Denver Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, Nov. 10

Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam may reach a milestone this weekend against the Raiders. Read about it in today's news reports.

Mile-high renovations taking place in Denver - USA TODAY - Jim Corbett
11/9/2005 — Broncos Pro Bowl safety John Lynch surveys the post-win, pre-bye week landscape from the sanctuary of his corner locker. Everyone on coach Mike Shanahan's impressive 6-2 reclamation project has something to prove, from Lynch to the quarterback now known as "No-Mistake" Jake Plummer to the so -called "Browncos," the four defensive linemen imported from Cleveland.

Opponents trying to pass through Denver - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/10/2005 - For many Broncos defenders, this season hasn't been a sprint, rather a continuous backpedal. No team has faced a higher percentage of pass plays this year. "I didn't know that, but we have had a lot of passes thrown at us," said Broncos rookie cornerback Darrent Williams. "I think there's already been more passes than I had seen in my whole senior and junior years in college." It's not like the Broncos' secondary will catch a breather Sunday against Randy Moss, Jerry Porter and the historically pass-happy Oakland Raiders at McAfee Coliseum. Even if the Raiders try to establish running back LaMont Jordan, recent history of Denver opponents suggests it won't be long before Oakland chucks the run and Kerry Collins chucks the ball around.

Injuries mar Bailey-Moss matchup - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
11/10/2005 - One of the AFC West's marquee individual matchups may turn out to be something less than advertised. Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss, acquired from the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, have been slowed. Bailey has been dealing with a left hamstring injury since September, and Moss is questionable for Sunday's game in Oakland because of injuries to his groin, ribs and pelvis. He has played through the injuries the past two weeks. Bailey made significant progress Wednesday when he practiced at full speed for the first time since before he was injured Sept. 26 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

A leg to stand on - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 10, 2005 - A dark secret finally is about to become public: Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam once rooted for the silver and black. "I used to, when I first came into the league, think, 'Wow, the Raiders,' because I used to love the Raiders when I was growing up," he said Wednesday. "And back then, they were playing at the L.A. Coliseum, and all that was really cool." Elam then paused, smiled and added: "I really haven't admitted that to anybody." The Broncos' rivalry with the team now based in Oakland, Calif., has since erased any previous allegiances. Thirteen years in the NFL, all spent in Colorado, have stripped any novelty from the matchup for the kicker.

Latest trend the triple play - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 10, 2005 - It is addition by, well, addition. In search of yards, points and wins, offenses are playing a numbers game that gets more popular around the NFL almost each passing week. The idea is they go deeper at wide receiver than most defenses do at cornerback. "Just the athletes are getting faster, bigger at wideout," Denver Broncos secondary coach Bob Slowik said. "The quarterbacks are getting better, more accurate. So I think over the past few years, you're seeing more and more offenses line up with three (wide receivers) more and more of the time."

It's about face(s) on defense - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 10, 2005 - The previous time the Denver Broncos defensive line appeared on the field, it vanished just as quickly and took on another form. To prepare for a Philadelphia Eagles passing attack that figured to include as many as 50 or 60 passes on Oct. 30, the coaching staff came up with a rotation up front that allowed no player any more than four snaps before he headed to the sideline. It's the first time in nine pro seasons with five teams that defensive line coach Andre Patterson had pulled his players from the lineup so rapidly. "I've never had a D-line with this much talent on it," he said.

Krieger: Raiders not scary? Be afraid - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
November 10, 2005 - Yes, I know, Raiders Week is now a snooze. All past and no present. Not even scary. Norv Turner? Are you kidding? Who's he supposed to scare? While I'm on the subject, just how many chances does he get to be a head coach before people realize he's not any good at it? I mean, this is the man's ninth season with a headset on an NFL sideline and his teams have won as many as 10 games exactly once. In the old days, when Al Davis named an incompetent head coach, at least it was an incompetent with Raiders bloodlines. Not only is Turner's record badly underwater, his bloodlines are from Dallas.

Healthy advantage belongs to Broncos after bye week - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 10, 2005 — There is a good chance that Champ Bailey will be in less pain than the receiver he's chasing this Sunday. After resting his strained hamstring during the bye week, the Denver Broncos' Pro Bowl cornerback returned to the practice field on Wednesday at full speed. "It helped," Bailey said of the time off. "You don't get many breaks like we got, so I took full advantage." Bailey's primary assignment this week — Randy Moss — is listed as questionable on Oakland's injury report with a sore groin, pelvis and ribs.

Plummer, Collins finally playing mistake-free ball - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 10, 2005 — It took a combined 20 seasons, but it appears that thirty-somethings Jake Plummer and Kerry Collins have finally grown up to be responsible NFL quarterbacks. Entering the season, Plummer had thrown 132 touchdown passes and 141 interceptions for his career. In 2004, the Snake's 4,089 yards passing (which broke John Elway's franchise record) and 27 touchdown passes (which tied Elway's franchise record) were tainted by his 20 picks. But in his third season in Denver under the watchful eye of coach Mike Shanahan, Plummer is a model of mistake-free football with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. His career-best streak of games without a turnover has reached six entering Sunday's tilt at Oakland, including no interceptions in his last 171 pass attempts.

Notebook: Bailey Returns - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - All went as well as could be expected for cornerback Champ Bailey on Wednesday as he returned to the practice field after sitting out Monday's post-bye work. "Just (from) my observations today on what he did, he looked pretty good," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said following the afternoon practice session at team headquarters. It was Bailey's first on-field work in eight days, as the Broncos scattered away from team headquarters following a practice on the morning of Nov. 1. "(The bye week) helped," Bailey said. "You don't get many breaks like we got, so I took full advantage." But being back to normal is another matter entirely as this particular hamstring issue has lingered since Sept. 26.

Nate Jackson's Journal: Bye Week Adventures - Denver - Nate Jackson
Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - After last week's exciting victory over the visiting Eagles, the scheduling Gods granted our football team a much needed week off. After eight games, we find ourselves alone atop the mighty mountain that is the AFC West. Half way home, we must rest. Escape the daily grind. Unwind.

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