Broncos News Briefs - Saturday, Oct. 30

The subject of chop blocking has been the hot topic this week, and the Denver Broncos will get to see how their opponent does it on Sunday. Former Denver line coach Alex Gibbs is now teaching the technique to the Atlanta Falcons. Read about it in today's news reports.

Mile High block party - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 30, 2004 - It's time to see how the other half lives or, more precisely, the other 96.9 percent. The Denver Broncos have heard it all before, and again this week, from many of the league's other 31 teams that their cut- blocking scheme crosses the line. Sunday, Denver's defensive linemen get to make their own assessments against the Atlanta Falcons at Invesco Field at Mile High . The Falcons' lighter, quicker offensive line and the scheme it's asked to execute appear to be a carbon copy of the Broncos' blocking unit. It's easy to ascertain why the two are so similar: Offensive line guru Alex Gibbs joined Atlanta in January after spending the past nine seasons in Denver and 15 years total alongside Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.

Competition committee will look at cut blocks - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 30, 2004 - Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee, said Friday he expects cut blocks similar to the one Broncos tackle George Foster made on Cincinnati defensive tackle Tony Williams on Monday to get a look by the committee this off-season. "We will look at all injuries, we'll look at all blocking schemes, we'll look at the play in detail, I'm sure . . . ," Fisher said. "When you have an instance that happens once every so often, you have to be careful about changing the rules, and in this case, in my opinion, there should be some disciplinary action taken at the league level."

NFL injury report, October 30 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 30, 2004 - NFL injury report, October 30

Friday Notebook: Luke's New Duty - - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 29, 2004 - This time, Triandos Luke knows precisely what he's getting into. Luke had little game-time familiarity with punt returning before the Broncos asked him to assume the duties on Oct. 3 at Tampa Bay. But he possesses more experience on kickoff returns, a task he assumes in the wake of Quentin Griffin's season-ending knee injury and Reuben Droughns' ascension to the first-team running back slot. Luke filled in on kickoff returns after Griffin was injured Monday night, returning two kicks for 35 yards.

Broncology: This, That and the Other - - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 29, 2004 - A little bit of this, a dash of that and a pinch of the other and we scrape the bottom of the proverbial saucepan looking for statistical nuggets -- some revelant, some not: ... Maybe there's just something about playing against the Bengals for Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer. In his two games at Cincinnati since joining the Broncos, Plummer has 336 yards, one touchdown against five interceptions and a 41.6 passer efficiency rating.

Ellis Johnson Answers Your Questions - - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 29, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Broncos defensive lineman Ellis Johnson. When the Denver Broncos acquired Johnson in a trade with Atlanta for a 2005 conditional draft pick on Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, they picked up an exceptional force on the defensive front. In 136 career games prior to joining the Broncos, Johnson has 532 tackles (243 solo), 48 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Nate Jackson: Freestylin' Through Life - - Doug Collins
Friday, October 29, 2004 - Nate Jackson—college graduate, veteran Denver Broncos wide receiver, improbable professional football player…and freestyler? Some Broncos fans might look at this last line with a little surprise, some, who haven't been introduced into the free-flowing, improvisational rhyming style of modern hip hop and rap, might look at in consternation. But to Jackson, who has always gone with the flow of his life, looks at it with pride. As he talks about the band that he belongs to, the one where his stage name is "Jack Nasty," he smiles and talks with pride of the music he makes.

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