Denver Broncos News Blogs - Thurs., Sept.21

The Denver Broncos sign WR/KR Quincy Morgan today. Also in today's news - the heat's on quarterback Jake Plummer despite the win over the Chiefs.

Denver where Myers wants to stay - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/19/2006 - Michael Myers has played for three NFL franchises. At age 30, and in his free-agency season, he knows what he wants. "I want to retire here in Denver," Myers said. "I don't want to be anywhere else but here." If Myers finishes 2006 the way he has played since being a throw-in on the trade that sent Reuben Droughns to Cleveland in exchange for Ebenezer Ekuban in March 2005, he shouldn't have a problem getting the Broncos to agree with him. Myers, a defensive tackle, has been a stout run stopper and a solid, blue-collar worker for Denver. He had another strong game in the Broncos' 9-6 win over Kansas City on Sunday. Wednesday Notebook: Ready for Fireworks - - J. Michael Moore
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - Revenge is a dish best served cold. But, with temperatures predicted to be no lower than the mid-50s Sunday night in Foxborough, Mass., the Patriots will have to work a little harder at cooling down any payback for the Broncos two victories last season. Denver's playoff win snapped a perfect postseason streak for New England under quarterback Tom Brady and surely left a sour taste in some mouths around Gillette Stadium. "I'm sure the media is going to definitely mark it up a lot this week with them and ask them how bad they want to win and get revenge," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. "They might deny it but, in a sense, you're going to have it in the back of your mind: 'Yeah, they put us out of the playoffs last year (and) ended our season.' So I know they're going to come out extra motivated in the first quarter." Denver, however, has history on its side.

These opponents have a history - Boston Globe - Mike Reiss
September 20, 2006 - For teams that are in different divisions -- AFC East and AFC West -- the Patriots and Broncos have been familiar foes. Sunday night's game will mark the 12th meeting between the teams in the last 12 seasons. While it's not a heated rivalry along the lines of Patriots-Jets or Broncos-Chiefs, the matchup does have a rich history. After all, the Boston Patriots played the Broncos in both teams' first American Football League game back in 1960, a contest held at Boston University on a Friday night. "I'll never forget, it was kind of like a college crowd, we didn't have an affiliation with the fans at the time," said Red Miller, who coached the Patriots' offensive line in 1960, returned to the franchise in the mid '70s as offensive coordinator, and was the Broncos' head coach from 1977-80. ``People came out, but it was more like they were asking, `What is this new deal here?'

Preview: Broncos at Patriots - - Mike Klis
Wed, Sep 20, 2006 - The New England Patriots didn`t play their best the last time they faced the Denver Broncos, and their two-year reign as Super Bowl champions ended as a result. New England looks for a better effort and tries to remain unbeaten when it hosts the Broncos on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. Oddsmakers have listed the Patriots as 7-point favorites and the over/under is set at 39. These teams last met on Jan. 14 in an AFC divisional playoff game at Denver. The Patriots outgained the Broncos 420-286 in that contest, but also turned the ball over five times.

His biggest fan - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/19/2006 - Former coaching great Jimmy Johnson may not like Jake Plummer. Those critical fans positioned in expensive seats behind the Broncos' bench may not like Jake Plummer. The folks at home armed with sofa pillows may not like Jake Plummer. None of these people, though, is directly responsible for the success or failure of the Broncos. As head coach, Mike Shanahan is the only man who carries such weight. And Shanahan likes Jake Plummer.

Listen up: Broncos already miss Lelie - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
09/19/2006 - It won't be popular in this dusty old cowtown, but here goes anyway: The Broncos miss Ashley Lelie. A lot. Sorry, but when you're two games into things and your longest pass completion is 24 yards, there's no other way to put it. With no deep threat, which Lelie provided, the Broncos are vulnerable to opposing teams stacking the line of scrimmage and not respecting their play action. The Broncos have a new offensive coordinator, a new semi-starter at tailback, a new third-down tight end and a new go-to wide receiver. Not only that, the tailback and tight end are rookies. And we're supposed to be shocked that their offense is struggling? On second thought, don't be.

Notebook: Smith on the Mend - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - One day after suffering a concussion late in the 9-6 overtime win over Kansas City, wide receiver Rod Smith "looks probable" to return for the Week 3 game at New England, Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "We'll take a look at the CT scan, and if that's a problem, we'll probably put him as questionable or doubtful, but right now the doctors feel pretty good about him," Shanahan said.

Broncos kicking themselves - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 19, 2006 - As might be expected, there was some serious Monday morning quarterbacking going on after another subpar Broncos offensive showing. One twist, though, is much of the hand-wringing came from within the meeting room at the team's Dove Valley facility from the players themselves and not from outsiders. The Broncos offense held a confab Monday morning without coaches to watch film, discuss mistakes and try to uncover some answers to the unit's ongoing struggles, which include 19 points in two weeks. The team was able to take comfort in having beaten AFC West rival Kansas City 9-6 on Sunday.

U.G.L.Y.: Broncos ain't got (or need) no alibi - Rocky Mountain News
September 19, 2006 - Wins are pretty. That is the Broncos' message this week: that wins, no matter how much they look like black knee socks with sandals, are pretty. "We don't need style points," linebacker Al Wilson said. "All wins look good to me. We'll go back and see the mistakes, fix those, but wins look good, man." With two weeks of the regular season passed, the Broncos have one in the pretty column and one in the ugly column. Now, those who have a thing in their hearts for something like, say touchdowns, might have put each of the Broncos' first two games in the ugly column, but they are driving the bus to the old school at the moment. They are playing what the league's gray-around-the-ears guys call situational football.

Krieger: Shanahan won't repeat Griese mistake - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 19, 2006 - Quickie quiz: How many rookie quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl? Uh, that would be zero. This is Mike Shanahan's dilemma. This, and losing his locker room. Far from giving up his annual Super Bowl dream after a 1-1 start, Shanahan thinks back to the summer of 1999. And regrets it. "What you can't do is you can't put somebody in there until his teammates feel he has earned that spot," Shanahan told me Monday. "Not just me, but the guys that go to war. If I learned one thing with Brian Griese, it was that I put him in there too early."

Morgan is game to return - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 19, 2006 - Quincy Morgan has had enough of rest and relaxation. And he certainly doesn't want to log any more couch time on NFL Sundays. "It was very tough," Morgan said. "It was funny being at home watching games on Sunday . . . but it didn't get me down." The Broncos on Monday signed Morgan to a one-year contract worth $585,000 in base salary with no signing bonus. Because the Broncos have played two games, Morgan's salary will be prorated for the 15 weeks remaining in the regular season. He would earn a little more than $516,000. Morgan said he wanted to sign a one-year deal to have some flexibility as a vested veteran who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. "Hopefully, I just do a good job and they want me back here," Morgan said. To make room for Morgan, the Broncos waived receiver Charlie Adams. It is the fifth time the Broncos have waived the hard-working Adams since 2002.

Broncos kicking themselves - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 19, 2006 - As might be expected, there was some serious Monday morning quarterbacking going on after another subpar Broncos offensive showing. One twist, though, is much of the hand-wringing came from within the meeting room at the team's Dove Valley facility from the players themselves and not from outsiders. The Broncos offense held a confab Monday morning without coaches to watch film, discuss mistakes and try to uncover some answers to the unit's ongoing struggles, which include 19 points in two weeks. The team was able to take comfort in having beaten AFC West rival Kansas City 9-6 on Sunday.

Broncos' Cobb says Patriots are all about fear - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
September 19, 2006 - Denver Broncos running back Cedric Cobbs spent one season playing for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and that was enough. Cobbs said Belichick's reputation as a heavy-handed coach is well-deserved. Cobbs, who was with New England in 2004, described the Patriots' players as being scared of Belichick. "There's definitely a lot of fear out there," Cobbs said. The Broncos play Belichick's Patriots at New England this Sunday. Belichick is known for his success, with three Super Bowl championships, his lack of personality in the media and his authoritarian reputation. Cobbs has been in the Patriots' locker room and said the latter statement about Belichick is true.

Broncos bolster return game, sign Morgan -
Monday, September 18, 2006 - A day after Cedric Cobbs nearly fumbled away the overtime kickoff against Kansas City, the Denver Broncos signed former Pittsburgh receiver/returner Quincy Morgan to a one-year deal. "I think I can come right in and return kicks," Morgan said. "I know they've got great receivers here. I'll work myself in and learn each play as quick as possible and do whatever I can do." To make room, the Broncos waived wide receiver Charlie Adams, who was traded to Dallas during training camp, only to return to Denver when he flunked his physical.

Broncos Shuffle Receiving Corps - - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 18, 2006 - One receiver is out and another is in as the Broncos made their first regular-season roster shuffle of 2006 on Monday. In is six-year veteran Quincy Morgan. Out is Charlie Adams, who had made the 53-man roster after being traded by the Broncos to the Dallas Cowboys at the end of training camp, but subsequently returned to Denver after a failed physical voided the trade. Morgan has only been out of action for just over two weeks, as he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers at the final cutdown earlier this month after spending the 2005 season with the eventual Super Bowl winners. He averaged 25.3 yards on 23 kickoff returns last fall.

Plummer's job security takes another big hit - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
09/18/2006 - If coach Mike Shanahan does not trust his quarterback, why should anybody else in Denver believe in Jake Plummer? Almost by accident, the Broncos beat Kansas City 9-6. But Plummer knows the score. He is a dead quarterback walking. The Broncos won. But anyone who saw Plummer in the locker room felt the discomfort of standing in the presence of a beaten man. What to take from this game? It was a vote of no-confidence in Plummer. Shanahan bit his tongue as he described the restraining orders placed on Plummer after the quarterback bungled the season opener in St. Louis.

Denver stops its Chief concern - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/18/2006 - From the sideline, Stephen Alexander saw one of the most dominant running backs in the NFL become lulled into slow-motion frustration. "It was so crazy, there were plays where Larry Johnson was just jogging back and forth in the backfield waiting for holes to develop," the Broncos tight end said. "The holes were closing on him big time late in the game." Denver's entire defensive plan Sunday was clear - stop Johnson, do not let him steal the game. Inexperienced Damon Huard was quarterbacking the Chiefs in the absence of the injured Trent Green, so Denver knew Johnson was going to be the entrée on the Chiefs' menu.

Time to dial it back up, guys - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
09/17/2006 - Ebenezer Ekuban is on pace for 12 sacks this season. OK, so it's too early for one of those "on pace" notes. So why mention it this morning? Because Ekuban deserves a little love for being the most honest man in the Broncos' locker room. Ekuban is 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, but he was scared Sunday. Scared that the Broncos were going to start the season 0-2 with New England and Baltimore just over the horizon. "That's human nature," Ekuban said. "I'm not going to lie to you. We were down 6-0 and the offense was struggling. The pressure started kicking in. It crosses your mind because New England is coming up and Baltimore is playing great football right now. To be 0-2 and knowing we have to face New England and Baltimore ... Oh, man, that's tough duty right there."

Time will tell with Smith - Denver Post - Mike Klis and Bill Williamson
09/17/2006 - The concussions in an alarmingly short period of time are beginning to add up for Rod Smith. Normally, when a player is dazed, a trainer will hold up two fingers and ask, "How many?" Smith, the Broncos' all-time leading receiver in nearly every category, has been through a similar exercise three times in the past year. His latest injury occurred after he made a 15-yard reception, then was tackled by Kansas City safety Greg Wesley in the second quarter of the Broncos' 9-6 overtime victory Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High. "I'm fine," Smith said after the game.

Krieger: One thing is clear: Broncos offense is showing its age - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 18, 2006 - This is what it's come to: The Broncos' best offensive player is a 36-year-old kicker. It's no accident, either. After watching his offense self-destruct a week ago in St. Louis, Mike Shanahan decided to remove all the sharp objects so it couldn't hurt itself again. Following Sunday's 9-6 snoozer, I asked him to confirm this, but frankly, I never expected him to do it. I figured he'd make some excuse for the offense rather than acknowledge he was afraid of what it might do. Still, I asked if he was conscious of dialing back the game plan to avoid mistakes. "Yeah, I was," he said. "I was. I felt we dialed it back a little bit, put a little bit more pressure on our defense."

Lincicome: Offense can't test fate anymore - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
September 18, 2006 - Tails you win, heads you lose. If it were only as simple as that, although it was in the end, a coin flip incorrectly called by Kansas City, and for all the flaws that portend a nervous season for the Broncos, the home opener was thus saved in overtime. If this is how it is going to be, it is going to be a weekly worry, a Sunday search for someone to save the day, and for now, that seems to be either the kicker, sore hipped Jason Elam, or the defense, yet to allow a touchdown, yet to catch whatever ailment afflicts the Broncos offense. "We feel that if we don't make mistakes, nobody can beat us," Broncos linebacker Al Wilson said, wisely and probably wrongly. If Denver can win with one hand tied behind its back, what might it do with both of them loose and useful?

Elam keeps cool on winning kick - Rocky Mountain News - Brad Byler, Jeff Legwold, Lee Rasizer And Pat Rooney
September 18, 2006 - When Jason Elam's hip locked up Wednesday, he admitted he was a little worried. But Sunday, feeling healthy and the game on the line, he was about as cool as he could get, particularly after the Kansas City Chiefs tried to freeze the veteran kicker in overtime. "It was kind of nice," Elam said. "I was able to see what the wind was doing and what the playing area was like." Elam then kicked a 39-yard field goal for the 20th winning or saving field goal of his career. It was Elam's third field goal in the game after he missed a 44-yard attempt earlier in the game. "The wind was blowing pretty strong right to left," he said of the miss. "I aimed at the right upright and missed it 40 feet from where I was aiming at." But the wind was calmer when he lined up for the winner. He repeatedly told himself to calm down and take an easy swing.

Quiet start has offense perplexed - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 18, 2006 - An overtime victory beats the alternative. That doesn't mean there wasn't some soul-searching in the Broncos locker room after a grind-it-out 9-6 decision against the Kansas City Chiefs at Invesco Field at Mile High. "It's frustrating," Broncos running back Tatum Bell said after the offense failed to score a touchdown, running the season total to 19 points in two games. "We know we're better than this." The Broncos running game broke loose after three quarters and finished with 145 yards and a 4-yard average but didn't approach the big-play flair it usually has against the Chiefs.

Victorious, But Unsatisfied - - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 18, 2006 - As the shadows lengthened late Sunday afternoon, one thing was clear for the Broncos -- the defense had held up its end of the bargain, and then some. They'd limited the Kansas City Chiefs to just two field goals and 276 yards. They'd forced two fumbles, held their ground twice in the red zone, and had turned in a crucial last-minute stop made possible when Ian Gold and Al Wilson tag-teamed Kansas City's Larry Johnson three yards behind the line of scrimmage. And yet, with all that, the Broncos were 0-1 and faced with a sudden-death overtime that would decide whether they could fight back to .500 or sink into an 0-2 abyss that could engender a difficult fight back into division contention. The offense hadn't found the end zone all day.

Finding some offense key for Broncos - Pueblo Chieftain - Judy Hildner
Monday, September 18, 2006 - The Denver Broncos insisted they weren't taking battered Kansas City for granted Sunday. Even though the Broncos had defeated the Chiefs five consecutive times at Invesco Field at Mile High and Kansas City was starting a backup quarterback, Denver maintained this was no charity contest. Boy, was that the truth. It was the Broncos who looked flat and uninspired en route to a 9-6 victory in overtime. The most excitement on offense was a 16-yard reverse in the third quarter. It was the lowest-scoring game in Denver history after the Broncos struggled to a 12-10 decision over Baltimore last December. The high point of the gorgeous September afternoon might have come during pregame activities.

Denver defense continues to stifle opponents - Fort Collins Coloradan - John J. Roberts
Monday, September 18, 2006 - - Defense is not going to be a problem for the Denver Broncos this season. The defense might soon have an issue with an impotent offense, however. Denver won 9-6 Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, making it two games in a row where the Broncos have not allowed a touchdown. "It was not a panic situation," said safety John Lynch, who recovered a fumble. "But there is definitely a sense of urgency in our efforts. ... You can call it ugly football, but it isn't from a defensive mindset." All Denver has to show for such dominance, though, is an 18-10 loss in Week 1 and a narrow escape against the Chiefs.

Broncos buck Chiefs 9-6 in OT despite Plummer's struggles - USA Today - Vicki Michaelis
September 17, 2006 — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard started just the seventh game in his 10-year NFL career Sunday. Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, also a 10-year NFL veteran, made his 127th start. Yet, through much of the Broncos' 9-6 overtime win, it was hard to tell which team had less confidence in its quarterback. The play-calling was conservative on both sides. Kansas City's offense was overwhelmingly Larry Johnson to the left and Johnson up the middle. Plummer's fanciest moves came on fakes after handoffs. "Obviously," Kansas City coach Herm Edwards said, "it was a defensive game and a field-position game."

Broncos clip K.C. in overtime - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
09/17/2006 - Two games into their season, the Broncos have one win and more issues than they can count. In their opener, they lost to a rookie head coach whose team was swept by the sadsack 49ers in 2005. Today, they barely slipped past a team whose journeyman quarterback had thrown one pass in his previous five NFL seasons. Their record says 1-1 after a 9-6 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Invesco Field. Question is, are the Broncos much better than a .500 team? They certainly haven't looked the part so far. Once again, Denver's offense sputtered, accounting for zero points in the first half. The Broncos' passing game has been particularly inept through two games, accounting for one play longer than 20 yards.

Broncos prevail 9-6 in overtime - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 17, 2006 - On the brisk September day, the Broncos felt the playoff chill go down their spines. So, staring at what quickly is becoming the place where postseason hopes go to die, the Broncos avoided an 0-2 start with a bloody-knuckle 9-6 overtime win Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs at Invesco Field at Mile High. "You don't ever want to call it a must-win this early in the year, but in your mind, you're kind of thinking that," Broncos safety John Lynch said. "You don't want to go 0-2, 0-1 in the division. We'll take it. But the Chiefs played with that same urgency; everybody on that field played like it was important." And recent history, at least, says it was. During the past three years, only one team — the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003 — has bounced back from an 0-2 start to make the postseason.

Broncos Defeat Chiefs in Home Opener - - J. Michael Moore
Sunday, September 17, 2006 - The Broncos and Chiefs offenses struggled in Week 1 losses. So, when the teams met in Week 2, it was back to the basics. Both teams looked to the running game early and often Sunday at INVESCO Field at Mile High, combining for 14 rushing attempts and just two pass attempts in the first two possessions alone. While All Pro running back Larry Johnson would finish with 126 yards on the ground, it was the Broncos running game behind Tatum and Mike Bell that would come out on top. The Broncos pounded the ball in the fourth quarter and overtime to set up a 39-yard game-winning field goal by Jason Elam. The 9-6 Denver victory kept the Chiefs winless at INVESCO Field at kept the Broncos (1-1) from what could have been a debilitating 0-2 start.

Concussion leaves Smith watching on game-winning OT drive - Rocky Mountain News
September 17, 2006 - Rod Smith's head may have hurt, but he still didn't fall for Tommy Nalen's tomfoolery. As the two walked off the field following Denver's 9-6 win over Kansas City in overtime Sunday, Nalen told Smith he'd been the hero. "Tommy told me I scored the game-winning touchdown," Smith recounted. "Thanks, Tommy." Smith wasn't even on the field during the Broncos' final drive in overtime. He was watching from the sideline with a concussion. Smith took a helmet to the head after making a 15-yard grab in the second quarter and had to be helped from the field. The initial injury report was that he'd had the wind knocked out of him. In the fourth quarter, Smith hauled in a 1-yard reception and stayed down again. He finished with two catches for 16 yards.

Plummer shines in OT, Broncs drop Chiefs - Houston Chronicle - Arnie Stapleton
Sept. 17, 2006 — Rod Smith was on the sideline with a concussion, Jake Plummer was having an awful day and nothing Mike Shanahan and his offensive staff came up with seemed to work. Javon Walker bailed them all out. He led Denver to a 9-6 win over Kansas City on Sunday by grabbing a 24-yard jump ball to set up Jason Elam's 39-yard field goal 5:10 into overtime at Invesco Field. "I'm finally getting back to how I used to be, I'm finally getting back to how I was in Green Bay," said the former Pro Bowl wide receiver acquired from the Packers in the offseason after missing almost all of last year with a torn knee ligament. Walker led Denver with five catches for 79 yards and also had a key 16-yard run on a fourth-and-1 reverse that set up Elam's first field goal. His biggest play came in overtime, when he raced down the right sideline, slyly shoved cornerback Ty Law and hauled in Plummer's pass at the Chiefs 25-yard line.

NFL Preview - Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos -
NFL Preview - Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos September 17, 2006 - Over the years, the Broncos have always made for a compelling bet when playing at home and when playing angry. On Sunday, they have both variables working in their favor as they make their home debut after coming off an embarrassing and sloppy loss that has lead to some controversy during the week. Not only is this a big statement game for the Broncos, it is a huge game for Plummer, as his starting job is not looking terribly safe after last week's performance.

Chiefs-Broncos Preview -
September 17, 2006 - Trent Green's severe concussion has forced the Kansas City Chiefs to play their backup quarterback. Another poor performance from Jake Plummer may make the Denver Broncos want to find a new starter. Both teams hope for better quarterback play when they renew their AFC West rivalry at Invesco Field on Sunday. Green was knocked unconscious and carted off the field in the third quarter of last Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Bengals. He took a vicious hit from Cincinnati's Robert Geathers, whose shoulder collided with Green's helmet, causing the 36-year-old quarterback's head to snap back and slam the turf at Arrowhead Stadium.

QB craving redemption - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Bill Wilson
9/17/2006 — From the stubble on his cheek to the wobble on his spiral, every inch of Jake Plummer will be here to scrutinize today. The Denver Broncos play their home opener against the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs this afternoon in a game featuring surprising stakes for the second contest of the season. But for many fans, the game will be their first chance to take a hard look at their up-and-down quarterback, and decide whether to support him in the wait for rookie Jay Cutler, or begin the year with their backs turned. If Plummer bounces back from his three-interception performance last week in St. Louis, those at Invesco Field today will cheer as they did when he took them to the AFC Championship Game last season. If he doesn't, the No. 6 on the back of Cutler's jersey will get brighter by the series. No pressure.

Mission: Repeat - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
September 17, 2006 - Doesn't something seem slightly familiar? Doesn't it feel like dé ja vú all over again? It was only a year ago that Denver was coming off a disappointing season-opening loss. It is again this season. It was last year that the Broncos found themselves needing a victory against a division rival in the regular season home opener to keep from a disastrous start to the season. Ditto this year. So as the Broncos get ready to face the Kansas City Chiefs at 2:15 p.m. today at Invesco Field at Mile High, they can only hope that things turn out as well as they did a year ago when Denver beat the Chiefs and went on to finish the season with a 13-3 record and win the AFC West title.

Denver ready for K.C. squad - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
September 17, 2006 - The Kansas City Chiefs may change things, but the Denver Broncos insist they won't. As the Broncos get ready to face the Chiefs and their backup quarterback Damon Huard at 2:15 p.m. today at Invesco Field at Mile High, they don't expect to prepare any differently for Huard than they would for starter Trent Green. Green is out indefinitely after suffering a severe concussion in last Sunday's loss to Cincinnati. Huard, a well-traveled NFL journeymen who has spent 10 NFL seasons with three different teams (Miami, New England and Kansas City), will get his first start for the Chiefs since joining the team in 2004. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Huard may present different challenges for Denver. While he doesn't have as strong an arm as Green, he is big and mobile and more of a danger when he is out of the pocket. Still, that isn't likely to change Denver's game plan much.

Chiefs-Broncos Preview -
September 17, 2006 - Trent Green's severe concussion has forced the Kansas City Chiefs to play their backup quarterback. Another poor performance from Jake Plummer may make the Denver Broncos want to find a new starter. Both teams hope for better quarterback play when they renew their AFC West rivalry at Invesco Field on Sunday. Green was knocked unconscious and carted off the field in the third quarter of last Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Bengals. He took a vicious hit from Cincinnati's Robert Geathers, whose shoulder collided with Green's helmet, causing the 36-year-old quarterback's head to snap back and slam the turf at Arrowhead Stadium. He was hospitalized for two nights before being released on Tuesday. Kansas City (0-1) has a bye after this game, meaning Green has at least two weeks to recover. For now, the Chiefs will go with Damon Huard as their starter.

Broncos won't take K.C. lightly - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 17, 2006 — Trent Green felt like a zombie for the better part of the week. That doesn't mean the Denver Broncos (0-1) are guaranteed to be the heroes in today's attack of the living dead matchup co-starring the Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Invesco Field (2:15 p.m. Channel 4). "They scare me always, you know that," Denver defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. "They're really talented. If you don't play at the top level, you're in big trouble." Green will not be in uniform today after suffering a serious concussion during a season-opening loss to Cincinnati a week ago. NFL journeyman Damon Huard, who has a 5-1 record as a starter, will be breaking the huddle for the Chiefs. Backup quarterbacks are 0-7 against the Broncos the past three seasons. Huard hasn't started a game for six years.

Broncos not taking QB Huard very lightly - Fort Collins Coloradan - Arnie Stapleton
September 17, 2006 - The Denver Broncos don't believe they're catching a break today by facing a backup quarterback who hasn't started a game in nearly six seasons. With Trent Green sidelined by a concussion, Damon Huard will be under center when the Kansas City Chiefs visit Invesco Field. "We aren't licking our chops over it," Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams insisted. After all, Huard may have just six NFL starts under his belt, but he is 5-1 as a starter and he isn't some baby-faced rookie. He's been in the league for a decade and has caddied for Dan Marino in Miami and Tom Brady in New England, where he won two Super Bowl rings.

All in a day's work - Colorado Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
September 17, 2006 - Kyle Johnson knew there was no way around it. After suffering a concussion last season at Buffalo, the Denver Broncos fullback knew when he returned to the field the following week he was going to have to use his head when he blocked. "That's our business, smacking heads," Johnson said. "In essence, that's what we do. That's the problem. A baseball player might get a concussion; he's not expected to get a concussion the next time he plays. You can do it every week with us." The Broncos players seemed uncomfortable when asked about the hit last Sunday on Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, who suffered a concussion when his head bounced off the turf. Green won't play today against the Broncos. Damon Huard will start for the Chiefs.

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