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ILChief
12-26-2005, 05:02 PM
http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/DEN/9117317

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NFL.com wire reports DENVER (Dec. 26, 2005) -- Some Denver Broncos (http://www.nfl.com/teams/news/DEN) will get more than a week off to prepare for the playoffs.
The Broncos have secured a first-round bye and have nothing to play for at San Diego, where the Chargers are out of the playoff race. So, coach Mike Shanahan can rest several of his starters, including quarterback Jake Plummer (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1003), running back Mike Anderson (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/187481) and banged-up cornerback Champ Bailey (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/133217).
"Everyone will have different opinions on what to do," Shanahan said. "Some people will say you should play the starters the whole game, then when somebody gets hurt, they change their minds and say you guys are dummies. ... We'll go with our gut feeling."
After San Diego, the Broncos (12-3) won't play again until mid-January, when they'll host their first home playoff game since John Elway led them to consecutive Super Bowls in 1997-98. They haven't won a playoff game since then either -- going 0-3, including lopsided losses at Indianapolis the last two seasons.
They're trying hard not to think that far ahead. Or think about the recent past.
"The season's not over," receiver Rod Smith (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/1220) said. "We've got to finish the season off right."
Defensive lineman Ebenezer Ekuban (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/133279) expects to see personnel used as normal in the regular season finale.
"I do, especially for a half," he said. "We still need to go out there and stay focused and keep doing what we've been doing. If we take off two weeks, then to have to play in the playoff game is going to be hard."
Defensive end Trevor Pryce (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/4123) said: "You don't want to lump into the playoffs and be rusty. You want everything to be clicking." So, he's prepared to play four quarters even though it's as meaningless in the standings as a preseason game.
"In '98 we were in the same situation," Pryce said. "We had already gotten the bye, we were the No. 1 seed and all the starters played the whole last game. So, I'm sure that's going to happen again."
Probably not.
Bailey has been banged up all season and could use some rest. So could Plummer. Anderson sprained his left ankle in Denver's 22-3 win over Oakland, so Tatum Bell (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/492889), who is 131 yards shy of 1,000 himself, expects to start in his place. And linebacker Al Wilson (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/133451) has a broken right thumb and isn't expected to play.
Backup quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/493099) expects to finally get to throw his first NFL pass.
"I am sure they are going to give a lot of key guys rest to avoid injuries," he said. "Then again, we do have a bye week, so I don't think you can give the starters too much time. I am going to prepare like I do every week and maybe this week I will actually play."
Regardless, the Broncos aren't looking for a vacation.
"It means nothing unless we get deep into the playoffs and hopefully go all the way," Plummer said. "We've had good years and lost in the first round in the past two years. We have a first round bye this year so that isn't going to happen. We know we have a game at home. We hope to get a win at home. We're not done working yet."
Safety John Lynch (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/3854), however, knows the value of earning one of the top two seeds in the conference, as he did with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they won the Super Bowl three years ago.
"I remember the year we did it, we got the bye, played at home and then beat San Francisco and they told me we're going to the NFC championship. I knew that going in but I was like, 'That's all you have to do?' " Lynch recalled.
Still, he insisted he's not allowing himself to think about just how close he is to another shot at the Lombardi Trophy.
"We want to beat San Diego," Lynch said. "I think that's what's on our mind right now."

tk13
12-26-2005, 05:06 PM
What'll be interesting though is to see what the Chargers do. They aren't playing for anything either... and you'd think they'd want to get Phillip Rivers some playing time at QB. Plus Tomlinson's been banged up lately, Michael Turner will probably see more reps too.

Pasta Giant Meatball
12-26-2005, 05:11 PM
that's great

chefsos
12-26-2005, 05:17 PM
What'll be interesting though is to see what the Chargers do. They aren't playing for anything either... and you'd think they'd want to get Phillip Rivers some playing time at QB. Plus Tomlinson's been banged up lately, Michael Turner will probably see more reps too.

Seems like their fans would love to derail the Broncos' train a little and smack 'em around, while knocking the Chiefs out of the playoffs at the same time. That's just for pride, I suppose. I'm not sure the players and coaches concern themselves with that stuff, so they'll probably take a look at some guys who wouldn't normally play.

WebGem
12-26-2005, 05:18 PM
Who cares? The Lions will not win.

keg in kc
12-26-2005, 05:18 PM
The broncos will still roll them with backups; it'll be like the SD game at arrowhead last year when they creamed us.

WebGem
12-26-2005, 05:19 PM
When San Diego wins and clinches Pitt the 6 seed, Pittsburgh will rest their starters and still beat the hell out of Detroit. Then all the idiots who are giving Detroit a chance will look even more stupid than they do now.

WebGem
12-26-2005, 05:20 PM
The broncos will still roll them with backups; it'll be like the SD game at arrowhead last year when they creamed us.
Or like the Pittsburgh game vs Buffalo last year. You know, Pittsburgh, that team we need the Lions to beat on the road.

WebGem
12-26-2005, 05:20 PM
BTW Buffalo had playoff hopes on the line in that game.

Thig Lyfe
12-26-2005, 05:21 PM
Fock.


So maybe we should have won in Dallas. Or Buffalo. Or New York. Or against Philadelphia.

StcChief
12-26-2005, 05:25 PM
Chiefs lost their chance by not taking care of Philly,Buffalo and Dallas games.

We shot ourselves in the foot and even though playing well now, better to get the coaching house clean and
build for next year.

chefsos
12-26-2005, 05:26 PM
Fock.


So maybe we should have won in Dallas. Or Buffalo. Or New York. Or against Philadelphia.

Yep. Anyone, and there were plenty I'm sure, who said at the time of any one of those losses that this would come back to bite us, was 100% correct. Damn. Just one of those games, just one...

Frazod
12-26-2005, 05:30 PM
Fock.


So maybe we should have won in Dallas. Or Buffalo. Or New York. Or against Philadelphia.

We did win in Dallas. We just didn't score enough points to beat the officials.

keg in kc
12-26-2005, 06:15 PM
We shot ourselves in the foot and even though playing well now, better to get the coaching house clean and
build for next year.When you say "next year" I'm assuming you mean 2007. Because cleaning house like that won't be building anything for '06.

Not that there's anything wrong with doing that, but anybody expecting a new coaching staff to turn this boat in one offseason is asking to be disappointed.

KCBOSS1
12-26-2005, 09:08 PM
Chiefs lost their chance by not taking care of Philly,Buffalo and Dallas games.

We shot ourselves in the foot and even though playing well now, better to get the coaching house clean and
build for next year.



The problem is if we clean coaching house this year, you are completely introducing new systems to great but older players some of which don't want to deal with that dramatic of a change and all of the re-learning and adjustment that will be involved. I think that we would see a few guys retire that we desparately still need. Trent will be facing huge blocking holes will be hit as often as he was being hit after Roaf went down this year. You won't be building for next season, but maybe at least 2 or 3 seasons down the road if we hire the right guy. John Gruden took over and won the superbowl his first year at Tampa, but He had a completely different situation, having much younger players pretty and inherited them in their prime.

I really don't think that people know what they are calling for in screaming for new coaches. Trent is in the tail-end of his career, though playing outstanding.

jspchief
12-26-2005, 09:49 PM
The problem is if we clean coaching house this year, you are completely introducing new systems to great but older players some of which don't want to deal with that dramatic of a change and all of the re-learning and adjustment that will be involved. It doesn't have to be like that. A new coach can come in and keep the offense going in the same genral direction, while starting to aquire the players to go in the direction that he has in mind for the future.

It doesn't have to be an overnight makeover.

Warrior5
12-27-2005, 06:46 AM
When San Diego wins and clinches Pitt the 6 seed, Pittsburgh will rest their starters and still beat the hell out of Detroit. Then all the idiots who are giving Detroit a chance will look even more stupid than they do now.

There's a HUGE difference between hoping the Lions win and giving them a chance. I can't think of one poster who thinks the Lions will win in Pittsburgh.

The comments concerning rebuilding for next year are right on target. If the Chiefs clear out the coaching staff, we need to expect at least one lean year before contending again.

Now IF the coaching staff stays, and if Roaf stays, and maybe Shields stays, and the Chiefs make notable talent improvements at DT and DE during the off-season, and, and, and...

then maybe we can look forward to making a run in '06.

Whole lotta ifs...