Thu, Aug. 25, 2005 — Watching them in training camp, it looked like the problem was over for the Denver Broncos. They stripped the ball, recovered fumbles, deflected passes into teammates' hands. In short, the defense was a turnover machine. Once the games started, though, it was the same old story. The Broncos are the only team in the NFL that has yet to create a turnover this preseason. "We can't hide from it," defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. "You have to start getting them in games." The Broncos had the fourth-ranked defense in 2004 but was fourth-lowest in the league in creating turnovers with 20. That put the offense on a long field much of the time and helps explain how the Broncos ranked fifth in overall offense but only 10th in touchdowns scored.
Anderson in position to be Broncos' lead back - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Wed, Aug. 24, 2005 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan usually uses one back, a "stud buffalo" as he once called it, to take almost all of the carries at tailback. This year three backs - Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne - have played well enough in preseason to seemingly deserve a shot at some carries in the regular season. Will there be a running back by committee this season? The No.2 back, Bell, isn't expecting it.
Colts using Broncos game as regular-season test - San Luis Obispo Tribune - Michael Marot, AP
Thu, Aug. 25, 2005 - When the Indianapolis Colts look at the Denver Broncos, they see the team they'll face in the season opener: the Baltimore Ravens. Both the Broncos and the Ravens prefer running first, passing second, and try to overpower opponents. Both teams are considered playoff contenders and create hostile environments for visitors. Not surprisingly, the Colts will use Saturday night's preseason game at Denver as a test run for their regular-season opener at Baltimore.
the way - Denver Post - Mike Klis
Thursday, Aug. 25 - Maybe someday, if all goes contrary to recent NFL playoff history, the Broncos will look back and call it The Draft That Stopped Peyton Manning. Better make that neutralized Peyton Manning. Stopped is too strong a word for any opponent, much less the Broncos, to use regarding Manning, arguably the NFL's best pure passer today.
to test Broncos - Denver Post - Thomas George
Thursday, Aug. 25 - The Colts and Broncos have this snug thing going where they are not quite family, not particularly strong friends, but somehow keep connecting. For the Broncos, it has been a fatal attraction.
probably sidelined until opener - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, Aug. 25 - The Broncos have decided star cornerback Champ Bailey will spend the next 17 days dedicated to rehabilitating a pesky hamstring injury. Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday in all likelihood Bailey will miss the team's final two preseason games in hopes of being ready for the regular- season opener against Miami at Dolphins Stadium on Sept. 11.
New look will get an Indy test drive -
Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Thursday, Aug. 25 - The Denver Broncos have crunched the numbers, all right. Crunched them while grinding their teeth and setting their jaw for much of the off-season. It was the Indy Horror Picture Show after all: 458 passing yards for Peyton Manning, 221 receiving yards for Reggie Wayne, one sack, one interception.
Hamstring injury may leave Bailey left out -
Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
Thursday, Aug. 25 - It's official: Champ Bailey really is a shut-down cornerback. Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Bailey's lingering left hamstring injury likely will keep the defender out of the two remaining preseason games, beginning Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Bailey likely will sit out preseason -
Boulder Daily Camera - Ryan Thornburn
Thursday, Aug. 25 - Revenge is a dish best served in January. Champ Bailey would love nothing more than to get another chance to face Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis offense on a national stage, but it won't be in Saturday's exhibition game at Invesco Field (6 p.m., Channel 4).
Time Running Out for Colts -
Sun - Sentinel - Charles Bricker
Thursday, Aug. 25 - Last season was, by almost everyone's standards, another successful year for Tony Dungy, who coached a team to the NFL playoffs for the sixth year in a row.
Thursday, Aug. 25 - Not wanting to aggravate the hamstring injury that has kept the All-Pro cornerback sidelined the past two weeks, Head Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that Bailey could miss more that Saturday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. "What we're going to try to do is get it healed up before he plays," Shanahan said. "Chances are, he probably won't even play in preseason."
Marques Anderson: Relieved to Be a Bronco - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, Aug. 25 - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - Marques Anderson started 11 games last year, was second on the Oakland Raiders in total tackles with 72 and entered this summer's training camp in what he felt would be prime position to fully establish himself as the Raiders' No. 1 strong safety for years to come. "All the way up until camp I was their guy," the newest member of the Denver Broncos said Wednesday, "and for some odd reason, it just all changed." The return of Derrick Gibson -- who missed all of 2004 with a shoulder injury -- crowded up the Raiders' safety field. Anderson, whom the team acquired after Gibson suffered the injury, was soon the odd man out of the mix. "I asked for the release," Anderson said.
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