Denver Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, Sept. 15

Quarterback Jake Plummer may be the center of attention as the Denver Broncos take on a San Diego Chargers team that was suspect on pass defense last week. Read about Plummer as well as updates on injured Broncos Champ Bailey and Mike Anderson in today's news reports.

Plummer shoulders big role - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/15/2005 - Chatter inside a football locker room often downplays the importance the outside world places on the quarterback. The quarterback gets too much blame. The quarterback gets too much credit. In a game in which 22 players are on the field at one time, often too much attention is paid to the quarterback. Sorry to do this, Jake Plummer, but this week, of all weeks, the enormous expectations placed on the quarterback may be justified. Run through the scenarios as the Broncos play their home opener Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, and the importance of their quarterback's play can't be overstated. This may be one game when Plummer not only is asked to help manage his team to victory, he might have to win it.

Anderson sees time in practice - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/15/2005 - Mike Anderson's road to playing Sunday isn't exactly an expressway, but the banged-up tailback is moving in the right direction. Anderson was on the field the first part of practice, and coach Mike Shanahan said Anderson took some snaps with the scout team Wednesday as the Broncos began field preparations for Sunday's game against San Diego at Invesco Field at Mile High. "He looked good," Shanahan said of Anderson, who missed all but two series of the Broncos' 34-10 defeat at Miami with a rib injury. Anderson, along with star left cornerback Champ Bailey, was listed as questionable on the injury report, and Shana- han said both will be re-evaluated Friday. Anderson has maintained he will be ready to play against the Chargers. Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne will carry the load if Anderson can't play. Bailey didn't practice Wednesday afternoon, but took part in other team activities. His availability likely will be determined on game day.

Chargers keen on old WR - Denver Post - Thomas George
09/15/2005 - You are Keenan McCardell. This is your 14th NFL season. You have played in 183 NFL games, 152 of them starts. You have two Super Bowl rings. You are with your fifth NFL team, currently the San Diego Chargers. You line up on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High and your adversary on occasion is Domonique Foxworth or Darrent Williams. Both are rookies. Both have one game of NFL experience. If you are McCardell, you are asking for every pass. If you are Foxworth or Williams, you might request a sling and a stone.

Time again to cross golden Gates - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 15, 2005 - Two years ago, before Antonio Gates was Antonio Gates, Pro Bowl tight end for the San Diego Chargers, he was inactive in Week 1 and faced the Denver Broncos the next week. His line in what turned out to be his NFL debut: 0 catches, 0 yards. The Broncos would be happy for a little déjà vu when Gates comes off the roster exempt list for his first game of the 2005 season Sunday (2:15 p.m., Invesco Field at Mile High, CBS 4). They also are not counting on it.

Don't expect holding pattern - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 15, 2005 - Call it the LaDainian theorem. The San Diego Chargers lost 28-24 to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Because . . . their last possession of the game ended on the Cowboys 7-yard line after do-it-all running back LaDainian Tomlinson carried the ball only once - it was negated by a penalty - in San Diego's last 12 plays of the game. So . . . "Oh, believe me, he's going to get his touches this week," Broncos defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban said. "No question about that. Especially with what happened Sunday."

Bailey, Anderson haven't been counted out just yet - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 15, 2005 - The answer is expected Friday. While it's doubtful Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan will raise a flag to announce if cornerback Champ Bailey and running back Mike Anderson will play Sunday, he and the players will know a lot more Friday. "I would say on Friday, I should be able to give you an idea," Shanahan said. Bailey, who dislocated his left shoulder on the first play of the second half in a loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins, did not practice Wednesday. Anderson, who pulled some rib cartilage early in the game against the Dolphins, was limited in practice.

Chargers may be just what Broncos need - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 15, 2005 — Sometimes answering stupid questions is part of the lucrative work of coaching and playing in the NFL. After the Broncos suffered a 34-10 loss at Miami to begin the regular season, Denver head coach Mike Shanahan was asked if he was surprised by the result. "Yeah," Shanahan said through gritted teeth after the franchise's worst opening-day defeat in 39 years.

Williams prepares to step in for Bailey - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 15, 2005 — Darrent Williams will play in front of the Broncos' home fans in a regular-season game for the first time on Sunday. The rookie cornerback is preparing to do it as a starter. Denver head coach Mike Shanahan said Champ Bailey's status will not be known until Friday at the earliest. The Pro Bowl cornerback did not practice on Wednesday after dislocating his left shoulder in the 34-10 loss at Miami. "I have to come in and step up," Williams said. "Champ told me to be ready. Big shoes to fill."

Contingency Plan - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - When Lenny Walls looks at the fellow first-string cornerback whose locker stall sits nearby, he sees a cornerback who might be able to play this week in spite of suffering a dislocated shoulder. "He's probably going to be more ready than people think," Walls said of Champ Bailey, who did not practice Wednesday and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. "He's a fast healer." And according to Walls, Bailey is doing far more -- and doing it faster -- than he could when he dislocated his shoulder in the 2004 season opener.

Notebook: Anderson Gets Some Work - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - Mike Anderson didn't go through the full practice on Wednesday, but he did see some work during an afternoon practice session that kicked off the Broncos' preparations for the San Diego Chargers. "He didn't take any reps with the offense; he ran a couple of plays on scout team," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "He looked pretty good." Anderson is officially listed as questionable on the injury report, which was issued Wednesday afternoon. "Hopefully there's no setback," Shanahan said, "but our plan is to try to practice him on Friday, and we'll wait and see how he does."

Broncos' Lynch knows a big game when he sees it - North County Times - Michael Klitzing
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - Being the cerebral Torrey Pines High grad that he is, Denver Broncos safety John Lynch knows that division titles are never won in Week 2.But for a pair of teams coming off disappointing openers, the importance of Sunday's AFC West showdown between the Broncos and Chargers in Denver can hardly be discounted. The Broncos will not only be shooting for their first win of 2005, they must try to overcome the shock of a 34-10 blowout loss at the hands of the supposedly sad-sack Miami Dolphins.The veteran Lynch has a pretty good idea of what's at stake. "I think we expected better," he said of his team's performance in Miami. "Much like the Chargers, I think it puts more importance on this game. We just want to come out and play well, play the way we're capable of playing and get a win." Getting a win would be huge for both teams. Starting off 0-2 would be a serious setback in one of the NFL's most competitive divisions.

Broncos' defense under the gun - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Wed, Sep. 14, 2005 - The Denver Broncos have insisted all week that their nightmare season-opening loss at Miami was nothing to overreact to, and the same goes for their defensive line's performance in that game. The statistics don't show it, but Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said he was pleased with the pass rush the defensive line had against the Dolphins. The Broncos' rebuilt defensive line, which is under scrutiny because it included four former Cleveland Browns linemen, got no sacks in its first game. Coyer said the defensive backs weren't aggressive enough, which meant the linemen didn't have a chance to sack the quarterback. Many times Dolphins quarterback Gus Frerotte took a short drop, hit a receiver just past the line of scrimmage and the receiver maneuvered downfield for a decent gain.

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