12/06/2005 - This Broncos season began with all eyes locked on their finish. Fast starts and slow finishes have ruined their hopes in recent years. Denver began this season 6-2. Four games into the second half, the Broncos are 3-1. That makes 9-3, as good as any team in the AFC besides the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. I see a disconcerting trend, though. The Broncos while solving their late-season swoons have developed fourth-quarter blackouts. They are being bashed in fourth quarters. In eight of 12 games they have been outscored in the fourth quarter. They have lost the fourth quarter in three of their past four games and six of their past eight.
In search of a Super defense - Denver Post - Mike Klis
12/06/2005 - They hover threateningly, like a storm building on the horizon. Not only does the Broncos' future eventually figure to include Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, but perhaps Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals. Behind these offensive powerhouses is the Broncos' dream of playing in the season's final game in Detroit. In front of these potentially menacing obstacles are the 31 points the Broncos' defense just surrendered to the Kansas City Chiefs. To get past the likes of Manning and Palmer and reach Super Bowl XL, it won't be enough if the Broncos' defense plays really well. It has to be great.
Lynch shoulders call - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
12/06/2005 - Coach Mike Shanahan said he didn't think a disputed penalty on safety John Lynch on Sunday was the deciding factor in the Broncos' 31-27 loss to Kansas City. Shanahan's latest video presentation Monday was about saving his player a fine. That's why, Shanahan said, he had reporters come to his office to see a replay of Lynch being penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Chiefs receiver Eddie Kennison.
Angle might prove a Lynch screen savior - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 6, 2005 - The third annual Mike Shanahan film festival commenced at about 2 p.m. Monday. The Denver Broncos coach marched about 20 TV cameramen, reporters and employees to his office at Dove Valley to provide a still image of safety John Lynch's controversial helmet-to-helmet hit during the loss Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Shanahan hoped Lynch could avoid a fine by backing the player publicly and letting the assembled group make its own determination by viewing an end-zone image of the tackle, which has been submitted to the league for review with the normal 15 to 20 plays sent after each game. The angle showed Lynch striking Chiefs receiver Eddie Kennison in the face mask with his left shoulder, not his helmet.
Nickel might need some change - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 6, 2005 - When the Broncos entered the past off-season, one of the areas they took a long look was their nickel package. The Broncos had concerns that some teams - the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts, for example - were able to run against them when they were in the nickel. So the Broncos added more speed, guys who can cover more ground. They grabbed four former Cleveland Browns defensive linemen, all fast for their positions, signed free-agent linebacker Ian Gold and drafted cornerbacks Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth. And for much of this season, things went just fine. But the Chiefs did some damage to the Broncos' nickel package on the ground with their array of presnap shifts and a veteran offensive line. At the quarter pole, Broncos still are in full stride
Nickel might need some change - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 6, 2005 - Twelve down, four to go. Four quarters, it seems, always has made the whole in a football life. And despite a 31-27, still-sore-to-the- touch loss Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos pushed through the first three quarters of the season with a 9-3 record. Anywhere but Indianapolis right now, and that 3-1, 3-1 and 3-1 would look just fine.
Bailey keeps his focus on team - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold And Lee Rasizer
December 6, 2005 - Champ Bailey's seventh interception of the season won't be going on any shelf. And despite the fact he continues to add to a single-season career most, the five-time Pro Bowl selection said the interceptions, All-Pro honors, Pro Bowl trips and all-whatever teams are not what he's looking for at this point. "Maybe later, a lot later, I'll look at that kind of thing," Bailey said. "I really don't get satisfied too much at this point in my career by personal achievement. I want the big one, a championship, and then maybe we can talk about individual stuff."
Bengals breathing down Broncos' necks - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 6, 2005 — After the Denver Broncos' loss at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, much was made about the officiating. Perhaps it's time for Mike Shanahan's team to start worrying about a different group of men wearing stripes. The Broncos' 31-27 loss to Kansas City dropped their record to 9-3. They still lead the AFC West by a full game, but are now tied with Cincinnati (9-3) for the conference's second-best record after the Bengals' 38-31 victory at Pittsburgh. Denver currently owns the tiebreaker based on conference record — the Broncos are 6-2 vs. the AFC while the Bengals are 6-3. That doesn't mean Shanahan is tuning in to WKRP just yet.
Broncos reflect on mistakes - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 6, 2005 — Tackling and talking. Denver's defense will focus on getting back to those basics when practice resumes on Wednesday after allowing Larry Johnson to rush for 140 yards and two touchdowns, and Dante Hall and Tony Gonzalez to take advantage of communication breakdowns in the secondary during the Broncos' 31-27 loss on Sunday at Kansas City. Entering the AFC West showdown, Denver had the NFL's No. 1 rushing defense, allowing only 79.1 yards on the ground per game. And the Chiefs only had 64 yards in that department through the first three quarters. But with the score tied 24-24 entering the final frame, Kansas City's offense stayed with Johnson, who rewarded the patient play-calling by rushing for 90 of the Chiefs' 104 yards in the fourth quarter.
Super Bowl power rankings - Detroit Free Press
December 5, 2005 - Who's in line to be crowned champion in Detroit at Super Bowl XL: 1. Indianapolis Colts: They aren't showing any signs of letting up. They're one game away from home-field advantage. 2. Denver Broncos: Missed a chance to put AFC West rival Chiefs in a deep hole. Broncos also can forget about home-field advantage in the playoffs unless the Colts suffer a meltdown.
Notebook: Not Quite Run Down - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - It was a Monday unlike any other in nearly a month and a half at Dove Valley -- a Monday after a defeat. It was also a Monday after a day in which the Broncos' highly-ranked run defense was singed by Larry Johnson and the Kansas City Chiefs for 168 yards, 140 coming on 30 carries by Johnson. Until Sunday, no team had rushed for more than 160 yards on the Broncos since the Chiefs did a year ago, and their Sunday total was the most yielded by the Broncos in 20 games, since Oct. 31, 2004 against the Atlanta Falcons. The run defense was a disappointment to the Broncos. But not enough of one for them to lose sight of a six-game run of solid performances that had seen the Broncos allow just 71.5 rushing yards per game -- and never more than 97.
Film Session - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, December 5, 2005 - Those who've been around Dove Valley for more than just this season were quite familiar with what Head Coach Mike Shanahan did at his news conference Monday afternoon. The Broncos' head coach of 11 seasons was going to defend a John Lynch hit. He'd done that before, particularly last January, when he vociferously stood up for his safety after a league-mandated fine for a hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark. Shanahan was also going to turn his press conference into a multimedia presentation to make his point, just as he did to defend offensive tackle George Foster in 2004 and safety Kenoy Kennedy in 2002. So the actions involved with Monday's show-and-tell were familar. The venue was not.
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