The Denver Broncos look to regain their lost playoff form. With an improving defense and changes on the offensive side of the ball, Denver needs solid play from the quarterback position to have a chance in the tough AFC West.
Those attributes were attractive to
the Broncos, but his leadership ability somewhat caught the
Denver coaching staff by surprise in the
off-season workout and mini-camp sessions. Plummer only built upon the early
impressions he had on the organization thus far in training camp. The team has
responded well to the cagey quarterback and for the first time in recent years,
the Denver organization believes that they
have their quarterback of the present and the future.
Combing the qualities Plummer
possesses with those of a strong group of receivers led by Rod Smith, Ed
McCaffrey, and second-year players Ashley Lelie and running back Clinton Portis,
the Denver offensive appears poised to become
a juggernaut again under Shanahan.
A noted strength of the
Denver organization has always been the
offensive line. Throughout the change of players for the past decade, the
Broncos line has always been regarded as one of the better units in the game. In
2003, the same cannot be said, not at this time. The offensive line has been
slow developing in the pass-blocking scheme, but has shown improvement
throughout training camp and should be capable of keeping Plummer vertical.
Offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam is
returning from a knee injury and rookie George Foster has missed time during
camp with foot issues.
The run-blocking Broncos are fine,
especially with a running back of the caliber of Portis to make something
positive out of nothing.
In a nutshell, the Broncos are
going to be an improved team in the 2003 season. Playing in the tough AFC West,
that may not be good enough.