Saturday, August 30, 2003 - The Broncos' fourth and final preseason game Friday - a.k.a. the Backup Bowl - was supposed to settle a few things. Chief among them: Who will be Denver's third-string quarterback? But after the game was over, the only clear conclusion was that the Broncos' reserves beat the Seattle Seahawks reserves 20-3.
Sleepless nights after Seattle - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 30, 2003 - The aim of the Denver Broncos' bubble players Friday night was to open some eyes. But as usual in a final preseason game with little star power, they - and the visiting Seattle Seahawks - mostly succeeded in closing them.
History-maker may be history - Rocky Mountain News - Jim Benton
August 30, 2003 - Which player scored the first touchdown ever at Invesco Field at Mile High? Denver Broncos tight end Patrick Hape, who was filling in as a fullback two years ago, caught a 1-yard pass from Brian Griese in the first quarter against the New York Giants in the 2001 season opener at Invesco.
The good, the bad and the quandary - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 30, 2003 - Jarious Jackson came out running; Danny Kanell gunning. But neither quarterback figured to sleep easy Friday night after helter-skelter performances in the Denver Broncos' preseason finale. "The nervous part is over," said Jackson, who finished four of 13 for 37 yards and a 39.6 passer rating. "It's no longer in my hands."
Broncos win, but QBs don't shine - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 30, 2003 - In recent seasons all Mike Shanahan and Mike Holmgren have been able to prove on the sideline is that they aren't as brilliant without the help of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. On Friday night at Invesco Field, they not only worked without John Elway and Brett Favre, respectively, but most of their current offensive star power. And the coaching results were Dave Campo-like.
DT Eason placed on injured reserve - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 30, 2003 - Nick Eason's strange rookie season is over. The Denver Broncos defensive tackle went from draft day find to missing from training camp to important backup. And now Eason is on the 2003 injured reserve list with a partially-torn Achille's tendon. The injury leaves the Broncos, who traded veteran Lional Dalton to Washington on Tuesday, supermodel thin at defensive tackle entering the regular season.
Ex-Bronco D-boss Rhodes returns to Denver - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 30, 2003 - This turned out to be an exhibition game in the truest sense of the word. The Denver Broncos decided to rest most of their starters, giving the game over to players on the bubble. Perhaps the only person who had any personal feelings about this Friday night battle was Ray Rhodes, the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.
Quarterbacks Take Their Turns in Stating Their Cases - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 29, 2003 - The moment Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced this week that quarterbacks Jarious Jackson and Danny Kanell would alternate possessions against the Seattle Seahawks, the duel at the offense's centerpiece position took on even more gravity. Such shifting is rare in professional football; one recalls the alternating-snap experiment of Dan Reeves against the Dallas Cowboys in 1992, when Tommy Maddox and Shawn Moore rotated in and out with each play. For the quarterbacks, it required a period of adjustment.
Spike TV: Sapp's Runs Draw Raves, But His Celebration Doesn't - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 29, 2003 - Dances, choreography and taunting can be legislated out of the NFL one move at a time. But there's little the league can do about the simplest celebration of all -- the spike of the football.
Broncos-Seahawks Notebook: Sykes Shines - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 29, 2003 - It didn't take much for Jashon Sykes to get his hands on the first interception by the Broncos defense in nearly three weeks. He merely had to look at Trent Dilfer's eyes.
Friday Night Lights - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Aug. 29, 2003 - They've been playing football for as long as they can remember. Through a decade of pee wee leagues, three years of junior high school, four seasons at the prep level and another four on collegiate campuses, they've spent their autumns toiling on the gridiron -- battling opponents, winning championships and earning accolades. It's become a part of who they are. It's in their blood. They're football players.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan is Ready for the New Season - DenverBroncos.com
Aug. 29, 2003 - After receiving a three-year contract extension, Head Coach Mike Shanahan sets out to return the Broncos to Super Bowl glory. A 9-7 campaign in 2002 proved to be an extremely frustrating season that saw the club watch the playoffs rather than participate. This year, the coach is driven to make sure the Broncos will still be playing come the 2003 postseason.
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