Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - To listen to sports-talk radio skeptics, former Broncos quarterback John Elway is entitled to a commission on the contract extension recently awarded Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. To a smaller number of callers, Shanahan is entitled to a commission on some of the money Elway earned as a future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Bowlen rewards mediocrity - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - So when is the bronze, larger-than-life statue unveiled outside the stadium? Before Mike Shanahan is handed the key to the city, as Broncomaniacs blindly cheer and Pat Bowlen wipes away tears of appreciation? Or after the parade through Denver streets, in a celebration of our favorite football team's chronic mediocrity?
Bowlen: Shanahan's value will pay off - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - Faith in coach Mike Shanahan is going to cost Broncos owner Pat Bowlen more than $5.2 million a year through 2008, but Bowlen figures it's a worthy investment.
Salaam stays on track to play against Colts - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - When starting left tackle Ephraim Salaam had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Aug. 1, he said his goal was to be back in time for the Broncos' third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Catching a bargain - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 19, 2003 - Rod Smith probably could afford to buy his own landscaping company. Yet there he was a few weeks ago, comparison-shopping at Home Depot, struggling to decide whether to buy a new weed-cutter or have his old one repaired. Anyone who knows Smith, however, shouldn't be surprised that he still mows his own lawn.
An offensive question for Salaam - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 19, 2003 - Ephraim Salaam responded to a question about whether he still should be considered the starting left tackle for the Denver Broncos now that he is back from injury with several inquiries of his own. "Let me see how I answer that one," Salaam said Monday before heading to Invesco Field at Mile High for his first practice in more than two weeks. "Who started at tackle last year? Who was starting at left tackle two weeks ago? So why wouldn't I be the starting left tackle now?"
Dalton's beauty only 'Skins deep to scarred Washington 'D' - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
August 19, 2003 - The Denver Broncos continue talking with Washington and one other team about a possible trade for Lional Dalton, but the Redskins want any draft pick to be conditional. That would provide insurance of sorts if Dalton doesn't pan out.
Shanahan here to stay - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 19, 2003 - So much for Mike Shanahan's future in Denver being tied to his new quarterback. More accurately, his Broncos coaching career is intertwined with team owner Pat Bowlen, not Jake Plummer. And in Bowlen's view, his man now, through the three-year extension he provided through 2008, and possibly beyond, is Shanahan.
Krieger: Broncos' edgy 'van Gogh' has owner's ear - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
August 19, 2003 - When word came that Mike Shanahan will be with us for the foreseeable future - or at least until the University of Florida goes shopping again - I went to my own source to find out if this was a good thing. No, not some pigskin geek. They were all in their fantasy draft. I went to Drew Litton, our cartoonist extraordinaire, to find out how he felt about drawing this guy for the rest of his career - or the rest of Shanahan's, depending.
Adams: Odds ball: Denver in the Super Bowl? - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
August 19, 2003 - Will the Denver Broncos return to the Super Bowl this season? The sports book for MGM Mirage gives them 18-1 odds to reach Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. The Philadelphia Eagles (9-2) and Oakland Raiders (6-1) are favored by MGM Mirage to meet in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The Broncos, who have made one playoff appearance since winning Super Bowl XXXIII, are a 6-1 favorite to win the AFC this season.
Thorburn: Pressure off Shanahan, but not Plummer - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 19, 2003 - The pressure is off Mike Shanahan. Not that the current and future Broncos head coach ever reclined in the hot seat around here. But on the eve of training camp, Shanahan — whose set of championship rings included five free years of boot-licking by the Denver media — was asked a fair question by an outsider following four consecutive seasons without a playoff victory. Mike, is your job on the line this year?
Bowlen says Shanahan more determined - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 19, 2003 - Pat Bowlen and a few thousand of his franchise's most faithful fans watched the Broncos conduct a routine practice under the lights on Monday night at Invesco Field. And what the owner sees is a 2003 version of Mike Shanahan more driven than he was in 1995 when hired to be Denver's head coach.
Shanahan Gets Extension, Set With Team Through 2008 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason and Mike Sarro
Aug. 18, 2003 - Head Coach Mike Shanahan will remain with the Broncos for the long haul. This weekend, Shanahan and Broncos President/CEO Pat Bowlen agreed on a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Denver through the 2008 season. Should the contract be met to its length, it would mean that Shanahan becomes the longest-tenured head coach in Broncos history with 14 seasons. Dan Reeves currently is the standard-bearer in that department with 12 seasons on the sidelines, from 1981-1992.
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