Broncos Update Insider - 11/19

The Denver Broncos' defense isn't going to be confused with the Ravens' or the Steelers', but it is making progress.

The Broncos were pleased with the job they did against Atlanta, holding the powerful Falcons rushing game to 3.3 yards per attempt and allowing only 20 points in a 24-20 win Sunday.

Denver has worked at improving the run defense after a horrible start, and it paid off Sunday.

"To play the rushing defense we played against an excellent running offensive football team, I was very pleased," coach Mike Shanahan said.

The Broncos brought an eighth man in the box on most plays to contain Michael Turner. The powerful running back had a pair of touchdowns but managed just 81 yards on 25 carries, ending up with a rather quiet day. The Broncos have played three solid games against the run vs. Miami, Cleveland and Atlanta after a terrible outing at New England before their bye.

"I don't know how many yards Michael Turner had, but he wasn't spectacular like he has been," cornerback Josh Bell said.

NOTES, QUOTES

--When the Broncos brought in S John Lynch in 2004, he was coming off a neck injury and had just been released by Tampa Bay. They didn't know what they would get from him, but Lynch gave the team four Pro Bowl seasons before retiring.

He had an amicable breakup with the team this year, although he couldn't ultimately catch on with another team after asking for his release. When Lynch officially announced his retirement, the Broncos praised him as a great leader and safety.

"Just everything you'd want in a player," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "He set an example on how to be a pro. It's nice to have had the opportunity to spend a few years with him."

--The Broncos won't take many chances with CB Champ Bailey, who has been out for a month with a groin injury. He practiced a couple of times last week, but coach Mike Shanahan said he would wait until seeing how Bailey practices before making any decisions on his availability.

"He's got to go out there and feel good," Shanahan said.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
PLAYER NOTES

--TE Tony Scheffler played against Atlanta but was shut out. He admitted he is still having some issues with a lingering groin injury. His snaps were limited against Atlanta.

--TE Nate Jackson caught a pair of passes for 32 yards. As long as Tony Scheffler is limited with a groin injury, Jackson will continue to get playing time.

--LB Niko Koutouvides, signed this offseason to compete for the starting middle linebacker position, has been moved to the weak side, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. Koutouvides didn't start when Nate Webster got hurt -- rookie Spencer Larsen got the nod instead.

--DE Jarvis Moss is a big part of Denver's pass defenses. He doesn't have the size to play every down, but the Broncos think he can give them a spark rushing the quarterback.

--RB Selvin Young has a groin injury and was inactive Sunday. He came back too soon against Cleveland two weeks ago, so the Broncos aren't likely to hurry him back to the lineup a second time.



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