Broncos Update Insider - Tuesday, Dec. 6

Denver Broncos safety John Lynch was upset at a helmet-to-helmet penalty that was called late in Sunday's game at Kansas City, and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan showed video evidence that Lynch had a right to be angry. Read about the controversy in today's "Broncos Update Insider."

Denver Broncos safety John Lynch was upset at a helmet-to-helmet penalty that was called late in Sunday's game at Kansas City, and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan showed video evidence that Lynch had a right to be angry.

Lynch was called for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Chiefs receiver Eddie Kennison at the end of a fourth-quarter incompletion. Lynch hit Kennison, and the officials waited for a couple of seconds before they threw the flag.

On Monday, Shanahan showed the media a freeze frame of a replay that showed Lynch hitting Kenninson in the facemask with his left shoulder.

"When I first looked at it, I thought it was helmet-to-helmet, then all of a sudden John came up to me and said 'Coach, I'm telling you, I had my shoulder in there,'" Shanahan said. "You can see on the end-zone camera, all the way from ground view, you can take an angle looking at the hit and you can see John's helmet on the side and his shoulder going into the helmet."

The play came on second-and-7 at the Broncos 9-yard line. The penalty gave Kansas City first down at the 4, and Chiefs running back Larry Johnson scored on the next play. Lynch immediately turned and yelled at side judge Kirk Dornan about the call, and Dornan gave him 15 more yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"The one thing I am sorry about is my reaction," Lynch said. "I have to have better poise in that situation."

Lynch, who has been fined four times for illegal hits with his helmet since 2001, didn't speak to reporters on Monday but he was careful about what he said after the game.

"I think I've learned through the past to reserve judgment," Lynch said of the penalty. "I obviously didn't think it was, but I'll reserve judgment on that until I see it."

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Chiefs intercepted quarterback Jake Plummer twice, Plummer's first two-interception game since the season opener. The play that really cost the Broncos was second-and-goal at the Chiefs 4-yard line in the first quarter. Plummer rolled right, and instead of trying to run it into the end zone, he forced a pass to tight end Stephen Alexander that was picked off by Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain.

"One of those plays you just got to throw it away," Plummer said. "Second down, you can't make that decision down there."

--Cornerback Darrent Williams reclaimed his job as Denver's kickoff returner. Williams spent most of the year in the role, then was replaced by cornerback Roc Alexander a few weeks ago because the Broncos didn't want Williams to break down. Williams was given the job back because the Broncos wanted an extra spark on special teams.

"I always feel like I'm dangerous with the ball in my hands," Williams said.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES

--LB Ian Gold had a solid game against the Chiefs. He had 10 tackles and often showed his excellent speed when chasing down the ball carrier.
--LB Keith Burns could return to the lineup this week after sitting out against Kansas City with a knee injury. The Broncos didn't have any major injuries in the Chiefs game.
--DE Trevor Pryce had a couple of pressures on Trent Green but never sacked the Kansas City quarterback. Denver didn't get enough pressure on Green, allowing him to complete some long passes.
--TE Jeb Putzier continues to be one of Denver's most reliable receivers. He caught four passes for 50 yards against Kansas City, including a 32-yard catch in the first half. Putzier can take a short pass and turn it upfield for a big gain because of his speed.
--WR Ashley Lelie caught a 56-yard pass in the first quarter against Kansas City and then disappeared. He caught one pass for 7 yards the rest of the game. Lelie is a good deep threat, but he has never become a solid every-down receiver for the Broncos.



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