Shanahan admits error in signing Gardener

In the face of criticism about and from suspended Broncos tackle Daryl Gardener as well as former player Lional Dalton, coach Mike Shanahan admitted that signing Gardener had been a mistake. Read more about Shanahan's answers to critics in today's news reports.

Shanahan answers critics - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - With the Broncos' season on the line and the rival Raiders on deck, Denver coach Mike Shanahan went the first 15 minutes of his Wednesday news conference without mentioning Oakland. "We used to have some good questions when we played the Raiders," Shanahan said.

For now, Shanahan in control - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - The kiss-my-rings arrogance was flushed from Mike Shanahan's face. His mug turned fire-engine red. He burned with the discomfort of a domineering NFL coach now forced to deal with humbling losses and embarrassing spats that are increasingly beyond his control.

QB doesn't knock Lelie - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - There's probably nothing wrong with wide receiver Ashley Lelie that a little early-game warm-up wouldn't fix, Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said Wednesday. Lelie has become better known among critics this season for three big drops than for his big-play potential.

Gardener sued over fight - Denver Post - Howard Pankratz
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - The Broncos' Daryl Gardener was sued Wednesday by a man who said the defensive tackle punched him in the face and then kicked him as he lay unconscious last summer outside an Aurora pancake house. The lawsuit was filed by Keithan Lee Holiday, 34, a self-employed Aurora accountant. Feeling grateful - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - On my favorite holiday of the year, it's time to give thanks for --

Shanahan admits error - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 27, 2003 - The "little man up there" admitted to a big mistake Wednesday. In a sometimes tense but often frank 15-minute question-and-answer session with the Denver media, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan conceded he probably erred this off-season in signing defensive tackle Daryl Gardener, whom he suspended Tuesday for two more games.

Union backs up Gardener - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 27, 2003 - At least Daryl Gardener has the NFL Players Association in his corner. Richard Berthelsen, general counsel for the players union, said Wednesday it is challenging both suspensions imposed by the Denver Broncos against the controversial defensive tackle.

Wilson still not saying if he'll play - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 27, 2003 - Middle linebacker Al Wilson was on the practice field Wednesday. And while Denver Broncos coaches remained optimistic he will play Sunday, the real test won't come until Wilson lowers his shoulders and delivers a hit against the Oakland Raiders. p> Raiders' Mirer is giving all he's got - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 27, 2003 - Granted, it wasn't the Super Bowl. And Rick Mirer never will be confused with John Elway as a quarterback. But to Oakland Raiders teammates who watched Mirer dive and spin like a helicopter against the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago, it said plenty about his passion for the game.

Adams: Surging Nuggets gain on Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
November 27, 2003 - The Denver Nuggets are playing real good basketball right now, better than most fans - and critics - expected at this early stage of the season. The Nuggets, who host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday at Pepsi Center, have won eight of their first 14 games. That is their best start after 14 games since the 1994-95 season. Since the 1990-91 season, Denver has been under .500 after 14 games eight times, and at .500 after 14 games four times.

Shanahan makes his case vs. Gardener - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 27, 2003 - Al Davis would have been a more pleasant topic of conversation for Mike Shanahan on Wednesday. But instead of discussing his team's annual AFC West road trip to Oakland, the Denver Broncos head coach had to waste more of his time dealing with the distraction that is Daryl Gardener.

Status of Sharpe, Wilson remains up in the air - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 27, 2003 - The Denver Broncos could be without two of their best players and more vocal leaders when they face the rival Oakland Raiders. Tight end Shannon Sharpe and middle linebacker Al Wilson are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Network Associates Coliseum.

Armstrong likely to retire - San Francisco Chronicle - Davd Bush
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - Some changes to the Raiders roster will be inevitable for next season, and the first one has apparently been made. Defensive end Trace Armstrong, one of the leading pass rushers in NFL history, all but announced his retirement in the Raiders locker room on Wednesday.

Raiders put Pro Bowl safety on IR - San Francisco Chronicle - Davd Bush
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - Injuries continued to be the story of the Raiders on Wednesday when the Pro Bowl safety Rod Woodson was placed on injured reserve. That means the season is over for the 17-year veteran, who was trying to finish his second year in Oakland. He will undergo a second surgery this year on his left knee, and as with all 38-year-old injured football players, his future is very much in doubt.

Another Raider done for season - Oakland Tribune - Jerry McDonald
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - The 2003 season has proved so treacherous for the Oakland Raiders that even Rod Woodson could not survive it. Woodson, gamely battling knee problems since training camp, was the ninth Raiders player in the last six weeks to be placed on the injured reserve list. His season is over, and possibly a career that will someday land Woodson in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Raiders end faces reality - Contra Costa Times - Steve Corkran
Thu, Nov. 27, 2003 - Raiders defensive end Trace Armstrong sat at his locker Wednesday afternoon, with two packed bags by his side. No, he said, he isn't packing up and heading home. A left shoulder injury he sustained against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 16 prevented him from carrying his bags home from the airport after the Raiders returned from a game in Kansas City on Sunday. Yet, the symbolism was hard to ignore. The shoulder injury landed Armstrong on injured reserve.

Shanahan 'Disappointed' in Gardener - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - Indicating that this was the last time he would talk about the second suspension of Daryl Gardener for the next two weeks, Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan expounded upon the issue on Wednesday. In Shanahan's eyes, the worst part of Gardener's diatribe on local radio station KRFX-103.5 "The Fox" wasn't the player's criticisms of the head coach. Rather, it was the fact that Gardener intonated that Shanahan didn't tell him why he was handed the initial one-game suspension last week.

Fantasy Focus: Against the Raiders - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - On this holiday weekend, the assertion here is that last year was an offensive aberration -- and that last week was, as well. When the Broncos played the Oakland Raiders last year, the offense accounted for just 26 points in the two games combined. The start of a pattern -- one that would cause you to want to bench your Broncos skill-position players? Hardly.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Corner: Week 13 - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - Welcome to the best time of the year; a point on the calendar when food is plentiful, an autumn chill is in the air and nearly every NFL game is vitally important. And if you play fantasy football, it's playoff time. It's do or die. It's win or go home. It's the pinnacle of the season.

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