Denver Broncos Hot Topics - Sunday, Sept. 10

Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has a few areas he wants to improve. The offense as a whole has to get better in third-down efficiency and in the red zone.

Jake Plummer had a career year in 2005, and he wants to improve on it this year.

Plummer had only seven interceptions and led the Broncos to the AFC Championship Game. But he diligently worked in the off-season to stay on top of his game because he knows a repeat isn't guaranteed.

"Obviously it's not just going to happen because it happened last year," Plummer said.

Plummer and the coaches reviewed his good and bad plays from last season. As expected, they saw a quarterback who was under control and made the offense run smoothly.

But Plummer has a few areas he wants to improve. The offense as a whole has to get better in third-down efficiency and in the red zone. He also envisioned making more big plays, something that will be helped by the addition of Javon Walker in the off-season.

"We didn't have a lot of big, big plays last year for touchdowns," Plummer said. "We'd like to pick it up there, which scores more points. It doesn't give our defense a rest, but it scores more points."

Plummer said he felt good about the Broncos this season. They retained most of their roster in hopes of taking the next step to the Super Bowl.

"We have pretty much the same guys coming back and a few improvements," Plummer said. "There's no reason why we shouldn't get into the playoffs and see what happens."

PLAYER NOTES

--DE Courtney Brown practiced again on Thursday and the chances of him playing Sunday are looking better. Brown has been out with a knee injury.

--WR Brandon Marshall said he is ready to play this week. Marshall, a rookie, sat out most of the preseason with a knee injury, but he had a good grasp of the offense before suffering the injury.

--QB Jay Cutler had a great preseason, but he won't play unless Jake Plummer gets hurt. Cutler is the quarterback of the future but the Broncos' best chance to win now is with Plummer.

--RB Mike Bell said he doesn't know if he'll start, but at the very least he will get a chance to get plenty of carries. Bell started all four preseason games and was effective most of the time.

--DE Kenard Lang would start if Courtney Brown is out with an injury. Lang had a good preseason. He was very active and could help rush the quarterback.


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