Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, September 9

Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer had a shaky preseason. In today's news reports, Plummer says to forget it. Also - Kansas City comes to Denver with two untested kickers, but running back Priest Holmes and punt returner Dante Hall will be back to harass the Broncos.

Forget preseason - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, September 09, 2004 - Dave McGinnis heard the preseason numbers - not awful, but certainly not the definition of a crisp quarterback - and paused for a moment in an attempt to evaluate how the statistics may translate as his former quarterback heads into the regular season . "I didn't see any of the games, but I'm not worried," McGinnis said. "Not about Jake Plummer.

Good "D" all about instilling dread - Denver Posts - Mark Kiszla
Thursday, September 09, 2004 - Violence is the lifeblood of the NFL. The toughest athletes in America play football. But they get scared, too. Ever hear the air painfully leak from a sacked quarterback? Or see a receiver flinch, anticipating certain punishment while meekly reaching for a pass over the middle? The true measure of a great NFL defense is not turnover ratio or tackles for losses. It's fear factor.

Shanahan usually ready in openers - Denver Posts - Bill Williamson and Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 09, 2004 - Lenny Walls said there is one offense in the NFL he wouldn't want to face in the opening game of the season. The Broncos'. "You give our coach extra time to prepare for you, and he always comes up with something good," the Broncos cornerback said. "He's the Mastermind."

Shanahan usually ready in openers - Denver Posts - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 09, 2004 - Keith Burns - the longtime heart, soul and captain of the Broncos' special teams - is gone and he's not coming back. But Dante Hall is. And if the Broncos aren't careful in their season opener Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs' returner extraordinaire will burn them just like he did last year.

Bragging isn't his style - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 9, 2004 - Quentin Griffin has decent speed, exceptional lower-body strength and stop-on-a-dime cutback ability. But there's something the Denver Broncos' new starting running back doesn't possess and never will. "No, I don't have a championship belt," he said this week with a shake of his head.

Leach knows his fate lies in hands of others - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 9, 2004 - Mike Leach said he came into the NFL hoping for a chance to catch passes. Now in his fifth season - it's his third with the Denver Broncos - Leach has been told he might finally get that opportunity. Advertisement"I've been waiting for a legitimate chance for four years now," Leach said. "I've always had faith in myself that I could get it done. I've never really thought of myself as just a snapper."

The boot in Denver - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 9, 2004 - Kansas City Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil was the NFL's first full-time special-teams coach - for the Los Angeles Rams in 1969 - so he certainly knows what might result from the decision his team has made. With the Chiefs set to open the regular season Sunday night against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High, Vermeil has entrusted one of the beloved phases of the game - kicking - to two players who have not kicked in an NFL game that has mattered.

Adams: Opportunity there for taking for Lelie - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 9, 2004 - New York Jets wide receiver Justin McCareins led the AFC last season with an average of 17.3 yards per reception for players with a minimum of 40 catches. Can you guess who ranked No. 2? Eddie Kennison. The Denver chapter in Kennison's story is brief but well-documented. He signed with the Broncos as a free agent in April 2001. He was booted off the roster that November.

Priest set to prey on Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
September 9, 2004 - The Clinton Portis trade wasn't the only March madness in the AFC West this offseason — just the most publicized. The same month the Denver Broncos traded their brash Pro Bowl running back to Washington, a humble Priest Holmes walked into Dick Vermeil's office to tell the Kansas City head coach he was contemplating retirement.

Vermeil rolls dice with kickers - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
September 9, 2004 - In 1969, innovative Los Angeles Rams head coach George Allen was the first in the NFL to hire a special teams coach. And that coach was Dick Vermeil. So when Vermeil, currently Kansas City's head coach, decided to waive 44-year-old Morten Andersen over the weekend and open the season with two inexperienced kickers, the transaction didn't stop any presses. Punter Steve Cheek and place-kicker Lawrence Tynes will be under the microscope and bright lights at Invesco Field on Sunday night when Denver hosts the defending AFC West champion Chiefs.

Putzier's Time to Shine - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 - Shannon Sharpe no longer roams about the Broncos' locker room on a daily basis. But it doesn't mean that he's no longer in the team's orbit. Just six days ago, he stood on the sidelines during the team's preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals, exchanging pleasantries with his former teammates. His impact and leadership remain as present among the Broncos now as they were last year. And perhaps no player is more in tune with Sharpe today than Jeb Putzier, who learned at Sharpe's feet the past two seasons -- a process that continues even without daily time together in practice.

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