07-06-2005, 03:07 PM
can someone who is an insider post this article? it's about QBs on the hot seat and it mentions Jake. http://espn.go.com/ its the frontpage story.
07-06-2005, 03:20 PM
Updated: July 6, 2005, 9:31 AM ET
Harrington, Boller must step upScouts Inc.
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals
Based on the numbers he put up at the end of the 2004 season, Palmer already has started to take his game to the next level. Palmer must continue his accelerated learning curve for a Bengals team with playoff aspirations in 2005.
He has dropped more than 20 pounds in the offseason so he's not such a sitting duck in the pocket. The Bengals also will run the ball more than they did a year ago with running back Rudi Johnson. This will take some pressure off Palmer and give him favorable matchups on the perimeter in the passing game off the play-action package.
It is imperative that he cut down on his interceptions and not force passes into coverage. With a quality three-receiver package featuring Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Peter Warrick, he should be able to spread the field and complete a lot of safe throws.
Jake Plummer, Denver Broncos
Plummer no longer can be classified as a young, developmental quarterback after nine years in the NFL, but there's a feeling that he still hasn't reached his potential for success. Although he put up huge numbers in 2004, with more than 4,000 yards passing and 27 touchdowns, he also threw 20 interceptions and seemed to thwart drive after drive with key mistakes.
His biggest assets -- his ability to make plays on the move and creativity under duress -- are also his biggest drawbacks. Despite his experience, Plummer will make confounding throws into coverage, especially downfield. Although one has to like Plummer's gambling style and competitive nature, he must learn to play within the system -- without giving up his movement skills.
Above all, he has to trust his other offensive weapons and not try to do everything by himself. For some reason, a lot of Plummer's interceptions came from tipped passes downfield and deflections at the line of scrimmage. The Broncos will work their patented cut-blocking schemes in training camp to give Plummer better throwing lanes.
This organization thinks it has a playoff roster, but a lot of the projected success in 2005 is contingent on Plummer. He doesn't have to win every game; he just can't make the one or two critical mistakes that lose a game.