<
>
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
Get ESPN+

WR Smith looks to be finished

Now that Daunte Culpepper and Drew Bledsoe have been benched, Jake Plummer is the last of the premier quarterbacks on the hot seat. Plummer ranks 28th or worse in yards per attempt, interception percentage and quarterback rating, and is coming off one of his worst performances of the season.

Last Sunday against Cleveland, Mike Shanahan allowed Plummer to put the ball in the air 41 times against a Browns' defense playing its fourth and fifth cornerbacks, and he was able to post only a pitiful 51.8 passer rating. Not surprisingly, Plummer is shouldering the blame for the struggles of the Broncos' passing game, but there is another side to this story.

The metrics indicate Denver's receivers are just as, if not more, responsible for Plummer's bad numbers.