Denver Broncos News Blogs - Sunday, Sept. 25

Two of the best kick return men in the NFL, one an established star and the other an up and coming rookie, when the Denver Broncos take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Read more in today's news reports.

Hello, goodbye - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/25/2005 - Well before the bizarre too-many-men-during-the- return penalty brought Darrent Williams to the periphery of the national spotlight, the great Dante Hall was familiar with his name. "What college did he go to?" Hall asked last week. Oklahoma State. "Oh, yeah, I know that guy," Hall said. Sure, it took some prodding. So it goes with the great return men in NFL history. One minute they're anonymously fielding the ball near the goal line. Ten seconds or so and 100 yards later, people are asking, "Who is that guy?" And then everybody knows.

Chiefs' Hunt a football icon - Denver Post - Thomas George
09/25/2005 - He has 46 years of pro football ownership. He has brought his Chiefs to Denver each of the past 43 years. On Monday night the Chiefs play their 649th game under his leadership. And Lamar Hunt has missed only 18 of them. "Last weekend I had to have tests done in a Dallas hospital, so I missed the Raiders game, the 18th," said Hunt, 73, who has fought prostate cancer for the past seven years, winning so far, preserving a touchable, symbolic source of NFL history. "I fired the nurse the next day because she didn't check out the NFL schedule in advance - just kidding," Hunt said. "I plan to be in Denver. I haven't missed a lot of games over the years. But there's a bunch I wish I had."

League fines Shanahan $20,000 for opposing call - Denver Post
09/25/2005 - The NFL fined Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan $20,000 on Friday for his criticism of the call that reversed Darrent Williams' punt return for a touchdown last week against San Diego. Officials called Denver for too many men on the field toward the end of Williams' 61-yard punt return last Sunday after a few Broncos ran off the sideline to prepare for the extra point. None of the Broncos who ran onto the field were within 15 yards of the play. "It was a horrible call. Horrible call," Shanahan said Monday.

For Broncos, designating inactive players can be tough - Pueblo Chieftain - Frank Schwab
09/25/2005 - About 90 minutes before Monday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, eight Denver Broncos who practiced all week and have aspirations of performing on ‘‘Monday Night Football'' will be told they can't play. In the NFL, each team can dress 45 players on game day. There are 53 players on the roster, so eight must be declared inactive. If a team has a third quarterback - Denver is carrying two this season - he can be one of the eight inactive players. The third quarterback can dress out and play if there are injuries. The rest of the inactive players are not in uniform. Denver's inactive players usually watch from the press box during home games, which means they are further removed from the game.

Broncos must go old-school to beat K.C. - Grand Junction Sentinel
Sunday, September 25, 2005 - All the signs are there ... for a Kansas City Chiefs blitz over the Denver Broncos, that is. The Chiefs have, quite simply, been awesome in running up two victories out of the gate, a 27-7 romp over the New York Jets in their opener at home, then a hard-to-come-by 23-17 win over the hated Raiders in Oakland in front of all those zany oh-so-silly Raider fans. In starting out 2-0, Dick Vermeil's squad has shown the ability to run the ball, rushing for more than 160 yards per game behind a new two-headed monster of Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson. They have passed the ball well behind Trent Green, averaging 210 yards a game, with Green hitting eight different receivers in those two games. And probably most importantly for those who follow the fortunes of the Chiefs closely, they have actually stopped folks at times, mainly because they have allowed only 64 yards rushing in those two games. Yes, the Chiefs, long one of the top offensive threats in the NFL, might finally have a defense to go along with their ability to control and move the football.

Cleveland Connection Working for Broncos - Newday - Eddie Pells, AP
September 25, 2005 - Courtney Brown saw the ball loose on the ground and pounced. Gerard Warren saw an offensive lineman trying to get the ball from Brown, so Warren pounced on him. It's still early, but that sequence last week was one of several signs that Denver's decision to make the Cleveland Connection -- one of the most questioned and criticized offseason maneuvers in the entire NFL -- might actually be working for the Broncos. On Monday night, Warren, Brown and company get their biggest test when the Broncos (1-1) face one of the best offenses in the league, the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs (2-0). "They just needed an upgrade," Chiefs left guard Brian Waters said. "I think they saw an opportunity to upgrade with Cleveland. Denver saw an opportunity to get some parts that were better than the parts they had." Again, it's early, but thus far, the stats are complimentary.

Broncos missing go-to guy - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 25, 2005 — The squeaky wheel gets the Griese. After Denver's disappointing 8-8 season in 2001, Brian Griese complained publicly that he didn't have enough talent breaking the huddle with him, and Mike Shanahan listened to his quarterback's cry for help. That April, the Broncos used a first-round pick on a wide receiver (Ashley Lelie), a second-round pick on a running back (Clinton Portis) and free-agent money on a Hall of Fame tight end (Shannon Sharpe). Things still didn't work out for Griese in Denver, but in the end it wasn't because of the skill players around him. In 2002, Lelie complimented Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey pretty well with 35 catches and two touchdowns as a rookie, Portis rushed for 1,508 yards and 15 touchdowns, and Sharpe added 61 catches and three touchdowns.

Maximum Veal-ocity - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, September 25, 2005 - Darrent Williams had his first interception last Sunday, but it got overruled by instant replay. Nevertheless, he stowed the football used on the play away for safe keeping. Demetrin Veal had a sack, and with no instant-replay review, it officially made it into the annals of football history. His souvenir? Little more than the memory. "You can't keep the ball from a sack because they still get the ball," he said. Miscarriage of football justice? Or fair part of the game? Others can debate that. Meanwhile, Veal hasn't lost any sleep over not being able to procure a memento of his first big play as a professional; just making the second-half sack was enough.

Are you ready for some football? - Aspen Times - Paul E. Anna
September 23, 2005 - Got Jake on your fantasy team? Think Ron Dayne will make Tatum Bell go the way of Quentin Griffin? Will Mike Anderson's sore ribs heal in time to be of help? Can Ashley Lelei finally catch the ball instead of just exude potential? The answers to these questions are not very important in the grand scheme of things, what with war and catastrophic storms lingering around the edges of our insulated lives. But to staunch fans of football, in general, and the Denver Broncos, in particular, these are the questions that try men's minds. This is the time of year when reason takes flight and the exploits of 53 unusually fast and unnaturally large men come front and center.

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