Broncos Update Insider - Tuesday, Oct. 25

Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan defended his play calling in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Giants. New York scored the final 14 points of the game to win 24-23, and the Broncos didn't score in the final 13:18. Read our complete team report in today's "Broncos Update Insider."

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has had better days than he did Sunday against Giants receiver Plaxico Burress.

Bailey allowed a touchdown and was called for three penalties against the Giants. But he felt that Burress got away with a good deal of pushing and shoving during the game and was only called for one offensive penalty. And on the play Burress was called for offensive pass interference, safety John Lynch was also flagged for pass interference and the penalties canceled each other out.

"It was very frustrating," Bailey said. "That's the way it goes sometimes. We're in their backyard so things are definitely going to go their way more than ours."

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he disagreed with some of the calls against Bailey, but he was adamant that those calls weren't what cost the Broncos a win.

"There's not one call in that game that was a deciding factor," Shanahan said. "There wasn't. You lose a game like that, you can go back to 10 plays on offense and 10 on defense."

The best news for Bailey was that he got through the game with no more problems to his hamstring. Bailey missed two games and was pulled in the third quarter against New England because of his injured left hamstring.

"I held up pretty decent," Bailey said.

Bailey will likely be matched up against Philadelphia's Terrell Owens this week.

NOTES, QUOTES

-- Broncos coach Mike Shanahan defended his play calling in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Giants. New York scored the final 14 points of the game to win 24-23, and the Broncos didn't score in the final 13:18.

"It's different saying playing cautiously and giving up a lead," Shanahan said. "We threw the ball quite a bit in the fourth quarter. So you have to take a look at the plays and take a look at what was going on to say you played cautiously. If you say that you weren't very effective, I would agree with you there."

-- After his team squeaked out a 28-20 win over New England after leading 28-3 at one point in the second half, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said it was human nature to let up with a big lead. After the Broncos blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter on Sunday and lost to the New York Giants, he said that trend has to stop.

"You can't rest, even when you get a big lead," Shanahan said. "This is the National Football League and these guys are getting paid on the other side of the ball and they're going to make plays. We have to keep our focus and grind it out for 60 minutes. We can't feel good being up by 14 points, 10 points, 12 points, whatever it may be in the middle of the fourth quarter."

--OT George Foster took a damaging holding penalty against Giants DE Michael Strahan in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss. That penalty wiped out an 11-yard run and moved the Broncos back, and Jason Elam missed a 49-yard field goal a few plays later that would have given Denver a nine-point lead.

--WR Darius Watts was deactivated against the Giants, in part because he doesn't play special teams. Watts has fallen far down the depth chart and it will be tough for him to get back into the rotation at wide receiver.

--WR Todd Devoe was active instead of Darius Watts against the Giants. Devoe was a longshot in training camp that made the team and the coaches are happy with how he works and plays special teams.

--CB Lenny Walls suffered a groin injury against the Giants. The Broncos won't know until later in the week if he will play against Philadelphia.

--DE Courtney Brown is playing well despite the elbow brace he continues to wear. Brown dislocated his elbow early in training camp. Brown said his elbow injury hasn't affected his play.



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