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C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 3C Football ins cut off Davis, offense T 1 1 ljoipri ... T -. i Lhi -. . . ' .. f : .Miami, led by Zach rthomasp holds the league ( MVP to 61 yards rushing ?,;with a long gain of 13. J3y Elizabeth Clarice i'alm Beach Post Staff Writer rC 'L-"L? Z" -mJmivifjJk ' . ' . .- 1 f t it'll : , f f i i, h ' j n, x M"-' " - '" WW u U ' . ' ., " ! X ' I i f f d rj , - - m lr y t, X-:U ..... ;.- DENVER Few people expected w v j, , the new quarterback to replace retired John Elway as the force of the Denver Broncos offense. '- "They wanted a respectable job from the young quarterback, allowing Titian Griese to work into the job of leader. Until he did, NFL Most Valuable Player Terrell Davis would fill in. , r ;,But the Dolphins didn't let that -. :': -.if .'.. .v.. V j , ji i , J ." r- ( ..j. happen Monday night, as they slowed the running back and beat the Broncos 38-21. It was Denver's first loss at home in 24 regular-season games. The fifth-year running back finished with 61 yards on 19 carries and no touchdowns. 0 . if" . ..- -- v Davis njj Bi'oncos star never comes "' close to repeating his '199-yard '.performance in ''playoffs. Terrell had a couple of good runs, but we didn't let him have one of those eames (of) SCOn WISEMANStaff Photdgrapher Dolphins rookie fullback Rob Konrad skips across the goal line on a 12-yard re- Konrad started in place of the injured Stanley Pritchett and gave the Dolphjns a ception from Dan Marino as safety Tyrone Braxton, a former Dolphin, looks on. 14-7 lead in the second quarter, capping an 80-yard drive. like.' 199 yards like he did in the play-':"bffs," said linebacker Robert Jones, who had five tackles. "We did what we needed to do to for Brian to make the plays." .C-"Davis was a big reason for that streak and for why the Broncos are 'tvfo-time defending Super Bowl I' " champions. Dlans .Floyd fouls up f li ght !!But the Dolphins played like the Sbtvly thing they knew about Davis 2T:he.y learned in a regular-season game I , I i V-V f j i I V f f I ,.. f If Y:;: Dolphins to land in Fort Myers, ponder indoor practices, impact on home opener against Cardinals. By Mark Woods Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DENVER Hurricane Floyd forced the Miami Dolphins to adjust their travel itinerary. The Dolphins had been planning to return to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, arriving at about 6 this morning. But after being told their plane would not be able to land, they decided to fly to Fort Myers and take a bus to Fort Lauderdale. Dolphins notebook The Dolphins also are preparing for this week in South Florida including the home opener Sunday against Arizona. "We're looking into some indoor facilities for practices," said Bob Ackles, director of football operations. There are a couple that more or less would allow us to have a walk-through, but not much else." There also is the possibility Hurricane Floyd could affect the home opener. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew forced a game against the Patriots to be rescheduled. That, however, was easier to make up both teams had the same bye week in the season. That won't be the case if Hurricane Floyd forces the Dolphins-Cardinals game to be rescheduled. A tribute to No. 7: Halftime was extended by seven minutes so the Broncos could retire No. 7. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen began the because I'm going to be a Denver Bronco forever." The Dolphins were in the locker room during the tribute. But before the game, coach Jimmy Johnson quipped he would get a little emotional during the tribute. "Yeah, 111 be choked up," he said, "because 111 be screaming at our guys about what to do in the second half." Broncos coach Mike Shanahan wasn't on the field, either. He was in the locker room, most likely savoring the extra minutes just like when the 49ers retired Joe Montana's jersey during a Monday night game two years ago. "Everybody was looking forward to it," he said of that halftime. "Not necessarily the retirement, but the extra three minutes you get to rest up for the second half." B Instant replay: It took all of 54 seconds for the Dolphins to test the new instant replay. On the second play of the game, Denver receiver Rod Smith grabbed a pass, spun and lost the ball. The of jcials ruled it an incompletion, saying Smith never had control. Johnson challenged the call and lost a timeout whf n referee Johnny Greer looked at replay' and stuck with the original call. s , ' Webb starts: Nine days alwi signing a contract, left tackle Richmond Webb was back in the starting lineup. The Dolphins decided to start Webb, a seven-time Pro Bowl pick, instead of Brent Smith, who had started all four exhibitions. In other lineup moves, the Dolphins started rookie Rob Konrad at fullback. Stanley Pritchett (left knee) was inactive along with running back Cecil Collins, linebacker Anthony Harris, center Grey Ruegamer, receiver Larry Shannon, defensive end Dimitrius Underwood, defensive tackle Antoine Simpson and quarterback Jim Druckenmiller. ! Sentimental favorite: Joe Theismann is among those pulling for Dan Marino and the Dolphins to win it all this season. "I cheered for John and now IU cheer for Dan," said Theismann, a former Super Bowl winner who works for ESPN. "When anybody stays around a long time and hasn't gotten something, there's always a kind of sentimental (feeling) ." Mile High mementoes: The Broncos' old stadium is surrounded by construction a reminder that in two years the structure that opened in 1948 as Bears Stadium will be replaced. The designers of the new stadium plan to incorporate pieces of the old one. A couple of Mile High seats will be bronzed and placed in a park near the new stadium. And the orange gates that fans walked through Monday night will become part of an indoor museum. "With everything changing in Colorado so fast, it's important we preserve some of that history," said Kelly Leid, director of operations for the organization overseeing construction. Bye-bye, Bubby: If the Denver Posfs lettprs to the editor section is an accurate 'gauge, then quarterback Bubby Blister's decision to rip Shanahan for naming Brian Griese as the starter didn't sit well with fans. to Wallace Westfeldt of Boulder wrote: This boob better bone up on his play-book, or the only thing he will be backing up is his Buick to box up his belongings." Janice Dutton of Denver added: The Broncos' former quarterback also had problems with a coach. But John Elway chose to keep his grievances with Dan Reeves out of the spotlight Bubby Brister not only can't fill the 'quarterback' shoes, he can't fill the 'man' shoes left by John. ... I would say good riddance to Bubby." last year. That's when they held Davis to 29 yards on 16 carries and beat the defending Super Bowl champions 31-21 at home. The Broncos called it an unimportant game that gave them a good chance to rest Davis, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season. They discounted the ability of the Dolphins' top-rated defense to stop the 5-foot-ll Davis. And it looked like a pretty good argument when he rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff game two weeks later. But this season opener on national television and on a night when fans finally bid Elway adieu with a fireworks-laden homage didn't help support that case. "Did we stop him?" defensive end Jason Taylor wondered. "I don't even know. That's good if we did." Miami held Davis to 17 yards on six carries in the first quarter. He added 23 yards in the second and the rest in the second half. His longest run was 13 yards in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Zach Thomas haunted Davis all night, tackling him solo or helping more than five times. Thomas finished with a team-high 10 tackles. "Terrell Davis is a great, great football player," Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson said. "We weren't going to stop him, but we made some tackles and we stayed after him." ED ANDRIESKIThe Associated Press John Elway acknowledges the fans after Monday night's halftime ceremony honoring him. I'm not going to be far away because I'm going to be a Denver Bronco forever,' Elway said. tribute for former Broncos quarterback John Elway by calling him the greatest player in franchise history and adding "in my biased opinion and I'm sure 76,000 share this opinion the greatest quarterback to play the game." Elway took the stage that had been set up at midfield and, flanked by his family, thanked the Broncos' fans. "I'm so happy the Baltimore Colts traded me here, you can't believe it," he said. "I'm going to say this: I'm going to miss you, but I'm not going to be far away THE MATCHUPS Dolphins vs. NFL Comparing Miami's offense HJGS1 FIVE THE DOLPHINS What . . . A look at Monday's featured matchup - to the rest of the NFL: vs. Tony Martin DOLPHINS WR Dale Carter BRONCOS CET when playing at home on the weekend after a road Monday night game. The last time the Dolphins lost in such a circumstance was Nov. 26, 1978, to the New York Jets. Miami, by the way, plays at home Sunday against Arizona. by Greg Stoda Dolphins S NFL Avg. Rushing Yards per game ... ..n , JU1 . J99-4 High: Pittsburgh, 213 . Low: Cleveland, 9 ' Yards per carry QUESTIONS Here's the feature number of the night for Miamr.fans (not to mention their favorite quarterback): 25.3.',.-That's what Martin averaged on four catches, '--2 including a 40-yarder. He didn't score a touchdown but he did exactly what he was brought here to 6& give Marino a big, fast, deep threat. All told, not; good showing for Carter and Co. Why O HMDER 3.4 3.69 would be the significance if Karim Abdul-Jabbar, who gained 60yards Monday night vs. Denver, were to lead Miami in rushing for a fourth consecutive season? It would be the second-longest streak of its kind in Miami history. Larry Csonka led the Dolphins in rushing five straight seasons beginning in 1970. When . . . was the last time Miami lost a season-opening game? The Dolphins lost 35-31 at Buffalo on Sept. 1, 1991 . . . and went on to an 8-8 season. Where . . . do the Dolphins, as a rule, go when they return home to play the next weekend after a Monday night game on the road? To good times. Miami is 11-1 Jason Taylor DOLPHINS DE Tony Jones7 BRONCOS LT' VS. Passing ' Yards per game 1 will the future Hall of Fame enshrinement of retired Denver quarterback John Elway, who was inducted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame on Monday, be so special to Denver? Because the only two former Broncos in the Hall comerback Willie Brown and running back Tony Dorsett spent most of their careers with other teams. Brown made his name with Oakland and Dorsett with Dallas, but Elway spent his entire 16-season career with the Broncos. 225.7J Who . . . were the primary quarterbacks of the six previous teams that failed in the attempt to win three consecutive Super Bowl titles? Bart Starr (Green Bay), Bob Griese (Miami), Terry Bradshaw (twice with Pittsburgh), Joe Montana (San Francisco) and Troy Aikman (Dallas). Which gives you an idea of the task facing Denver using Brian Griese or Biibby Brister this season. :'Hfeh: Washington, 369 ;l Cleveland, 31 'Vards per attempt Monday Night Footbairs producers remembered Taylor. Last season, Taylor talked some serious.trash with offensive tackle Tony Boselli throughout Miajni's Monday night loss at Jacksonville. Jones kept Taylor quiet most of the night, their hand-to-hand combat ending without a Taylor sack, though he was in on. three tackles. But Taylor did score a late touchdown, returning a fumble 4 yards to give Miami a 38-14." lead. . 9.3 ;-05-53 ROB BARGEStaff Artist

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