If there's one person in the entire world who understands exactly what Donovan McNabb is going through after being benched in the Redskins' loss to the Detroit Lions last week, it's Jake Plummer. Plummer, as you may remember, also fell victim to Mike Shanahan's wrath when Shanahan was in Denver. Back in 2006, Shanahan abruptly decided to bench Plummer for rookie Jay Cutler, despite the Broncos being 7-4. That essentially ended Plummer's career.â†µ
So when Plummer opines on McNabb, it means something. Yahoo!'s Shutdown Corner caught up with Plummer just now, and he had this to say about the situation.
"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."â†µ
"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."â†µ
Plummer went on to say that Shanahan is "still searching for John Elway," steadfastly believing he'll find that person. Now, you always want your coach telling you to get better, so I can't totally support Plummer's position. But there's a fine line, and it's clear Shanahan has crossed it once before.â†µ
(HT: Hogs Haven).â†µ