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Dispatches
Peter King
December 24, 2001
Denver offensive linemen have been fined a total of $102,941 this year for illegal blocks, and there's a feeling they've reined themselves in because the NFL is watching their chop-blocking methods so closely. Last season the Broncos averaged 4.5 yards per rush, but this year the average has dipped to 3.8 yards. "When you're playing the game the way you think it ought to be played and someone in the league tells you it's not correct, that's got to get in your head," says Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak....
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December 24, 2001

Dispatches

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Denver offensive linemen have been fined a total of $102,941 this year for illegal blocks, and there's a feeling they've reined themselves in because the NFL is watching their chop-blocking methods so closely. Last season the Broncos averaged 4.5 yards per rush, but this year the average has dipped to 3.8 yards. "When you're playing the game the way you think it ought to be played and someone in the league tells you it's not correct, that's got to get in your head," says Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak....

Until Vikings quarterback Todd Bouman was named NFC offensive player of the week for his four-touchdown performance against the Titans on Dec. 9, the biggest award he had received was an honorable mention on the 1996 Successful Farming All-America team while attending St. Cloud ( Minn.) State. The magazine annually recognizes players whose families' livelihoods are in farming and ranching....

The Packers waived safety Chris Akins for insubordination after II games, and the Browns picked him up. League rules say that because Akins was on the roster for at least eight games, he's in line for a cut of Green Bay's playoff loot if the team reaches the NFC Championship Game. Akins's take would range from $34,500 to $97,500....

Peyton Manning has had 21 passes picked off this season, and he's on track to do for a second time something his father, Archie, never did—lead the league in interceptions. In 13 seasons Archie was never higher than third; in 1972 he was picked off 21 times. Peyton also led the league in 1998, with 28 interceptions.

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