Running back battle looms

With Denver Broncos running backs Mike Anderson and Quentin Griffin fully recovered from injuries, a four way battle is shaping up for next year's starter. Read more about the injured Broncos coming off injured reserve and their potential to challenge Reuben Droughns and Tatum Bell (in photo).

Putting best feet four-ward - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 12, 2005 - It's the same old math for the Denver Broncos. There is one ball. And, in coach Mike Shanahan's 10-year tenure, that ball has been handed to one running back an average of 292.9 times, a total that has gone as high as 392 times to Terrell Davis in 1998 and as low as 175 times to Mike Anderson in 2001. A big part of the Broncos' off-season decision-making about the offense will be deciding which of the team's - count them - four running backs will move to the front of the line. Each of the four - Anderson, Quentin Griffin, Tatum Bell and Reuben Droughns - believes he is the man for the job.

Lincicome: Nothing as it seems with Shanny - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
January 12, 2005 - In Shanny we trust. Well, what other choice is there? Mike Shanahan is the Denver Broncos. He will be the Denver Broncos as long as he cares to be. The Broncos were better than their record, so he said. Should have won 12 or 13 games, he said. Go figure, he said. Can't argue with any of that. The Broncos could have won 17 games if they hadn't lost seven.

No shakeup for Broncos - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - The best coaching Jake Plummer ever received about playing quarterback in Denver was planted in his ear by the wisest football man in town. "I told him: Just beware. Because when you're the quarterback of the Broncos, people are going to love you and they're going to hate you. That's just part of the deal in Denver. People are going to expect the world out of you," John Elway recalled recently.

Gibbs' grievance against club goes before arbitrator - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - Former Broncos secondary coach David Gibbs' grievance against the team took a step toward resolution Tuesday during a conference call with an NFL arbitrator. The Broncos and Gibbs' attorneys stated their cases, and Gibbs' lawyers will present briefs next week. The Broncos will have until the end of the month to present theirs. A decision should be made next month.

Ranking the team, top to bottom - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - With a second consecutive 10-6 season and one-game trip to the playoffs in the books, it is time to look at the future for the Broncos. The team will spend the next two months crafting its plan. Most of the time will be spent evaluating the players from the 2004 team, then planning for free agency and the draft. March and April will be spent putting that plan into action. As the Broncos prepare their evaluations, NFL writer Bill Williamson ranks the top 53 players on the team roster, based on value, importance and talent.

No Broncos in the Hall in 2005 - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - No former Broncos will join John Elway in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. The Hall released its list of 2005 finalists Tuesday, and not one Broncos player was among the finalists for the first time since 2002. Linebacker Randy Gradishar (1974-83) and offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman (1993-97) were on the semifinalist list that was released in November. Both Zimmerman and Gradishar were finalists in recent years -- Zimmerman in 2004 and 2003 and Gradishar two years ago. They had survived the cutdown from 89 preliminary nominees announced in October.

2004 Review: The First Quarter - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - The Broncos were hobbling even before the start of the season. Mike Anderson was already on injured reserve, sidelined with a torn groin. Luther Elliss tore his pectoral muscle and missed the season opener. And the start of the regular season didn't bring any abatement to the injuries. First, defensive lineman Trevor Pryce left midway through the 34-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs; he wouldn't return to game action until the next calendar year. Then cornerback Lenny Walls dislocated his right shoulder; he wouldn't return until October and would never play without pain in 2004; two re-dislocations later, his year ended on injured reserve. Yet the Broncos still managed to break out to a solid 3-1 start to open the year.

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