Broncos must bring "A" game

Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe will undoubtedly be in top form for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. But Sharpe and other team leaders say the Broncos must bring their "A" game with them if they hope to continue their run for the playoffs. Read more in today's reports.

'Run' turns into a race - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 13, 2003 - Exactly one month ago, with his team struggling with a 5-4 record, receiver Rod Smith boldly predicted his Denver Broncos would embark on the "greatest run of all time." Let's review their progress, shall we?

Some friendly competition - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 13, 2003 - As youths, they dived into mucky ponds in search of golf balls to sell for summer cash. When winter arrived in Boise, Idaho, they'd get their kicks a different way - throwing snowballs at passing cars.

Droughns in no rush for setback - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
December 13, 2003 - Playing on Sunday is important to Reuben Droughns. But if it's at the expense of the final two games of the season, and possibly, beyond, the Denver Broncos fullback would just as soon not risk playing on his sprained left ankle against the Cleveland Browns.

TE Sharpe takes aim at another milestone - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 13, 2003 - Only four players in NFL history have made at least 50 catches in 11 seasons. Jerry Rice, Andre Reed and Cris Carter — three great wide receivers — were the first to achieve the amazing statistical feat.

Shanahan marvels at Reeves' longevity - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 11, 2003 - Of his 201 victories, the sixth-most in NFL history, Dan Reeves won 110 of them during his 12 years as Denver's head coach. On Wednesday, Atlanta fired Reeves and replaced him with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, just as the Broncos did 11 years ago.

Not much is clear in regard to White - Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot
12/13/03 - Jamel White, the Browns' forgotten running back this season, is coming off a 101-yard game against St. Louis and will start tomorrow in Denver. Question is, is he auditioning for a bigger role with the Browns or for his next team? White, who declined to talk to reporters this week, indicated earlier this season that he doesn't think he'll back with the Browns next year despite signing a four-year deal in the off-season worth $6.5 million, including a $1.3 million signing bonus.

Davis says he wants to finish career with Browns - Cleveland Plain Dealer
12/13/03 - Coach Butch Davis said yesterday that he's in for the long haul. When asked yesterday if he would address his players about not leaving for the University of Nebraska job, Davis said he didn't think he had to. "I didn't think it was important because no one's ever asked [me to take that job]," he said. "I think there's way too much being talked about it. No one's ever contacted me and I'm not actively pursuing [anything].

Suggs eager to show off talent - Cleveland Plain Dealer - Burt Graeff
12/11/03 - Rookie running back Lee Suggs is a patient guy. He's waited much of the season for the opportunity to show NFL talent evaluators that he should have been a first-round pick in the 2003 draft, not a fourth-rounder. Suggs, a 6-0, 205-pounder from Virginia Tech, watched his stock plummet after suffering a shoulder injury in December and reinjuring it while lifting weights in January. He underwent right shoulder surgery and was the 115th pick in the draft.

Friday Notebook: Droughns Practices - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 12, 2003 - The blast of cold weather that bathed the Broncos in a mid-winter-like chill this week didn't change on Friday. But one thing on the practice field did -- the status of fullback Reuben Droughns, who was off the crutches and going through the work of practice on Friday afternoon.

Trevor Pryce Answers Your Questions - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 12, 2003 - After a big victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and with three games remaining in the regular season, the playoff push is in high gear for the 8-5 Broncos. With back-to-back wins over division rivals Oakland and Kansas City, Denver looks to make it three in a row when it hosts the Cleveland Browns this weekend.

Fantasy Focus: The Biggest Day - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 12, 2003 - Ordinarily, it's necessary to use this space to look ahead, to throw some past numbers and trends into the mix and try and project which Bronco will have the best fantasy-football day on the coming weekend. But Clinton Portis' game against the Kansas City Chiefs was so stunning from a fantasy perspective that it merits one last look before turning ahead to the Cleveland Browns.

Shannon Sharpe: In His Own Words - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Friday, December 12, 2003 -I don't have any regrets. How could I? My career has been more than I ever thought it would be. To play two years, catch 20 or 30 passes and a couple of touchdowns, and then be able to tell everyone that I played in the NFL, that would have been a great story. Now, here I am in my 14th season and I find it very hard to believe that I'm the guy that has all of the major and significant receiving records for a tight end.

Broncology: The Home-Field Advantage - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 12, 2003 - With Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, another home slate is set to end this season. Another year, another winning record in Denver. Should the Broncos defeat the Browns, they'll finish 6-2 for the year at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The Broncos went 6-2 in 2001 and 5-3 last year.

Broncos-Browns Capsule and Notes - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, December 12, 2003 - With last week's win over Kansas City the 8-5 Broncos now control their own playoff chances and host the 4-9 Cleveland Browns in the Denver's last home game of the season.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Corner: Week 15 - DenverBroncos.com - Broncos Dan
Friday, December 12, 2003 - Hopefully, your 2003 fantasy football season is still underway and your team is making an epic march through the postseason. Whether that's the case or not, however, it is never too early to start thinking about next year. That's what makes the great franchises successful each and every year; they never stop planning.

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