Backup plans work for Broncos

Bringing Steve Beuerlein back as an insurance quarterback paid off in just the second game of the season as he led the Broncos in the second half after starter Jake Plummer went out with a shoulder separation. Read about it in today's reports.

Bruised but unbeaten - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Fiery speeches were not delivered at halftime. The sobering truth was. In one corner of the Broncos' locker room at Qualcomm Stadium, middle linebacker Al Wilson informed his defensive teammates that two of the team's lead soldiers were down. "Hey, baby," Wilson said he told the defense. "We've got to pick it up."

It's just like the good old days - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Call out the Navy. Hey, sailor. The Broncos sent the Chargers to Davy Jones' locker room Sunday afternoon. The 24-point victory was the Broncos' most dominating on the road since 1996, when Shannon Sharpe begged the National Guard to bail out the New England Patriots. Welcome back, Men of Orange. "We can play even better, and that's the scary thing about it," linebacker Al Wilson said.

Plummer questionable for Week 3 - Denver Post
Monday, September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - The Jake Plummer Watch has shifted squarely to his right shoulder. The same shoulder that threw three touchdown passes during the Broncos' 37-13 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

One play separates Shanahan - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Monday, September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is mad. There's hell to pay in the NFL. After failing to win a playoff game in four long seasons, after being supplanted by Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden as the league's resident genius, and after having his football acumen debated by doubting Broncomaniacs in Denver, Shanahan is scripting his comeback with a vengeance.

Back to back, Portis on top - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Clinton Portis had 99 yards on his first four carries Sunday. Of course, knowing that Portis has never met a challenge - or a flamboyant outfit - he didn't covet, it should have come as no surprise the Broncos' 22-year-old running back busted out of the gate.

Tackle Carlisle makes good use of hands - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Monday, September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - So many notes, so little time ... How obscure was Cooper Carlisle before Sunday afternoon, when he caught a second-quarter touchdown pass? His previous claim to fame came this month, when, at 295 pounds, he became the heaviest man to do a cartwheel after learning he had made the Broncos' roster. ...

Big day for Lewis big news to Broncos - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - During the two years they lived together at the University of Tennessee, running back Jamal Lewis and middle linebacker Al Wilson were so close that even today Wilson thinks of Lewis as a brother. But even when they were roommates, Lewis never did a larger favor for Wilson than the one he did Sunday.

Wilson's hit helps defense keep Tomlinson in check - Denver Post - Richard J. Marcus
Monday, September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - The Broncos' defense let it be known right away in Sunday's 37-13 victory at Qualcomm Stadium that the Chargers were not going to run wild like they did last season in San Diego. Denver linebacker Al Wilson stamped an exclamation mark squarely on the shoulder pads of Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson to stop San Diego's first drive short of a touchdown.

One win, 2 losses - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Once again, Jake Plummer failed to show up in the second half. He could be forgiven Sunday. The Denver Broncos quarterback, lambasted after a poor effort after halftime in the season opener, didn't play in the final two quarters against the San Diego Chargers after suffering a first-degree, or the most mild, separation of his throwing shoulder while diving for a first down late in the second quarter.

Broncos' backup plan is a winner - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Never mind that the Denver Broncos were down to one healthy quarterback Sunday. That's not what Steve Beuerlein was thinking about when he took off running with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and absorbed a blow on the San Diego Chargers sideline after a 3-yard gain.

Chargers overlooked mountain of a player - Rocky Mountain News - Glae Thien
September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - At 6-foot-5, 296 pounds, it's hard to overlook the Denver Broncos tackle Cooper Carlisle. Yet that's just what the San Diego Chargers did at a most inopportune time for them Sunday. With the Chargers going to their left on defense, following a fake to running back Clinton Portis, Carlisle ventured to their right on a tackle-eligible play.

Anderson shines after replacing Portis - Rocky Mountain News - Glae Thien,
September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Duty calls. Perhaps no one knows that better than Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson, the former Marine who answered the call Sunday against the San Diego Chargers here, not far from Camp Pendleton, where he spent some of his military days.

Krieger: Coaching mismatch mirrors the score - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Anyone still wondering why Pat Bowlen gave Mike Shanahan another contract extension this year? This is why. Marty Schottenheimer was exposed so badly Sunday you wanted to check to see if he still had his pants on as he trudged off his home field. If you're looking for a modern way to tell the tale about the emperor's new clothes, just put the kids to bed and set your story at Qualcomm Stadium.

Broncos strike down Chargers - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO — Mike Shanahan planned on being 2-0, but couldn't have scripted it this way. Jake Plummer separated his right shoulder on Sunday, making 38-year-old Steve Beuerlein the only quarterback on the roster physically capable of throwing a pass in the second half.

Thorburn: Shanahan fibs to protect QB Beuerlein - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO — Mike Shanahan is a liar. Interestingly, the first five words that usually come out of his mouth when coach-speaking are, "To be honest with you ..." On Sunday, Shanahan's dishonesty was kind of honorable. And it may have saved Steve Beuerlein's fleeting football life.

OL Carlisle collects TD pass - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO — During last Thursday's practice, Cooper Carlisle had the scout team defense fooled and was wide open in the end zone on a tackle-eligible play. Jake Plummer threw the pass into the ground, however, and the first-team offense had to run it again before the quarterback got it right.

Bronco backups fill in nicely - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 15, 2003 - SAN DIEGO — Jeb Putzier, still mending a separated shoulder, was given the day off. Otherwise, every player on Denver's active roster was busy on Sunday. Because of injuries, the Broncos had to rely on their two-deep here at Qualcomm Stadium. And they were too deep for the San Diego Chargers in a 37-13 victory.

Chargers lay egg in home opener against Broncos - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jim Trotter
September 15, 2003 - The Chargers said they couldn't play worse than they did last week in a season-opening loss at Kansas City. They were wrong. Things were so much worse for them in a 37-13 home-opener loss to Denver yesterday that the Broncos didn't even need their starting quarterback or starting running back in the second half.

Defense Packs Pressure in Stifling Bengals - - Andrew Mason
Sept. 7, 2003 - CINCINNATI -- Corey Dillon darted, dodged and looked for openings, but found none. Jon Kitna stepped forward, rolled out, stopped and cut in his attempts to buy time in the pocket, but found few open receivers and even fewer passes devoid of pressure.

Offense Succeeds With Two QBs - - Andrew Mason
Sept. 14, 2003 - SAN DIEGO -- Jake Plummer wanted to go back into Sunday's game. With three touchdown passes and a streak of 9 completions in 10 attempts, he and the Broncos offense were percolating, bubbling over in what became a 37-point performance that represented the team's biggest scoring outburst in 11 games.

Broncos-Chargers Notebook: Carlisle's Unlikely Touchdown - - Andrew Mason
Sept. 14, 2003 - SAN DIEGO -- You can't blame Cooper Carlisle for not knowing exactly what he wanted to do with the football that landed in his hands during the second quarter on Sunday. It's not like he has a lot of experience scoring touchdowns.

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