Denver Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Sept. 24

Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has been fined $20,000 by the NFL for comments he made about the officiating in the San Diego game. Read about Shanahan in today's news reports.

Upchurch's omission has certain Ring to it - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/24/2005 - Even if the naked eye can't spot it, the ring of names encircling the upper reaches of Invesco Field at Mile High must have a crack. How else to explain the omission of Rick Upchurch from the Broncos' Ring of Fame? Frank Tripucka is up there with his 51 touchdown passes and 85 interceptions. Upchurch is missing, although he is third all time among Broncos in combined yardage and is arguably one of the top five punt returners in NFL history. "I couldn't tell you about this Ring of Fame thing," Upchurch said. "I've heard people say maybe it was because I didn't play for Pat Bowlen, I don't know. But I don't think that's it, because Jim Turner didn't play for Pat Bowlen. Haven Moses didn't. I don't know what it is I did to upset some people. All I know is I tried to help this football team, and we did that. We went to our first Super Bowl."

Warren report: So far, so good - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 24, 2005 - Gerard Warren has found inner peace after four, mainly losing, seasons in Cleveland, and so far, it's helping him create the on-field chaos that could lead to a long-term future in the Mile High City. "Right now, the way I feel, I told my agents and my parents that I'm looking forward to the day that coach (Mike) Shanahan calls me up and says, 'Let's do a long-term deal,' " said Warren, a Broncos defensive tackle who has met the requirements for his contract to void after the season based on his previous playing time with the Browns. "I'm having that good of a time. Every time I call back home, everybody's asking, 'How you doing way out in Colorado?' And I tell them I'm loving it. It's the best football I've played since high school." The way Warren played Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, he might not be overstating things too much.

Checks, please: Shanahan, Gold to pay up - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 24, 2005 - It was an expensive Friday at the Denver Broncos' Dove Valley complex. The NFL formally announced coach Mike Shanahan had been fined $20,000 for comments he made Monday about officiating in the Broncos' 20-17 victory Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Linebacker Ian Gold also was notified of a $5,000 fine for a blow to the head of quarterback Drew Brees. Shanahan said it was the first time he had been fined by the league.

NFL fines Shanahan $20,000 - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 24, 2005 — It's usually not a good idea for NFL players or coaches to begin a sentence with the words: "I know I'm going to get fined for saying this, but ..." That was the case for Mike Shanahan this week as Denver's head coach was fined $20,000 by the league for criticizing officials for calling a penalty (too many men on the field) that took away Darrent Williams' punt return for a touchdown against San Diego last Sunday. Shanahan, a master of the clichè, had never been fined by the NFL for comments previously.

Broncos loaded with backs for MNF - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 24, 2005 — It appears that the Denver Broncos will enter Monday night's game with a full stable of running backs. Mike Anderson, despite the lingering pain of a rib injury sustained in the opener, is expected to start against the Kansas City Chiefs at Invesco Field. Backup Tatum Bell, who sprained an ankle on special teams last Sunday, was been upgraded on Friday from questionable to probable on the injury report. Denver — ranked a disappointing 22nd in rushing offense (85.0 yards per game) — also has Ron Dayne and Quentin Griffin available off the bench. Dayne rushed for 44 yards to help the Broncos pull out a 20-17 victory over San Diego; Griffin, who rushed for 156 yards and scored three touchdowns against the Chiefs last year, was re-signed on Tuesday after getting waived on Sept. 3.

This Week in Gameday: Sept. 26, 2005 - - J. Michael Moore
Saturday, September 24, 2005 - Rod Smith thinks like an executive. Maybe that's the reason the 11-year veteran has been so successful with the Denver Broncos. He lives for the moment and plans painstakingly for the future. Maybe that's a carryover from entering the league as an undrafted free agent and fighting for a roster spot off the Broncos practice squad. He considers every day a blessing. No matter the reasoning, the wide receiver has become an unquestioned team leader over the past decade. He is one of the most recognizable faces in Colorado and so much of a football cornerstone that Jerry Rice – the greatest receiver to play the game – didn't even think of asking to take Smith's No. 80 during his brief stay with the Broncos through the preseason. Smith is the Denver Broncos all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches and the active leader in receptions on Monday Night Football. He will add to all those numbers Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. But the success doesn't define him.

At a Glance: Kansas City Chiefs - - Jennifer Tavlian
Saturday, September 24, 2005 - Monday Night Football fires up even the meekest of fans. The Broncos will need that support when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs. An explosive Monday night matchup gives the Broncos every reason to tack on another win and go up 2-1 on the season. Handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season and gaining two consecutive wins on division opponents would be huge for Denver as it looks to establish an inside track in the AFC West race.

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