Gannon in Broncos' sights

Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon is off to a slow start this season, but the memories are still fresh in the Broncos' minds of Gannon's stunning performance against them during last season's two losses to the Raiders. Read about it in today's reports.

Raiders off rhythm - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - OAKLAND, Calif. - The coach is preaching patience, but many of the players don't want anything to do with the message. The quarterback may or may not be ailing physically, but his numbers - 367 yards and two touchdowns in the opening two games of the 2003 season - are hurtin' for certain.

Dress up in orange Monday - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - Flash! Bam! Alacazam! Out of an orange-colored sky. Thirty years after the first Monday night game in Denver, and in honor of the Broncos' 50th appearance on "Monday Night Football" and the 25th prime-timer here, it will be the right night to respect the retrospect and bring back Orange Monday.

Looking to end 'Monday Night Football' blues - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - The Broncos will be working on their night moves Saturday at Invesco Field at Mile High in preparation for their Monday night showdown with the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos could use the evening practice session because when the sun goes down, the Broncos usually do, too. Last season, the Broncos were 0-4 in

Gardener promises to do more than talk - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 17, 2003 - The Chinese symbols for loyalty, honor and respect are tattooed across Daryl Gardener's left forearm. But don't think the inscription has anything to do with his strict military upbringing, which took him to seven states plus Panama as the son of an Army sergeant. No, the body art has a much more basic meaning.

The fib's OK by Bowlen - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 17, 2003 - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen might serve as chairman of the NFL's broadcast committee, but he sided with his coach concerning fibbing about injuries on game day. "Cooperation with networks, I know what that's all about," Bowlen told KKFN-AM (950) after calling in to the station Tuesday morning. "But if it involves putting a team with the injury at a serious disadvantage, then I don't feel it's up to that team to disclose the injury."

Coyer says pressure on Raiders QB is key - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 17, 2003 - Larry Coyer barely had time for a swig of his coffee Monday morning before beginning to break down the Oakland Raiders offense. His stomach immediately began churning. "I start almost getting ill watching their film," the weary-eyed Denver Broncos defensive coordinator said this week, "because of the nature of the players they have."

Daryl Gardener unplugged - Rocky Mountain News
September 17, 2003 - The Broncos tackle can be outrageous, loquacious and downright crazy at times. Some examples: On his vow to be ready for the Broncos' season opener despite wrist injuries that doctors said would keep him out until Week 3: "My heart don't pump Kool-Aid. It pumps nitro."

Coyer by no means satisfied with Broncos' defensive effort - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 17, 2003 - Denver's defense has been dominant against the run and the Broncos are off to a 2-0 start. Sound familiar?

Raiders welcome extra day - Daily Camera
September 17, 2003 - ALAMEDA, Calif. — Frank Middleton offered a simple simile that said it all. "It's pretty much like a good song," the Oakland Raiders' right guard said. "When a good song is on, you can do anything you want. And our music ain't playing right. Our record's scratched."

Callahan's lost it; so have Raiders - San Francisco Chronicle - Glenn Dickey
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - A cloud of despair hangs over the Raiders. This team has not looked good all year, misfiring on offense, giving up big plays on defense, making errors on special teams. All of the above were there in Sunday's harrowing win over the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that won only two games last season and took a lopsided loss to the Denver Broncos in its season opener at home the previous week. The problem? They are another year removed from the Jon Gruden era.

Raiders puzzled on offense - San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - Sunday's locker room following the Raiders' narrow 23-20 victory over Cincinnati offered a striking difference of opinion regarding the cause of the team's stagnant offense. "Coming into training camp, we were definitely thinking people were on to what we're doing, that they knew our audibles and this and that,'' said wide receiver Tim Brown, who had only one catch for 7 yards. "We changed up a whole bunch of stuff. We had a little bit different philosophy trying to move the ball down the field.

Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders -
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, 7:00 p.m. (PDT)After back-to-back road wins to open the season, the Broncos finally return home to INVESCO Field at Mile High. Denver squares off against its archrival, the Oakland Raiders, on Monday, Sept. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be featured in the national spotlight of ABC's Monday Night Football. This is Denver's first of two Monday night contests this season, with the second one coming in Week 9 at home against New England (11/3).

Lindsay Evered's Cheerleader Diary -- Looking Forward to Monday Night - - Lindsay Evered
Sept. 16, 2003 - Raider-haters get ready, only one week until Monday Night Football! Though these last two weeks may have seemed quiet, with our team traveling to Cincinnati and San Diego, the Cheerleaders have been keeping busy, preparing for the big game.

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