Thursday, September 25, 2003 - A former backup defensive end for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League leads the NFL in sacks. "I'm sure there are people wondering, 'Who is this guy?"' Broncos defensive end Bertrand Berry said Wednesday.
Ferguson on track for rare start - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, September 25, 2003 - Nick Ferguson is a train wreck waiting to happen. That's a good thing. Ferguson's freight-train mentality could serve the Broncos well if he has to start Sunday in place of injured strong safety Kenoy Kennedy when Denver hosts the Detroit Lions.
Detroit won't be overlooked - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 25, 2003 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan relayed the comments his wife, Peggy, made to him about the Detroit Lions (1-2), whom Denver is scheduled to play Sunday. Shanahan said his wife remarked: "Look at this team's record. Who do we play the week after that?" Even Peggy Shanahan is looking past the Lions. It is just what her football coach-husband is trying to guard against.
Static cringe - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, September 25, 2003 - Denver Post sports writer Adam Schefter posts his Broncos Mailbag each Thursday on DenverPost.com through the 2003 NFL season.
Broncos in no rush - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin,
September 25, 2003 - With the Detroit Lions up next, Clinton Portis should be licking his chops. Instead, the Denver Broncos star running back is still licking his wounds. The Broncos held Portis out of practice Wednesday and listed his availability as questionable for the game Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High (2:15 p.m., KDVR-Channel 31).
Sharpe sounds a cautionary note - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer, Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 25, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe has been known to quote Pythagoras, Copernicus and Shakespeare to make a point. Wednesday, the loquacious tight end went directly to the Roman Empire for a little gem when asked about the Denver Broncos facing an opponent that has lost 17 in a row on the road.
Ferguson might roll into starting spot Sunday - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 25, 2003 - While playing for Barcelona in NFL Europe a few years back, Nick Ferguson was dubbed "Train Wreck" by a teammate. The thinking behind the nickname was that once a train gets going, it's difficult to stop.
2 Broncos believe it's not time for Clarett - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 25, 2003 - Count Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe among those who don't believe Maurice Clarett has any business in the NFL. Asked if Clarett could cut it if he were to win his lawsuit against the league, Sharpe said, "Nope. And he's about to find that out if they let him in."
Adams: 'Snake' oil: Shops are striking it rich - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 25, 2003 - Move over, Jake Jabs. There's a new salesman in town named Jake, and he's pushing Denver Broncos jerseys. The popularity of Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer is on the rise, especially after his sparkling performance against the Oakland Raiders on Monday night at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Krieger: Open Lions' mouth and insert foot - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 25, 2003 - Normally, football coaches don't get irritable until they start losing. Then comes the Mike Ditka detonation or the Jim Mora meltdown. For example, Dan Reeves, the guy Mike Shanahan didn't want to be anything like, brought out one of his greatest hits the other day in Atlanta, telling reporters, "You gahs are unbeleeble."
Broncos on guard against lowly Lions - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 25, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe discussed the linebacking work of William Romanowski last Wednesday. This time the loquacious tight end shifted the focus of his weekly forum to Bill Shakespeare. It seems a wise soothsayer named (Mike) Shanahan has warned Sharpe of impending danger, not unlike how Julius Caesar was forewarned.
Droughns, Gary ready to face their ex-teams - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 25, 2003 - Reuben Droughns, like everyone else, was shocked and saddened by the events the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. And then he was fired by the Detroit Lions. "That was an awkward day going in after something like that happened, and then you go in and lose your job," the Denver Broncos' backup fullback said. "Of course, you feel bad for people in New York and Washington. It overshadowed me being cut."
Lions corner Smith prepares himself for all roles - Detroit Free Press - Curt Sylvester
September 25, 2003 - After 23 days on the Lions roster, wearing a Lions uniform and practicing the Lions defense, cornerback Otis Smith is ready. If that means starting in place of injured Andre' Goodman, who was playing in place of injured Chris Cash, so be it. If he's assigned nickel-back duty, that's fine, too.
Portis thrives in role with Broncos - Detroit News - Mike O'Hara
September 25, 2003 - Clinton Portis has learned quickly that playing in the Mile High City is about as close to heaven as a running back can get. Portis is following in big footsteps in the Denver Broncos' legacy of 1,000-yard running backs, and he hasn't stumbled in keeping the tradition intact. Since 1989, the Broncos have had 10 1,000-yard seasons by six runners. Portis became the sixth player in that chain last year.
Through Three Weeks, Berry Is League's Sack Master - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, September 25, 2003 - Bertrand Berry was too busy enjoying the warm glow of the Broncos' Monday night win over the Raiders to notice that his 2.5-sack night had vaulted him into the league lead in sacks. Fortunately, his father-in-law was watching the statistics sheets closer than he was.
Through Three Weeks, Ferguson: Strength of a Train; Soul of a Poet - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - If duty calls for Nick Ferguson to start at safety in place of Kenoy Kennedy, he'll be ready -- and not just with his shoulder pads and his helmet. For Ferguson isn't just a football player -- he's also a poet. When the mood strikes, he takes pen to paper and compiles his thoughts, though he hasn't had the chance to complete any compositions recently. But should he start in Kennedy's place, Kennedy, who continues to nurse a sprained ankle, the occasion might once again stir his inner Carl Sandburg.
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