Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Jan. 21

In less than twenty-four hours the Denver Broncos will play host to the AFC Championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Check out all the latest news gathered from around the Net.

Wearing it on his sleeve - Denver Post
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Many viewers of the nationally televised NFL conference championships news conferences probably were getting their first look at Jake Plummer while he wasn't wearing a helmet, pads and Broncos jersey.

Game On - Denver Post
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - January 1999. George W. Bush was the governor of Texas, gas cost 99 cents a gallon and LeBron James was the tallest kid in his eighth-grade class. And Denver was hosting another AFC championship game, with many more seemingly bound to follow. Yeah, well, stuff happens in the NFL. Little did we know that seven years would pass before local pro football fans would be able to scratch the championship-game itch again.

Bettors' money not on Broncos - Denver Post
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Las Vegas - A handful of early dinner-hour patrons at the nearly empty Mandalay Bay Sports Book in midweek gazed at the TV monitors showing East Coast basketball games. "Sunday it will be wall-to-wall people," sports book supervisor David Behrends said. "You'll have trouble seeing the carpet. We'll have a gung-ho crowd. Even with the $20 bettor, the people who yell the loudest usually bet the least amount."

Coaches keeping star power alive - Denver Post
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Peyton Manning is out of the way again, and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have been conquered. With cross-country outposts Seattle and Carolina representing the NFC, many national observers are bored with the final four. Nothing sexy, they say. Too bad.

Officiating crews no stars in stripes - Denver Post
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Upon further review, John Elway's final touchdown was a Super Bowl mirage - part gift, part goof by an NFL official. Seven years ago, as Elway's bright-orange career faded to black during a deboning of the Falcons, the Denver quarterback took a late snap and wormed 3 yards toward the end zone. His scoring scoot pushed the Broncos ahead 31-6, and clinched the Super Bowl MVP trophy for Elway.

Dominating defense set tone for big season - Denver Post
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Week 1: Sept. 11 at Miami, 34-10 L
Broncos had trouble inside the red zone, getting only one touchdown and one field goal on four trips inside the Dolphins' 20. After a Champ Bailey interception at the Dolphins' 3-yard line, the Broncos failed to score on five tries (counting a defensive penalty). Denver lost three of its four cornerbacks to injuries or cramps during the game, and with running back Mike Anderson (rib cartilage) hurt, Denver finished with only 70 yards rushing.
Key stat: Broncos go 1-for-12 on third downs.

Coyer's intensity remains unrivaled - Denver Post
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Jan Coyer turns out the lights, tucks herself in and prepares for a night of sleep. Or maybe it will be a night of game-planning. When she closes her eyes, she doesn't know if it will be for a full eight hours. The X's and O's in Larry Coyer's brain may take over and wake up the house. Nighttime is over.

Road more traveled suits Pittsburgh fine - Denver Post
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Tom Brady and Peyton Manning aren't the only people around the NFL wondering what if. Do you think Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme is thanking his lucky stars that, with Pro Bowl wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad leaving for Chicago, Steve Smith was able to come all the way back from a broken leg that cost him virtually the entire 2004 season?

Plummer laments pending loss - Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Even if the Denver Broncos manage to take their season to the limit, quarterback Jake Plummer already is contemplating his next loss. No matter what happens Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, or even Super Bowl XL if the team gets there, it's already common knowledge that offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will become the next head coach of the Houston Texans when Denver's season ends.

Broncos, Steelers in a role reversal - Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - The small number of players remaining from the cast of characters certainly recalls the memorable game. This week, some might be noting how the team's roles are reversed. Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis likely hasn't forgotten. His Steelers team of 1997 was supposed to be the favorite. The team that would use its home-field advantage to earn a Super Bowl berth against a wild-card team.

Bell, Parker bring element of speed to AFC title game - Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - ENGLEWOOD - In the copycat NFL, what works blossoms and flourishes and finds its way around the league. What's working for the running games of the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers is a plan that features one bruising, physical, run-over-you back and one slash-and-burn speed guy.

In transition to NFL, rookies turn corner - Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - ENGLEWOOD - Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth expected to get picked on. And not just on the field, where veteran quarterbacks tend to drool over rookie cornerbacks like hungry dogs attacking a meaty bone. As rookies, Williams and Foxworth have been exposed to all the demeaning grunt work and practical jokes typically bestowed upon first-year players in the locker room.

Lincicome: Game full of possibilities, but probability is Broncos win - Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Here again is the guy who gave you Champ Bailey, even though I had him for only 60 yards to win the game against New England rather than 100. But then, again, both of us were a little short.

Krieger: Sentiment for 'Bus'? Broncos aren't buying - Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - I don't know a nice way to say this, so I'm just going to come straight out with it: The charm of the Jerome Bettis story is lost on the Broncos. When I talk to them about Bettis' happy ending, they look at me as if I'm the guy from Nickelodeon who shows up at the Super Bowl wearing tights and a mask. A future Hall of Famer has a chance to top off his career with a Super Bowl. A storybook ending is waiting to be written. Does this sound familiar?

Tight-lipped Broncos always in a rush - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Try to interview the Denver Broncos' top two running backs, and you quickly realize what a lot of linebackers already know: They're hard to catch. "I ain't talkin'," says speedy tailback Tatum Bell, as he cuts past a reporter and heads toward the showers after practice.

Shanahan impressed with Steelers tactics - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was impressed by the way the Steelers rattled Peyton Manning last week. "I thought they did a great job looking at the 40-second clock and making their adjustments right before the ball was snapped," Shanahan said Friday. "That's tough on a quarterback." The Broncos don't make nearly as many calls at the line of scrimmage as Manning. "With us, we're going get up there and go, and hopefully, have the right scheme to pick up the blitzes," quarterback Jake Plummer said.

The Snake has shed his skin in Colorado - San Diego Union-Tribune
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006 - ENVER – The light has come on for Jake Plummer, and it is incandescent. What once was a flicker is now a flame. What once was a raw talent is now refined. The Denver Broncos have reined in their unbridled quarterback, smoothing over some of his rougher edges, winnowing out his wild streak and frightening the rest of pro football.

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