Broncos News Briefs - Wednesday, September 15

Denver Broncos running back Quentin Griffin is still a hot topic after his performance against the Chiefs last Sunday. Read more about Griffin in today's news reports.

Broncos quick to see Griffin's total game - Denver Posts - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - Most of what the Broncos' little big man did to the Kansas City Chiefs was plain to see. Quentin Griffin rushed for a Broncos opening day-record 156 yards and scored three touchdowns Sunday in Denver's 34-24 victory. His speed and ankle-breaking moves were in full view during a 47- yard touchdown run. "You are seeing the start of something that's very special," Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce said. But it was the things Griffin did out of plain sight that caught coach Mike Shanahan's eye.

Shanahan: Taunting nothing to celebrate - Denver Posts - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - In Denver, a turnover has been cause for celebration in recent years. However, don't expect to see dancing anytime soon after an interception. A big play turned into a big penalty Sunday night after Champ Bailey intercepted a pass by Trent Green in the Broncos' 34-24 victory over Kansas City at Invesco Field at Mile High. Bailey, brought in to help the Broncos increase their interception total after registering nine in each of the past two seasons - and fellow cornerbacks Kelly Herndon and Lenny Walls erupted into an impromptu celebratory dance. They were penalized 15 yards for taunting.

Ugly win all right with Leftwich - Denver Post
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - If Sunday's win at Buffalo is any indication, Byron Leftwich's second season as a starter could be much better than his first. The Jacksonville quarterback, by his own admission, had a subpar Week 1 game against the Bills but was able to drive for the winning touchdown with time running out in the Jaguars' 13-10 victory. In the 2003 opener, Leftwich watched as Carolina scored with 16 seconds to play for a 24-23 win.

Taking risk, Denver yields great returns - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 15, 2004 - They are the two words that are the bright yellow caution tape around the NFL's best and brightest. They are the two words that send shivers through the coaches who would like to ask a little more from the players who can do the most. Jason Sehorn. Sehorn effectively ended his days as a top-shelf cornerback for the New York Giants when he severely injured his right knee on his only career NFL kickoff return in a 1998 preseason game against the Jets. And Sehorn's recent bid to restart his career as a safety with the St. Louis Rams ended last week when he failed a physical after off-season foot surgery.

Defensive holding calls up in Week 1 - Rocky Mountain News
September 15, 2004 - Although there were fewer penalties overall in the first week of the NFL season, the number of defensive holding calls tripled, presumably because of the new emphasis on calling them. According to figures from the league's officiating department, there were 218 penalties accepted in the 16 games in Week 1 compared with 240 in the first week of the 2003 season.

Broncos' Griffin even better second time around - Daily Camera
September 15, 2004 - Some Bronco-related observations while wondering if Byron Leftwich would be willing to give Jake Plummer some pointers on how to throw left-handed more effectively before Sunday's game. The good news for the Chiefs and their Arena Football-caliber defense is that Gunther Cunnigham will get a mulligan against Denver. The Broncos finish up the AFC West portion of the schedule on Dec. 19 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Denver Broncos 2004 Team Report - The Sports Network - Dan Di Sciullo
September 15, 2004 - It seems as though the Denver Broncos have found yet another player to head their always potent rushing attack, as Quentin Griffin had a spectacular season debut as the team's No. 1 running back. Griffin rushed for 156 yards and scored three touchdowns to help the Broncos hold off the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-24, in Denver on Sunday night. His rushing total set a new Broncos record for most rushing yards in a season opener.

Lynch's Leaders Program Launched -
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - John Lynch jump-started the new Lynch's Leaders program on Sept. 7 by visiting the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver and introducing himself to the program's 100 participants -- a grouping of youth from all six of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver -- with a quick speech followed by an informal question and answer session. John introduced Lynch's Leaders as a partnership between the Denver Broncos and the John Lynch Foundation that promotes leadership in its participants.

Fantasy Football: Week 1 Review - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - Random thoughts while pondering whether a 1-0 start outweighs losing Steve Smith for at least the next month. Stand up if you had Quentin Griffin last week. OK, sit back down. Unless you're reading this from a college computer lab, a library or at home with several friends around, no one can see you. But Griffin's performance helped create a league-wide buzz. Owners that took him in the mid-rounds of the draft looked prescient; his three-touchdown, 156-yard performance proved the difference in many a fantasy contest this week.

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