Lack of takeaways still a problem

The Denver Broncos are maintaining a streak from last season they'd rather get rid of - lack of forced turnovers. Even with the addition of defensive players such as John Lynch (in photo) and Champ Bailey, the Broncos rank near the bottom of the NFL. Read about it in today's news reports.

New lineman brings sack potential - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, September 24, 2004 - Ellis Johnson hadn't been an active football player in nearly nine months when he returned to the field Thursday in his Broncos' practice debut. "I'm a tad bit rusty," Johnson said at the conclusion of a long day. "I'm a tad bit tired." The Broncos acquired Johnson on Monday in a trade with Atlanta for a conditional 2005 draft pick, that likely will be a high midround pick. Johnson had been holding out from the Falcons in a contract despite. He didn't participate in any of the team's offseason program.

Brees likely to get start - Denver Post
Friday, September 24, 2004 - San Diego quarterback Drew Brees has an 88.8 passer rating, and is expected to start Sunday in Denver despite leaving last week's game with a concussion. And LaDainian Tomlinson has run for 208 yards and two scores, but one thing he never has had is a good game in Denver. He has yet to crack 80 yards or score a touchdown in three games at Denver.

Dawn of teen age - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, September 24, 2004 - Will Darius Watts and Nate Jackson wear No. 17 and No. 14, respectively, the rest of the season or will they both switch to a jersey number in the 80s?

More power to him - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 24, 2004 - The hotel bartender, hardly concerned about offending any customers, offered an emphatic "no" when asked if he was a San Diego Chargers fan. But when the subject turned to LaDainian Tomlinson, his attitude was as pleasant as the Southern California weather. "How could you not like LaDainian? He's the best," he said. He wasn't the only one to share that attitude.

Race to the open field has begun - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 24, 2004 - For as long as quarterbacks have been throwing footballs, they have been schooled in the basic principle of the pass and catch. The open receiver is good. And right now in the Broncos' offense, no matter how the play was drawn, receiver Rod Smith simply is getting open more than anybody else.

Broncos remain empty-handed - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 24, 2004 - If the Denver Broncos defense had a theme song, it might be Empty Hands. After finishing next-to-last in takeaways last season, the team is at it again. Denver has forced only one turnover in two games, fewer than every NFL team except for Houston (one) and St. Louis (none).

Legwold: College not required to make grade in NFL - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 24, 2004 - They are graduates of sorts. No, they didn't ride in the homecoming parade, fill their autumn Saturdays with the soundtrack of marching bands or add any spice to century-old campus football rivalries. AdvertisementBut the NFL's smallest support group, at least after straightaway kickers anyway, are the graduates of the school of hard knocks, hard luck or hard choices. They never played college football and yet they have found their way to the NFL.

Phillips changes Chargers to 3-4 defensive alignment - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 24, 2004 - Last season San Diego gave up more touchdown passes (36) than any NFL defense had in 22 years. So Marty Schottenheimer made a change at defensive coordinator, replacing Dale Lindsey with Wade Phillips. And the former Denver head coach has changed the Chargers' scheme from a 4-3 to a 3-4.

Bronco 'D' not making grade on turnovers - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 24, 2004 - Joey Harrington. Tommy Maddox. Kyle Boller. Chris Chandler. Kordell Stewart. Rick Mirer. The list of young and/or unstable quarterbacks Denver's defense faced last year read like a cornerback's wish list. Yet the Broncos failed to pick off a single pass thrown by any of the above and finished with a total of nine interceptions for the second consecutive season.

Falling behind not way to win in NFL - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jim Trotter
September 23, 2004 - The Chargers keep stepping on the figurative gas pedal, but the offense won't go. At least not in the first quarter. Through two games, the unit has scored a total of three points in the opening quarter. Over its past 24 games, the offense has been shut out 10 times and limited to a field goal on eight other occasions in the opening period. The players knew the numbers were ugly, but hearing the particulars caused some of them to shake their heads or roll their eyes yesterday. It's not unlike having an anvil dropped on your foot to reinforce the notion of pain.

Reuben Droughns: The Tough Road Behind - DenverBroncos.com - Doug Collins
Thursday, September 23, 2004 - It's impossible to tell by looking at someone just what they've been through in life, and Reuben Droughns is no exception. You couldn't tell by looking at him that his childhood was bittersweet. You couldn't tell that his junior college life was scary and uncertain. You couldn't tell that he still burns to carry the ball on the one level he hasn't had a banner year of success. You couldn't tell that he would give, and has given, his own clothes to a homeless woman whom he considers to be, merely because of her age, superior to himself.

Opportunity Knocked for Palepoi -- Twice - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, September 23, 2004 - Unemployment didn't last long for defensive end Anton Palepoi. After the Seattle Seahawks chose to waive the 6-foot-3, 283-pound defensive end, he barely had a chance to ponder his future before two opportunities dropped into his lap. And in a twist of fate, both came out of the same Week 2 game.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Preview - Week 3 - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Thursday, September 23, 2004 - Injuries are a part of football. They always have been and always will be. But the rash of ailments the befell players in Week 2 of the NFL season went beyond being a part of the game. It was downright bizarre, as numerous top fantasy prospects got nicked up. From Deuce McAllister and Tommy Maddox to Kellen Winslow and Todd Heap, guys that were undoubtedly starters in your league are going to be on the shelf for awhile. That being said, one man's loss can be another man's gain.

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