Denver Broncos News Blogs - Tuesday, Sept. 20

Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson will remain the starter, according to coach Mike Shanahan, despite a strong game by Ron Dayne agaisnt the Chargers. Read more in today's news reports.

Dayne delivers when needed - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
9/20/2005 — The letters were stacked in two organized piles in front of Denver Broncos running back Ron Dayne's locker. One pile was from adoring fans who worshipped him at Wisconsin, the other from admiring groupies from his stint with the New York Giants. "I just like to go through it," Dayne said as he picked up a stack of letters. "I haven't answered (them) in a while, and it's piling up." Dayne should get the pile whittled down now as opposed to later. After his performance Sunday, the next batch from Denver fans may be arriving any day.

Dayne delivers when needed - Kansas City Star - Randy Covitz
Tue, Sep. 20, 2005 — The Broncos have added another model to their assembly line of high-speed running backs. Remember Ron Dayne? Former Heisman Trophy winner. Still the NCAA's all-time rushing leader from Wisconsin. Former first-round bust of the New York Giants. Dayne, 27, may have some years on him now, but not much mileage. And when the sputtering Broncos offense needed some acceleration in Sunday's 20-17 victory over San Diego, Dayne supplied the horsepower in the grand tradition of Denver running backs.

Clutch but not consistent - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/20/2005 - The Broncos' offense last left their fans with the high-fiving and back-slapping of another game-winning Jason Elam field goal, the hard-driving running of Ron Dayne and a gutsy decision - and execution - of going for it on fourth down. All of the above were signs of winning offensive football as Denver evened its record at 1-1 with a come-from-behind, 20-17 victory over visiting San Diego on Sunday. However, the good times and strong finish can't disguise what happened before Denver's clutch offensive play. The Broncos were inconsistent in the first three quarters against the Chargers and in a 34-10 loss at Miami in the season opener.

Denver walking fine line - Denver Post - Denver walking fine line
09/20/2005 - The stench from the Miami opener has been replaced by normal breathing and optimism among the Broncos. Beating the Chargers prevented open wounds from infecting. It gives the Broncos a pleasant reprieve. It gives them a chance to look forward to butting heads with Kansas City here Monday night with the nation watching. A chance to match the Chiefs and give both 2-1 records. A chance to fix the offense, boost the special teams and continue to push the defense to center stage. Based on their second-half showing against the Chargers, one of the most dominant you will see by a defense in the NFL this season, the Broncos' defensive players know they have the ingredients to become everything they imagined. Now comes the tricky part of coalescing on and of the field and making this defense, this team, these coaches and players, one impenetrable unit.

Fans to enjoy role in "MNF" telecast - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/20/2005 - "Monday Night Football" may not realize what it's asking. ABC, the program's television network, is urging Broncos fans who attend Monday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Invesco Field at Mile High to participate in the show's opening tease. Instead of Hank Williams Jr. or other celebrities beginning the opening with, "Are you ready for some football?" ABC will coordinate about 75,000 Broncos fans into reciting the line in unison. ABC decided to start its fan participatory brainchild with the Broncos-Chiefs game because the national perception is Denver football fans are considered among the NFL's best.

Warren report: Offense will click - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
09/20/2005 - Finally, Gerard Warren was going to a team that could put some points on the board. Or so he thought. The scoreboard claims otherwise. Warren's new team through two games: 30 points. Warren's old team, the Browns, through two games: 39 points. No matter. Warren went out of his way after Sunday's victory over the Chargers to profess patience in the Broncos' shaky offense. "To have the offense clicking on long drives and keeping us off the field, that would be good," Warren said. "But in this game, anything can happen. It's an interesting ride. We're going to get this thing clicking all the way, on both sides of the ball."

Dayne may carry on - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 20, 2005 - Ron Dayne was sitting at his locker Monday at Denver Broncos headquarters. In both hands, he clasped a stack of fan mail. Boy, that was fast. Actually, the well-wishers weren't Broncos fans; the letters emanated from Dayne's previous career stops at the University of Wisconsin and the New York Giants. But give it a few days. The fan-mail addresses soon might have Colorado ZIP codes given Dayne's contribution to a 20-17 Denver victory Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. And a bigger workload might also be headed Dayne's way, especially considering the nicks currently bothering fellow running backs Mike Anderson (ribs) and Tatum Bell (left ankle sprain).

Bailey not feeling much pain after getting big interception - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold And Lee Rasizer
September 20, 2005 - Though he had only one arm functioning at 100 percent, Champ Bailey still was able to help lift the Denver Broncos to their first victory of the season Sunday. And the day after he returned an interception 25 yards for a game-changing touchdown, Bailey said his ailing left shoulder came through just fine.

Elway, NFL stars anchor charge for Katrina relief - Rocky Mountain News
September 20, 2005 - NEW YORK - John Elway knew he wanted to do more than just donate money for Hurricane Katrina relief. The Hall of Famer and former Denver Broncos quarterback headlined more than 30 current and former NFL players in a fund-raising telethon Monday night for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. "You want to get involved and be a part of something that there's a chance to raise a whole bunch of money," Elway said. "We can all donate money, but you want to do more." The telethon was part of the NFL's "Hurricane Relief Weekend."

Krieger: Football closer? This changeup may work - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 20, 2005 - Mike Shanahan made a valuable discovery in the second half Sunday, and no, not merely that fans will stop booing when your team starts playing. To his credit, Shanahan said Monday the fans had a right to boo the Broncos the way they played in the first half. That's life in the big leagues. But back to the other discovery. I say, let Sunday's game be the debut of a new term of art for the NFL, and let Shanahan be credited with it. Let's call it the closer. I am not recommending the Broncos hire Kyra Sedgwick, although, now that I think about it, they would get no objection from me. Necessity is the mother of invention, so even the late Frank Zappa might have recognized the advance that sprang from need Sunday. With Mike Anderson having missed all but one series of Game 1 and unable to practice much of last week, Shanahan expected him to get gassed at some point during Week 2.

Legwold: Chiefs' off-season defensive moves are paying off - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 20, 2005 - On the eve of free agency in February, as Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was lugging his briefcase around the NFL scouting combine, he said the most important thing it contained was the "big wish list." "And I might even get them all," he said with a smile. The list contained the players he coveted for his defense in 2005. Cunningham had been hired in 2004 to resurrect the defense. But the Chiefs discovered that hiring someone to coach the same players who had struggled the previous season was an equation that added up to a migraine. The Chiefs ranked 31st in the league in yards allowed a game last season, 32nd in pass defense. They surrendered 435 points in 2004 - only Tennessee, Oakland and San Francisco allowed more - while opposing offenses gained at least 400 yards seven times and at least 500 yards twice. So Cunningham, indeed, had one big wish list.

Broncos' defense snaps out of its funk - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 20, 2005 — It took getting booed by their own fans and an emotional speech from their defensive coordinator, but the Denver Broncos finally got defensive about a rough start to the season and did something to change it. Thanks to a dominant second half by the defense, Mike Shanahan was able to take a deep breath on Monday and talk about a 20-17 victory over San Diego one last time before heading to the film room to start preparing for Kansas City. And instead of reading about what an 0-2 start historically means to a team's playoff hopes — like Marty Schottenheimer will be this week — the Broncos' 1-1 head coach can focus on beating the Chiefs (2-0) on Monday night at Invesco Field to move into first place in the AFC West with an early head-to-head tiebreaker over two rivals.

Anderson still Shanahan's No. 1 - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 20, 2005 — Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday that Mike Anderson is still No. 1. The ex-Marine will continue to serve as the team's starting running back, despite fumbling near the goal-line in the first quarter and watching from the sideline in the fourth quarter as Ron Dayne carried the offense down the field to set up the winning score in Sunday's 20-17 victory over San Diego. "I think he was worn down a little bit, just like most players after missing a couple days," Shanahan said of Anderson, who was a limited participant in practice last week due to a rib injury and an excused absence to attend a funeral. "But I think he did a good job." With Anderson huffing and puffing late in the game and Tatum Bell hobbled with a sprained ankle, Shanahan turned to Dayne with an 0-2 start staring the Broncos in the face.

Rook gets short end - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
September 19, 2005 - Darrent Williams may have felt he was robbed once, but not twice. Not only did the Broncos rookie cornerback have his first career punt return for a touchdown called back on a penalty, but also had an interception called back by instant replay. It was the punt return that had him shaking his head. The rookie Denver Broncos cornerback was looking to become the first Broncos player to return a punt for a touchdown since former first-round pick Deltha O'Neal and wide receiver Rod Smith each returned a punt for a touchdown in 2003.

Notebook: Anderson Still the Starter - - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 19, 2005 - Ron Dayne may have toted the football on the game-winning drive late Sunday afternoon, but the starting running-back position still belongs to Mike Anderson, Head Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed at his Monday media briefing. "It's always tough when a guy misses a couple of days of practice," Shanahan said. "I thought he did a good job." Anderson played Sunday wearing a flak jacket to protect his ribs and said it partially contributed to the fumble he lost on the Broncos' first possession.

One Day Later, Bailey 'Okay' - - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 19, 2005 - The adrenaline of Sunday's 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers had worn off Monday afternoon. All Champ Baileyhad left was the football that he intercepted on the first play of the third quarter and the lingering pain that follows three-plus hours in a typical NFL game. But the pain in the left shoulder that he'd dislocated a week ago wasn't overwhelming. Nor was it sufficient to keep him from playing, from making the play that turned the game -- and the home crowd -- in the Broncos' favor, and in general to keep him from being an integral part of a defensive effort that stymied the Chargers in the second half.

Broncos mum on tailback rotation - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Mon, Sep. 19, 2005 - Maybe running back Mike Anderson will hog the carries for the Denver Broncos. Perhaps backup Ron Dayne did enough on the final drive of Sunday's win against San Diego to earn some carries. Coach Mike Shanahan, as usual, will keep his tailback rotation a secret, although he said Anderson is the starter. Dayne and Anderson said they had no idea how they would be used in Monday's game against Kansas City. "You never know with coach Shanahan," Anderson said. "We change it up from week to week, personnel changes too. So you never know." Anderson, who played Sunday against the Chargers despite injured ribs, had 49 yards on 15 carries and didn't have a run longer than 8 yards.

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