Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, September 16

In today's news - John Lynch will appeal his fine, the Denver Broncos will head to Jacksonville early to get accustomed to the heat and humidity and Ashley Lelie made a statement in Sunday's game. Also - Newcomers such as Champ Bailey and D.J. Williams (in photo) make an impact.

href=,1413,36~86~2404581,00.html target= "_new">Lelie turns some heads - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, September 16, 2004 - One of the biggest knocks on Ashley Lelie by his critics - a growing lot this summer - was he isn't tough enough to be a capable NFL receiver. Sunday night, on a play few observers noticed, Lelie went a long way toward silencing those critics and perhaps head toward a productive career.

Broncos hope to beat heat - Denver Po - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 16, 2004 - The Broncos felt the sting of Colorado's late-summer heat in their season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, but that's nothing compared to the heat and humidity they will face Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla., when they play the Jaguars. So, in an attempt to get acclimated, the Broncos are flying into Jacksonville on Friday, rather than making their usual Saturday departure.

Much ado made over mouthpiece - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, September 16, 2004 - Broncos offices, radio shows and newspapers were flooded with calls and e-mails from concerned fans this week, with one frantic message: Tell Q to keep that mouthpiece in. Many sharp-eyed fans noticed running back Quentin Griffin's mouthpiece hanging from his headgear on plays.

Leftwich respects top Broncos corner - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 16, 2004 - Jacksonville second-year quarterback Byron Leftwich said he'll be watchful but not fearful of Broncos star cornerback Champ Bailey on Sunday when the Jaguars host Denver. "I mean, you've got a lot of respect because you understand he is a Pro Bowler; he's a heck of a football player," Leftwich said Wednesday. "What you've got to do is, you've got to study the guy and try to pick up on his techniques, try to pick up what he's real good at. I don't know if we're going to throw away from him, you know, but we will be aware of where he's at at all times."

Lynch will appeal fine for hit on Hall - Denver Post - Bill Williamson and Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 16, 2004 - Broncos safety John Lynch will appeal a fine from the NFL, which he was notified about Wednesday. The league fined Lynch $7,500 for a hit on Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dante Hall. The league said Hall was defenseless on the play. Lynch said an official during the game told him he was penalized for hitting Hall's shoulder with his helmet. He was penalized for the hit on which Hall was in the middle of the field, trying to make the catch. Lynch thought the hit was clean. But after seeing the play on television highlight shows, Lynch knew he was going to take a financial hit.

Youth emphasis becoming to Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 16, 2004 - D.J. Williams maintains that he wasn't surprised he was inserted into the Denver Broncos' starting lineup Sunday night. Perhaps it was merely the first-year linebacker's confidence, a quality that seems common among former University of Miami players. Or maybe it was naiveté - because the move most certainly was unusual. Williams became the first Broncos rookie since 1998 to start in Week 1 of the regular season and only the fourth rookie overall to open a season with the first unit in Mike Shanahan's 10 seasons as head coach.

Broncos' Lynch: Just no beating meeting Bush - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 16, 2004 - Tuesday was just another off day for Broncos safety John Lynch. Got the family together. Went for a drive. Spent a day in the sun. Oh, and met the president of the United States. Lynch attended President Bush's campaign stop in Greenwood Village on Tuesday - a Republican rally at the Coors Amphitheatre - and got to take his family behind the stage to meet the president.

For hit, NFL strikes back - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 16, 2004 - In Broncos safety John Lynch's mind, when he sees one of his jarring tackles on television, he should reach for the checkbook. "I think it's clear that if you make the highlights these days, you're going to get fined . . . that's essentially what it's come down to," Lynch said. "Again, the hypocrisy of it just kills me - they'll sell it on their greatest hits videos, but then they'll fine you for doing it." Lynch on Wednesday got the overnight letter players don't want to see from the NFL. It informed him he was being fined $7,500 for his hit Sunday night on Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dante Hall.

Adams: Denver won't mind if Jags are generous - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 16, 2004 - The team that is on the take probably will be one that wins the football game at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville on Sunday. The Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2003 season with the same poor number in takeaway/giveaway turnover margin - minus-4. The Jaguars defense had six more interceptions than Denver's nine, while the Broncos offense took better care of the ball with eight fewer fumbles than Jacksonville's 14.

Krieger: Signs suggest repeat trip to Jacksonville - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 16, 2004 - They're feeling pretty good about themselves at Dove Valley these days. All the things you were happy or surprised about Sunday? The Broncos expected them. Quentin Griffin? They knew how good he was. What about you? Ashley Lelie? They never doubted him. How about you? Lefty Plummer? Well, yes, electrical current to the brain might have been interrupted there for a moment, but they knew he'd come roaring back. Did you? Champ Bailey? The best two-way player since Chuck Bednarik. No one told you? I certainly hope you've learned your lesson. This week, they travel to the site of Super Bowl XXXIX.

Lynch decries $7,500 fine - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 16, 2004 - Kenoy Kennedy was used to seeing the dreaded envelope with the NFL's return address on it. But this time it was delivered to a different Denver strong safety. "The infamous FedEx, huh?" Kennedy said after learning that John Lynch had been fined $7,500 by the league for a hit on Kansas City's Dante Hall in his first game as a Bronco. "I never liked them. It's kind of disappointing. I don't know what he said about (the fine), but it's no fun."

Jags put bite into their run defense - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 16, 2004 - Jack Del Rio had ample opportunity to brag about his defense on Wednesday. Jacksonville's head coach was asked a series of softball questions about his team's 16-game streak of not allowing an opposing running back to have a 100-yard day on the ground.

Knorr Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - It didn't take long for a Broncos player to earn the team's first individual honor of 2004. Wednesday, the league named punter Micah Knorr the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, honoring the Broncos' punter and kickoff specialist for a game in which seven of his nine kicks -- two punts, seven kickoffs -- were not returned by Kansas City's explosive returner, Dante Hall. Knorr's six touchbacks on kickoffs were the most for a Broncos kicker since Rich Karlis accomplished the feat at Mile High Stadium on Oct. 30, 1983.

Nate Jackson's Journal -
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - Every so often in this life, we get a chance to push ourselves to our limits, take risks, have faith in our struggle and get rewarded for it. When I found out that I had made this team, my emotions were volcanic. Kaleidoscopic. Multi-colored. I can't exactly tie it all down and wrap words around it. The journey behind. The journey ahead. I feel happy, but not content. Relieved but not satisfied. Focused. Grateful.

Shanahan: Lynch Will Petition Fine For Hit - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - When John Lynch

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