Jake Plummer, Wise Man: Former Broncos Quarterback Sends A Wake Up Call

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field during the Broncos 16-13 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers in their NFL Game on November 27, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Lost in all the hoopla of the back and forth between former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer and current Broncos starter Tim Tebow was something that really struck home, with me at least.  Plummer was a guest on the Vic and Gary Show last week.

After being asked about his back and forth with Tebow, the guys asked Jake if he thought the current Broncos offense could last.  After waxing poetic about how good the team was when he was in Denver - yes, Plummer is clearly still bitter about the way things in Denver ended - he gave us this nugget of wisdom, emphasis mine:

"I think all in all what it’s about in the NFL is winning. It’s not about winning for 10 years from now. It is not about building a dynasty or building a Super Bowl contender year in and year out. It’s about winning this next week. That’s all the fans should worry about really and I think they should be happy to see they are doing whatever they can there and they got a kid that really if the ball is in his hands and there is a decisive moment in a game he is going to make plays. He’s proven that already. He might not throw a 30-yard seam route for a touchdown, but he might run it 30 yards and up the seam and dodge a bunch of people. Either way it is exciting. You are excited about it. You are wondering what is going to happen and that’s gotta be fun for the fans there I would hope."

Ya know, Jake is absolutely right and many of us, including myself, get caught up in what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month or next year instead of focusing on the here and now. 

The Denver Broncos are 6-5 and in a lot of ways have the inside track to a playoff spot no one thought they could achieve just six weeks ago.  We should ENJOY that!  Many people focus on what Tim Tebow CAN'T do, and what the offense ISN'T doing.  Let's focus on what the Denver Broncos ARE doing, what the defense IS doing.

I know, for some, this is a no-brainer.  I salute you.  For me, however, and many others, I hope Plummer's comments hit home with you.  It's John Elway's job to worry about the future.  For John Fox, the coaches and the players, it's about winning games NOW.  Not in 2012, 2013 or beyond.  Let it be the same with us fans too.

We'll have plenty of time to talk about the NFL Draft when the season is over.  For now, let's cheer as hard as we damn-well can for THIS Broncos team - with all it's flaws and limitations - as it continues to climb the AFC West mountain.


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