Story links for Sunday, August 24

Super Bowl coaches often get a "free pass" when it comes to contract extensions. Read about it in today's story links.

That's the ticket - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Cleveland Browns president and chief executive officer Carmen Policy is proposing a deal any NFL owner or front office executive would happily make. "If Butch Davis gets us to the Super Bowl, or wins the Super Bowl, we would certainly give him an extension," Policy said last week of the Browns head coach, excited at just the thought of it. "I'm putting it out there right now. I don't even want anybody to have a second thought about it. The answer as to whether we would give him an extension is yes, yes, yes!"

Injuries can make, break champions - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 24, 2003 - Sunday, August 24, 2003 - Sports Illustrated has its cover jinx, and without anyone realizing, USA Today has one, too. Two Fridays ago, Newspaper Lite's front page pictured Atlanta's dynamo quarterback Michael Vick - the NFL's marquee attraction - with the headline, "Sky's the Limit for Vick, Falcons." By Saturday, the sky came crashing down.

New Boys & Girls Club championed by Broncos - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, August 24, 2003 - The walls are painted bright white, with orange and blue stripes providing bold accents of color. It looks, very much, like the Broncos' locker room at Invesco Field at Mile High. A plaque in the entry hall reads: "Through these doors walk future champions."

Barrel Man of NFL fame hospitalized - Denver Post - Marcos Mocine-McQueen
Sunday, August 24, 2003 - Tim McKernan, the Broncos' devoted Barrel Man, was in critical condition Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. It was not known why McKernan was hospitalized, but he has a history of cardiac problems. A heart attack in 1989 curtailed his activities.

Karl Dorrell - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 24, 2003 - On his 39th birthday last December, then Broncos wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell received the most memorable gift of his life. He was hired to be head coach at UCLA, the same school where he once played wide receiver and worked as a graduate assistant coach.

Griese out indefinitely with injury to big toe - Daily Camera - Associated Press
August 24, 2003 - Brian Griese was acquired by the Miami Dolphins as injury insurance, and now he's hurt. The Dolphins' new backup quarterback suffered ligament damage to his left big toe during an exhibition victory over the Atlanta Falcons, the team learned Saturday. He'll miss the final preseason game Thursday at New Orleans, but he's not expected to need surgery or be sidelined for an extended period.

New starters, same old questions for Bronco DBs - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 24, 2003 - Last season they received more attention for getting fined by the NFL than for exemplary play. They combined for seven interceptions all season and were awful in the season-altering Monday night loss to Oakland, during which Rich Gannon completed 34 of 38 passes.

Confident Cole Revels in Return to Home Field - - Andrew Mason
Aug. 23, 2003 - When the recent Monday night practice at INVESCO Field at Mile High wrapped up, wide receiver Chris Cole was beaming, his face alight with a smile as bright as the floodlights above. The post-practice fun of throwing foam footballs and signing autographs may have been old hat to the Broncos that were a part of the previous stadium practice a year ago. But Cole missed out on that -- and everything that followed, thanks to the dislocated wrist he suffered at Chicago in the first week of the 2002 preseason.

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