10/06/2005 - Life changed for Jake Plummer with an incomplete pass. He was 10, playing in a Boise, Idaho, youth football league for a coach named Gerry Armstrong. "I was playing receiver," Plummer said. "The quarterback overthrew me, I threw the ball back to him - on the run, right to him, tight spiral - and Coach said, 'Hey, let me see you throw a little more."' And the rest is history. When Armstrong attends the Broncos' home game Sunday against the Washington Redskins as Plummer's guest, he may not be the only one who notices how much the quarterback has grown.
With Plummer in control, it has been cruise - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 6, 2005 - Jake Plummer's too-frequent routine of give-and-take in the passing game the past couple of seasons has morphed in the past 2 1/2 games into the Denver Broncos quarterback taking what he has given. The result: He is playing "small ball" for the Broncos, backed by a rejuvenated running game and stout defense and putting up the kind of mistake-free effort the team was hoping for when it broke down the system to the smallest detail with him during the off-season. Plummer, maligned by critics for a penchant for ill-advised throws, last threw an interception during the third quarter in Week 2 against San Diego, a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Chargers defensive end DeQuincy Scott and into the hands of safety Bhawoh Jue.
Bailey not looking to repeat - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 6, 2005 - Champ Bailey missed the first game of his seven-year career Sunday in Jacksonville. He's not looking to make it a habit. Bailey, who did not play in the Broncos' 20-7 victory because of a left hamstring injury, said Wednesday he is confident he will play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Bailey played five seasons for the Redskins before being traded to the Broncos. The veteran was not in the Broncos locker room Wednesday when the local media were there, but he told Washington-area media on a conference call he hoped to play.
Peak performer once again - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 6, 2005 - Every time the Denver Broncos offense turns around, Mike Anderson is there. Waiting. And every time Anderson has worked himself to the front of the line among Broncos running backs the past five years, fate seems to have stepped in front of him, slowed him and made him wait again. Well, he's back at the front, leading the team in rushing and not giving a moment's pause to the peaks and valleys he has left behind.
Bailey practices, hopes to play - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 6, 2005 — Champ Bailey can't guarantee he will be on the field with Clinton Portis on Sunday, but the Broncos cornerback did practice on Wednesday in preparation for Denver's game against Washington. Head coach Mike Shanahan said he will know a lot more about Bailey's status on Friday. Darrent Williams is expected to play. Both starting cornerbacks were unable to take the field in the 20-7 victory at Jacksonville. Bailey missed the first game of his career with a strained hamstring, ending a string of 99 consecutive starts; Williams did not play due to a sprained ankle.
No consensus on trade a year later - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 6, 2005 — No one is more torn about the Clinton Portis-Champ Bailey trade than Dick Vermeil. Last week, Kansas City's head coach wasn't in favor of the deal. Vermeil was upset that Bailey, wearing a microphone at the time, told teammates that the Chiefs weren't playing hard during the Monday Night Football telecast. Problem was, anyone who watched the game agreed with the Pro Bowl cornerback's observation after the Broncos' surprisingly simple 30-10 victory over their AFC West rival. Last year, Vermeil was all for Bailey moving to Denver if it meant that Mr. Portis was going to Washington. During the splashy running back's last game against the Chiefs he rushed for 218 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-17 Broncos victory at Invesco Field. Vermeil didn't have much to complain about after that one.
Thorburn: Quarterly report card good news for Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 5, 2005 — It's hard to believe, but we're already a quarter of the way through the NFL regular season. If only training camp and the four exhibition games could have gone by as quickly. Looking back at my annual preseason prediction column, I had the Denver Broncos with a 3-1 record at this point — winning at Miami and losing at Jacksonville. I'm sure they're just as happy with the unconventional Florida split that was a 34-10 loss to the Dolphins and 20-7 win over the Jaguars. I also projected the Broncos to get to off to their annual 5-1 start before fading and finishing with a 10-6 record. Stay tuned.
Wednesday Notebook: Bailey Back to Practice - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - Wednesday marked a return to practice for cornerback Champ Bailey for the first time since he injured his left hamstring on Sept. 26, but not on a full-scale basis. "We practiced today with Champ. We didn't go 100 percent," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said following the Wednesday afternoon session. "We'll get a better feel on Friday -- when he attempts to go full speed -- (as to) exactly how he is." When Bailey talked on a conference call with Washington-area media earlier in the day, the Pro Bowl cornerback was optimistic about his chances.
A Vocal Return - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - The belt is on the shelf. One of the lingering images of the Broncos' return to the playoffs in 2003 after two years away was that of Clinton Portis, standing on the sidelines, brandishing a boxing-style championship belt after rampaging through the Kansas City Chiefs for five touchdowns in Denver's 45-27 rout of the eventual AFC West champions. Sunday, Portis returns to Denver. The belt, however, will not.
Bailey has market cornered on team play with Broncos - Mercury News - David Ramsey
Wed, Oct. 05, 2005 - Darrent Williams was shocked. Here was Champ Bailey, the cornerback from heaven, telling him he could cover any receiver in the NFL. This is why the Denver Broncos won the Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey trade. The Broncos swapped Mr. Me for Mr. Team. They traded a man who favors pink shoes and goofy boxing belts for a man who prefers sweats and T-shirts. They traded a man who wants all eyes fixed on him for a man who hungers for victory. Williams, a rookie, has stunned the NFL with his quick start, but he's not surprised, partially because he believes in his talent but mostly because he's been listening to Bailey's wise words. He shook his head, still struggling to believe how generous Bailey has been with instruction and praise. After an early Broncos practice, Bailey approached Williams and whispered, "You're way ahead of the curve. You're playing great." Those words gave Williams an instant, precious boost.
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