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p>Friday, September 14, 2007

Culpepper to start: McCown nursing sore foot - Denver Post - Josh Dubow
09/14/2007 - Daunte Culpepper is expected to start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday against the Broncos after Josh McCown left practice early Friday with a sore foot. McCown sprained his right foot in the first half of the season opener against Detroit last Sunday and missed practice Wednesday because of the injury. He was able to practice Thursday, but was sore when he arrived at the team's facility Friday and could not finish practice. McCown is listed as doubtful. "We're going to have to see when he wakes up tomorrow," coach Lane Kiffin said. "I'm anticipating Daunte starting for us. We'll go day to day with it."

Buffalo's Kelsay fined: End docked for late hit on Cutler - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/14/2007 - Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay was fined $5,000 by the NFL for his hit on Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler in the second quarter of their game last Sunday. Kelsay did not receive a game penalty from the official but replays showed he could have let up on his hit. Kelsay also appeared to have led with his helmet. Cutler completed a pass on the play and later led the Broncos to a 15-14 victory.

Broncos' cornerback duo looks to duplicate domination - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/14/2007 - When Champ Bailey got on the bus after the Denver Broncos' win Sunday, he grabbed a statistics sheet. Bailey knew he and fellow cornerback Dre Bly played well, but he was surprised to see the final numbers. Lee Evans and Peerless Price, Buffalo's top two receivers, combined for three catches and 3 yards. Even for a couple of former Pro Bowl cornerbacks, that kind of day is almost impossible in the NFL. "It's pretty unheard of for that to happen," Bailey said. "But we can duplicate it. Why not?"

LOOK WHO'S TALKING NOW: Linemen don't exactly embrace policy on dealing with media - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/14/2007 - For years, the northwest corner of the Denver Broncos locker room was off limits to reporters. Then the locker room was renovated, the offensive line moved and the southeast corner became the interview-free zone. The NFL changed its access policy this year. Players must talk once a week or risk a fine. The Broncos offensive line's media boycott had been going on for more than a decade. Center Tom Nalen is still fighting it. He didn't want to talk last week about being named a captain and resisted interviews this week. Wednesday he said it wasn't his day to talk. Thursday he said he was only kidding, that Wednesday was really the day to get him.

Denvers defense prepares for both Oakland quarterbacks - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/14/2007 - There isn't much concern among the Denver Broncos about who will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Josh McCown didn't practice Wednesday but practiced in full Thursday, according to the team's report. McCown started last week, but is on the injury report with a foot injury. If he can't play, Daunte Culpepper would start. The Broncos admitted they have to spend a little extra time studying two quarterbacks, but cornerback Dre Bly said they are similar. Both are mobile and dangerous on bootleg plays.

QB Change Likely In Raiders-Broncos Meeting - - Sports Network Staff
09/14/2007 - One quarterback will be making his regular-season debut in an Oakland Raiders uniform this Sunday, but it won't be JaMarcus Russell. Daunte Culpepper is expected to be under center when the Raiders visit the Denver Broncos in a Week 2 showdown between bitter AFC West rivals from Invesco Field at Mile High. Culpepper will be making his first regular-season start since Week 4 of the 2006 campaign, when the three-time Pro Bowl selection was still a member of the Miami Dolphins. His ill-fated one-year tenure in Miami ended with a release by the Dolphins in mid-July, but Culpepper was quickly brought in by Oakland to compete with Josh McCown for the starting quarterback job.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Broncos bank their offense on Cutler's big arm - USA Today - Jim Corbett
09/12/2007 - Jay Cutler rolled right, and with a flick of his rifle right arm, the Denver Broncos quarterback gave a training camp glimpse of the magic he can provide in his first full season as an NFL starter. The second-year pro from Vanderbilt snapped a tight spiral that flew 50 yards down the right sideline toward wide receiver Javon Walker. Seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey raced toward the ball and made a leaping attempt to knock Cutler's pass away. But the best Bailey could do was graze the deep strike that dropped into Walker's outstretched hands for a touchdown. Asked about how much he put into that eye-popping pass, Cutler shrugged. "I just flicked it," he says, smiling. "It was probably half my arm strength."

Rice "ready to surge" in Broncos' defensive scheme - - Dan Boniface
09/12/2007 - The Broncos' constantly rotating defensive line is perfect for Simeon Rice - for now. Once he's up to speed, though, Rice expects to play every down. "It's a long road back," said Rice, who's recovering from shoulder surgery. "But I have big expectations." Such as? "To be me," he said. Rice, who signed with Denver five days before the season opener, played a limited role in a 15-14 win over Buffalo last Sunday, but had two big contributions. He knocked down a pass and snuffed out a reverse.

Week One - Broncos - - Kurt North
09/12/2007 - While I wouldn’t exactly say that the Broncos buffaloed the Bills in week one, I will say that Sunday’s game was one of the most exciting games I have ever seen in which the Broncos scored only one touchdown. Besides Elam’s ultimate redemption, the game is exciting on a number of levels that bode well for the season. It was also pretty exciting that I didn’t end up dying of heart failure. To start, it was nice that the Broncos won a season opener. On the road. Playing at 11 a.m. On the East Coast. In the AFC. That is the first time that has ever happened, according to a fact I just made it. It seems like it, anyway. One of the frustrating things about the Broncos in the post-John Elway era has been losing that first game. Blame it on their preseason game plan. Blame it on playing on the road. Mostly, just blame it on Jake Plummer and Brian Griese, who no longer play here. Thank god.

Wednesday Notes: Crowder, Paymah Return to Practice - - Mason's Morsels
09/12/2007 - … Three players listed as injured fully took part in Wednesday afternoon's practice: defensive end Tim Crowder (ankle), safety John Lynch (ankle) and cornerback Karl Paymah (concussion). Crowder and Paymah each missed Week 1 with their injuries, which were incurred in the preseason … Defensive tackle Sam Adams sat out the practice, per coach's decision. He also missed time for the same reason last week but played in the win over Buffalo … Tight end Stephen Alexander (calf) and cornerback Domonique Foxworth (ankle) did not take part in practice. A determination on the probablity of their Sunday participation will be made Friday, when teams have to list their injured players as probable, questionable, doubtful or out … Guard Ben Hamilton (concussion) and offensive tackle Ryan Harris (back) also did not practice and are already ruled out for Sunday …

Denver Broncos land the linebacker they've had their eyes on - The Canadian Press - Author not credited
09/12/2007 - The Denver Broncos have had their eyes on Jamie Winborn for a long time and on Wednesday they finally got their first up-close look at him. With only five linebackers on the roster and one of them, Louis Green, injuring his neck in the opener, the Broncos signed the free-agent outside linebacker who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 1. "We've liked him for a number of years," coach Mike Shanahan said. "We like his play. We like who he is as a linebacker going back to San Francisco. We've had our eyes on him a long time. We were happy he was released by Tampa so we could go get him."

Despite injury, Smith a Broncos' team captain - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
09/12/2007 - The Broncos captains — safety John Lynch, cornerback Champ Bailey, center Tom Nalen and quarterback Jay Cutler — went to Mike Shanahan to correct what they thought was a mistake. The four requested that wide receiver Rod Smith, who is currently on the physically unable to perform list as he returns from offseason hip surgery, be made a captain as well. So Smith will be a team captain as well this season.

More than just a Sunday drive for Cutler: Behind the wheel in Buffalo, Cutler turns into leader - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
09/12/2007 - As an NFL quarterback, Jay Cutler certainly will be asked to do a lot of things in his vocational life. He'll be asked to win games, to be sure. But to do that, he'll also be asked to win the hearts and minds of the 10 other players staring back at him in the huddle. That's why, in his first full year as an NFL starter, Sunday just might turn out to be more than a one-point win. "That last drive . . . defines what we're going to be, what we are about," Broncos running back Travis Henry said. "Guys sucked it up. We knew we had to get in field-goal range or score a touchdown to win. . . . And (Cutler) gave us the feeling we were going to do it. That's what you want."

Young, Leinart have company - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Date - The Larry Bird and Magic Johnson of the new generation have some competition. During the offseason, Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was quoted as saying he and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart wanted to be known as this generation's Magic and Bird. One of Leinart's representatives, Chuck Price, also was recently quoted as using the comparison. But Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler may be butting his head between the much-hyped twosome. In the 2006 draft, Young was selected third overall, Leinart 10th and Cutler 11th. All three will be linked together for the rest of their NFL careers and forever compared.

Winner as easy as 3-2-1: Elam happy to hear crowd's countdown before kick - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/12/2007 - For all his records and experience, Jason Elam might as well have been a rookie for the moment he was in. Elam had been in win-or-else positions before in his 15 seasons as the Broncos' kicker, but never while trying to make a decision on the fly before booting on the run. Fortunately, the Buffalo Bills' Ralph Wilson Stadium crowd Sunday was unknowingly on his side. As the Broncos' offense was scrambling off the field while the field goal unit was scurrying on, Elam had the option of canceling the now well-known "Toro! Toro!" signal by yelling, "Clock! Clock!" Because the Broncos picked up a first down on the previous play, Elam's "Clock!" command would have made him the quarterback.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Broncos' 1-0 Record a Real Kick - USA Today - Andy Benoit, NFL Contributing Editor
09/11/2007 - "Out of all the kicks I've had, I've never had a scenario like that." That's what Broncos veteran Jason Elam had to say after kicking the game- winning field goal as time expired in Denver's 15-14 victory over Buffalo on Sunday. The scenario that the 37-year-old Elam was referring to was the field goal unit's mad scramble onto the field to set up the decisive 42-yard attempt in less than 11 seconds. It was the football equivalent of changing your clothes, brushing your teeth, and combing your hair in one minute (okay, maybe assuming you look like Matt Hasselbeck, but still...). Holder Todd Sauerbrun was barely set, and Elam didn't even take time to count off his steps.

Broncos happy but Shanahan holds horses - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/11/2007 - Coach Mike Shanahan has 132 career wins, but he saw something new Sunday after the Denver Broncos' dramatic 15-14 win at Buffalo. "I think it's the most excited I've ever seen a pro team, where everybody hits the field and it's kind of like a college atmosphere," Shanahan said. Jason Elam's 42-yard field goal as time ran out set off a euphoric celebration. On Monday, Shanahan tried to temper the enthusiasm.

Shanahan supports Cutler's late decision - Co Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
09/11/2007 - On the surface, quarterback Jay Cutler's lateral late in the fourth quarter Sunday was reminiscent of some of the plays predecessor Jake Plummer used to try with the Denver Broncos. Even though the play almost cost his team a chance to beat the Buffalo Bills, coach Mike Shanahan said Cutler did what he was supposed to do. Cutler, facing a sack with less than two minutes left, passed the ball backwards to running back Selvin Young. The ball got past Young, and he batted it out of bounds. "He did the right thing," Shanahan said of Cutler tossing the lateral. "He needed to make a play there."

A few negatives are lingering for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Denver Post Staff
09/11/2007 - There are indeed two sides to every coin. Heads, the Broncos special teams saved the day Sunday, getting on the field and getting off a 42-yard game-winning kick by Jason Elam in an improbable 10 seconds. Tails, the Broncos special teams surrendered a 74-yard punt return and a 48-yard kickoff return and missed two field goals. Heads, Jay Cutler threw for 304 yards, showed top-shelf poise in the pocket, escaped the rush when he had to and put the team in the position for the game-winning kick with a remember-when drive that included the Broncos erasing a third-and-23 situation. Tails, Cutler threw an interception snared by safety Jim Leonhard at the Buffalo 8-yard line, finishing a drive that could have given the Broncos the lead at halftime.

KRIEGER: Injury a matter of inches - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
09/11/2007 - It happened to Mike Utley on Nov. 17, 1991. One minute, the Detroit Lions guard was doing his job, blocking for his quarterback. The next, he was lying on the turf, unable to move a muscle. They put him on a backboard and carted him off the field. Somehow, he managed a thumbs-up signal on his way out. Doctors discovered he had fractured his sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae and was paralyzed. A month later, he founded the Mike Utley Foundation, which has been seeking a cure for paralysis ever since. It happened to Darryl Stingley on Aug. 12, 1978, in a preseason exhibition, a game that didn't count. One minute, the New England Patriots wide receiver was flying through the air to catch a pass. The next, after a violent, legal hit by safety Jack Tatum, also known as "the Assassin," Stingley lay motionless on the ground.

Buffalo had short supply of roaming - Broncos defense got aggressive in slowing down Bills - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
09/11/2007 - The defense the Broncos showcased early in Sunday's game was nearly a carbon copy of the one that had struggled during the preseason. First down. First down. First down. The Buffalo Bills, like others who faced the Broncos' first team this summer, were moving the ball without much resistance on their opening drive. Then Jim Bates got aggressive. The team's defensive boss stacked the line with bodies. Middle linebacker D.J. Williams came racing at Bills quarterback J.P. Losman on a blitz, and the 14-yard sack knocked them out of field-goal range.

Foxworth ankle will need time - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
09/11/2007 - Cornerback Domonique Foxworth (right ankle) and linebacker Louis Green (neck) were among the players who visited the Broncos' complex Monday to get treatment for injuries. Foxworth didn't finish Sunday's game because of a severe sprain and was given a pair of crutches to use before the team left Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday night. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Foxworth would be evaluated as the week goes on and wasn't taken for a magnetic resonance imaging exam.

Broncos sign LB Winborn - Denver Post - Denver Post Staff
09/11/2007 - The Broncos signed free-agent linebacker Jamie Winborn and waived tackle Chad Mustard, coach Mike Shanahan said. Winborn, at 5-foot-11, 242 pounds, is a seven-year pro who most recently played with Tampa Bay last season. He was released by the Bucs on Sept 1. He previously was with Jacksonville (in 2005) and San Francisco (2001-05).

Injury shakes up tough guys - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
09/11/2007 - In the coarse, macho language of a violent sport that is America's national obsession, NFL player Kevin Everett got jacked up! And now he cannot get up. The 25-year-old tight end for the Bills lies motionless in a Buffalo hospital bed with a life-threatening spinal injury and a prognosis for full recovery his physician calls bleak, all because Everett tackled Denver's Domenik Hixon in a game against the Broncos. Teammates of Everett fought back tears Sunday. The sky felt like crying. With a steady mist blanketing upstate New York, as shaken Bills cornerback Terrence McGee was heard to say, "All you can do is pray." Our sincere wishes for a miracle go out to Everett, because his pain causes every NFL player, coach and spectator with a heart to ache.

Broncos' Henry good to fly solo - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/11/2007 - Good ideas are easily pilfered in the NFL. Bill Walsh perfects the West Coast offense and suddenly every team is running a version of the West Coast offense. Pittsburgh's Dick LeBeau devises the finishing touches on a 3-4 zone blitz and several teams switch to the 3-4. Somebody once called the NFL a copycat league, and sure enough, the NFL now is frequently referred to as a copycat league. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is one cat who's copied.

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