Broncos News Blogs - 8/18

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Denver Broncos +4½ at Cowboys - LT Profits Sports Group
08/18/2007 - The Cowboys generally could not care less about preseason, while the Broncos have a different philosophy and a running back competition, ensuring a good effort. Saturday's preseason matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys features a stark contrast in philosophies.

Developing story: Every snap counts for Romo, Cutler - Dallas Morning News - Tim Cowlishaw
08/18/2007 - It's a stretch to call today's game at Texas Stadium a battle of Tony Romo vs. Jay Cutler. It's not a stretch to say that the development of those two, of which preseason games can play a part, is at the center of the playoff hopes for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. Ex-Cowboys coach Bill Parcells turned to Romo as his starter in the seventh game last year. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan waited until the 12th game to bench Jake Plummer in favor of the rookie Cutler.

Cowboys, Broncos set to play for real - El Paso Times - Stephen Hawkins
08/18/2007 - he Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos are done practicing against each other. Now they have a preseason game to play. So can there really be any surprises tonight after the teams banged against each other during four workouts over two days this week? "It will be pretty much the same. We're looking at the basics," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "We know what they're going to do, they know what we're going to do. We're not going to game plan anything." At least the game at Texas Stadium won't be scripted like the practices were.

08/18/2007 - 1. Will the starting offense be as effective with a bigger role?

Bronco's death shakes owner - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/18/2007 - At Darrent Williams' funeral, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen told mourners he couldn't find anything in the team's history as tragic as the 24-year-old cornerback's death. Long after the funeral, Bowlen was still devastated by Williams' loss. "It was as tough a situation as I think I've ever been through," Bowlen said. "I've been very fortunate, I haven't lost any of my children or any members of my family in a tragic way. But I would think it would be on that level."

Camping out in Texas - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/18/2007 - In three seasons as the San Diego Chargers' defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips got an up-close look at the Broncos running game. In the past few days, he also has gotten an up-close look at Travis Henry in the Broncos running game. Henry looked powerful in his eight-play debut with the Broncos on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers, finishing with 27 yards on five carries.

Warren still could remain on roster early next week - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/18/2007 - Despite all indications otherwise in the past week, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan left open the possibility defensive tackle Gerard Warren could still be on the Broncos roster - and on the practice field - when the team returns to workouts Monday. "Sure, he could," Shanahan responded when asked after practice Friday at the Cowboys' Valley Ranch complex. "A lot depends on what happens in the game, with injuries, how people play and also what kind of interest there is out there, but (Warren practicing Monday) is certainly a possibility."

Cutler is learning through criticism - Rocky Mountain News
08/18/2007 - Jay Cutler wishes he knew then what he knows now. He looks back at his five-game trial as an NFL starter last season and knows his comfort level has expanded exponentially. "I mean, I didn't really probably have the full offense grasped," he said. "I kind of knew the passing plays. But going through coverages, reading stuff for runs and making audibles, I was really catching up with that stuff. So it was tough."

Meet the Broncos Cheerleaders - Denver Post - Lyn Alweis and Meghan Lyden
08/18/2007 - Video preview of Broncos Cheerleader squad.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Broncos try to provide security - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/17/2007 - Dave Abrams became the Denver Broncos' shadow in January. His official title is vice president of security. After Darrent Williams was shot and killed Jan. 1 following a nightclub party, the Broncos created the position. Abrams spent 37 years in the Denver Police Department. He worked in SWAT, homicide, internal affairs, patrol and was gang captain. He retired as a deputy chief. The Broncos hired him to help the players in many ways, but foremost he teaches them how to protect themselves.

Opinion: Can't proceed with any caution - Co Springs Gazette - David Ramsey
08/17/2007 - Al Wilson was the victor in a thrilling, vicious game. Now, he's just another victim. In July, Denver Broncos safety Nick Ferguson talked with Wilson at a party hosted by wide receiver Rod Smith. They talked about the upcoming season. They talked briefly about Wilson's career-ending neck injury. Remember, Wilson is only 30 "It was an emotional thing," Ferguson said. "To see him there and know I won't see him here."

Broncos shop for lineman - Denver Post - Mike Klis and Bill Williamson
08/17/2007 - Last man standing gets to block a Cowboy. Chad Mustard? Get on in there. And take off that tight end jersey. While the Broncos continue to shop defensive tackle Gerard Warren, they also are looking to sign a free-agent offensive tackle, and possibly a second lineman, in the next few days. The team suffered back-to-back blows in a two-day span this week when rookie left tackle Ryan Harris underwent back surgery and veteran right tackle Adam Meadows suffered a severely strained right calf.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

T.O. works hard against Bailey, Bly - once he gets to practice - AP Sports - Stephen Hawkins
08/16/2007 - Once Terrell Owens finally got to practice Thursday morning, it didn't take long before the Cowboys receiver was again going head-to-head in drills against Champ Bailey and Dre' Bly. Dallas and the Denver Broncos wrapped up practice against each other, four practices over two days in which T.O. got to work against the Broncos cornerback duo of Bailey, the seven-time Pro Bowler, and the always talkative Bly for three of them. "I love it. He's one of the best in the game and you don't get to see that every day," Bailey said Thursday. "Why not take advantage of that opportunity to go against one of the best?"

Underrated: Mike Bell - - Paul Eide
08/16/2007 - In a fantasy football world of few absolutes there is one truth that cannot be disputed: Mike Shanahan turns out 1,000 yard running backs as consistently as China exports lead infested toys. Shanahan's successful "system" approach has kept the Broncos rushing attack amongst the leagues best during his tenure in Denver and has turned many unknown players (Olandis Gary, Reuben Droughns) into at least temporary fantasy studs. If the recent past is any indication, Mike Bell should have a very productive year for a running back selected in the eighth round and beyond of most fantasy drafts. Broncos back up running backs are always a safe bet and in 2006 Bell was no exception, ranking second amongst rookie running backs in rushing yards (677) and leading the Broncos in touchdowns (8). Not a bad return on a late round draft pick that might otherwise be overlooked or squandered elsewhere.

Williams' mom, Broncos reunite - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/16/2007 - Over the past few weeks and months, the Broncos have said they would always embrace the memory of Darrent Williams. Today, they had a long-awaited chance to embrace his mother, Rosalind, in an emotional, sometimes tear-filled, visit with the team at the hotel that has been the Broncos headquarters here. Rosalind also attended the afternoon practice.

Cowboys Wrapping Up Two-a-Days Thursday Afternoon - - Rob Phillips
08/16/2007 - The mid-August heat was no less unforgiving Thursday morning than during the Cowboys' first two joint practices with the Denver Broncos here at Valley Ranch. But the players received good news from Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips, who said in his daily media briefing that Thursday's afternoon session likely will mark the end of two-a-days. The Cowboys alternated between one- and two-practice days during their stay in San Antonio and had practiced only once daily here at Valley Ranch before Denver arrived Wednesday morning.

For Bucs Line Coach Coyer, Change Can Be A Blessing - - Joe Henderson
08/16/2007 - Larry Coyer knew the collapse by the Denver Broncos last season might have implications. After all, the Broncos lost five of their last seven games and missed the playoffs. In the win-or-else world of the National Football League, bad things often follow calamitous events. But even so, he wasn't prepared for the message Coach Mike Shanahan delivered nine days after Denver's final game. Shanahan looked his defensive coordinator in the eye and told Coyer he was fired.

Warren's Denver boot a concern - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
08/16/2007 - Here's the $10 million question, Broncomaniacs: If defensive tackle Gerard Warren was a 325-pound round peg in a square hole, how long before the pieces start to fit on Denver's defense? This team has issues bigger than Warren. Any NFL franchise that gives a player big guaranteed money one year and the Denver boot before he can spend it all just might be suffering from an identity problem. Football championships are won with dominant defenses. The curious timing of Warren being blown up as a cornerstone of the team, going from No. 1 on the depth chart to nowhere to be found, is a huge indication the Broncos haven't figured out exactly what they're doing on defense.

Broncos rookie Harris out - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/16/2007 - Broncos rookie Ryan Harris will be out four to six weeks after undergoing back surgery. A third-round draft pick out of Notre Dame, Harris underwent a laminectomy procedure Wednesday to alleviate pinched nerves from the spinal cord. Although, Harris was expected to spend his first season serving as an apprentice to veteran left tackle Matt Lepsis, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan didn't downplay the significance of the injury. "It's four to six weeks," he said today.

Players struggle to keep their cool under Texas sun - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/16/2007 - First, take some triple-digit heat in a grass-covered oven. Add a generous helping of double-take players, some looking to keep their jobs. Then sprinkle in the idea it is the third week of an NFL training camp, often a common starting point for a foul football mood, and it all can be a recipe for helmet- swinging trouble.

Talks to trade Warren continue; release is possibility - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/16/2007 - The Broncos continued to work the phones Wednesday, trying to find a trading partner for defensive tackle Gerard Warren. Whether those talks will be successful, coach Mike Shanahan wasn't ready to say. "When I know something about Gerard, something definitive, I'll let you guys know," Shanahan said. Warren remained behind when the Broncos played in San Francisco on Monday night and remained behind when the team came to Texas for the week. The Broncos have tried to work a trade, but no team has been willing to part with a draft pick that satisfies the Broncos.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Broncos glance: Receiver Marshall back with first team - Co SPrings Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/15/2007 - Brandon Marshall didn't take long to get back in the Denver Broncos' starting lineup. Marshall, who is being counted on to start at the receiver spot opposite Javon Walker, was with the first-team offense Wednesday. Marshall missed the first 11 days of training camp practice with a quadriceps injury, but returned Friday.

Monday, August 14, 2007

Warren situation still up in the air - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/14/2007 - He was once must-see TV. That was how Gerard Warren became a Denver Broncos defensive tackle, how he found a $36 million contract on the table in front of him just a little over a year ago. And that's how he now finds himself on the trading block with the possibility of being a former No. 3 pick of the draft traded for the second time in a two-year span or even released if no deal can be struck soon.

Flashes of promise in victory for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
08/14/2007 - Call it the good, the not so good and the unknown. The Broncos left the Bay Area with all of it stuffed in their luggage Monday night after they opened the preseason with a 17-13 victory against the San Francisco 49ers at Monster Park. The starting offense was good, the run defense not so good and there is roughly 330 pounds worth of unknown in the form of defensive tackle Gerard Warren's future with the team.

Henry's night short, sweet - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
08/14/2007 - Training camp was only a few days old and Travis Henry had experienced some decent moments running out of his new backfield. Except it already had become obvious. Without full pads, sans all-out takedowns by his own defense, Henry couldn't be entirely evaluated. His bruising style between the tackles, the full head of steam approaching a defender were missing against teammates.

Defensive tackles lining up to start for Denver - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/14/2007 - The Denver Broncos made no official move Tuesday regarding the future of defensive tackle Gerard Warren, who is being shopped for a trade. Coach Mike Shanahan said after Monday's game in San Francisco that the team thought it had a trade finalized, which is why Warren didn't make the trip. If Warren is dealt or released, one of the reasons is the coaches are comfortable with their defensive tackles. "Some of these guys have really stepped up," Shanahan said.

Temperature, competition heat up for Broncos in Texas - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
08/14/2007 - This week will prepare the Denver Broncos for any heat and humidity they might encounter early in the season. The Broncos will have two-a-day practices against the Cowboys today and Thursday, then play a preseason game against Dallas on Saturday. According to the Weather Channel, the high temperatures for today and Thursday will be 101 degrees and 95 degrees. "That's something we're going to have to deal with," quarterback Jay Cutler said. "We had a good offseason program so everyone is in shape.

Two for Training - - Andrew Mason
08/14/2007 - Grappling with the Dallas Cowboys this week isn't just about being able to hit another group of players for a couple of days. It's about facing a team that is in some ways the Broncos' stylistic antithesis. "I think (Head Coach) Mike (Shanahan) had a method by picking Dallas to scrimmage," John Lynch said. "They're very different from what we do. Our offense runs a zone-(blocking) scheme that kind of stretches you and hits, but they're a straight downhill (running offense). We'll see different routes (from the receivers).

Jim on demand: Cutler questions remain - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
08/14/2007 - He threw two passes, completing one for 24 yards. So it's official then. The jury still is out on Jay Cutler. Sure, it was nice the Broncos won their preseason opener, but don't kid yourself. Cutler has a lot of work to get done and little time to do it. Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler have had the pads on for less than a week. For all we know, Rod Smith has played his last NFL game. Oh, and the backup tailback job and starting fullback job still are in doubt. That doesn't just put pressure on those players. In the end, it's the quarterback who has to coordinate it all. In Cutler's perfect world, none of these issues would be out there. But they are.

Broncos take preseason opener - Denver Post - Mike Klis
08/14/2007 - Look back at how the lives of Travis Henry and Jay Cutler coincidentally intertwined and their symmetrical performance made sense. While defeating the San Francisco 49ers 17-13 in the preseason opener here Monday night at Bill Walsh Field at Monster Park, Cutler and Henry played just one series for the Broncos' first-team offense. In that series, the Broncos went 67 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. Cutler, the quarterback, accounted for 40 yards. Henry, the running back, picked up the other 27. Together, Cutler and Henry 67ed the 49ers.

Warren one very large bust - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
08/14/2007 - They called him "Big Money." And the Broncos blew it big time on defensive tackle Gerard Warren. Easy come, easy go. The rapid rise and unexpected fall of Warren's career in blue and orange has ended with a thud. When a 325-pound man gets knocked on his keister as a big, fat bust, the shock waves can be felt throughout the Denver locker room.

Foxworth frustrated as a sub - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
08/14/2007 - Domonique Foxworth is not a disgruntled player. He is not asking for a trade. He loves being a Bronco. He loves Denver. He loves his teammates. He wants to stay a Bronco forever. But he also wants to play. That's the bottom line. Foxworth wants to be on the field as much as possible. He thinks he deserves it. But he knows he has to deal with the fact that, barring an injury to a starting defensive back, he is the fifth defensive back.

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