Browns turned to Green instead of Portis

When Clinton Portis' college coach Butch Davis went to draft a running back, he turned to William Green over Portis. That choice may come back to haunt the Cleveland Browns next Sunday when they face the Broncos. Read more in today's news reports.

Thorburn: Browns Green with envy over Broncos' Portis - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 10, 2003 - The Drive. These two words — along with John Elway, Rich Karlis, Marty Schottenheimer, Ernest Byner, Jeremiah Castille and Art Modell — will forever haunt the cursed city of Cleveland. Now, for a new generation of tortured Browns fans there are two words that will forever be associated with Butch Davis' disappointing teams — The Draft. Most notably the first round of the 2002 draft when Davis, who recruited and coached a talented prospect from Miami by the name of Clinton Portis, gambled on William Green with the No. 16 overall choice.

O-line isn't making rush to judgment - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - They are just a bunch of lightweights. Relatively speaking. They are about as flashy as the faded flannel shirts center Tom Nalen loves so much. They are as dented and battered as a teenager's first set of wheels. And right now, they just might form the best offensive line in the NFL.

Stadium to keep name as legal issues play out - Denver Post - Louis Aguilar
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - The new Broncos stadium's name was sold to Invesco Funds on a 20-year, $60 million contract. The company has kept up its payments.The name Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium may survive even if the Denver-based mutual-fund group does not.

Broncos take aim at easy target - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 10, 2003 - OK, so the Cleveland Browns are 4-9, with a rash of injuries and little to play for Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Remember the Chicago Bears? Few gave them any hope against the Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on Nov. 23. The Bears were 10-point underdogs, had won only three games and were riding a 12-game road losing streak. The result? A 19-10 Bears win.

Tuesday Hangover - Cleveland Plain Dealer - Tony Grossi 12/10/03 - Black Monday lapsed into Blue Tuesday for the Browns. When the rubble settled from a 26-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams, which left the Browns at 4-9, choosing his starting quarterback for Sunday's game in Denver seemed the least of coach Butch Davis' immediate challenges. The team's injury report was grim, real grim. Five players were lost for the season, raising the number on injured reserve to 12. Reducing injuries was a major goal of Davis and his conditioning staff in the off-season.

Droughns Fills in Well - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - Reuben Droughns' joyful disposition is so indefatigable that he was smiling and laughing as he entered the Broncos' media room on crutches Monday afternoon. Not even a painful high left ankle sprain could make his mood as gray as the clouds that gathered outside with the approach of a snowstorm. A day earlier, he'd turned in a performance that Head Coach Mike Shanahan deemed worthy of a game ball, preventing Dante Hall from scoring a touchdown by hauling him down on a 61-yard kickoff return and later scoring the touchdown that gave the Broncos the lead for good.

Portis To Be Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - For this week, at least, Clinton Portis truly is the heavyweight champion of running backs. On Wednesday the league will honor his five-touchdown, 218-yard performance by naming him the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week, making him the third Broncos player to be so honored this season. Jake Plummer won the award following the Broncos' win over Oakland on Sept. 22, and Shannon Sharpe earned it with his three-touchdown day against San Diego on Nov. 16.

Lindsay Evered's Cheerleader Diary - - Lindsay Evered
Tuesday, December 9, 2003 - This past week has been very busy for the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and was topped off with an incredible game against Kansas City.

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