Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, Nov. 17

Denver Broncos safety John Lynch will face one of his closest friends on Sunday in Jets coach Herm Edwards. Read more, as well as an update on No Mistake Jake in today's news reports.

Can a Snake change its stripes? - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/17/2005 - Once everybody realizes the NFL plays on the left coast and the phenomenal seasons of two running backs there are discovered, the movement for Jake Plummer as league MVP figures to be taken less seriously. Still, it has made for interesting conversation around Broncoland vending machines. And besides, who knows? Maybe one of these weeks a defense will figure out a way to stop the touchdown machines that are Shaun Alexander and LaDainian Tomlinson, the Broncos will continue their run toward the AFC West Division title and Plummer will finish as a legitimate MVP candidate.

Brown has made a nice magnitude adjustment - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 17, 2005 - If one play can symbolize a career, then the last snap of the third quarter Sunday fits Courtney Brown nearly perfectly. The Denver Broncos defensive end had been chopped at the legs to set up a screen pass, and as he lay on his stomach, Oakland Raiders running back LaMont Jordan caught the ball and went flying downfield with a sudden burst toward the right sideline. For a moment, it appeared Jordan might take it to the house, until, that is, a man who, by football standards, is as big as a house, chased him down a good 25 yards downfield.

Denver address pleases Putzier - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 17, 2005 - Denver Broncos tight end Jeb Putzier was this close to a longer commute to Sunday's game against the New York Jets. In fact, soon after free agency began in March, the Jets had signed Putzier to a five-year, $12.5 million offer sheet. Putzier, now in his fourth season, was a restricted free agent, so the Broncos had seven days to match the offer. "We wanted to stay here," Putzier said. "We have friends, we love Denver. We were excited about the opportunity to go to New York, but the whole time we wanted to stay here. So we were very happy to stay."

Game will be state of the reunion - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 17, 2005 - Connect the dots to their careers and the lines intersect well before they were even coaches. To when Mike Heimerdinger and Mike Shanahan were dividing a dorm room as college roommates. They were on the same University of Florida coaching staff 25 years ago. They've been to the Super Bowl together. They've taken each other's money on golf courses all across the map. "And that doesn't mean anything," said Heimerdinger, now the New York Jets offensive coordinator. "I take that back, it just means he likes winning even more." Despite its general largesse, the NFL often is little more than a small town with people talking over the back fence with each other. Coaches know coaches, players know players and everybody knows everybody from years gone by, from places down the road.

No regrets for Lynch, Putzier - Daily Camera- Ryan Thorburn
November 17, 2005 — John Lynch and Jeb Putzier once thought seriously about playing for the New York Jets. Herman Edwards coached Lynch in Tampa Bay and the two are very close friends. Their families will watch Sunday's Jets-Broncos game together at Invesco Field. But after interviewing with several teams, Lynch accepted Denver's offer before the 2004 season. "I'm loving my time here. I don't spend a lot of time thinking back on what might have been," Lynch said. "We had talked before the process had started and made it clearly understood that neither of us were going to make a decision because of our friendship. We were going to make it because it was right for me and my family and his organization. I made what I thought was best for my family and myself."

Van Pelt is careful what he wishes for - Daily Camera- Ryan Thorburn
November 17, 2005 — In August the New York Jets were the sexy preseason pick to topple New England in the AFC East. Three months and 10 major injuries later, J-E-T-S spells ugly. The team's star quarterback, Chad Pennington, was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. Veteran backup Jay Fiedler hurt his shoulder after throwing just 13 passes in relief. Forty-something Vinny Testaverde was begged out of retirement but has been missing snaps with a sore body. And behind door No. 4 head coach Herman Edwards found Brooks Bollinger — the Jets' likely starter this Sunday against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field. Considering their playoff run last season and the importance of the quarterback position, it's not a stretch to say that the 2-7 Jets could have been 7-2 had Pennington stayed healthy. And where would the 7-2 Broncos be had Jake Plummer fractured his foot again getting off the couch before the San Diego game?

The Ties That Bind - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, November 17, 2005 - Herman Edwards always believed in John Lynch -- and he did so in every manner in which a coach can believe in a protégé. He believed in Lynch as a player, from the moment they first worked together in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "He's probably the first guy -- he and (then-Bucs coach) Tony Dungy -- who thought I could be something special in this league and showed me how to get there," Lynch said. "I'll be forever indebted for that." He believed in Lynch as a person -- so much so that he asked Lynch and his wife, Linda, to be godparents to his son, Marcus.

Broncos-Jets Flashback: 1980 - Denver
Thursday, November 17, 2005 - The Denver Broncos entered Week 11 with a 5-5 record and were looking to get over the .500 mark for the first time in the 1980 season while trying to keep pace in the AFC West. The New York Jets, on the other hand, were struggling and searching for any sign of life and their third victory of the year. In the end, it was the Broncos who succeeded, rallying for a 31-24 win that gave them their fifth triumph in their last seven games. The New Yorkers began with possession, but gave it away just three plays into the game when Denver's Steve Foley intercepted a Richard Todd pass at the Jets 18. Denver parlyaed the field position into a 30-yard Fred Steinfort field goal to open the scoring.

Notebook: Putzier Nearly a New Yorker - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - If there was ever a week for tight end Jeb Putzier to ponder what might have been, this would be it. Just over eight months ago, Putzier was at the cusp of becoming a New York Jet. He'd signed an offer sheet as a restricted free agent, which gave the Broncos seven days in order to match the contract. After he signed the deal, he waited, knowing he had two solid options. The Jets offered a chance to play in the nation's largest media market, and in a brief time he'd established a rapport with their head coach, Herman Edwards.

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