Plummer under scrutiny

In the first six games of the season, Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer threw a total of five interceptions. He's equaled that total in just the last two games and the next opponent, the Houston Texans lead the league in picks. But the Denver coaches still have full confidence in Plummer. Read about it in today's news reports.

Despite mistakes, coaches confident Plummer good fit - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, November 04, 2004 - Gary Kubiak is having a difficult time getting down on Jake Plummer. Sure, the Broncos' offensive coordinator knows the quarterback has thrown five interceptions the past two weeks, the only two-game losing streak for Plummer as a Denver starter. However, Kubiak also sees the positives from those two games. Despite the five interceptions, Plummer threw for a team-record 499 yards and had four touchdown passes Sunday in a 41-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Lynch speaks out about cheap hits - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, November 04, 2004 - Injured Broncos safety John Lynch fired off a warning Wednesday to Atlanta receiver Brian Finneran. In the Falcons' 41-28 victory Sunday, Finneran made a controversial block that knocked Lynch out of the game. Lynch suffered a stress fracture in his sacrum, a triangular bone located just above the tailbone, and likely will miss Sunday's game against Houston. The Broncos said Lynch would miss two to four weeks, but he was upgraded to doubtful against the Texans. Lynch said he's holding out hope he'll be healed enough to play. A number of Broncos called Finneran's block dirty, but Falcons coach Jim Mora defended the play, adding, "What goes around comes around." Lynch spoke publicly about the block for the first time Wednesday.

Houston quarterback playing on bum ankle - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, November 04, 2004 - Houston Texans quarterback David Carr is in the middle of the hottest stretch of his three-year career, but he might be a tad rusty for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Carr has an ankle injury and was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. While backup Tony Banks took snaps with the first-team offense, Carr threw on the side. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game and is expected to participate in a full practice Friday.

Vets, coach say character sound - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, November 04, 2004 - After consecutive self-destructive defeats, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he believes the character of his team will help it overcome the sloppy play and get back on track. That is the feeling in the locker room, where veteran leadership has taken over. Safety John Lynch said he and other veterans, including receiver Rod Smith, talked Wednesday morning and feel good about the mood of the team. The Broncos are 5-3 heading into Sunday's game against Houston at Invesco Field at Mile High. Often veterans call player- only meetings after a slump. However, Lynch doesn't think it's necessary.

Broncos know they need to put lot more heat on quarterbacks - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 4, 2004 - Send the house. Stay at home. It hasn't mattered the past two weeks. The Denver Broncos have gotten virtually no pressure on the two quarterbacks they have faced - Cincinnati's Carson Palmer and Atlanta's Michael Vick - either with a four-man rush or by blitzing during their two-game skid. They have recorded only two sacks despite those two opponents having faced 5 yards to go or longer on 22 of 26 third-down situations. But it is not just the sacks that are missing. The Broncos, by unofficial count, have recorded only two knockdowns the past two weeks and only a handful of pressures.

Lynch makes no bones about anger - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 4, 2004 - It might be a long wait for payback, but Denver Broncos safety John Lynch said he will be patient when it comes to Atlanta Falcons receiver Brian Finneran. Sunday, on a second-quarter run by Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick, Finneran blocked Lynch well away from the play, resulting in a fractured tailbone for Lynch. Lynch was angry enough following the play that, after the Broncos medical staff helped him up, he chased Finneran into the Falcons huddle to express his displeasure.

NFL injury report, November 4 - Rocky Mountain News
November 4, 2004 - NFL injury report, November 4

Lynch doesn't want to be ruled out yet - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 4, 2004 - John Lynch is hurting but in a hurry. Trevor Pryce is feeling better but staying patient. The Denver Broncos aren't planning on having either defensive starter available for Sunday's game against Houston at Invesco Field. Lynch is listed as doubtful on this week's injury report after sustaining a lower-back injury during the loss to Atlanta. The stubborn safety made it clear to the coaching staff that he doesn't want to be scratched from this Sunday's game just yet.

Plummer throwing wrench into the works - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 4, 2004 - With apologies to the brilliant screenplay writers of "Airplane" the movie, it looks like Jake Plummer picked the wrong week to quit throwing interceptions. The Denver Broncos quarterback, after committing a total of five picks during Denver's 5-1 start, has added five more interceptions to that total in back-to-back losses to underdogs Cincinnati and Atlanta. Plummer, whose turnover hat trick spoiled a career-high 499 yards passing and four touchdowns against the Falcons, will try to get the team back on the winning track this Sunday against Houston at Invesco Field. The Texans defense is tied for the NFL lead with 11 interceptions through seven games, including three by rookie cornerback Dunta Robinson.

With Lynch, the Spirit is More Than Willing - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, November 4, 2004 - John Lynch's heart tells him he can play through the pain of a stress fracture in his sacrum. His mind tells him there's a chance; he's listed as doubtful on the injury report, meaning he hasn't been completely ruled out for Sunday's game. But when he endured a pair of fitful nights after absorbing a second-quarter hit from Atlanta's Brian Finneran on Sunday, he wasn't sure that even a slim chance would exist.

Pryce: Playing the Waiting Game - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - A visit to the doctor's office on Friday will help determine whether defensive lineman Trevor Pryce can return to the field by the Nov. 21 game at New Orleans, which is the Broncos' first contest after their Week 10 bye. "Friday, I'll know whether I'm playing after this bye week," Pryce said. "I will not know until Friday. Friday (the doctor will) tell me. He'll say, 'See (you) in four weeks,' or 'Get ready to go.'" Early in October, Pryce set Halloween as a target date for a potential return following the back injury he suffered in Week 1 against kansas City. But Oct. 31 has come and gone, and Pryce is now listed as "out" on the injury report and was one of just two players to not practice on Wednesday afternoon (safety John Lynch was the other).

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