On losing to San Diego to end the season
"Obviously, it's disappointing. We wanted to get into the playoffs and try to make a run, but the Chargers were playing really well and it wasn't the case. We missed some opportunities this year but it's time to move on.
"We had a couple drops early, we had some penalties on two drives and had to punt and then we were playing catch up. It's tough when you get into that situation. We had to go for it on a couple fourth downs and take some shots we probably normally wouldn't have tried to take and tried to score some points in a hurry."
On his play this season
"I played all right. You can always get better. In the next couple months, I will start watching film, breaking down things, seeing what we did (well) and seeing what we did badly."
On being vocal with WR Eddie Royal after a dropped pass
"Eddie is fine. I would do it again probably if presented with the same opportunity. We joked about it on the plane, and he is a good dude. He loves to play and he was probably more disappointed in himself than I was in him."
On the pressure on the offense
"We had a lot of pressure, especially I think in this last game. Obviously, defensively we were a little banged up and offensively we were missing some running backs. I thought (RB) Tatum (Bell) did a great job, but I think at that point we were kind of living and dying on throwing the ball and making (plays) happen through the air. Whenever you go up against a team like (San Diego) with the way they were playing and the way they were moving the ball, (if) you start making mistakes early on you are going to dig yourself in a hole that is hard to get out of."
QB Jay Cutler
"I feel great—only 11 sacks this year, which is (a) phenomenal (job) by our offensive line. (There were) not a lot of hits, so I feel really good.
"I'm heavier now that I probably was at the start of the year and I feel good about it (controlling diabetes)."
On how he has improved this year
"I think (Quarterbacks Coach) Jeremy (Bates) did a great job this year coming in and expanding the offense, challenging me a little bit , putting some new stuff in and just taking it to the next level. You have to give him a lot of credit for what we were able to do offensively this year.
"I can always get better. There are things I do every game that I wish I could always have back. You can't change anything now. You have to look forward to the future, get back to OTAs and training camp and try to make another run."
On what changes the team needs to make in the offseason
"I don't know. I think everybody just needs to take a step back and reflect on (the season), look at the film and make some decisions in the next couple months. I don't think anything needs to be said or done right now. (The organization) will make the changes when necessary down the road."
On the team's youth
"It makes a difference with how young we are, especially offensively. Everybody is kind of learning on the run out there. We are making mistakes out there and learning from them. We are trying to correct things from week to week. The longer we are together the better we are going to get. We are all young, we will all hopefully be around here a little bit longer and we will get better and better each year."
On whether he will spend time working out with his receivers in the offseason
"I don't know. I have to talk to (WR) Eddie (Royal) and (TE) Tony (Scheffler) and all of those guys to see exactly what they want to do. I think (WR) Brandon (Marshall) will probably spend a lot of time in Orlando. I don't know what Eddie's plans are. Last (offseason), I was kind of still dealing with my health issues and we weren't really able to get a lot of the work done that we wanted to."
On whether improving the defense will take pressure off the offense
"I thought they did a good job. We don't want to point fingers around here. Offensively, we could have done some things better and taken care of the ball in certain games. I think (the organization is) going to try and improve all three areas (offense, defense and special teams). Offensively, I'm sure we are going to get some new guys in here to help us out. Defensively, I'm sure they are going to follow suit."
On whether he has to take some time away from football
"Absolutely. It's a long year. It's a very long year from the start of OTAs all the way through the 16-game season. I'm definitely going to get out of here."
On whether he expects Denver to be in the playoffs next season
"Yes, I do. I think with (Head coach) Mike (Shanahan) and the front office, they are going to make some moves and try to improve us as a whole team. I love the direction the offense is going with Jeremy (Bates) leading us, the coaching, the offensive line and the receivers. I think we have a real chance next year."
On dealing with the injuries at the running back position (seven backs placed on season-ending injury lists)
"I think we all dealt with it pretty well. I think we went through six, seven, eight running backs and not knowing from game to game who was going to be in there. It's tough and I thought the offensive line probably handled it the best still opening up holes and still being able to protect me when everyone in the stadium knew we were going to throw. You go through things each year. Each year is different and that's just how it happened this year."
WIDE RECEIVER BRANDON MARSHALL
"We didn't get it done this year – simple as that. We have a lot of talent in this locker room, we have a lot of great coaches, and we've got to do a better job of just playing together. Last night, I said we have to re-evaluate ourselves first individually. It's not a selfish thing – I think if everybody worries about themselves and gets their job done, we'll be better off. So last night I took a timeout to re-evaluate myself, and I didn't get it done this year. You look at the Pro Bowl, you look at 100 catches – that wasn't good enough. I should have been a better leader on and off the field. On the field, too many drops. Way too many drops. I just didn't make enough big plays. I expected a lot more out of myself, and it's as simple as that. We've got to look each other in the eye now and see where we go from here."
On being the No. 1 guy
"I think Eddie Royal helped me out a lot. Just to see this guy have 91 catches his rookie campaign, there's only a couple guys who have done that. Almost reach 1,000 yards, 20 yards short of that. You see the job (TE) Tony Scheffler did even while he was banged up. (WR Brandon) Stokley, and all the backs we had coming in and out. (QB) Jay Cutler played great this year. So hats off to those guys. On the offensive side of the ball we did as best as we could when we got opportunities. Hopefully we can build off of that next year."
WR Brandon Marshall
"I think I'm going to get back to Orlando and work out with my school and see if I can get back to where I used to be."
On his development
"We knew early on they were going to have guys on me, pressing me, trying to be physical with me at the line. Maybe not doubling me but keeping an eye on me, one or two guys. So it was on (WR) Eddie (Royal) and (TE) Tony (Scheffler) to do their jobs as far as moving the ball, and they did that. We moved the ball really well the first couple drives, we've just got to punch it in. I think this offseason we're going to work on our red zone and get the job done from there."
"Not at all. I don't think that had anything to do with it. I think we were just inconsistent because we didn't get it done. We blew our opportunities. We could have dropped more games than we did if you look at it, and we could have won more. That's part of being in the National Football League. It's really disappointing not just to us, but to our fans. The Denver community is a football city, hard working, and they expect more. It's a bad feeling to be losers this year and not be in the playoffs."
On the defense
"I don't watch film on that side of the ball. I can't really say what they're doing wrong over there or if they're doing anything wrong. Special teams, too. I don't play special teams – all I play is wide receiver. All I know is toward the end of the year they started doing some good things over there (on defense). Even yesterday if you look at it, it was just two or three big plays – a one-handed catch by (San Diego TE Antonio) Gates, a diving catch by (San Diego WR) Vincent (Jackson) – and that hurt us early. You take away those plays and we're probably in the ballgame. But I respect San Diego. We rah-rah and do all that jawing back and forth when we play, but at the end of the day we have to respect those guys. They're a good football team and I think they're going to be dangerous in the postseason. Good job to them and hats off to them."
On if the offense feels pressure to score
"It has nothing to do with the defense. I think we as an offense, we pride ourselves on trying to score every time we touch the ball. We're so explosive, we have so many guys that can move the chains and get the ball in the end zone that we're disappointed in ourselves if we don't score. That's something we didn't get done the whole season – we were inconsistent. With the guys we have in this offense, I think next year we'll be dangerous."
On if he plans to workout with QB Jay Cutler during the offseason
On making the playoffs next year
"We're going to build off this year. We're going to do a better job of just being more consistent."