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Jake Plummer on Mike Shanahan


(Jonathan Newton)

“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, not bitter but very matter-of-fact. “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.”

So when Plummer recently went on a Phoenix radio station — where he’s been a longtime guest — to discuss Arizona State football and the Broncos newest QB star, the subject of Shanahan inevitably came up.

The host kind of set Plummer up, by saying he got the shaft in Denver, congratulating him for going after Shanahan and arguing that the coach has been “exposed” in D.C.

“Yeah and you know what, I don’t like to see that,” Plummer said. “I mean I don’t want to see anybody struggle. And I’m not sitting here gloating or feeling better about his lack of success down there. As time goes you learn more things....

“In retrospect and hindsight you see things. Things play out, and you learn, if you keep your eyes and ears open. Hey, I was lucky to get the opportunity to play for [Mike] 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.

“Yeah, his style is just what it is. I think we’re seeing that he isn’t the special coach he thought he was. He’s a great coach, but he’s not like some of those guys that WILL take a player [and play to his strengths.] Coach [John] Fox, man, look at what he’s doing. You think he’s going to force Tebow to throw 30 times a game? No. They’re going to try to win with what he can do, and it’s kind of fun to see. They’re bucking the system in the NFL. They’re running the option. Are you kidding me?”

Guessing Plummer won’t be taking a ride with Shanahan on the merry-go-round at Dulles Town Center anytime soon.

(Via Sports Radio Interviews)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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