Denver Broncos News Blogs - Wednesday, Sept. 21

The Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey deal is looking better all the time for the Denver Broncos. Read about Bailey, as well as the return of running back Quentin Griffin to the roster in today's news reports.

Bailey a steal of a deal - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
9/21/2005 — Champ Bailey or Clinton Portis. You can only have one, so which do you choose? If you could go back in time and plant a bug in Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan's ear, would you yea or nay the March 2004 deal with the Washington Redskins that sent a stud running back east and an elite shutdown corner west? The Denver Broncos could use Portis right now. The running game is in a sorry state. In two games, Denver has rushed for 168 yards. The Broncos, who pride themselves on rushing prowess, rank a pedestrian 22nd in the league. They're averaging a ho-hum 3.7 yards per carry. Portis would bolster those numbers. Sure, he hasn't been spectacular for the Redskins — he has 173 yards and no touchdowns this season — but he'd be a better fit in Denver's system. Portis had two straight 1,500-yard campaigns for the blue and orange. But you cannot part with Bailey. He single-handedly won Denver the game against San Diego on Sunday. His 25-yard pick and ensuing score at the start of the second half was the tide-turning play. I'll take Bailey any day, and twice on Sundays.

K.C. going back to back - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
09/21/2005 - For much of the past four years, it has been so very simple for everyone involved: Priest Holmes, the Kansas City Chiefs, even the teams that have had to defend against them. Not that the veteran running back was easy to stop - 5,482 yards rushing and 76 total touchdowns during that time say just the opposite - but at least opponents knew what was coming. Just as the Chiefs knew who was the focal point of their offense. Today, things aren't quite so cut and dried.

Broncos bring back Griffin - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/21/2005 - Quentin Griffin was continuing his workout tour Tuesday when he got a call. It was from home. Griffin quickly boarded a plane to Denver and headed back to his spot in the Broncos' backfield. In a move the Broncos hope bolsters their running game, they re-signed Griffin, 17 days after his release. He will be used as a change-of-pace back. To make room on the roster, Denver cut rookie kick specialist Paul Ernster. The seventh- round draft pick was inactive for Sunday's 20-17 victory over San Diego, and punter Todd Sauerbrun kicked off well in his place. For Griffin, his return to Denver concludes a harried few weeks. Griffin worked out for Kansas City and Indianapolis before going to Detroit. When the opportunity came to go back to Denver, Griffin jumped at it.

Faith, character engender rally - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
09/21/2005 - Coaching strategies and player talent don't have as much bearing on the outcome of an NFL game as in lower levels of competition. From Pop Warner through high school and college football, devising a great game plan or having exceptional players would almost ensure a win in the weekend's game.

A piece of take - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 21, 2005 - There were times during the Denver Broncos' training camp that the ball changed hands nearly as frequently as a juggler. "Some days at camp, we'd get eight or nine takeaways," linebacker D.J. Williams said. The coaching staff nearly had talked itself blue about a lack of such plays for so long that the interceptions and fumbles of August truly stood out. They also created a quiet confidence that if it finally was happening that frequently in practice, it had to carry over into games. And through two weeks of the regular season, it has.

Broncos bring back Griffin, drop Ernster - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 21, 2005 - With Tatum Bell day to day because of a sprained left ankle and Mike Anderson playing with sore ribs, the Broncos on Tuesday brought back Quentin Griffin. Griffin, who was in Detroit for a workout for the Lions that also included Jeff George, signed Tuesday night and will be at practice today. Griffin, who left training camp in 2004 as the Broncos' No. 1 running back and rushed for 156 yards in the opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, was released in the final cutdown to 53 players earlier this month. To make room for Griffin, the Broncos released rookie kicker Paul Ernster with the hope he will get some seasoning on the practice squad.

Griese no longer on slippery slope - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
September 21, 2005 - TAMPA, Fla. - Brian Griese. Remember him? The cocky young quarterback who was overshadowed by John Elway's legacy in Denver and his father's in Miami. Thirty and married, Griese finally is his own man, running the show for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the cool precision that was supposed to be his trademark when he left the University of Michigan eight long years ago.

Broncos bring back Griffin - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 21, 2005 — Mike Shanahan has been busy the past 48 hours preparing a game plan for the Denver Broncos' AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs next Monday night at Invesco Field. It's no secret that Shanahan's offense could use a spark after scoring a total of two touchdowns in eight quarters this season. Perhaps some vintage film of the Chiefs' last visit played a part in his decision to go back to the future. The Broncos on Tuesday re-signed Quentin Griffin, the running back who was waived on Sept. 3, 2005, but was being compared to Barry Sanders after rushing for 156 yards and scoring three touchdowns in a 34-24 victory over Kansas City on Sept. 12, 2004.

Griffin Back, Ernster Waived - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - Quentin Griffin is once again a Denver Bronco, while punter/kickoff specialist Paul Ernster is no longer on the roster. Denver brought back the 5-foot-7 running back on Tuesday evening, signing the third-year veteran while waiving Ernster, who was the Broncos' seventh-round selection in the April draft. In returning, Griffin has a second chance to make an impression with the Broncos 11 months after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his knee. He incurred the injury last year against the Cincinnati Bengals and spent the months that followed rehabilitating. He did not return to the practice field until the team's mini-camp in early July, are.

Tackling the Real Enemy - DenverBroncos.com - Jennifer Tavlian
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - On any other day, people would stand in line for as long as it took to get Al Wilson's autograph. On Tuesday, Wilson didn't mind the fact that while he was still signing for fans, the line to see a doctor at University of Colorado's Anschutz Cancer Pavilion was much longer. Men crowded a room, waiting for a free prostate exam given through Thursday during Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. Wendy Poage, administrator in genitourinary cancer at CU's Health Sciences Center, says Wilson's help over the past five years has helped bring more and more men in for the vital screenings. The hospital approached the Broncos years ago and Wilson immediately became involved in raising awareness.

Bronco Dan's Week 2 Fantasy Review - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - I'm not sure if there are leagues out there that force you to start a fullback, but if there are, you've got to love Kyle Johnson. Two games, two scores and he appears to be the go to guy in the red zone. Kicker Jason Elam, despite missing a couple of bombs on Sunday produced some decent fantasy numbers for owners with two field goals and two extra points in the 20-17 win. Running back Ron Dayne got some playing time and played well,but Head Coach Mike Shanahan noted Monday that Mike Anderson is still the starter.

For Broncos, Griffin is back and Ernster is out - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Tue, Sep. 20, 2005 - The Denver Broncos' backfield got more crowded and their decision on who will kick off to Kansas City returner Dante Hall became easy Tuesday when they signed running back Quentin Griffin and cut kicker Paul Ernster. Griffin was Denver's starting tailback at the beginning of last season. Then he was benched in favor of Reuben Droughns in Week 5 and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 25 at Cincinnati. Griffin, who was limited in training camp and preseason because he was recovering from the knee injury, was among Denver's final cuts. The Broncos still have Mike Anderson, Ron Dayne and Tatum Bell at tailback, although Bell has a sprained ankle.

Broncos get some production from Brown - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Tue, Sep. 20, 2005 - Defensive end Courtney Brown hadn't played in an NFL game for 364 days before he made his Denver Broncos debut Sunday. Brown missed almost a full calendar year of games because of injuries, which is the story of his NFL career. Last year there was a foot injury that cut his season short. He suffered a dislocated elbow early in the 2005 training camp. But the oft-injured Brown showed against San Diego why many teams wanted him this offseason after Cleveland cut him. He played well in passing situations and picked up a sack, bull rushing left tackle Roman Oben into the quarterback. The Broncos were enamored with Brown's potential as long as he was healthy, which he is now.



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