12/07/2005 - Rick Neuheisel isn't exactly finding success in his first NFL coaching season. But he's having fun, all the same. He's coaching. At this point, that is enough. While the Baltimore Ravens' 4-8 record has taken the edge off the good times Neuheisel was hoping for, he is moving ahead in his chosen career. "It's been a tough season and there have been challenges, but that's the profession," the Ravens' quarterbacks coach said. "This is all about growing, and this experience has been enlightening and fun." Neuheisel, always philosophical, has made many moves during his lightning-rod career. He'll get to reflect on his coaching résumé this week as he prepares to return to Colorado, when the Ravens play the Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on Sunday.
Wins only cure for "what ifs" - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
12/07/2005 - I may be only 22, but I have had enough life experience to know things are never as good or bad as they appear from the outside. That fact is especially true when it is applied to a high-profile sports team. When a team is not winning as often as expected, it seems like there is not a good player or positive theme to be found, but of course this is not true. For 12 weeks we have been on the other side of that coin. We have won nine out of 12 games, most in convincing fashion, including two over last year's conference champions, which of course includes the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Bowlen likes high expectations - Denver Post - Mike Klis
12/07/2005 - Broncos owner Pat Bowlen understands the fluidity of expectations. Before this season, the lines in Las Vegas and nearly every preseason publication expected Bowlen's Broncos to finish somewhere from 7-9 to 9-7. Now that the Broncos are 9-3, expectations have been raised. Given their remaining schedule, anything less than a 12-4 record, an AFC West division title and a No. 2 seed in the conference playoffs would be considered a disappointment. "That doesn't surprise me one bit," Bowlen said. And what are Bowlen's feelings about his team's season?
Focus on future is a thing of past - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 7, 2005 - Mike Shanahan wants to put blinders on the Denver Broncos. He wants to worry about the here and now, not the there and later. He wants the players to concern themselves with what has to be fixed today, not what needs to happen tomorrow. "You stress that more than what happens four games from now," Shanahan said. "None of what might happen later matters if we don't do the things we need to now. That's the bottom line. I think our team is mature enough to understand that." With the Broncos at 9-3 after their loss Sunday at Kansas City against the Chiefs, the next month will test that belief. In the heated race for the AFC West title and a first-round playoff bye, the Broncos' next three games are against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High, at the Buffalo Bills and against the Oakland Raiders at home. Three teams with 4-8 records for the Broncos before their Dec. 31 matchup against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium, a game in which the division title could be on the line.
Thorburn: Broncos have own homefield advantage - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 7, 2005 — I don't blame the Broncos for tiring of the endless talk about how great the Chiefs are at Arrowhead Stadium this time of year. So here's a more pleasant statistic for them: Denver has a 10-game home winning streak in December, the second-longest in the final month of the year behind Kansas City (17). And Mike Shanahan's squad will be favored to extend it to a December Dozen with games against Baltimore (this Sunday) and Oakland (on Dec. 24th). It says here that the Chiefs would have lost a lot worse than 31-27 had last Sunday's game been played at Invesco Field.
A Special Visitor - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - Jake Plummer wanted to make sure that his audience was alert Tuesday morning. But he knew he couldn't necessarily use the same methodology he would employ while talking to 10 teammates in a Broncos huddle. So after several hundred students at Side Creek Elementary School bid him "Good morning" after he strode to a lectern, he knew exactly how to bring the room to attention. "Can I get a little bigger good morning than that?" he asked. "GOOD MORNING!" bellowed the pupils at a volume that rivaled Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium less than 48 hours before.
Nate Jackson's Journal: Chin Up After Chiefs Loss - Denver Broncos.com - Nate Jackson
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - Naysayers take heed. Doubters beware. No need to panic. On Sunday we lost yet another game to the Chiefs at their pad in December. Que the statistics. X number of games lost in Kansas City in this difficult month. X number of home wins in a row for them in December. X number of analysts jumping ship. Que the shrug. We lost on Sunday to a good team in a place that is very difficult to win. It is a fact that, as a visiting team, you need to play nearly perfect football to beat the Chiefs where they lay their heads. Facts are facts. It is also a fact that we played pretty darn good football and were in a position to win that game.
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