Friday, September 19, 2003 - Turns out Al Wilson is more than a Pro Bowl middle linebacker, more than the Broncos' defensive leader. He also is a party planner. The week before the Broncos opened their season in Cincinnati, Wilson ordered each of his defensive teammates to attend a mandatory Thursday night players-only meeting at a local high-end restaurant.
Plummer still has soreness - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, September 19, 2003 - While it appears injured Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has a good chance to play Monday night against the Oakland Raiders, it's hard to tell for sure - especially after listening to coach Mike Shanahan after Thursday's practice.
Shanahan avoids a fine - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 19, 2003 - Mike Shanahan won't be fined for his controversial fibbing incident, but expect white lies of a different sort to continue right up to game time. The Denver Broncos coach said he probably will decide long before kickoff whether Jake Plummer and Daryl Gardener will play in a Monday night showdown with the Oakland Raiders.
It's what's up front that counts - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 19, 2003 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't suddenly stumble upon the chink in the armor of the Oakland Raiders offense during Super Bowl XXXVII. It already was common knowledge that applying pressure up front was necessary to throw quarterback Rich Gannon and his high-octane attack out of synch.
Once-potent Raiders seek answers on offense - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 19, 2003 - Instead of silver-and-black, the headlines in the Bay area these days scream Silver and Blecch and Win Ugly, Baby. Sure, the Oakland Raiders might be 1-1, but there has been nothing pretty about their offense.
Good-humored Portis gets some things off his chest - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 19, 2003 - Clinton Portis took the podium during teammate Rod Smith's scheduled time slot Thursday and began an impromptu stand-up act. "I'm going to go in front of Rod," the Denver Broncos running back said with a straight face, before breaking himself, and the assembled media, up. "He's got some child-support issues he needs to take care of."
Guest View: Honest, lying is big part of the game - Rocky Mountain News - Selena Roberts, The New York Times
September 19, 2003 - TAMPA, Fla. - Surrounded by palm trees swaying as lazily as hammocks, drenched in sunshine fit for a Coppertone ad, it is hard not to squint in the reflective glamour of the squinting Jon Gruden. This is the Gruden who dropped in on David Letterman's set, talked mischievously for Playboy magazine and landed on People's 50 Most Beautiful list. While the loquacious Brian Billick might crave his camera time, there is no reason for any coach to envy Gruden's aura of Super Bowl greatness.
Gannon struggling, but Broncos wary - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 19, 2003 - Rich Gannon saved his worst for last. In leading Oakland to a sweep of Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos during the regular season, the quarterback calmly completed 52 of 65 passes for 553 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.
Broncos look to regain home edge - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 19, 2003 - Since 1974, the Denver Broncos have been the best home team in the NFL, compiling a 167-57-1 (.744) record. Throw in the playoff ledger (11-2) and the winning percentage (.754) at elevation continues to climb. But since the team lost its soul — Mile High Stadium — the home record is a 11-5 (.687). Good, but not scary-good.
Safety first doesn't quite do it for Shaw - San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Friday, September 19, 2003 - Terrance Shaw is all for taking one for the team. Just don't ask him to stay there permanently. "I am a cornerback. A corner, period,'' laughed Shaw. "C-o-r-n-e-r. Let me spell it for you. I'm just doing what they tell me." Right now that's more than Shaw bargained for, taking over the spot held by a future Hall of Fame safety and helping to direct a Raiders defensive secondary that is under fire three weeks into the regular season.
Grounded teams usually wind up winning - San Francisco Chronicle - Ira Miller
Friday, September 19, 2003 - It's still early in the season, so statistics can be misleading. But the first two weeks once more remind us how important it is, as coaches like to say, to "establish the running game." The NFL's top 10 teams in rushing have a composite record of 16-4, and six of the top eight rushing teams are 2-0. The bottom 10 teams in rushing have a composite record of 8-12, and three of the bottom eight rushing teams are 0-2.
Injury Hasn't Kept Portis Down - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sept. 18, 2003 - For Clinton Portis, the week has been painful, as he tries to shake off the bruised sternum he suffered against the San Diego Chargers. Yet you'd have to forgive an observer for believing that the running back was already back to 100 percent, because when it came to his off-the-field tasks, he was in fine form.
Denver coach cleared of wrongdoing - ESPN.com - Associated Press
Sept. 17, 2003 - Mike Shanahan lied and got away with it. The Broncos coach was cleared of any wrongdoing Thursday after explaining to league officials why he lied about Jake Plummer's injury during a game last weekend. "The key is we're on the same page and moving forward, so the matter that occurred last Sunday is closed," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "We're satisfied that it is resolved and that Mike understands the policy."
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