|09-30-2005, 04:07 PM||#1|
Never say Always
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Reggie Hayward and Jakes Boot
The Daily Camera
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Timing key to Jake's bootleg
By Ryan Thorburn, Camera Sports Writer
September 30, 2005
ENGLEWOOD — The bootleg.
Reggie Hayward knows it's coming, but Jake Plummer will probably fool his former teammate on Sunday anyway when Denver plays at Jacksonville.
How do defenses — like Kansas City on fourth-and-goal at the 1 — allow the quarterback to casually run around the end all alone on big plays?
Plummer says it's as easy as Mike Anderson's 44-yard touchdown run earlier in the 30-10 victory over the Chiefs. Once the ground game is established, the defense has to focus on it and tends to forget about the mobile quarterback, if the timing is right.
"If I am booting out after the run without the ball and there is never anybody there, I will come over and say, 'Hey, the boot should be there.' But it is about picking your moments," Plummer said. "(Offensive coordinator) Gary (Kubiak) does a great job of finding those times and picking the right times. And they covered me a couple times last week, but there were quick throws so I could get rid of it and let someone make a play."
Hayward, who played with Plummer the past two seasons in Denver, knows that Plummer is a different player on the run than in the pocket. The Jaguars' plan will be to make the Snake a stationary target, but that's easier said than done.
"It's just they are so good at running the surge play ... getting that running back up through the B gap where the defensive end is supposed to be," Hayward said when asked about defending the Broncos' bootleg plays. "He's sitting there trying to play the boot and when he finally realizes they're gashing him in his gap, he starts to play his gap more aggressively and then they hit him with the boot."
So what is an aggressive defensive end — and the Jaguars feature two of them in Hayward and Paul Spicer — supposed to do?
"Pick your poison," Hayward said. "You have to be, I guess, concerned about both of them at the same time, which is very difficult on the ends. Mike Shanahan knows how to exploit that."
Champ Bailey (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday and remains questionable. The Pro Bowl cornerback hopes to try to practice today and start his 100th consecutive regular season game on Sunday.
"We've got the Jacksonville Jaguars, and I want to be on the field," Bailey said when asked if he would consider resting until the injury was completely healed. "And I'm going to do whatever I can to get out there."
Darrent Williams (ankle) also sat out but is listed as probable and is expected to make his second career start. The rookie from Oklahoma State got the nod ahead of Lenny Walls in Monday's victory over Kansas City.
Second-year cornerback Roc Alexander (hamstring) and reserve linebacker Louis Green (hamstring) were the only other two Broncos who did not practice.
In preparation for Sunday's 11 a.m. kickoff, the Broncos will start today's practice at 10:45 a.m. before heading to Florida, where the franchise is 2-10 in regular season games.
"We have won two games there, so that's a positive," glass-half-full tight end Jeb Putzier said. "We can at least win there."
Denver is actually 0-2 in Jacksonville, but one of the wins in the Sunshine State was last season in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers, however, kicked that game off at 2:15 p.m.
Denver has won nine of its last 10 games played after an appearance on Monday Night Football. ... Rod Smith's 734 career receptions are first all-time among undrafted players. Second on the list is the New York Jets' Wayne Chrebet, who also entered the league in 1995, with 572. ... The Jaguars will wear their teal uniforms and the Broncos will wear white. ... Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80's with 60 percent humidity.
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|09-30-2005, 04:12 PM||#2|
RIP Darrent Williams
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Hopefully we can get Hayward and Spicer guessing and catch them off guard for a big play.
Even after being in practice with Shanny and Plummer Reggie still seems confused on how to stop it.
|09-30-2005, 04:22 PM||#4|
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|09-30-2005, 04:59 PM||#6|
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|09-30-2005, 05:12 PM||#7|
It is what it Is.
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Better get the running game going and give the D a good blow between series.
|09-30-2005, 05:40 PM||#8|
Ring of Famer
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Denver has won nine of its last 10 games played after an appearance on Monday Night Football. ...