Current and former Broncos quarterbacks are making headlines across the country. Today, John Elway said that Jay Cutler was right in calling out Brandon Marshall, but he should have done it behind closed doors.
“To me, as teammates – even though I’ve tried to settle things in the press, looking back over the years, it’s not been the right way to do it,” Elway said. (DenverPost.com).
The Broncos are asking Cutler to take over a leadership role, and Cutler felt that it was best to call out his star receiver. He has his team’s/Marshall’s best interest in mind and thought that was the way to go about it. Whether or not it works remains to be seen, but I’m sure Cutler is listening to Elway’s suggestions on how to communicate with teammates.
It’s fairly easy to become a team leader by voicing your opinions, but nothing highlights a leader more than winning games. As Elway said “there’s talk and there’s do. The bottom line is there’s talk and there’s wins. And there’s one thing that talks and that’s wins.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, Elway.
On another note, former QB Jake Plummer, is a frustrating case for Tampa Bay coach, Jon Gruden (Rocky Mountain News). Plummer is technically still under contract with the Bucs despite living in middle of nowhere, Idaho and playing competitive handball. Gruden said that he would love to coach Plummer because of his competitiveness, but Plummer is deeply nestled just south of the Canadian border with his wife who was a Broncos cheerleader. Plummer seems to be happy where he is, and it baffles a lot of people’s minds to learn that he wants no part of the NFL even if these could be his prime years at QB.
People loved to hate Plummer, but he did some great things for the team. If you could have made the call two years back, would you have put Plummer on the bench like Mike Shanahan did to give Cutler a chance?