12/12/03 - Every team has its share of draft-day foibles it would prefer to lock in a secret cellar closet behind a door never to be opened. No team is immune from the clarity of hindsight. It may take some time, though, for Butch Davis to live down the bypassing of University of Miami running back Clinton Portis - one of his own Hurricanes - in the 2002 draft. As the Browns prepare to defend Portis Sunday in Denver, Davis has had to relive his decision to select Boston College's William Green with the 16th overall pick that year.
Lelie seeks end to slump - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, December 12, 2003 - Lelie has struggled recently to make big catches in his second NFL season.The locker room was quiet as the young wide receiver explained his slump. "Obviously, I'm not looking at the ball," he said. "I'm trying hard. Maybe I'm trying too hard." Then he lowered the boom on himself.
Portis puts belt into retirement - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, December 12, 2003 - Maybe his next gimmick will be to stick a Sharpie in his sock. But for now, Broncos running back Clinton Portis is finished flashing the championship belt he sported Sunday on Denver's sideline. "The belt is back in retirement," Portis said Thursday. "It's framed and it's put back up. The belt is done." The Broncos are glad to hear it. While Portis' antics pleased players and fans, they rankled some within the Broncos' organization.
Hurt QBs took toll on Reeves - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Friday, December 12, 2003 - Dan Reeves was fired because his extraordinary quarterback missed a bunch of games with an injury. Dan Reeves was fired because his extraordinary quarterback missed a bunch of games with an injury. It's a twice-told tale for Americus Coach.
Portis glad Davis had other idea - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 12, 2003 - This wasn't exactly Eddie Kennison calling Mike Shanahan a puppet master and predicting a butt-whuppin'. But Clinton Portis acknowledged Thursday his prayers were answered when the Cleveland Browns bypassed him in the 2002 NFL draft.
No offense, but O'Neal would rather play 'D' - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 12, 2003 - It's getting harder these days to laugh, what with dealing with an unwanted position switch, a terminally ill parent and his worst performance as an NFL player. But Deltha O'Neal still manages to at times. Usually the mood strikes the Denver Broncos cornerback-turned-receiver during position meetings, when he listens to the people he used to cover describe what the defenders they're watching on tape probably were thinking.
How the Broncos and Browns match up - Rocky Mountain News
December 12, 2003 - How the Broncos and Browns match up
Broncos report, December 12 - Rocky Mountain News
December 12, 2003 - Player to watch - Tim Couch: After Kelly Holcomb threw away the starting quarterback job with two costly interceptions against St. Louis on Monday night, Couch stepped in and provided a spark but also fumbled away the Browns' final chance to win.
NFL injury report, December 12 - Rocky Mountain News
December 12, 2003 - NFL injury report, December 12
Thrills and chills - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
December 12, 2003 - The Denver Broncos were hanging on by a fingertip. Down by a touchdown, stuck on their own 2-yard line, an arctic wind whipping in from Lake Erie, men wearing rubber dog masks barking insults and tossing bones at them . . .
10 to remember - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
December 12, 2003 - Ten of the greatest finishes in modern NFL history, in chronological order
Portis' success bedevils his former coach - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 12, 2003 - Butch Davis and Clinton Portis came up with the same excuse for why they weren't reunited on draft day 2002. Bad weather.
Broncos' O-line drawing raves - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 12, 2003 - It has been almost five years since Terrell Davis rushed for 2,008 yards and the Denver Broncos won their second Super Bowl. But the offensive line still upholds the locker-room tradition Gary Zimmerman and Co. began during the glory years of not speaking on record to members of the media. In recent weeks, actions have spoken louder than words once again.
Thursday Notebook: Both Teams Hounded By Injuries - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, December 11, 2003 - With nine players on injured reserve and another five starters having missed time due to injuries, it would seem the Broncos have the NFL market cornered when it comes to significant injuries. Not so. The Cleveland Browns have surpassed Denver in a statistical category no one wants to win, having placed 12 of their players on the injured reserve list, with another two going on the non-football injury list. Five of the players were placed on injured reserve this past Tuesday, including defensive end Courtney Brown and placekicker Phil Dawson.
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