12, 2012

  23. Jake the snake is dissing Tebow because, Jake has lost fan appeal and now the fans dont mention him any more and Tebow has captured the Broncos fan base and Jake has fell off the Bronco pony and cant get back on. The other day I was trying to sell a rookie card of Jake Plummer for 5 dollars and a couple of guys said who!!!!!

    By tommy on Jan 12, 2012

  24. Jake actually said he likes what Tebow is doing. He’s winning and beginning to make the throws every QB has to be able to make to succeed. He wishes he would have been that good that early in his career. I always liked Plummer, he had guts, he was a player.

    By Rockman on Jan 12, 2012

  25. I believe Jack Plummer should get a life, he is pathetic and jealous that he was pushed out and he tucked his tail and ran off at the end of career. I had a lot of respect for him before now he should just go away.

    By Matt on Jan 12, 2012

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