Denver Broncos News Blogs - Wednesday, Sept. 14

Red zone and third down problems plagued the Denver Broncos in their opening game against Miami. Read about them in today's news reports.

Third down a short story - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/14/2005 - This shouldn't be difficult to fix. In their season-opening, 34-10 loss Sunday at Miami, the Broncos had only three problems offensively with third-down plays: third-and-short, third- and-medium, third-and-long. True, this created a fourth problem: three-and-out. Given the uncomplicated nature of their troubles, the solution should be obvious. "We need to do better on first and second downs," tight end Stephen Alexander said.

Brewster finds similar TE challenge in Duke - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/14/2005 - In planning meetings this week, Broncos defensive coaches didn't have to look far for someone to blame for what will be one of their biggest challenges Sunday: finding a way to cover Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates. First-year Denver tight ends coach Tim Brewster molded Gates from a college basketball player into an NFL playmaker. Brewster, who spent the past three years with San Diego, has found a similar project in Wesley Duke. The Broncos hope Duke is the next player to benefit under Brewster's tutelage. Duke may get some time to play the role of his prototype on the scout team this week as he helps prepare the Broncos for Sunday's game against the Chargers at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Role can rise without warning - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
09/14/2005 - Some weeks I have difficulty finding a journal-worthy event in my life. This past week there was no such problem. The most fascinating and stunning event was how I was needed to play a more significant role suddenly after Champ Bailey was injured in the season opener at Miami. The cliché "you're just one play away" rang true Sunday.

Schemes did not come true - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 14, 2005 - Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick always has called them "explosives." Those plays that take a run-of- the-mill showing and turn them into a runaway win. Those plays that take an afternoon's worth of work for a defense and bury it under the last impression made by a loss. And as the Broncos defense sorted through the rights and wrongs of Sunday's 34-10 loss against the Miami Dolphins, it found itself on the wrong side of two big plays. "And I appreciate what (coach) Mike (Shanahan) has said, trying to deflect some of it, that we played well for the most part, for three quarters, and that a couple plays were the difference," Broncos safety John Lynch said. "But those couple plays were the difference, and part of us growing as a defense is shutting those down. "They count in the end." They count, all right, far more than the rest.

Rookies help alleviate secondary concerns - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 14, 2005 - Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth talk all the time about the extensive action they've gotten so early in their NFL careers, from the preseason to the Denver Broncos' season-opening loss. And even though they're rookie defensive backs, the situation doesn't faze them much, even at this early juncture, given all they've already experienced.

Collier's baby is growing on the NFL - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 14, 2005 - Joe Collier remembers the artificial turf and one of his stars being carried off the field. And he remembers the timing being about as bad as it could be - the first play of the first game of the 1976 NFL season. But something that could have torn up the defense as badly as Lyle Alzado's knee proved to be just the opposite. "Instead, it was a blessing in disguise," Collier said. He was talking about the switch to the 3-4, a defense that, as the Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator, he had installed in training camp that summer but hadn't planned on using on a regular basis.

Offense woes go beyond Plummer - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 13, 2005 — Gus Frerotte's team is 1-0. Brian Griese's team is 1-0. And Jake Plummer's team is 0-1. Not a good start to the season for the latest Denver Broncos starting quarterback to play in the cold shadow of John Elway. Plummer completed 22 of 48 passes for 251 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's surprising 34-10 loss at Miami. After the pathetic performance, the Snake was asked a simple question: What happened? "Watch the film," he barked after a bad day at the office. Upon further review, Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan says he agrees with Rod Smith that Plummer's numbers don't tell the whole story.

Seeing Red - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - Sunday's game at Miami brought the chances for which the Broncos had been working throughout the offseason -- the opportunity to turn red-zone forays into touchdowns. But three of the four marches went astray. Two saw the Broncos shut out entirely; another saw Denver forced to settle for a Jason Elam field goal. It was not what the Broncos had in mind when they made efficiency inside the opponent's 20-yard-line a crtitical and repeated aspect of their offseason preparation. In two instances, the Broncos advanced inside the Miami 5-yard-line and came away with nothing to show for it.

Movin' On Up - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - Not long before the Broncos' final preseason contest against the Arizona Cardinals, Head Coach Mike Shanahan wanted to see Charlie Adams. A sense of dread washed over the wide receiver. He'd made the trip up to the coach's office before, and the treks had rarely resulted in anything good, as he'd been cut at various points in each of the previous three years -- at the close of training camp in 2002 and 2003, and a month into the regular season a year later. In spite of a stellar training camp and preseason, Adams braced himself for the worst.

Bronco Dan's Week 1 Fantasy Review - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - Week One wasn't exactly a big week for Denver with Jake Plummer and company held to just 10 points. But, despite not getting into the end zone, wide receiver Rod Smith proved once again that he is the go-to guy in Denver. So fantasy owners should be reassured that he will get plenty of touches in 2005. Grabbing seven passes for 90 yards, Smith was Plummer's primary target when the team needed a big catch against the Dolphins. For those who shied away from Smith because of his age, he's still the best receiver in Denver and has shown no signs of slowing down.

Broncos still seeing red in the red zone - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Tue, Sep. 13, 2005 - The Denver Broncos weren't very good inside the 20-yard line last season so they vowed to work on that all offseason. After a full offseason of work the Broncos were even worse near the goal line in their season opener Sunday against Miami. Their solution to the problem sounded familiar. "We're going to work on that," running back Mike Anderson said. "Don't beat us up too bad about that yet. We're going to correct that, trust me." More work might be the only answer because it is too late to make drastic personnel changes.

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