Gardener tees off on Shanahan

Suspended Broncos defensive tackle Daryl Gardener took to the airwaves on Friday to lash out out coach Mike Shanahan. As a result, Gardener's future with the team is in doubt, if it wasn't already. Read about it in today's news reports.

Gardener lashes out at Shanahan - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, November 21, 2003 - Displaying the kind of ferocity the Denver Broncos had hoped to see on the football field, suspended defensive tackle Daryl Gardener lashed out at coach Mike Shanahan today on a Denver radio station. Referring to Shanahan as "that little man up there," Gardener said he was confused by Shanahan's decision to suspend him, and said he doesn't believe Shanahan wants him on the team.

Gardener digs big hole - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 22, 2003 - Daryl Gardener's Friday morning radio rant, in which he belittled coach Mike Shanahan and claimed the Denver Broncos couldn't win a Super Bowl without him, probably sealed his fate. Though Shanahan said he would make his decision Tuesday after meeting with the controversial defensive tackle, sour- ces within the organization said team officials already were looking at ways to recoup a large chunk of Gardener's $5 million signing bonus.

Broncos' reaction is all over dial - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 22, 2003 - Denver Broncos players vowed that Daryl Gardener's suspension wouldn't be a distraction heading into Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. But they found it hard to believe coach Mike Shanahan simply would let Gardener's comments slide off his back.

Krieger: Add lineman to list of Broncos' busts - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
November 22, 2003 - Even I never called Mike Shanahan "that little man up there," except perhaps affectionately, using the usual euphemism for an Almighty Being. Now that Daryl Gardener has, you can start looking for the lightning bolt from that little man up there.

Adams: Broncos' 'rare feet' actually a first - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
November 22, 2003 - In this space Thursday, I playfully referred to the two punt returns for touchdowns by Denver Broncos players Rod Smith and Deltha O'Neal as a "rare feet." Little did I know just how rare it was, having two different players on the same team return punts for touchdowns in the same season - in consecutive games, no less. According to research from Elias Sports Bureau, the Broncos are the first team in NFL history to have two different players return punts for touchdowns in consecutive games.

NFL injury report - Rocky Mountain News
November 22, 2003 - CHICAGO BEARS (3-7) AT DENVER BRONCOS (6-4) - Bears: OUT: S Mike Green (groin); TE Dustin Lyman (abdomen); CB Todd McMillon (hand); LB Joe Odom (groin). PROBABLE: DE Alex Brown (leg). Broncos: QUESTIONABLE: WR Ed McCaffrey (thigh). PROBABLE: K Jason Elam (groin); C Tom Nalen (ankle); G Dan Neil (thumb); QB Jake Plummer (foot); T Ephraim Salaam (knee); LB Donnie Spragan (foot).

Gardener fires verbal salvo at Shanahan - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 22, 2003 - Mike Shanahan defended Daryl Gardener the first time the defensive tackle embarrassed the Denver Broncos in the heat of a July night. After the high-priced free agent seriously injured his wrist in a fight outside of an Aurora restaurant just before training camp, his new head coach had Gardener's surgically repaired back.

Week 12 NFL previews - Daily Camera
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The surly line: Broncos a cut below - Chicago Sun-Times - Brad Biggs
November 22, 2003 - A nasty reputation in the NFL is something players would line up to purchase if available. Being known as a particularly vicious individual not only works on the psyche of the opponent, it helps self-promotion. So it is that the Bears find themselves preparing for the Denver Broncos' offensive line that, right or wrong, carries the rep of being the league's dirtiest.

Friday Notebook: Shanahan Speaks on Gardener - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, November 21, 2003 - For the first time as a head coach in the NFL, Mike Shanahan suspended a player -- and the decision to sit defensive tackle Daryl Gardener for Sunday's game was anything but easy. "We've got a standard with our organization both on and off the football field, and it's one of the reasons why I suspended Daryl for one game," Shanahan said. "It's always a tough decision to make. I haven't suspended anybody since I've been a head coach in the National Football League. I thought this was necessary."

It's the Intangibles That Fuel the Defense - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, November 21, 2003 - The AFC's top-ranked defense has no catchy nickname, and doesn't want one. Even the moniker "No-Nickname Defense" causes one of its members, safety Nick Ferguson, to bristle. The AFC's top-ranked defense is stacked with players who were overlooked once, twice, even three times. In its last game, the first-team defense included two players signed after training camp, eight players who were not full-time starters for the Broncos a year ago and five players who weren't even drafted when they entered the NFL.

The All-American Kid - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Friday, November 21, 2003 - There it was, sitting on the newsstands for the whole world to see. With wide eyes peering out from under the "Man on the Run" headline, he was almost jumping off the page. Six weeks after being booed after throwing an interception in a preseason game – his first appearance in front of the home crowd – and three weeks removed from being roundly criticized after leading his team to a 30-10 win in the season opener, the Denver Broncos starting quarterback had achieved one of the highest honors in sports. Jake Plummer was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Ephraim Salaam Answers Your Questions - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, November 21, 2003 - Last week, Ephraim Salaam returned to the field after having arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He played the majority of the game and helped Denver to its best rushing output of the season as the club gained 201 yards on the ground in its 37-8 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

Broncos-Bears Capsule and Notes - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, November 21, 2003 - This Sunday the Broncos will host the Chicago Bears for the first time since 1996. The two met earlier in the preseason in Champaign, Ill in the Bears' final contest on the campus of the University of Illinois prior to the completion of the renovations at Soldier Field in Chicago. Denver looks to win its second straight game after last week's win over San Diego, while the Bears look to right the ship and bounce back from last week's two-point loss to St. Louis.

It's the Intangibles That Fuel the Defense - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, November 21, 2003 - The AFC's top-ranked defense has no catchy nickname, and doesn't want one. Even the moniker "No-Nickname Defense" causes one of its members, safety Nick Ferguson, to bristle. The AFC's top-ranked defense is stacked with players who were overlooked once, twice, even three times. In its last game, the first-team defense included two players signed after training camp, eight players who were not full-time starters for the Broncos a year ago and five players who weren't even drafted when they entered the NFL.

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