Broncos News Blogs - Friday, March 31

The NFL meetings are underway in Orlando and Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan had some comments for the media. Read about it in today's news reports.

Denver slots Lang at nickel - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
03/31/2006 - Mike Shanahan wished the country had laughed at his team for bringing in five Cleveland Browns defensive linemen last year instead of four. At the NFL owner's meetings this week, Shanahan said he tried to acquire Kenard Lang last year in the midst of bringing in defensive linemen Gerard Warren, Courtney Brown, Michael Myers and Ebenezer Ekuban. The Broncos were maligned nationally for the moves, but they paid off. Now, Shanahan hopes Lang works out in 2006. Lang will become Denver's nickel pass rusher. He has been the team's most notable acquisition this offseason after signing a three-year deal March 17. Shanahan said Lang, who played linebacker for the Browns last year, will give Denver's pass rush a surge.

Don't worry, Broncos fans, you'll get turkey day game - Denver Post - Dick Kreck
03/30/2006 - "But what if I don't have cable?" Relax. The National Football League is not about to overlook you in the upcoming season. NFL Network (Comcast digital cable channel 168) announced on Monday it will carry eight NFL games next fall, starting on Nov. 23, Thanksgiving, when we can watch three games in one day. There goes dinner. The 6 p.m. game will match the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs, but cable and satellite systems that don't carry NFL Network will be left out. There is a backup plan. Seth Palansky, an NFL Network spokesman, notes that the game also will be available to local over-the-air channels, like, say, KCNC-Channel 4, which already carries the Broncos' games. "I've already heard from a couple of (Denver) stations," said Palansky, without naming names. Who wouldn't be interested? The catch? Games, five on Thursdays and three on Saturdays, will be available over the air only in teams' home cities.

TD celebrations thrown for loss - Denver Post - Mike Klis
03/30/2006 - Orlando, Fla. - They may have removed the prop from a player's touchdown celebration, but the NFL will not strip the inalienable rights from a football player. By a 29-3 vote, the NFL approved a sportsmanship amendment Wednesday that prohibits players from engaging in excessive touchdown celebrations. Specifically, the NFL doesn't want players using the ball, pylon or in some cases the goal post as a prop. Players cannot, as Detroit wide receiver Roy Williams did on Thanksgiving, drop to the ground and pose. The ground rule, however, does have an exception.

Camp may have some company - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
03/30/2006 - Orlando, Fla. - The Broncos are exploring the idea of getting some extra playing time this summer. They have had discussions with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans - their first two preseason opponents - about working together for a couple of days before playing the games. The Broncos open the preseason in Detroit, then host the Titans the next week. The workouts with the Lions would be in Allen Park, Mich., and the work with Tennessee would be at Dove Valley.

Shanahan schooling Plummer - Denver Post - Mike Klis
03/29/2006 - Orlando, Fla. - Just because Jake Plummer is getting better grades doesn't mean he has graduated. At the Mike Shanahan school of Broncos quarterbacks, class is always in session. "You just want him to keep on studying," Shana- han said Tuesday. "Review the mistakes he made last year and try to eliminate some of those mistakes, just like he did the year before. But you've got to want to get better and Jake made some strides last year. In order for him to get to where we need to go, he's going to have to play at a higher level. And he's the first person that wants to do it, which is nice."

Moulds, Walker look unlikely for Broncos - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
03/29/2006 - Orlando, Fla. - Eric Moulds, out. Javon Walker, questionable. Despite interest in Walker from the Broncos, Green Bay's disgruntled wide receiver may be staying put. Walker reiterated on Tuesday that he doesn't intend to play for the Packers again, but the team is reluctant to deal him. Still, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson said the team is willing to listen to offers. Any possible trade is unlikely to develop until closer to the April 29-30 draft. Greg Johnson, the personal adviser for Buffalo's Moulds, said his client will not play for Denver. This comes less than a week after Johnson said Moulds would love to be a Bronco. However, Denver didn't show strong interest in trading for the wide receiver and Houston and Philadelphia are making pitches for him.

Backup QB role far from settled - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
03/29/2006 - Orlando, Fla. - Mike Shanahan doesn't know who will be his backup quarterback next season, but the Broncos' coach knows there will be competition. "You have to have competition at that spot," Shanahan said Tuesday. "We'll have four or five guys at camp. We just have to figure out who." Shanahan said there's a strong chance the Broncos will draft a quarterback, likely with a mid- to late-round pick. The team also intends to bring in a veteran backup to compete with incumbent backup Brad- lee Van Pelt.

Shanahan opens up on state of team - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
March 29, 2006 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Yes, he likes T.O. Yes, he likes the Denver Broncos' strategy in free agency. And, yes, he thinks having two first-round picks in next month's draft means his team could make some things happen. And, no, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan isn't all that worried about what other people have to say about all that. "You make decisions you think will help your football team," Shanahan said. "We've made decisions and we think we've helped our football team. We're not done. When we are done, then we'll look at it and see where we're at." In his first public comments since the Pro Bowl, Shanahan spent an hour Tuesday breaking down where the Broncos were when they finished last season with a loss in the AFC Championship Game and where he hopes they will be by the time they break training camp.

2006 Draft Preview: Offensive Line - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - The Broncos' recent history has seen them find plenty of offensive linemen in the draft; four of their five full-time starters last year came from the draft, with the other -- offensive tackle Matt Lepsis -- arriving as an undrafted free agent in 1998. Yet all but one came from the lower rounds of the draft, from the fourth round or later.

Preseason Slate Announced - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - Another piece of the 2006 season fell into place Wednesday when the Broncos learned their preseason schedule -- a slate which takes them to a pair of stadiums they've never before visited. The Broncos open and close the preseason with trips to Detroit to face the Lions and Arizona to take on the Cardinals. Both of those contests will mark the team's first-ever games at Ford Field and Cardinals Stadium, respectively. In between are a pair of home games against the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans.

Back in Blue - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - When the offseason began in late January, Keith Burns planned to waste little time fretting over whether his career path would wind back to the Broncos for another season. "You never know," he said on Jan. 23. "I don't really get caught up into that too much, I just sit back and see what happens. Everybody's a free agent whose contract is up; you take it for what it's worth. You may be back, you may not be back; you never know." Wednesday, the situation was officially resolved when Burns signed a one-year deal with the club, ensuring the return of another of the team's group of unrestricted free agents.



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