Broncos News Briefs - Friday, Oct. 8

Running back Quentin Griffin was withheld from practice again on Thursday and is still questionable for Sunday's game. Carolina Panthers running back Stephen Davis says only a natural disaster will keep him from playing against the Denver Broncos. Also in today's news - the Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey trade is working out well for the Broncos.

Broncos riding high on Bailey-Portis trade - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, October 08, 2004 - In our nation's capital, the Clinton Portis era began with a blaze of glory and a 64-yard touchdown run. It has been downhill since for a foundering Washington Redskins team that has lost three consecutive games. In the Mile High City, the Champ Bailey honeymoon remains in full bloom. The Broncos' pass defense is ranked second in the league, and the Pro Bowl cornerback has been as good as advertised.

Denver hopeful Griffin will play - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, October 08, 2004 - Quentin Griffin wanted to go to work Thursday. The Broncos didn't think it wise because of the full contact at practice. So they compromised. The Broncos' starting tailback did some running and cutting on the practice field to test a sprained ankle suffered on his final carry of Sunday's 16-13 victory over Tampa Bay.

Davis will be ready vs. Broncos - Denver Post
Friday, October 08, 2004 - Carolina Panthers running back Stephen Davis said Thursday only a natural disaster would keep him from playing this weekend against the Broncos. When first questioned about his availability for Sunday's game, Davis grinned and said, "I won't know until Sunday." But when pushed on the topic and asked what would keep him from playing, Davis replied, "A hurricane. Maybe a tornado or something."

Sunshine slate - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, October 08, 2004 - I was amazed by a stat you recently revealed: the Broncos have only won two regular-season games in Florida. Which games did they win?

Rules leave a state of confusion - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 8, 2004 - Larry Coyer has been coaching football since his current boss, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, was 13 years old. So when Denver's defensive coordinator endeavored to identify the last change in football's grand rule book that really, truly helped a defense, he leafs through a Rolodex of memories that goes back almost four decades. Coyer thought for a moment, took a short puff on his pipe and said: "Well, I can't remember one."

Elam putting best foot forward on long field goals - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 8, 2004 - A little R&R has helped kicker Jason Elam wear out Denver Broncos opponents. Elam has gone 6-for-7 this season on field-goal attempts beyond 40 yards, his only miss a 51-yarder at Jacksonville on Sept. 19 that fell short. That success from long distance has only built upon the gains he has made since ceding kickoff duties to Micah Knorr after the New England game in Week 8 of the 2002 season.

Portis: Media made me look bad - Rocky Mountain News
October 8, 2004 - After several days of hearing his words rebuked by his own team, Clinton Portis was in no mood to talk. "I've got nothing to say," the Washington Redskins running back said as he walked by reporters Thursday. "The media made me look bad." Coach Joe Gibbs, assistant Joe Bugel and quarterback Mark Brunell this week publicly contradicted Portis, whose comments following Sunday's loss at Cleveland have been perceived as a slight against Gibbs' offense.

Legwold: Using best defense, coaches state case - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 8, 2004 - Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham always tells the story with a smile on his face. A story about the interviews he has had to take the big step in the NFL - to go from being a coordinator to head coach. A story about all the questions he has been asked by those who make the decisions. And there's one question usually missing from the list. "They don't ever ask you what kind of defense you're going to run," Cunningham said. "There is a mind-set from the start about offense, and a defensive coach has to overcome that right from the beginning."

Most Super Bowl champions realize they are becoming a much tougher act to follow - Rocky Mountain News
October 8, 2004 - Denver Broncos safety John Lynch, who played on a Super Bowl champion in Tampa Bay that didn't make the playoffs the next season, believes there is a reason only one team — the Broncos — has won consecutive Super Bowls in the salary-cap era. Success breeds copycats. AdvertisementEspecially in this day and age, when every coaching staff in the NFL spends much of the off-season going over with a fine-tooth comb what worked leaguewide.

Hape making most of opportunity - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 8, 2004 - Patrick Hape has two receptions and two touchdowns this season, but the tight end's pass-catching skills will never be called perfect in the Denver Broncos' locker room. "His yards after the catch is trash," Rod Smith pointed out. "His yards after the catch is probably like 1.2 yards."

RBs Bell, Droughns ready for their turns - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 8, 2004 - After the season-opening victory against Kansas City, the only concern Broncos fans seemed to have about the running game was Quentin Griffin tipping off plays. Denver cruised to a 34-24 victory over the Chiefs behind 156 yards on the ground and three total touchdowns from Griffin. The next day the Broncos received calls from people who thought that when Q had his mouthpiece in it meant he was getting the ball and when he didn't it meant Jake Plummer was going to pass.

Thursday Notebook: Griffin Sits Out - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 7, 2004 - The t-shirt and shorts that Quentin Griffin wore as he strode onto the Broncos' practice fields Thursday foretold his status for the length of the Broncos' afternoon practice. Griffin sat out for a second consecutive day, as Head Coach Mike Shanahan elected to hold the second-year running back out from the day's work, during which the Broncos donned pads as they continued preparing for the Carolina Panthers.

Nick Ferguson: The Poet Has Found a Home - - Doug Collins
Thursday, October 7, 2004 - He can hit you with a rhyme as easily as he can hit you with his shoulder pad. He can recite entire passages from movies or entire pages from the Broncos playbook. In a modern era where football players are sometimes considered daft, Broncos safety Nick Ferguson shatters that assessment. He is a Renaissance Man. He may have the body of a warrior, but his soul is that of a poet. But the dream that has dominated him is one that he continues to chase.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Preview: Week 5 - - Bronco Dan
Thursday, October 7, 2004 - Coming off a one-catch, three-yard performance at Tampa Bay, Ashley Lelie seems like an unlikely selection. But that's where looking at just the stats only tells you part of the story. Anybody that watched the game knows that the Broncos threw the ball in Lelie's direction on a number of occasions, as Jake Plummer was airing it out more than normal. On one play, he just barely overthrew a wide open Lelie. And on another, he drew a big pass interference penalty. Thus, I have a sense that Denver is going to continue to open up their offense, looking for a few more big plays down the field. And when they do, Lelie will be the primary beneficiary.

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