Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, Dec. 15

The Buffalo Bills will start veteran Kelly Holcomb against the Denver Broncos instead of J.P. Losman. Losman did not practice for a second straight day on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury. Read more about the change of QBs in today's news reports.

Game against Bills snow job for Broncos - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
12/15/2005 - Gerard Warren grew up in Florida and rarely ventured out of the Southeast. His first winters with the Cleveland Browns were mild until he ventured to Green Bay. Welcome to the frozen tundra, rookie. Two days before Christmas in 2001, it was 24 degrees at game time, with a wind chill that made it feel like it was below zero. "I stepped out onto the field and told one of my coaches: 'I don't think I can play. It's too cold,"' recalled Warren, now a Broncos defensive tackle. "He said, 'Son, we paid you a lot of money to get cold ...' That warmed me up. Ever since, I knew I have no choice." That's the prevailing attitude among the Broncos this week. They have to go to Orchard Park, N.Y., to play the Buffalo Bills. There's no choice.

Holcomb to start at QB for Buffalo - Denver Post - Mike Klis
12/15/2005 - Straight from the Broncos' mouths, the task of beating the Buffalo Bills just got tougher. J.P. Losman, the Bills' talented but struggling second-year quarterback, will not start Saturday night against the visiting Broncos because of an injury to his right throwing shoulder. Kelly Holcomb will direct the Bills' offense against the Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

On either side, the hits keep on coming for Gold - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 15, 2005 - Ian Gold will leave the addition to other people. Multiplication, though, he'll take care of that, thank you. "We're 10-3," Gold said. "That's all that needs to be said right now. What we're doing, what I'm doing, we need to do that a few more times, over and over again. That's all I'm concerned with right now." But add up the numbers and Gold is closing in on some unfamiliar ground in his NFL career. The sixth-year veteran currently leads the Broncos in tackles, with 94, ahead of Al Wilson, who has 79. Gold is tied for second in sacks (two) and leads in forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (two).

Pressure point for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 15, 2005 - The Denver Broncos are getting to quarterbacks, even though they're not getting to quarterbacks. The proof lies in the fact their defense ranks last in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt but is tied for third in interceptions. It's related to pressure, forcing throws before they're supposed to be released and to the wrong areas. But whether enough heat is being generated, particularly recently, and especially with only a four-man rush, is an open question as Denver hits its finishing kick. There are other inconsistencies that don't point to a solid answer.

With Williams out, Adams returns to special teams - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 15, 2005 - The groin injury that has sidelined starting cornerback Darrent Williams for the rest of the regular season will have a trickle-down effect to the special-teams realm. Williams is fifth in the AFC with an 8.7-yard punt-return average, and while his kickoff-return role has diminished lately, he's usually the player called upon in critical situations. Those responsibilities probably will fall to receiver Charlie Adams, who periodically has dabbled as a returner the past two years. "It won't be that much of a change for me," he said.

Moulds, Holcomb back in lineup - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 15, 2005 — It's not on the scale of the Terrell Owens saga in Philadelphia, but the Buffalo Bills are experiencing their own problems with a marquee wide receiver. Eric Moulds, in his 10th season with the franchise, took himself out of a game against Miami 11 days ago, which the Dolphins came back to win in the fourth quarter after the Bills had built a huge lead on three touchdown catches by No. 2 receiver Lee Evans. The team suspended Moulds for last Sunday's game against New England, a 35-7 loss, but he is expected to start Saturday night against the Denver Broncos in what could be his last home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Seeking a Ground Rebound - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, December 15, 2005 - Head Coach Mike Shanahan had heard the talk before -- the talk about the Broncos' running game struggling. The steadily increasing buzz regarding the ground game's recent output -- when it has averaged 123.7 yards per game after maintaining an 188.8-yard pace in the previous eight games, -- mirrored the talk that surfaced after the first two games of the regular season, when the Broncos averaged 84.0 rushing yards per game in a 1-1 start. But in the head coach's mind, there is no cause for panic. Shanahan and his charges are secure in where the ground game stands from a big picture perspective heading into Saturday's game with the Buffalo Bills.

Broncos treasure their deep secondary - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
12/14/2005 — Losing a defensive back this time of year is nothing new for the Denver Broncos. It's become an annual winter tradition. For the last three years, about the time the calendar flips to December, a member of the secondary goes missing. Two years ago, it was safety Nick Ferguson (broken arm). Last year, it was cornerback Lenny Walls (a second separated shoulder). This season, the dubious honor belongs to rookie cornerback Darrent Williams. Denver coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Tuesday what had already been speculated — Williams is likely done for the regular season, and possibly longer. Williams pulled his groin making a tackle Sunday against Baltimore. He saw a specialist Tuesday to assess the damage.

Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos -
Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos Dec 15, 2005 - Some fans booed Mike Mularkey as he left the field. Other fans wore bags on their heads. A lot of fans left in the third quarter. Thousands of fans didn't even bother to come. The Bills Nation is angry, as mad as they've been in years. They shouldn't expect to feel any better this Saturday, when the 10-3 Denver Broncos come to town.

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