I guess I feel a little bit better knowing that Denver's top receiver Brandon Marshall showed some remorse about his recent D.U.I. arrest - saying it was a ‘terrible mistake' and admitting that he now knows the seriousness of the issue. It's too bad he wasn't paying attention one day earlier when the team was addressed on the issues of alternative transportation if they decide to start slamming it down while they're out on the town.
Here's a hint - driving the wrong way down a one way street at 2:00 am on a Monday morning in LoDo is pretty much a guaranteed bust… trust me on this one.
It'll be interesting to see how well Brett Favre does against former coach Jim Bates, who's now the Broncos defensive coordinator. The real story is how Bates will hold up against the future Hall of Famer. So far, Bates' defense has had about as much success as a David Hasselhoff rehab stint - but there is light at the end of the tunnel - as long as the Packers don't try and run the ball. Then it could be trouble….
Mike Shanahan pulled down the Motorolla NFL Coach of the Week honors on Friday - beating out such luminaries as Bills coach Dick Jaron and Detroit Lions top man Rod Marinelli. As long as Jason Elam stays healthy I wouldn't be surprised to see Shanahan in the thick of things for Coach of the Year honors in January (yes, I majored in sarcasm).
On the injury front - Travis Henry's still nursing sore ribs, Champ Bailey suited up but was limited and defensive tackle Sam Adams sat out Wednesday's session. On the upside Dre Bly is telling anyone within earshot that he's ready to go this Monday, despite a mild shoulder separation during Sunday's win over the Steelers.
"For the most part, I'm just keeping it protected until the game. I can't afford to fall on it or anything like that. I'll keep it secure through the week and then play football on Monday."
Rod Smith appears to be one step closer to returning - the thirteen-year veteran made his first appearance on the practice field on Wednesday after undergoing offseason hip surgery. Although he's still listed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, the team is hopeful he'll be able to make the final roster cutdown, which is less than three weeks away.
Provided the Rockies don't get swept over the weekend, Monday night is going to be absolute insanity - Game Five of the World Series at Coors Field and Monday Night Football against the Packers at Invesco. Can you imagine the massive amount of alcohol that'll be consumed within that two mile radius? It's a dream come true for local bondsmen.
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past ten years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.
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