Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer took a break from his handball game and instead took aim at former coach Mike Shanahan.
Plummer told the Denver Post that Shanahan’s firing was “past due” and his coaching style wasn’t motivating players anymore.
Plummer went on to say that Shanahan became more obsessed with the team’s offensive and defensive rankings than wins and losses:
- “It’s hard on a team. We were 7-2 at one point my last year and we came out of a meeting with our heads bowed and we were all just sulking around like we had just been berated for not putting up 40 points, for not leading the league in offense, for not creating enough turnovers.”
- “It was a weird style to be coached that way. It really took it out of you as a player. I’ve been on 2-7 teams that had better attitudes coming out of team meetings than oftentimes when we came out of team meetings after Shanahan felt a need to motivate us even more.”
Plummer went on to say that quarterback Jay Cutler should benefit from new coach Josh McDaniels.
- “I think it’s a real smart move. There’s a lot of young coaches that are coming out of situations where they’re coordinators for great coaches and going out on their own and really establishing themselves. He is young, but he’s got to bring a lot of life and energy to coaching, which I’m sure will be good for that organization.”