Forget the handmade â€śJesusâ€ť jerseys for a moment. Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has something he wants to get off his chest.
Itâ€™s Tim Tebow, and itâ€™s a sound byte worthy of Merril Hoge’s attention.
Speaking with XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix on Monday, Plummer reminisced about the days of yore in Denver, lobbed some praise Tebowâ€™s way then decided it was the appropriate time to offer an opinion on the rising QBâ€™s religious devotion.
“I’m telling you I came in at the wrong time down there,” Plummer said. “(Tebow) 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.
“They have a belief in the kid. That’s really special because they make such a big deal about intangibles and height and arm strength and leaping ability and bench press and 40-time and all this crap that really means nothing when it is crunch time.”
A valid point from Plummer. Combine stats often prove little. But what of Tebowâ€™s growing fan base and the obvious?
“Tebow, regardless of whether I wish he’d just shut up after a game and go hug his teammates, I think he’s a winner and I respect that about him,” said Plummer. “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. He knows how to win and when your teammates believe in you that you can do good things and that’s what they are doing. They are winning. That’s fun to see.”
Winning is fun to see, unless you’re Kyle Orton. But to Plummerâ€™s point itâ€™s probably much ado about nothing. Sure, Tebow rarely shies away from praising the heavens when the cameras and mics are rolling. But if itâ€™s working for the kid, let the tape roll, right?
Fact: The Broncos are 4-1 with Tebow running the show. They were 1-5 with Orton at the helm. So, while the option offense is as cumbersome and foreign to the NFL as the pistol/spread offense, winning isnâ€™t. And thatâ€™s exactly what Tim Tebow is doing. It’s hard to tell if Plummer is really behind the idea of Tebow as his successor, but it’s the wins, as Denver fans can agree on, that matter most.
“…He’s willing to learn. You can hear it in his words. I think he’ll end up becoming the thrower we expected him to be immediately. Right now he is winning and that’s all that matters, man.”
Howâ€™s that for Rocky Mountain splendor?
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