10/07/2005 - They stand a few yards behind the quarterback, hands on thigh pads, head on a swivel. With one quarter of the 2005 NFL season gone, it's clear a committee has formed at Broncos' running back. Mike Anderson chairs the committee. Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne take turns as first alternate. "That's a good way to put it," said Gary Kubiak, the Broncos' offensive coordinator. "I think it's going to be that way all year. All three are going to play. But as long as Mike's getting the job done and he's fresh, he's going to stay on the field." Given that the rushing yardage in football approaches the glamour of the home run in baseball, the Broncos' tailback rotation has its spins.
Brown makes an impact on D - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/07/2005 - Courtney Brown could have been playing in Denver on Sunday as a member of the visiting Washington Redskins. However, a strong Denver recruiting process, featuring former Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey, helped reel in the free-agent defensive end after a battle between the two teams. "I tried to help get Courtney here by telling him my opinion," said Bailey, who was traded to the Broncos by the Redskins for Clinton Portis in March 2004. "We all have to make our own choices, but I just told him that I was more comfortable here and why. I was at both places, so I could give him a description of both places and how each place felt for me." With the information provided by Bailey Denver defensive line-tackles coach Andre Patterson, Brown - who played for Patterson in Cleveland - was able to reach a decision.
Gold valuable in nickel - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/07/2005 - D.J. Williams seems to be invisible this season after making lots of tackles and big plays last year. Has his performance dropped off, or is it just the nature of his switch to the less glamorous strongside linebacker position?
Take-charge attitude - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 7, 2005 - The invitations have gone out, and no R.S.V.P. is necessary. Because the Denver Broncos defense has not-so-cordially invited itself to the party so far this season. And wherever the ball is, that's where they want to be. "It's the percentages," linebacker Al Wilson said. "The more guys you have get to the football, the better your chances are of getting some turnovers. When guys rally to the ball, get there and do some things once they get there. When you've got more than two hands ripping at the ball, the percentages are going to be good. "The first guy gets the tackle, the second guy tries to get the ball out. That's the way it works, that's the way it should be. So far, we've been pretty good about doing that."
Circumstance hindering Williams - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 7, 2005 - LaVar Arrington of the Washington Redskins isn't the only linebacker wondering where his playing time has gone this season. The Denver Broncos' D.J. Williams, runner- up for the NFL's defensive rookie of the year award in 2004, has seen his snaps in the first month of the season diminish greatly because of his absence from the team's nickel package. Ian Gold and Al Wilson are the linebackers in that personnel group, leaving Williams to spend more time on the sideline.
Broncos not taxed by penalties - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 7, 2005 - Keeping their head in the game is helping the Denver Broncos keep ahead of games through four weeks. Denver has been penalized 21 times for 178 yards during its 3-1 start, compared with the 46 calls for 348 yards against opponents. That's more than twice the number of penalty calls and nearly double the yardage in the Broncos' favor. "We're trying to stay disciplined, and that's one of the things I think is a good part of this team," tight end Jeb Putzier said. "There's a lot of hidden yardage where people don't realize the importance of something like that. Jacksonville obviously helped a lot last week with that stat."
Stingy Broncos 'D' still aiming for improvement - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 7, 2005 — We've seen these kind of starts by the Denver Broncos defense before. Remember when Ray Rhodes' group was briefly nicknamed the"Blue Crush?" That ended when they were exposed on national television by Rich Gannon and the Oakland Raiders. Remember how good Champ Bailey, John Lynch and D.J. Williams played last season? That ended with another blowout playoff loss at Indianapolis. So far this fall, the Cleveland Four — Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers — appears to have helped Larry Coyer's crew get to a whole new level. But are they just setting fans up for a letdown?
Redskins' Portis to face old team Broncos - Mercury News - Joseph White
Thu, Oct. 06, 2005 - ASHBURN, Va. - Clinton Portis wore oversized, retro, mahogany-colored sunglasses. It was so hard not to laugh. Eventually, everyone did. Including Portis, who is getting prepared to face the team with whom he began his career. "It's going to be like Hollywood," said Portis, explaining his choice of eyewear. "Everyone's going to be watching, so it's time to put on a show." The Washington Redskins running back was in classic form Thursday discussing Sunday's game against his old team, the Denver Broncos. The game is Portis' first against the Broncos since the blockbuster trade that sent cornerback Champ Bailey to Denver after the 2003 season. Portis' answers were truly sportsmanlike when asked whether he would be out to prove something to the team that sent him packing after back-to-back 1,500-yard seasons.
Thursday Notebook: Twin Rewards - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 6, 2005 - Denver's defensive effort Sunday at Jacksonville was so nice, that it was rewarded twice. Two days after Al Wilson earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, cornerback Domonique Foxworth was given the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week award, winning a two-day on-line balloting of fans conducted on NFL.com. "Those are our two MVPs for the game, and both guys had outstanding games," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said.
Keeping It Short - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 6, 2005 - It took one particular question for Rod Smith to don his mask, pick up his foil and begin fencing with a gaggle of inquisitors and chroniclers Thursday afternoon inside the Broncos' locker room. One question about the offense -- the passing game in particular, and the absence of long completions through four games of the regular season. The offensive captain heard it, and was ready to joust in defense of the offense, which was just four days removed from scoring 20 points against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that came into the game ranked second in the league and had permitted just 10 to the Indianapolis Colts two weeks earlier. So there weren't any long completions against the Jaguars. So what?
Flashback: Broncos-Redskins, 1989 - Denver Broncos.com
Thursday, October 6, 2005 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the first 10 games of the 1989 season, the Denver Broncos sat comfortably at 8-2 and looked to put a stranglehold on their fourth AFC West title in six seasons. The Washington Redskins, on the other hand, were in a different scenario, fighting for their playoff lives in the formidable NFC East with a 5-5 record.The Broncos found themselves in a close game on Monday Night Football , but left the nation's capital with a 14-10 win despite the absence of future Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.
Fantasy Preview: Week 5 - Denver Broncos.com - J. Michael Moore
Thursday, October 6, 2005 - Talk about flying under the radar. Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael has caught a touchdown pass in every game this season and yet hasn't really gotten much attention. That's the way it goes sometimes in the world of fantasy football. All of a sudden the guys who you never expect – insert Rueben Droughns example here – turn up big and start flying off the waiver wire like issues of US Weekly with photos of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.
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