Denver Broncos News Blogs - Friday, Sept. 23

Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan faces a hefty fine for his comments about the penalty called that nullified Darrent Williams' punt return touchdown. Read about it in today's news reports.

NFL defenses loading up to stop running attacks - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/23/2005 - Beware the running back with the prestigious reputation. Early in the NFL season, defenses are zeroed in on stopping the run. "I feel it," Broncos tailback Mike Anderson said. "You have more safeties playing down in the box. Teams are reverting back to one safety playing back, one safety running in the middle of the field to help stop the run, which is putting the corners out there, isolating them." Defenses seem to be throwing caution to the line of scrimmage.

NFL likely to fine Shanahan - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/23/2005 - Sticking up for his team could cost Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. According to an NFL source, the league likely will fine Shanahan for comments he made about an officiating call in Denver's 20-17 win over San Diego. The fine, expected to be at least $20,000, would be Shanahan's first for comments about officiating. Sunday, the Broncos were stripped of a touchdown on a 61- yard punt return by rookie Darrent Williams. Officials ruled Denver had too many men on the field after several players drifted out from the sideline when it became apparent Williams would score. None of the players affected the play. Shanahan said Monday the call was wrong and those calls aren't made in high school.

Uphill march finally nets big-time results for Broncos' Johnson - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 23, 2005 - There was Kyle Johnson on Sunday, plowing his way through a sea of humanity, legs churning, head down, the goal line in sight. It went into the books as a 3-yard touchdown run against the San Diego Chargers, but it was the first rushing touchdown of his career. A career in which Johnson was released by the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Detroit Lions and even the Denver Broncos. So when he crossed the goal line, when he saw the official signal, when he heard the crowd roar, Johnson surely must have thought about the struggle, about how long it took to from there to here.

Chiefs' offensive line works like machine - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 23, 2005 - It has taken trickery to move the ball on the ground against the Denver Broncos defense the first two weeks of the season. Three of the four longest gains during the team's 1-1 start have come on a 61-yard reverse, a counter- pitch that sucked in the outside linebacker and safety for a 16-yard touchdown and a 12-yard rush off a direct snap. On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs come to town. Their plan figures to be more straightforward. And to the right. And to the left.

Shanahan must pay for rant - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold And Lee Rasizer
September 23, 2005 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan will be fined by the NFL for comments he made about game officials Sunday after Denver's 20-17 victory against the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source. Shanahan could not be reached for comment Thursday night, and an NFL spokesman said an official announcement is expected today. The fine for criticizing officials can range from $20,000 to $100,000.

Return stars in MNF spotlight - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 23, 2005 — The two most exciting plays in the AFC West last Sunday didn't count. Kansas City's Daunte Hall and Denver's Darrent Williams each returned punts for touchdowns that were called back because of penalties. So the small and speedy special teams stars will each be looking to score their first points of the season Monday night when the Chiefs (2-0) and Broncos (1-1) play at Invesco Field. "It's an honor," Williams said of the matchup. "I still look up to Daunte now. Just watching film on him awhile ago, it's amazing some of the things he's doing. ... It's an honor for me."

Broncos want to make run at Chiefs - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 23, 2005 — Three games into his ninth NFL season, Jake Plummer has thrown 133 touchdown passes and 144 interceptions. So it's no secret in Kansas City what the Chiefs' defensive game plan will be against the Denver Broncos on Monday night at Invesco Field. Stop Kyle Johnson? "Athletic, can get outside the pocket, can hurt you with his arm or his legs," is how Kansas City cornerback Patrick Surtain described Plummer during a conference call with Denver media on Thursday. "But the consensus around the league is that he'll throw you a couple. And when he throws them in the air, that's your opportunity to make plays. He's going to make big plays and he's going to give up a couple. When the opportunity presents itself, we have to take advantage of it."

An Effective Rotation - - Andrew Mason
Friday, September 23, 2005 - In a small respect, Courtney Brown was the final piece of a puzzle when he made his Broncos debut Sunday. No, perhaps not in the overall scheme, though time and potential success could make that true. Yet on the Broncos' defensive line, Brown's entry allowed the team to complete its rotation along the front four, as Brown and Demetrin Veal each made their Denver debuts, rotating into the action. The result? Both Brown and Veal had sacks in their first Broncos games after being inactive a week earlier, and the defensive front consistently crashed through the San Diego offensive line after halftime, neutralizing the Chargers' usually-potent attack and, the Broncos hope, providing a glimpse of what could be ahead.

Stephen Alexander Answers Your Questions -
Friday, September 23, 2005 - It was probably a strange feeling for Stephen Alexander to play in Denver against the Chargers on Sunday. After all, he spent two seasons with San Diego and was the team's fourth-leading receiver in the 2002 season, hauling in 45 catches for 510 yards and one touchdown in 14 games. In his first season with the Broncos, Alexander was named the starting tight end. Before Denver, he played in San Diego, Detroit and Washington. He was named to the Pro Bowl team in 2000 when he was with the Redskins. He set career highs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (510) for a 10.9 yards-per-reception average with two touchdowns as a 16-game starter.

Flashback: Broncos-Chiefs, Dec. 14, 1985 -
Thursday, September 22, 2005 - The Denver Broncos entered their 15th game of the season in a race with rival Los Angeles for the AFC West crown. In order to keep pace with the Raiders, Denver needed to win at home against a Kansas City team that was struggling to find an identity under third-year coach John Mackovic. After starting the season 3-1, the Chiefs lost seven straight, but they managed to get back on track by winning two of three games before entering the December matchup with their AFC West rivals. However, the Broncos won 14-13 in classic John Elway, come-from-behind fashion.

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