Broncos face Browns today

The Denver Broncos have a tremendous record of success against the Cleveland Browns in recent years. But tough wins against Detroit and Pittsburgh, as well as a loss against the Chicago Bears, proves that no team can be taken for granted no matter what their records are. Read about the upcoming game in today's reports.

Isolation play - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - Suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy, the 2002 first-round draft choice won't be on the field today for the Cleveland Browns' game against the Broncos. Green, a 23-year-old running back, probably won't play again this season.

Spencer wants playoff payoff - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - Broncos assistant coach and cornerback Jimmy Spencer insists he is not a human bad luck charm, even if his lengthy résumé indicates otherwise. During an NFL career that began in 1991, Spencer, 34, never has been on the active roster of a team that won a playoff game.

Wilson will be staying awhile - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - Denver can designate Wilson its franchise player. And if the Broncos are unable to sign him before free agency, I would guess they would do just that. However, after the season Wilson has had, after the leader he has turned out to be, I would be stunned if Denver let him get away. Like Clinton Portis, Wilson is going to be around here awhile. He's not going anywhere.

Davis saw Portis stampede coming - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - Anyone can see the Broncos' Clinton Portis running right to the top of the NFL's rushing chart and straight into the national spotlight. But a little reminder. Former Broncos running back Terrell Davis saw it happening before anyone else did.

Blocking takes on zoning laws - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - It's a term sports writers and TV types throw around with regularity. The term is often used in conjunction with the Broncos' quick, athletic offensive line. But what, exactly, is zone blocking?

Browns-Broncos scouting report - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - The Browns' offensive line and backfield have been decimated by injuries. The latest casualties are left guard Chad Beasley (ankle) and running back James Jackson (knee). The Browns also are without running back William Green, who is suspended. That leaves the running game in the hands of third-string tailback Jamel White, who must get yards behind a makeshift offensive line.

Browns could look to Tressel - Denver Post
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - If the Browns decide to banish Butch Davis, it will not be overly difficult to predict the candidate that would vault to the top of Cleveland's wish list. Browns president Carmen Policy is from Youngstown, Ohio. Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is from Youngstown, too. After winning last season's national championship at Ohio State, Tressel has all the support he needs from across the state - more than Davis enjoys at this point. Don't be surprised when Tressel's name is linked to the Browns' job.

Spotlight & extra points - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - The firing of Dan Reeves can mean only one thing: Now former Atlanta cornerback Deion Sanders is going to blabber on and on about how he deserves to be the Falcons' next coach. Right.

Broncos can't afford to let up vs. Cleveland - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 14, 2003 - Lions and Steelers and Bears. Oh, my! The Denver Broncos opened the home schedule by exposing the defending AFC Champions as frauds, pummeling Oakland 31-10 in front of a national television audience. They nearly beat New England, the class of the conference so far this season, with Danny Kanell at quarterback. Jason Elam's groin injury combined with Tom Brady's last-minute heroics provided the Patriots a 30-26 win.

Browns-Broncos preview - Daily Camera
December 14, 2003 - To say Cleveland's defense has struggled against good running backs is the understatement of the season. Against the Browns, Baltimore's Jamal Lewis set a new single-game record with 295 yards, San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson had 200 and Seattle's Shaun Alexander had 127.

Suggs is something to see - Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot
12/14/03 - Lee Suggs Jr. grew up the son of a Baptist preacher and couldn't get away with anything. "Everybody was always watching me, waiting for me to mess up," he said. The constant surveillance made him want to run and hide. Instead, he ran and played football. If folks were going to be watching him, at least they'd have something good to report. On the field or the track, he could do no wrong.

Grossi's five things to watch - Cleveland Plain Dealer - Tony Grossi
12/14/03 - Last week Clinton Portis sported a heavyweight championship belt on the sideline after knocking out the Kansas City Chiefs with five touchdowns and 218 rushing yards. Now in his first title defense, Portis faces his college coach and a defense that has given up: 295 yards to Jamal Lewis, 200 to LaDainian Tomlinson, 127 to Shaun Alexander, 102 to Marshall Faulk, and 90 or more yards to three others.

Questions surround the Browns - Akron Beacon Journal - Patrick McManamon
Sun, Dec. 14, 2003 - There's an adage that says teams are never as bad as they look when they lose, or as good as they look when they win. In the case of the Browns in 2003, though, the adage might not apply. The Browns are a team with too many problems for a team five years into its rebirth and too many questions for a playoff team from one year ago.

Portis Bears No Ill Will for Former Coach - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, December 13, 2003 - The bait was dangled in front of running back Clinton Portis like a fresh piece of meat in front of a foraging bear. Questions about the young running back's dealings with his head coach of two college seasons, current Browns coach Butch Davis, flew at him during his weekly press conference. Reporters from all mediums carried ladles with their laptops and cameras, attempting to stir the pot and create a public schism between the running back and his former coach.

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