November 6th, 2006 - Most athletes who show up at college on an athletic scholarship have spent the previous year gobbling up recruiters' lies about how great they are. Sadly, some of us believed it all. Suitably deluded, I presumed that the unimposing middle linebacker in his stance across from me would offer little challenge. It was the first scrimmage between the freshman team offense and defense at the University of Louisville in the summer of 1969. I didn't know much about the guy at linebacker except he wasn't particularly big, and he seemed to be having a lot of fun all the time. What? Doesn't he take this seriously? From Cleveland, I heard. Guy named Tommy Jackson. Shouldn't be a problem. I fired out ready to deck him. But he wasn't there. Second play, he wasn't there again. I was sure I could block him … if he stood still long enough. This was at a time when middle linebackers and centers customarily spent the day swapping concussions. This guy didn't bother sticking around to hammer me with forearm flippers; he was too busy slicing through gaps and running down the ballcarrier. Every play. Guess I underestimated him.
Broncos anxious about injuries - Colorado Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
November 06, 2006 – The Denver Broncos will hold their breath on the status of a few injured players for Sunday's game at the Oakland Raiders. Safety Sam Brandon, a key backup who played a lot when the Broncos used five defensive backs, will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The status of many others is up in the air, coach Mike Shanahan said. Defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban, who has a strained thigh, and linebacker Ian Gold, who has a strained hamstring, had magnetic resonance imaging tests on Monday. Shanahan said he was awaiting test results and would know more about their availability on Wednesday.
Broncos, Chargers face off in second flex game - NBC Sports
Nov.6, 2006 - The San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, tied for first place in the AFC West, will meet on Sunday Night Football, Nov. 19, at Invesco Field at Mile High in the second "flex" scheduling game in NFL history, the league announced Monday. The game will be telecast on NBC. Coverage starts with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET. Kickoff is at 8:15.
Razed curtain - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/06/2006 - Pittsburgh - About an hour before kickoff Sunday, all of the Broncos except one walked onto the Heinz Field turf quietly and intently. The exception, Gerard Warren, couldn't help but chant or sing or smack talk, even if it was in hushed tones. Once warm-ups were finished, they all filed back into the locker room for a final word from coach Mike Shanahan and prayer. Again, everybody's game face featured pursed lips except for Warren. He just can't plug up all that energy, not when his mouth is such a convenient release. A few hours later, after the Broncos had secured an incredibly rough, painful but gallant 31-20 victory against the desperate if careless Pittsburgh Steelers, the victors came off satisfied, some of them whooping it up, many of them smiling.
Payback is rich for Broncos in Steel City - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
11/06/2006 - Pittsburgh - The NFL champs are chumps, their mouths bloodied and filled with a taste as acrid as vengeance. All emotions get rubbed raw in football. And this emotion, although far from pretty, made the Broncos feel so good it was almost sinful. Here was a score they had been itching to settle for nine months: Denver 31, Pittsburgh 20. "I ain't got no sympathy for nobody," said Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, grimacing as he gingerly peeled a sweat-soaked shirt over an aching shoulder. But nothing hurts worse than payback. Did the Steelers know how sick they made a Colorado team and its hometown in January, when they killed Super Bowl dreams in the AFC championship game? They do now.
Champ rules the red zone - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
11/06/2006 - Great mystery of life No. 6,593: Why do opposing quarterbacks ignore Champ Bailey as they drive their teams downfield, then challenge him when they get near the end zone? Bailey made two more interceptions in Sunday's 31-20 victory over the Steelers, both at the Broncos' 3-yard line. Nothing unusual there. Each of his five picks has come in the red zone, if not in the end zone. "It's odd," Bailey said. "I didn't even realize that, five picks inside the 5. I've never heard of that, never. What's the deal? You tell me. You need to talk to these quarterbacks and find out what's going on. Or rather, don't talk to them. Keep them coming."
Plummer clutches QB role - Denver Post - Mike Klis and Bill Williamson
11/06/2006 - Pittsburgh - The greatly awaited, and widely speculated, NFL debut of Jay Cutler is all but official. Anybody got a 2007 schedule? Because barring injury, Jake Plummer just let everyone know through performance that no one but he will be the Broncos' quarterback this year. "As long as on Wednesday when we go through our walk through and I'm the first guy in the huddle, I guess I'm still the guy," Plummer said. Under intense pressure to play well or be replaced by the kid, Plummer just delivered back-to-back clutch efforts against the high-powered Indianapolis Colts and defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Banged-up Broncos absorb Steelers' best hits, romp to win - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 6, 2006 - PITTSBURGH - One win, one eye-popping day from Javon Walker and one big price tag hanging from it all. Yet when all the old-school pushing and shoving was finished Sunday at Heinz Field, the Broncos had a 31-20 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers and they still had a share of the AFC West lead at 6-2. "But it's like I said, we're as banged up as I've watched us," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "I don't think I can remember that I've ever had this many guys go down in a game." "It was hard," said Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, who played much of the game with a left shoulder he said felt "terrible" and will need an examination today. "I looked around, and it was like there were five starters out of there."
Krieger: Plummer shows his credit retort - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
November 6, 2006 - PITTSBURGH - As the players milled about on the field afterward, Jake Plummer offered Ben Roethlisberger a little encouragement. Talk about your reversal of fortune. The man cast often as the goat but never the hero consoled the golden boy cast as the hero from his first day and never the goat. Until lately, of course. As Mike Shanahan quickly pointed out, no regular-season victory can make up for a playoff loss, an elimination game, particularly one that can get you to the Super Bowl. But this is how far these teams have traveled since that ugly January day in the former Mile High Stadium parking lot.
Bailey burns Roethlisberger - Rocky Mountain News - Rob Rossi
November 6, 2006 - PITTSBURGH - Al Wilson can't believe opposing quarterbacks throw the ball anywhere near Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey. "It doesn't make much sense to me considering the way he is tracking down balls right now," Wilson said of Bailey, who intercepted Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice and dropped a third potential interception during the Broncos' 31-20 win Sunday at Heinz Field. "I know this, though, I'm always happy to see that ball going in Champ's direction because there is a pretty good chance that he is going to come away with it," Wilson said.
Walker ran with opportunity - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 6, 2006 - PITTSBURGH - Rod Smith recently set a Broncos record for all-purpose yardage. On Sunday, it appeared fellow receiver Javon Walker was trying to catch up all in one afternoon. Walker came out of the box with a 38-yard catch on the opening offensive series and never slowed, buoyed by single coverage on him throughout. Walker added five more catches on the way to 134 receiving yards, and he scored on a 72-yard run on the second play of the third quarter as part of a 206- yard game from scrimmage. It was the most by a Broncos player since Smith had 214 yards against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 31, 2004.
Broncos offense exploits big opening - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 6, 2006 - PITTSBURGH - Every week, the Broncos media packet trumpets the first-quarter success of the team under coach Mike Shanahan's reign. The factoid - with a plus-479 points differential since 1995 in the opening quarter - had become a little like the Oakland Raiders' approach to their storied "team of the decades" history, not particularly relevant in today's game. But Sunday, it was flashback time. A Broncos team that scored only seven points in the first seven games in the first quarter doubled that output against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a blazing start that encompassed all three phases of the game.
Back in Prime Time - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, November 6, 2006 - Get out the calendars -- the Nov. 19 game against the San Diego Chargers is on the move. The NFL announced Monday that the clash of the last two AFC West champions will be shifted from its 2:15 p.m. MST kickoff time to a 6:15 p.m. MST start so the game can be broadcast on NBC's Sunday Night Football.
Creative game plan pays dividends - Colorado Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
November 06, 2006 - PITTSBURGH - The Denver Broncos love to run the ball, but that wasn't much of an option against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Broncos switched tactics. They were criticized for being conservative earlier this season, but the passing game carried the offense in the 31-20 victory over Pittsburgh. Receiver Javon Walker had six catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 72 rushing yards on a reverse in the third quarter. The rest of Denver's offense had 43 rushing yards on 22 attempts.
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