11/04/2005 - In training camp, Tom Nalen said this could be his final season. However, at the halfway mark, many NFL observers say they believe Nalen is still playing at a high level. His coach is one of them. Nalen, who has been selected to five Pro Bowls, is leading an offensive line that has been strong in run and pass protection as the Broncos have jumped out to a 6-2 record and a lead in the AFC West at the bye week. "He's always played well," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's always played at a Pro Bowl level. "To be honest with you, I don't understand why he's not in the Pro Bowl every year. If I had a center, Tom Nalen would be my guy, regardless of who was out there."
Bailey scales back dreams for offense - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
11/03/2005 - In training camp, Broncos star Champ Bailey was looking forward to having an increased role on offense. Now, the Pro Bowl cornerback simply wants to be healthy. Contributing on defense - relatively pain-free - is all Bailey is looking for in the second half of the season.
Lincicome: Plummer is preventing, not fixing, leaks - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
November 4, 2005 - Having a couple of weeks to bask in approval is new to Jake Plummer, his usual window being the space between holding for an extra point and the time it takes to walk to the sideline. It isn't that Plummer has never been offensive player of the week before, but the offense usually included hand gestures or telephone calls. This is a new consideration and will take some getting used to, Jake Plummer as quarterback star and not Jake Plummer, quarterback fall guy. It was suggested, seriously to my ears, that Plummer may be the most valuable player in football. I shall repeat that. MVP. Of the NFL. This came from Dan Patrick, the ESPN gadfly, to whom Plummer scoffed and asked what Patrick had for breakfast.
Broncos at the Bye - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, November 3, 2005 - It's General Manager Ted Sundquist's job to see the big picture. While he and the rest of the Broncos' football brass clearly subscribe to the one-game-at-a-time postulate of the sports, it's also his job to look beyond today to the future, to be able to survey the landscape and evaluate. What the standings show for the Broncos at midseason are simple: a 6-2 start, first-place standing in the AFC West and the second-best record in the NFL, a distinction shared with the Cincinnati Bengals. What the statistics show are the No. 3 offense and a defense that ranks 20th in yardage but is 12th in scoring defense and has coaxed 1.9 turnovers per game from opponents after forcing just 1.3 per game in 2003 and 2004. But Sundquist sees more. The 6-2 start is more than just a strong opening act to the season. It is a triumph of the organization, and the pervasive philosophy therein.
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