09/25/06 10:29 AM
Broncos running back Tatum Bell carried the ball a career-high 27 times in Sunday night's win over the Patriots. He gained 123 yards. Tatum and Mike Bell split duties in the first two games, but head coach Mike Shanahan gave Tatum the full reins in week three. "I just had a feeling Tatum had earned that right for the way he played against Kansas City (in Week 2)," Shanahan told the team's official web site. "He showed me a lot of maturity."
Are the Shanahanigans finally over? The Broncos were always worried about how Tatum would stand up after his first 10 carries, but he looked pretty good last night. At the risk of sounding too excited, the last time Shanahan waited until week three to crown a sole runner was in 2002, when he handed the gig to rookie Clinton Portis. We don't have to remind you how that worked out.