01/10/2006 - Al Wilson never has worked this late into a football season, but the heart and soul of the Broncos' defense has no problem clocking overtime hours. "I love it, man, I love it," Wilson said after Denver's first workout in preparation for its AFC divisional playoff game Saturday against New England at Invesco Field at Mile High. "I'm just not used to going to work this late. It's a much better situation than what I have been dealing with. I've been thinking of this day for about two weeks, about coming to work, later than I ever have."
Veteran QB vital to planting seed of hope - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
01/10/2006 - The opening weekend of the NFL playoffs saw two No. 6 seeds win for the first time, three road teams emerged victorious and four defenses dominated play, with techniques ranging from the guile of the Patriots to the punch-you-in-the-face intensity of the Redskins and Steelers. And yet, it could be argued that amid the assorted numbers, the quartet of games came down to one thing - quarterbacks. In retrospect, trying to handicap the contests, Washington at Tampa Bay, Jacksonville at New England, Carolina at the New York Giants and Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, could have been boiled down to a simple formula - take the experience.
Hard work pays off for persistent Ekuban - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
01/10/2006 - It's not going to take a great defensive scheme. Forget intimidation. It's going to take hard work Saturday for the Broncos to beat the New England Patriots, winners of three of the past four Super Bowls. At least that's how Denver defensive coordinator Larry Coyer sees it. Coyer envisions defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban being the hardest working man at Invesco Field at Mile High for the Broncos' divisional playoff game Saturday night. And the man Coyer hopes will be working harder than he wants to be is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a two- time Super Bowl MVP.
Broncos foe-warned - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 10, 2006 - The Denver Broncos got what they wanted out of their playoff bye. They got to rest, they got to relax, they got to watch some of the other playoff teams do their thing. But then came Monday, and the New England Patriots got their attention. "Nothing needs to be said," Broncos running back Mike Anderson said. "They've won it, they've won it again and they won it again. We know what they've done and what kind of opportunity we have Saturday. I think guys came back ready to go. If you can't get ready to play somebody like that, you need to go do something else with your time."
Williams will play secondary role - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
January 10, 2006 - Lingering soreness and a lack of recovery time likely will not keep cornerback Darrent Williams out of the Denver Broncos secondary Saturday night, but his initial hopes of playing a full-time role have faded. Williams on Monday said he was only about 60 percent healed from a pulled right groin he suffered on the opening kickoff Dec. 11 against the Baltimore Ravens. He believes he will be used as an extra cornerback but will be unable to resume his return role on special teams in an AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots.
Wilson, Lynch named All-Pro - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
January 10, 2006 — Three Denver Broncos received individual honors on Monday as preparations for the team's most important home game in seven years began. Two members of the defense, cornerback Champ Bailey and middle linebacker Al Wilson, were named to the Associated Press' 2005 All-Pro team. "You've got a 100 corners in this league, that's definitely a little more prestigious award than going to the Pro Bowl," Bailey said of being named All-Pro for the second time. "I definitely look forward to getting that every year if I can."
Padding the Record - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - After a weekend off, Monday brought a chance for the Broncos to dive back into work and prepare for their first home playoff game since January 1999. They wasted little time diving in, donning shoulder pads, commencing the hitting and quickly accelerating to full speed. "I always like to come back (after the bye) and have a padded practice," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "The players really practiced well. Knock on wood, we stay healthy and continue to have good practices through the week." It was no surprise to the Broncos. They'd seen this before, after regular-season byes, and they'd been given some advance word.
CB Williams Remains Undeterred - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - Darrent Williams says he's at "around 60 percent" in his recovery from a groin injury. The rookie cornerback also says that'll be enough to allow him to play. "I would play today if it was my decision," Williams said, "but I don't know. (Head) Coach (Mike) Shanahan and the other guys make those decision, but if we had to play today, I'd go out here and play." Shanahan wasn't ready to pronounce the rookie cornerback as ready to play, not with so much time between Monday's work and Saturday's kickoff. "I don't know if he's full go," Shanahan said. "But he practiced (Monday). I don't want him to go full speed, like he would on a punt return or a kickoff return, but he's had three days of practice, so hopefully there'll be no setback and if there's not a setback, he'll be ready to play."
Patriots Face Broncos As A New Team - Patriots Insider
Jan 9, 2006 - The New England Patriots took on the look of defending champions when they scored 21 unanswered points in the second half against a solid Jacksonville Jaguars team. "... all of a sudden instead of us having an opportunity to keep it close, it got blown open," said Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio. Good teams do that to their opponents. That's what the Denver Broncos did to New England in October. The new-look Patriots have their swagger back, and it doesn't bode well for Denver.
Third season the charm for Plummer, Broncos - NBCSports.com - Bill Williamson
Jan. 9, 2006 - The playoff scouting report on the Denver Broncos, the current under-the-radar Super Bowl contender of your 2006 NFL playoffs?Contain the quarterback. Don't let him beat you. Concentrate on the quarterback. Just like the old days. Yes, the Denver Broncos are poised to make a Super Bowl run just like they did five times in the 1980s and 1990s. And just like back in the days of the bright orange jerseys, the quarterback is the key. John Elway is still retired. That's real. But what's also real is that Brian Griese doesn't live here anymore. Nor do Gus Frerotte or Steve Beuerlein. Jarious Jackson is not even allowed in the city anymore. It's a new day of Denver quarterbacking, and Jake Plummer is ably handling the show.
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