Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, Oct. 20

Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams was apologetic when questioned about his recent DUI arrest. Read about Williams as well as the progress of the injured Broncos' secondary in today's news reports.

Error of ways teaches lessons - Denver Post - Mike Klis
10/20/2005 - D.J. Williams is a professional football player, so most would say his life is better than others. But he is also a man, a young man of 23 at that, experiencing one of those times when life's lessons seem to be piling up. He has learned, for instance, a superb rookie season does not entitle him to even greater success. On the list of athletes who have become acquainted with the term "sophomore jinx," Williams is somewhere in the hundreds. Where have you gone, Mike Croel?

DBs starting to get healthy - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/20/2005 - For the fifth straight game, the midweek Broncos watch centers around a secondary that has weathered one injury after another. While this week's infirmary list continues to be decorated with defensive backs, early reports are more positive. Coach Mike Shanahan said he is hopeful cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Nick Ferguson will play Sunday at the Meadowlands against the New York Giants after both players practiced some Wednesday. Bailey, who's listed as probable, is coming off a left hamstring injury that has hampered him for four weeks. Ferguson is questionable after suffering a sprained right ankle in the Broncos' 28-20 win over New England on Sunday. Ferguson could be upgraded if he continues to perform well in practice.

Restricting air space - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 20, 2005 - Members of the Denver Broncos secondary are about to take their game to a new level - above the rim. Plaxico Burress, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss all have basketball bodies. Burress, at 6-foot-5, Moss (6-4) and Owens (6-3) sound more like a three-guard lineup than a pass-catching trio. But one glance at the NFL's receiving leaders demonstrates they are, foremost, football players. They have combined for 1,473 yards and all rank in the top 11 individually in that category. They have combined to score 10 touchdowns and have averaged 17.1 yards a reception. Slowing down the Big Three will be the task at hand over the next month for a Broncos group that so far has been shuffled like a well-worn deck of cards because of various injuries. Generally, the defenders have held up well despite the patchwork personnel.

Williams admits he made 'mistake' - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 20, 2005 - D.J. Williams characterized his arrest last month for driving while intoxicated as a "mistake," adding Wednesday he was embarrassed for the negative attention it brought to the Denver Broncos, his family and friends. "I went out to a birthday party, and I probably should have had somebody else drive me home. But I chose to drive myself, and I got pulled over," said Williams, a second-year linebacker. "I have to go to court on (Oct.) 28th, and we'll see what happens." Williams was arrested Sept. 23 on the DUI charge. He was released from a Douglas County jail after posting a $1,000 bond and an additional $1,500 bond stemming from an earlier warrant in Arapahoe County. Williams failed to appear in court on another traffic violation in the earlier case.

Double usually spells trouble for opponents - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 20, 2005 - Three times teams have been charmed. That's it. Three times in all of the years, through all of the decades that have piled up as the NFL's history, has one team sported two 1,000-yard rushers in the same backfield in the same season. "That's awesome, that's a quarterback's dream," Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said. "That would be great to have." In a departure from his usual ways, at least over the season's first six weeks anyway, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has decided the team's run game is more than a one-man job.

Williams turns his attention to football - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 20, 2005 — The day after getting arrested on DUI charges, D.J. Williams made the long march up to Mike Shanahan's office to face the head coach. On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos linebacker faced the media. The next and most important step for Williams will be facing a judge for a bond hearing on Oct. 28. "You represent your organization, you represent your mom, your family and friends. You got a lot of people calling you making sure you're all right," Williams said. "What actually happens — sometimes the story may be exaggerated. The people that care about you like to know what the real story is." Williams' story is that he attended a birthday party on Sept. 23, and made a mistake by getting behind the wheel after it ended.

Broncos face other Manning - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 20, 2005 — Hey, bro! How are you? Good. You? Good. Sore? Yeah. You? Yeah. When the brothers Manning — Eli and Peyton — conduct their weekly phone conversation, the Broncos will be discussed at some point. One of Archie's sons should have a good chuckle. The other should be hanging on every word. In Indianapolis' playoff victories over Denver the last two years, Peyton Manning completed a combined 49 of 59 passes for 835 yards with nine touchdowns and one interception. The Colts held on by final scores of 49-24 and 41-10. Eli Manning will face the Broncos for the first time when they visit the Meadowlands on Sunday to face his New York Giants (2:15 p.m., Channel 4).

Broncos face another Manning on Sunday - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Wed, Oct. 19, 2005 - The bad news for the Denver Broncos this week is they can see plenty of similarities between New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his brother Peyton. Denver faces Eli Manning for the first time this Sunday at Giants Stadium. Peyton Manning, the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, has destroyed the Broncos in the playoffs the past two seasons. Eli Manning doesn't have the same credentials as his brother, who was the NFL's MVP last season, but when Denver looks at film of him this season they notice a family resemblance. "Him and his brother look alike and behave alike, and have guns alike - they can throw it," Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. "He's impressive."

Broncos continue to make noise in AFC - Post Chronicle - JTtheBrick
Oct 20, 2005 - The most talked-about team in the NFL heading into Week 7 is the Denver Broncos, and they deserve all of the praise that they are receiving. This says a lot for a team that lost 34-10 to the Dolphins in its opening game. In that game, the Broncos looked lost and out of shape as they wilted in the hot summer sun at Pro Player Stadium, and many wondered if Mike Shanahan's coaching obituary was about to be written. Since then, Denver has won five straight in impressive fashion, beating some of the best in the NFL.

Broncos Six Appeal -
Oct 20, 2005 - Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos head into their match against the New York Giants seeking to make it six wins from six. Five successive victories is Denver's longest winning streak since 1998, when they walked into Giants Stadium with a 13-0 record and left with a loss. Wide receiver Amani Toomer, running back Tiki Barber and defensive end Michael Strahan are the only members of the New York Giants who remain from the 1998 team that ended Denver's bid for a perfect season. Toomer caught a 37-yard touchdown pass with just 48 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift the Giants to a 20-16 win. The Broncos recovered and went on to finish 14-2 en route to their second straight Super Bowl title under Shanahan.

Broncos Think 5-1 Start May Be Different - - Eddie Pells, AP
Wed Oct 19, 2005 - They've been here before. The smooth-sailing offense. The stingy defense. The 5-1 start. Yes, the Denver Broncos have been here before. They won five of their first six. They split their last 10 games to finish 10-6. They scratched to earn a wild-card spot. They lost badly to Indianapolis in the first round of the playoffs. That's how it went last year. And the year before. Heading into Sunday's game at the New York Giants, the Broncos are, they say, confident it won't happen like that again this year. The reasons for the optimism are diverse and come from several corners of the locker room.

Notes: Brandon on the Mend - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 20, 2005 - It was while making a tackle that Sam Brandon's promising season took a frustrating turn Sunday. But he didn't know for another play that he'd suffered a slight tear of his left pectoral muscle, one that has him as the only Bronco listed as "out" on the injury report and is expected to keep him sidelined for three weeks. "I got up feeling pretty good. The next play I was going to do a regular run and my arm was hurting so bad," Brandon recalled. "I couldn't move my arm." Nevertheless, Brandon still plowed through after suffering the injury.

Ferguson: 'I'm Going to Play' - - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - Nick Ferguson couldn't adjourn to the locker room following Wednesday's practice without sending a message. The Broncos' starting strong safety had just answered a couple of questions from a coterie of inquisitors who wanted to know how his first practice since suffering a sprained ankle went. After he'd finished, he quickly turned towards the awaiting double-doors, eager to escape the 44-degree chill of a dreary Dove Valley afternoon. Then, with helmet in hand, he quickly turned around to offer the last word.

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