Plummer's choice is Broncos' gain, Bears' loss

The Chicago Bears were the other team that free agent quarterback Jake Plummer visited earlier this year. Plummer ended up in Denver and the Bears got Kordell Stewart and the results couldn't have been more different. Read about Plummer and Stewart in today's news reports.

McCaffrey return on horizon - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - Last week quarterback Jake Plummer's return sparked the Broncos' offense. This week wide receiver Ed McCaffrey's could do the same. For the first time since Denver hosted Pittsburgh on Oct. 12, McCaffrey might be able to play.

Plummer's role can't be discounted - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - Early March, 2003: the Mile High City vs. the Windy City. The prize: the services of free-agent quarterback Jake Plummer. The big winners: the Denver Broncos. The big losers: the Chicago Bears.

Urlacher provides Wilson perspective - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - Had history unfolded differently, the Pro Bowl middle linebackers in this Sunday's game between the Broncos and Chicago Bears could have been wearing different uniforms. In the days leading up to the 2000 draft, Denver debated dealing up from the No. 10 spot to draft a New Mexico safety named Brian Urlacher.

Not another manic Monday - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - For the past 14 years, I have spent virtually every Monday during football season at the Broncos training facility. Questioning coaches. Interviewing players. Transcribing tape. Writing stories. This Monday, however, was one of the finest football-season Mondays I've ever had. There was no questioning coaches. No interviewing players. No transcribing tape. No writing stories.

Two QBs and one crossroad - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 20, 2003 - When Jake Plummer made his free-agent visit to Chicago eight months ago, Rush Street gave him a rush. It was a far cry from the Sunday night he spent in Denver, a combination that even coach Mike Shanahan admitted made for a Podunk environment.

Sharpe calling it quits on all this retirement talk - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
November 20, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe has spoken. And he says he's done speaking - about the "R" word, that is. "I'd like to ask all of you that we don't mention anything about retiring or whether I'm staying or whether I'm going, because I think it's becoming too much of a distraction," Sharpe said Wednesday to begin his weekly news conference.

Portis' yardwork unfinished - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 20, 2003 - Twice last Sunday, the crowd at Invesco Field at Mile High rose and applauded the individual accomplishments of Denver's Shannon Sharpe and Rod Smith. Another similar gesture might soon come from Broncos fans.

Adams: Smith, O'Neal team for a rare double - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
November 20, 2003 - Rod Smith's punt return for a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday might fall under the category of "rare feet." This season, for only the third time in the Denver Broncos' 44-year history, two different players have returned punts for touchdowns - Smith and Deltha O'Neal.

Krieger: Un-Bear-able: Shanahan won't take bait - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
November 20, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe doesn't want any more retirement questions. I don't blame him. It seems like an odd time to talk about it, assuming he isn't being sent home for the season, like a certain other loquacious receiver we know. Of course, he brought it up, and it's darn interesting compared with the Bears, but I'm sure we'll get back to it. With any luck, we have another winter of smoke signals to look forward to.

Chicago couldn't bear to lose out on QB Plummer - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 20, 2003 - The Bears rolled out the red carpet for quarterback Jake Plummer when he visited Chicago on his search for a new team. They should have rolled him up in it until he promised to stay. Instead of signing a contract, Plummer went back to his hotel in the Windy City and called Mike Shanahan to tell the Broncos head coach he would be wearing a Denver uniform this season.

Sharpe has become the anti-Keyshawn - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 20, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe still loves the spotlight, but only when it's shining on his Denver Broncos. After catching three touchdown passes in a 37-8 victory over San Diego, the tight end loosened up and talked about retiring after the season. But with the record-setting performance in the rear-view mirror, Sharpe started his weekly Wednesday press conference off by requesting that no one ask him about hanging up the cleats again until that time comes.

Trapped in a snake pit - Daily Camera - Brad Biggs
November 20, 2003 - Sitting on the edge of the stage in the auditorium at John B. Murphy Elementary School on Tuesday, Kordell Stewart held a crowd of more than 400 students in awe as he picked them out one-by-one to ask questions. Nobody inquired about how the free-agent quarterback class comes full circle Sunday in Denver as the Bears face Jake Plummer, who spurned their richer offer to sign with the Broncos and forced the Bears to turn to Stewart.

Chandler: Rushing Grossman into lineup a tough call - Chicago Sun-Times - Brad Biggs
November 20, 2003 - On an afternoon when Bears coach Dick Jauron said playing time this season would "absolutely'' help rookie quarterback Rex Grossman, 16-year veteran Chris Chandler urged caution. Chandler knows from experience. He started 13 games as a rookie for the Indianapolis Colts in 1988 and threw four more interceptions (12) than touchdowns while completing only 55.4 percent of his passes. He went as far to say that no rookie quarterback is ready to play.

Wednesday Notebook: Sharpe Squelches Talk of His Future - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - After three days of speculation about his future plans, Shannon Sharpe wasted no time at his Wednesday press conference pleading for a stop to it all. The buzz regarding Sharpe began following Sunday's win over the San Diego Chargers, when he dropped some hints regarding his plans without being overt as to his future intentions. Before he answered any questions Wednesday, he sought to finish what he started.

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