Broncos News Blogs - Wednesday, Nov. 16

The off season acquistions by the Denver Broncos, particularly the four defensive linemen from Cleveland, is the focus of today's news reports.

Subtle shifts in offseason gain ground - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/16/2005 - The Raiders had just annihilated the Broncos. Beat them up, kicked them in the ribs. Remember the offseason? With the glitz of sparkling silver, the Raiders became the champions of springtime by adding premium players Randy Moss and LaMont Jordan. The Broncos spent their offseason trumpeting the virtues of better field position. While the rest of the nation focused on two Denver acquisitions who could no longer play - Jerry Rice and Maurice Clarett - the Broncos were holding up a punter and a bunch of former Cleveland Browns as their marquee additions.

Coaches getting help from veteran Coleman - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
11/16/2005 - Marco Coleman has been in the NFL for 14 seasons. He has an understanding of the business. That's why being inactive more often than not this season hasn't bothered him. He simply finds other ways to help. Coleman, 35, was a starter much of last season, but has been inactive six of nine games this season. He was active Oct. 30 against Philadelphia because the team's game plan called for an extra defensive lineman. Coleman keeps busy by assisting coaches on game day and even doing scouting work during the week, he said.

Success starts off the field - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
11/16/2005 - Sunday's game against the longtime rival Raiders marked another win by the Broncos. Beyond providing fans with bragging rights, the victory supplied further proof of a successful offseason in the front office.

Broncos have gone off deep end - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 16, 2005 - When there is comparison shopping among Mike Shanahan's 11 Denver Broncos teams, the orange standard always will be his two Super Bowl teams. Each won the Big Game. Each put a shiny Lombardi Trophy in Pat Bowlen's Dove Valley lobby. These Broncos are 7-2 heading into their game Sunday against the New York Jets at Invesco Field at Mile High. They are in first place in the AFC West, but it's still too early to determine where the cast of 2005 fits into history. But Shanahan already has given this team the nod over his two ring bearers in one respect - top-to-bottom roster depth.

Broncos offer financial plays - Rocky Mountain News - James Paton
November 16, 2005 - Jake Plummer is bullish on real estate in Idaho, of all places. John Lynch is ultra-conservative, with 65 percent of his investment portfolio in bonds. "I try to be diverse in what I do," Lynch said in an interview Tuesday after talking to students at South High School about money management. "We have an opportunity to make a lot of money, but over a short amount of time, so whatever you make, you better save." Lynch, the Denver Broncos' star safety who played college football for Stanford University before joining the National Football League, said his goal is to hold on to his millions to create a comfortable life, and to give back.

Lincicome: Colts finding out that being on the road to an undefeated year is far from perfect - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
November 16, 2005 - Now that the NFL is back on the same lap, all bye-weeks gone bye-bye and all games-played played, it is easier to figure where we go from here. And just because Detroit is the final destination, no jokes please about refusing to go to Super Bowl XL. An aside here. Detroit does not like to be made fun of, the most recent evidence being a sturdy fine of the Sacramento Kings for mocking the Motor City on their arena scoreboard, something straight from the Jimmy Kimmel school of humor.

Shanahan keeps perspective - Daily Camera- Ryan Thorburn
November 15, 2005 — Mike Shanahan was given an opportunity to say "I told you so," to the critics on Monday. A day after Denver dismantled Oakland 31-17 to take a two-game lead in the AFC West, the head coach was asked if it felt good to have his bold and much-criticized offseason strategy — acquiring four defensive linemen from an underachieving Cleveland defense — pay off. Gerard Warren, Courtney Brown, Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers have done nothing but perform on the field and lead in the locker room since joining the Broncos. So, go ahead, brag about knowing the ex-Browns better than anyone else.

Williams Finds Big-Play Touch - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - On a bright Sunday afternoon in Oakland, Darrent Williams showed why the Broncos' front-office brass invested a second-round pick on him over six and a half months ago. The fact that he became a steady starter so quickly opposite Champ Bailey so quickly was a surprise, even to the former Oklahoma State standout himself, who figured he'd be trying to claw his way into the secondary rotation all year and that he wouldn't get a chance to truly demonstrate his coverage skills until the season's second half. But what Williams did Sunday -- returning a punt 52 yards and an interception 80 yards for a score -- was merely what was expected all along.

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