Broncos News Blogs - Tuesday, Oct. 18

Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer explains comments he made to a reporter and more injuries to the secondary dominate today's news reports.

Broncos hit road tested - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/18/2005 - Drained but exhilarated after beating the defending Super Bowl champions Sunday afternoon, Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer wasn't worried about how the rest of the season will unfold. "I don't even know who we're playing next week," Plummer said after the Broncos' 28-20 victory over New England at Invesco Field at Mile High. It's the Giants, Jake. It's at their place. "I know we got the Giants this week," defensive end Trevor Pryce said Monday. "But I can't tell you who we have after that. I'm concentrating on the Giants this week. That's the way it has to be." It's the Eagles, Trevor. It's at home.

Broncos appear to be safe at home" - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
10/18/2005 - Just because the Broncos' coaches won't let the players look ahead doesn't mean we can't. The Broncos are 4-0 at Invesco Field at Mile High, and their final four home opponents are either alone in last place or tied for last in their divisions. The combined record of the four? Try 8-13.

QB says quotes out of context - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/18/2005 - Jake Plummer was trying to stick up for his girlfriend. However, he admitted Monday he chose the wrong forum and in the process apologized to Broncos fans for what he said were comments taken out of context. "I wish I could go back and change some things, but I can't," Plummer said. "It's time to move on, let it go. I realize that I'm in the public eye. I know that, and I've been in that public eye for a long time. I can handle it." Thursday night, Plummer called and complained to Rocky Mountain News columnist Penny Parker for an item she wrote in that day's paper about Plummer's girlfriend, a Broncos cheerleader. In Parker's Saturday column, she detailed her phone call from Plummer and wrote he was profane and criticized Broncos fans. Plummer said Monday his words about Broncos fans were taken out of context, and that's what bothered him about Saturday's column.

Backup plan working - Denver Post - Thomas George
10/18/2005 - The Broncos won 10 games in each of the past two seasons in part because their first 22, their starters on both sides of the ball, were solid players. When injuries hit and as the pressure built in each of those seasons, the 22 wilted and their backups did not provide enough speed and power. This is common in the NFL. Several NFL teams can get the first 22 right.

East meets best in the West - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
10/18/2005 - Feeling a little heady these days, Broncos fans? Having dispatched the two-time defending Super Bowl champs, is the only thing stopping you from booking an early February supersaver fare to Detroit the midseason swoon that has afflicted your local heroes the past two years? Well, not to worry - the NFL schedule-makers have got your back. Three of Denver's next five games are against teams from the NFC. To be exact, the NFC East - and while that may not be quite as comforting as seeing anyone from the excretal NFC North, it's pretty darned cozy.

Broncos player faces drunken driving charge - Rocky Mountain News
October 18, 2005 - Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is due in Douglas County court this month for a bond hearing after he was charged with driving under the influence. Williams, whose real name is Genos Williams, was arrested Sept. 23 by Douglas County sheriff's deputies, Lt. Alan Stanton said Monday. Williams, 23, was stopped after allegedly driving erratically, according to a CBS 4 News report.

Bailey 'fine' after playing it safe against the Patriots - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 18, 2005 - Despite leaving Sunday's game with "tightness" in his injured left hamstring, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said Monday he didn't think he had set back his recovery. Bailey, who had missed two games because of the injury - the first two of his career - played 38 plays against the New England Patriots. He left the game early in the second half with the Broncos leading 28-3.

Broncos seek a visitors' pass - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 18, 2005 - Now is not the time for the Denver Broncos to get comfortable, unless they get some of those chic sleep number beds in their hotel rooms. Four of the next six games are on the road, and that stretch figures to determine whether the Broncos are just a solid team that plays well at home or a special group that has a chance to win the AFC West and possibly go deep into the postseason. Denver (5-1) has played only two games away from Invesco Field at Mile High. Only Buffalo can match that early four-game home schedule.

Broncos' secondary takes another hit - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 18, 2005 — The Broncos just hope all the adversity in the secondary ends up being good practice for Indianapolis in January. Late January. Denver improved to 5-1 with a 28-20 victory over New England on Sunday, but defensive coordinator Larry Coyer's depth continues to be tested after injuries to starting safety Nick Ferguson (sprained ankle) and backup Sam Brandon (torn pectoral muscle). Ferguson was unable to play the final three quarters after sustaining his injury covering a punt, but said in the postgame locker room that he "won't miss any time." Head coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday that Ferguson will be reevaluated on Wednesday.

Broncos' duo gets job done - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 18, 2005 — Who's the man? The answer to that question in the Broncos' backfield usually sorts itself out by now. In his previous 10 seasons as Denver's head coach, Mike Shanahan has had a running back rush for more than 1,000 yards nine times. Terrell Davis was that man from 1995-98. Olandis Gary (1999), Mike Anderson (2000), Clinton Portis (2002-03) and Reuben Droughns (2004) are the other men to eclipse the mark in the NFL's most productive rushing attack over the past decade. Davis rushed for 2,008 yards in 1998 to lead the Broncos to a second consecutive Super Bowl, but the franchise has never had two running backs rush for 1,000 yards in one season. That could change if Anderson and Tatum Bell continue to co-exist statistically as they did in Denver's 28-20 victory over New England on Sunday at Invesco Field.

Dayne glad to escape Giants, criticism - Newark Star-Ledger - M.A. Mehta
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - The room is packed with strangers carrying cameras and tape recorders when the Broncos' third-string running back softly cuts across the carpeted floor to his locker. He stands a few feet away from the commotion, reporters wondering if the team can keep up its hot start to the season. The man quietly pulls out a cell phone from a hanging pair of sweat pants and checks his messages. He pushes aside a baseball cap and reaches for a stack of mail neatly tucked in the corner of his stall. He slips out of his navy blue T-shirt and reveals a tattoo of his daughter's name, Jada, etched on his right shoulder. Nobody notices. Ron Dayne is finally free from the noise.

No excuses, this is becoming a big deal - Loveland Reporter-Herald- Pat Graham
10/17/2005 — The excuses inevitably will come. Let them. The Denver Broncos don't care. So what if the New England Patriots were missing key personnel. So what if the Patriots are only a shell of the team that's won three of the last four Super Bowls. They're still the defending world champions, and Denver feels like its 28-20 win over New England on Sunday validated the team. The Broncos (5-1) are for real. They've won five in a row, and they are a legitimate power in the AFC. "They're probably going to have 1,000 excuses why they didn't win," Denver running back Tatum Bell said. "They didn't have so and so, and so and so. "We got it going. This is a big deal."

'Usual Soreness' for Bailey - Denver - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - Champ Bailey was in pain Monday, but he insisted it was just the "usual soreness" that goes with the day after a typical NFL game, and not anything worse with the left hamstring that kept him sidelined for the previous two weeks. "It's just sore," he said. "The whole thing is sore. In a couple days I'll know exactly how bad it is." Bailey played throughout the first half, then watched most of the rest of the game from the sidelines as rookies Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth saw the bulk of the action. "He felt good and he got a little worn out at the end," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "He went as long as he could go without really practicing and probably being in football shape where he felt it starting to tighten up a little bit."

Monday Notebook: Injuries Strike Safeties - - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 17, 2005 - Denver emerged from Sunday's game against the New England Patriots victorious, but battered. The Broncos lost two safeties to injury and saw offensive tackle George Foster leave and return to action with what turned out to be a second-degree strain of his medial collateral ligament. All that was in addition to the fact that Champ Bailey saw his day sliced in half as he encountered some discomfort in the left hamstring that sidelined him for the previous two weeks. The most definitively severe injury was to Sam Brandon, who will be out Sunday and beyond due to a torn pectoral muscle, Head Coach Mike Shanahan said at his Monday afternoon press conference.

Plummer Speaks About Newspaper Comments - - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 17, 2005 - Two days after quarterback Jake Plummer was quoted in a Rocky Mountain News column as criticizing Broncos fans, he chose to share his side of the story in Denver's locker room, saying that the words were taken out of context and did not reflect his feelings towards the public. "The main thing was about the fans," Plummer said. "We have great fans here. By no means was I saying that we did not have great fans. "I like the fans. I like to be around them. Certain things, as they continue to get written, it kind of turns you to not wanting to go out in the public. I don't want to do that. I want to be out and enjoy my fans and have a beer with my fans and shoot pool and do those kinds of things, and I will continue to do that, and I thank the fans for supporting me."

Wide Receivers Make Big Catches - - Jennifer Tavlian
Monday, October 17, 2005 - Kids can say the darnedest things. When one child met wide receiver Todd Devoe on Sept. 6 -- the first chance he had to meet a Denver Bronco -- he asked the rookie if he liked to drink Shirley Temples as they stood by a bar at Dave and Buster's. "I do," the kid immediately followed in a matter-of-fact tone. "I drink them all the time." Devoe laughed with his new friend who came to him by way of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and fellow wide receiver Ashley Lelie. Lelie, Devoe, Rod Smith, Darius Watts and Charlie Adams are partnering with BBBS this season and while each will donate money for every touchdown they make, they will walk away with something valuable: the friendship of a child and a chance to make an impact on their lives.

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