Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and son Kyle will be on opposite sidelines Sunday. Kyle is an offensive quality control coach with the Bucs. One of the highlights of his life came walking the sideline with his father in perhaps his biggest win. Sunday, though, Kyle Shanahan will be walking the opposite sideline from his father. He doesn't know what to make of it.
Battering duo revives defense - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - Champ Bailey is the best cover cornerback in the game, a player so vastly skilled that, if time permitted, he could be one of the best receivers in the business, too. Al Wilson, meanwhile, is the best middle linebacker north, south or west of Baltimore. Then there's Trevor Pryce, who gets double-teamed from the moment he steps off the bus, whose mere presence in the lineup changes game plans. So, with all that talent on the same side of the ball, who's the key to the Broncos' defense?
Coach sticking with Griffin amid grumbles, fumbles - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - Mike Shanahan stood by running back Quentin Griffin on Monday in the wake of the team's worst rushing performance in Shanahan's 10-year reign as Broncos coach. Shanahan gave no hint that a change in the backfield is in the offing. In Denver's 23-13 victory over San Diego on Sunday, the Broncos gained just 37 yards on the ground, and Griffin gained 7 yards on 12 carries - an 0.6-yard average. He also lost a fumble for the third consecutive game. The mild, mild AFC West - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - On a defense that has been better than advertised, a rookie has been standing out among a veteran-filled unit. First-round pick D.J. Williams is becoming a major cog in a new-look defense that is ranked No. 2 overall in the NFL heading into Monday's Dallas-Washington game. Williams, the 17th pick in April's draft, has become an instant impact player since taking over as a starter in the second preseason game.
Pittman's return timely - Denver Post
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - Tampa Bay's Charlie Garner will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the patella tendon in his right knee, another blow to an already injury-riddled offense. The 11th-year running back was carted off the field during the second quarter of Sunday night's 30-20 loss at Oakland, a defeat that dropped the Bucs to 0-3 for the first time since 1996.
Cleaning up their act - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 28, 2004 - The Denver Broncos defense has been down this path before, with glittering statistics and brimming confidence. But there's something lacking, too, these days, which points to perhaps greater sustained success than its predecessors if the Broncos don't veer off course. After Monday night's game, the Broncos were ranked No. 1 leaguewide in total defense at 236 yards per game.
Offense seeks long gains in short game - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 28, 2004 - The Broncos won Sunday by 10 points and quarterback Jake Plummer had his best day in a Denver uniform - 294 passing yards and two touchdowns - yet the team continues to struggle on third down. That is something Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said will continue to get his attention this week.
Krieger: Dose of luck eases learning pains on 'D' - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 28, 2004 - Larry Coyer didn't sugarcoat it. His rookie linebacker got lucky Sunday, or he'd be on all the talk shows this week, personally or in absentia. "That's learning," the Broncos defensive coordinator said. "And we survived. We got a free lesson, let's put it that way." On the play in question, in the last 2 minutes of the first half, D.J. Williams, the Broncos' first-round draft pick and starting weak-side linebacker, found himself in man coverage on Tim Dwight, the Chargers receiver and former Iowa track star.
Tuesday Morning Quarterback: Ingredients are there, Broncos just need recipe - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 28, 2004 - Didn't the Broncos just do this? Run a finger down the current résumé of their upcoming opponent and you'll find a top 10 defense and a bottom 10 offense — and in Florida, no less. Yes, the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-0) made the Broncos one of the surprising notches on their win belt two weekends ago. The Jaguars' defense, ranked No. 8 heading into the Washington-Dallas game Monday night, was just more than enough to counter their No. 32 offense in a 7-6 win against Denver on Sept. 19.
Injuries devastate Bucs - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 28, 2004 - Call it the curse of Keyshawn Johnson. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, less than two years removed from a dominant Super Bowl run, have been ravaged by defections and injuries on offense this season.
Broncos take bad with the good - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 28, 2004 - There is nothing wrong with the Denver Broncos. At least nothing Mike Shanahan felt like talking about during his Monday press conference. The head coach wanted to enjoy a 23-13 victory over San Diego and field questions about one of Jake Plummer's better days. "But I know you guys need something to write about," Shanahan said to beat writers when the questions about Quentin Griffin, third-down conversions and the red zone started.
Bucs Will `Lean' On Reinstated Pittman - Tampa Tribune - Katherine Smith
Sep 28, 2004 - Coach Jon Gruden gave running back Michael Pittman a list of things to work on while he was away from the team. Apparently, timing was one of them. Pittman's return Monday from a three-game league suspension for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy coincides with the announcement that starting tailback Charlie Garner is lost for the season with a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. The Bucs (0-3) are hoping the return of last year's leading rusher will boost a struggling offense.
Monday Notebook: After Southpaw Toss, Plummer's Numbers Soar - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 27, 2004 - Jake Plummer's left-handed interception that he tossed early in the third quarter of the Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs was more than just what the quarterback would later admit was a "stupid" throw. It was a turning point. Plummer hasn't thrown an interception since, and has three touchdown passes in the nine-plus quarters of game action that have followed. His passer rating after the southpaw jump toss was 50.0; since it is 100.9, as he has completed 55 of 85 passes (64.7 percent) for 675 yards.
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