Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - As the Broncos regrouped Monday after four days off, two injury questions loom. One will be addressed this week; the other still has a shroud of mystery around it. The health of safety John Lynch and defensive end Trevor Pryce is vital to the Broncos' road to the playoffs. Denver (6-3) is tied with San Diego for the AFC West lead with both teams coming off their bye and preparing for the final sprint. The Broncos, who play Sunday in New Orleans, have a good chance of getting Lynch back as they begin their playoff run. He did not practice Monday, but the team is hoping he'll be ready Wednesday for the first extensive day of practice this week.
Brown catches Bailey's praise - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey says it's no contest. Troy Brown's double-duty work is much more impressive than his. Brown, the diminutive New England Patriots receiver, is turning heads with his play the past two games. In addition to his job at wide receiver, Brown has been playing cornerback for the banged-up Patriots. Brown made his first interception Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Bailey is stunned by Brown's success. Earlier in the season, Bailey got some playing time at receiver for Denver. "What Troy is doing is much, much tougher than what I do," Bailey said. "To go from cornerback to receiver, you basically just use your athletic ability. But he has to get used to a different style of running and do it while covering. It's amazing."
He's a real tough catch - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 16, 2004 - Jake Plummer isn't taking this season lying down. The Denver Broncos quarterback has been sacked only seven times through nine games, which puts the team on pace for one of the league's all-time lowest figures and could possibly obliterate the team record of 22 set in 1971. Never mind that Plummer's playing behind an offensive line that this season introduced a new right tackle (George Foster) and put an experienced player at left tackle for the first time (Matt Lepsis). Plummer's season has amounted so far to a stand-up act.
Pads and all, Denver back in actio - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 16, 2004 - The Denver Broncos' mind-set switched Monday from the bye to the Bayou as the team, after four days off, resumed practice in preparation for Sunday's game in New Orleans. Denver (6-3) did about 45 minutes of full-pad drills, another half-hour of individual work and ran sprints. "It felt real good until that first hit," Broncos linebacker Al Wilson said. "Then it felt like Week 10, Week 11 all over again." The only player not in full uniform during the 10-minute period during which the media were allowed access to practice was defensive end Trevor Pryce, who already has been ruled out against the Saints (4-5).
Adams: For Broncos, 13-3 finish a long shot - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
November 16, 2004 - Do the Denver Broncos have it in them to run the table and finish the regular season 13-3? A 13-3 finish should guarantee the Broncos at least one home playoff game, something they haven't had since the 1998 season. A 13-3 finish also would mean Denver won its final eight regular-season games - which would be the Broncos' longest winning streak since they won the first 13 games of the '98 season. Each of the past five Super Bowl winners compiled regular-season winning streaks of five or more games during their championship season. New England won 12 consecutive regular-season games last season and had a five-game winning streak during its Super Bowl season in 2001. The Baltimore Ravens ended the regular season with seven wins in a row in 2000. And the St. Louis Rams had six- and seven-game winning streaks during their 1999 championship season.
Krieger: Shanahan on hot seat? Let's cool it - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
November 16, 2004 - So I'm watching one of the pregame shows on Sunday and, much to my surprise, I learn that Mike Shanahan is on the hot seat. There were five of them. In the wake of Dave Wannstedt, these were the coaches likely to go next. Shanahan was No. 5, evidently a last-minute replacement for Marty Schottenheimer, whose seat has suddenly cooled. Anyway, this was much to my surprise because Shanahan recently signed yet another lifetime contract while Pat Bowlen publicly pledged his undying devotion.
Tuesday Morning Quarterback: Best way to solve playoff math is to use division - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 16, 2004 - The Broncos now can lead the simple life. While they didn't lift a finger for football last weekend, other than to check their boarding passes as they found their way back to Denver after the bye week, they now know exactly how things can shake out in the AFC West over the final seven weeks of the season. That's because the Kansas City Chiefs removed themselves from the AFC West race in word and deed with a 27-20 loss Sunday in New Orleans. The loss dropped the Chiefs to 3-6, three games behind the Broncos and San Diego Chargers.
Broncos take aim at porous Saints - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 16, 2004 - The lyrics to the Louisiana Superdome's favorite song were unofficially changed for one day — Dec. 3, 2000 — when it was not the Saints but Mike Anderson who went marching in. Anderson, in a remarkable performance that sealed his Rookie of the Year season, rushed for a franchise-record 251 yards and four touchdowns to lead Denver to a victory in New Orleans that Sunday. The Broncos marched behind the ex-Marine to win seven of their final eight games to finish 11-5 and earn a playoff spot. This Sunday, Reuben Droughns will try to repeat the feat when the Broncos face a Saints defense ranked last in the NFL in total defense.
Lynch's status remains uncertain - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 16, 2004 - John Lynch was on the field with his helmet on Monday as the Denver Broncos returned to work following a bye week. And then the curtain was pulled. "I don't know," head coach Mike Shanahan said when asked about the safety's status for Sunday's game at New Orleans (11 a.m., Channel 4). Although Lynch was dressed out during the 10-minute warm-up period the media is allowed to watch, Shanahan said he did not practice. Head trainer Steve Antonopulos believes there is a chance Lynch will be ready to practice on Wednesday after missing the Houston game with a lower-back injury. Trevor Pryce has already been ruled out for Sunday's game as the defensive tackle's slow recovery from back surgery continues.
Kaiser fights buy-back offer - Daily Camera
November 16, 2004 - A former owner of the Denver Broncos who won a 1999 lawsuit seeking the right to buy a 10 percent stake in the team is fighting a proposal that would allow owner Pat Bowlen to buy the share back within two years. During a court hearing Monday, attorneys for former owner Edgar Kaiser said the buy-back proposal would unfairly penalize him because he wouldn't be guaranteed fair market value for the stake when Bowlen buys it back. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch said he planned to rule before the end of the year. Both sides are expected to appeal, so Matsch said he would put his ruling on hold until the case is resolved. Any change in ownership of the team would have to be approved by the National Football League.
Back to Work - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, November 15, 2004 - Monday afternoon, Broncos linebacker Al Wilson was refreshed, rested, rejeuvenated and ready to get back to work. He felt as if he'd rewound the clock back to the beginning of the season, before the repeated hits and physical strain of an NFL season exacted their unavoidable toll upon his body. Then a teammate smashed into him during practice on a day where the Broncos donned pads. "I felt real good, real good, until that first hit," Wilson said. "Then it felt like Week 10 or 11 all over again." A bye week can provide a few days off. It provides a welcome respite from the routine that developed over 16 weeks beginning with the opening of training camp in late July. But while four days away from Dove Valley can refresh the mind and the body, it's not enough to recharge one back to his state at the start of the regular season. But it does help.
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