10/04/2005 - Landover, Md. - Clinton Portis already is tired of talking about his return to Denver for the first time since the blockbuster 2004 trade that sent the fourth-year running back to Washington. "That's the sixth time I have been asked that question already," Portis said in the locker room after the Redskins' 20-17 overtime victory Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Instead of discussing his feelings regarding his Denver homecoming at Invesco Field at Mile High on Sunday, Portis preferred to focus on team goals, saying that he didn't need any motivation other than the game's importance to the undefeated Redskins.
Testing this year's model - Denver Post - Thomas George
10/04/2005 - The Philadelphia Eagles' 2002 draft infused their secondary with energy, depth and talent that the team still rides today. The Eagles drafted two cornerbacks, a safety and a running back with their first four picks. Cornerback Lito Sheppard, safety Michael Lewis and running back Brian Westbrook became Pro Bowl players. Since that draft, the Eagles have been to three straight NFC title games and Super Bowl XXXIX. The Broncos' 2005 draft could be a near replica.
Warren early pick as Broncos MVP - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
10/04/2005 - There's something you need to know, right here and now, before we see how the Broncos' season unfolds. Mike Shanahan, who has made his share of mistakes on the personnel front, was 100 percent, dead-on right about those guys from Cleveland. This is, make no doubt, the best defensive line of the Shanahan era. Yes, better than either D-line on Shanahan's two Super Bowl teams. The Broncos' defensive linemen dominated the Chargers, Chiefs and Jaguars and, if the starters stay healthy, they'll dominate other teams, too. The most important player in the mix? That would be Gerard Warren, the Broncos' MVP through the first quarter of the season.
Offseason moves reaping dividends - Denver Post - Mike Klis
10/04/2005 - All those offseason dots are beginning to connect. First the Broncos revamped their defensive line. Then they used the draft to add speed to their secondary. Suddenly, the Broncos have gone from 24th in the NFL in turnover margin (-9) last season to fourth (+5) with one-quarter of the schedule gone this year. "Turnovers relate to pressure," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. "Pass rush. The better pass rush you have the more defensive backs can anticipate. You usually don't have one without the other." Wait. Keep following the dots. The Broncos entered training camp figuring more turnovers would lead to better field position. Again, plans have led to results. The Broncos were 27th in the NFL last season with an average starting position of the 29-yard line. This season, they rank third with an average starting spot of the 35.6.
Beauty is win deep - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 4, 2005 - Call them spare parts, role players or, simply, depth. No matter the moniker, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has been calling on them to make contributions during the team's 3-1 start. The names of the usual suspects repeatedly have been uttered by TV play-by-play announcers the past few weeks: Pryce, Wilson, Plummer, Smith, et al. Then, suddenly, the research team is sent digging for background, as players such as Cecil Sapp, Dwayne Carswell, Marco Coleman, Sam Brandon and Karl Paymah, among others, earn attention, then head back to the bench just as quickly.
Legwold: Driving at quarter pole, next stretch is imposing - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 4, 2005 - People fall. It happens. NFL teams lose. All of them, that is, except the 1972 Miami Dolphins. It happens. The Broncos have lost this season, that 34-10 clunker in Miami in the opener. But three weeks later, they are 3-1, a quarter of the way through the season, sitting in first place in the AFC West all by their lonesome. Same team. Same guys. Same playbook. They just fell. People fall. Then they got up. That happens, too, sometimes. And their win Sunday at Jacksonville was tough, well-earned and, most of all, patient. The Broncos missed two field goals to start their offensive day, then came back and scored two touchdowns on their next three drives.
Portis faces a score subject - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 4, 2005 - ASHBURN, Va. - Nine months, three weeks and two days. If this were a pregnancy, doctors would be ready to induce labor. Except, in this case, the only one gestating is Clinton Portis, and it's safe to say he's ready to pop after going that long without scoring a touchdown. "Right now, I want to be in the end zone more than anybody," said Portis, who hasn't scored since Dec. 12 and watched Sunday as even a reserve H-back got a touchdown for the Washington Redskins. "But if it's not happening, I can't force myself."
Broncos make headway in wide-open NFL - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 4, 2005 — Braves. Yankees. Cardinals. Red Sox. Exciting? Well, it is October. Surprising? Not exactly. Now try predicting America's favorite fall classics on any given Sunday in the NFL. Buccaneers? Redskins? Bengals? These preseason have-nots join Indianapolis in the league's final four of remaining unbeaten teams. How about those 1-2 Bears and Lions? They're tied for the lead in the NFC's North Division a month into the season. The NFC's West, led by the consistently inconsistent Rams and Seahawks, is even more puzzling. And the team to beat in the conference — the Eagles — currently sits third in the East, a half game ahead of the Cowboys.
Anderson hitting his stride - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 4, 2005 — Fantasy football geeks are suddenly impressed with Mike Anderson after the Denver Broncos' starting running back rushed for 115 yards on Sunday at Jacksonville. It was the former rookie of the year's first 100-yard game since a 118-yard effort at Dallas on Nov. 22, 2001, but Anderson has been Mike Shanahan's main man — again — since the first training camp practice. "It doesn't take a regular season game to figure out that Mike's been playing pretty good," Shanahan said. "That he was 2 or 3 yards short last week doesn't take away from Mike Anderson. I'm pleased with the way he's come back and rebounded after a serious injury. I just like the way he handles himself."
Monday Notebook: 'No Clue' About Bailey Status - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 3, 2005 - The fifth week of the regular season dawned Monday with no new word on cornerback Champ Bailey's prognosis in recovering from the left hamstring injury he incurred seven days earlier against the Kansas City Chiefs. Bailey's left hamstring forced him to sit out Sunday's 20-7 win at Jacksonville, marking the first time in a seven-year career that he'd ever missed a game. Until that point, Bailey played in 99 consecutive regular-season contests and 102 games overall -- all starts. "I have no clue," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "I think with those hamstrings, I don't think he has a clue. He's working out, and hopefully when it's practice time, he's feeling better, but right now, he's just getting treatment." For fellow first-team cornerback Darrent Williams, his place on Sunday mirrored Bailey's -- watching from the sidelines. The rookie did manage to practice Friday on his sprained right ankle, and his prognosis is a little more definitive based upon the nature of his injury.
Deep Denver takes plunge into first place - MSNBC.com - Eddie Pells, AP
Oct. 3, 2005 - Denver's top two cornerbacks, the All-Pro and the top draft pick, were unable to go. So, the Broncos simply moved down the depth chart and asked the next two guys to step up. The same thing happened at tight end, where Dwayne Carswell, wearing No. 77 because he's supposed to be a tackle this season, stepped in and caught two touchdown passes. It's a sign that Denver has depth this season, which is always key, because injuries are one of the few sure things in the NFL.
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