Defensive upgrade continues

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer is one of the happiest people around as the team continues to add experience and ability to the defensive side of the ball. Read more about the signings of Pro Bowlers John Lynch and Luther Elliss in today's news reports.

Cast of characters - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - For nine years, Tampa Bay Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks worked with Pro Bowl safety John Lynch. For one day this month, he worked on his behalf. At a golf tournament in Las Vegas two weekends ago, Brooks approached Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and teed off verbally.

Elway, Gibbs highlight Hall weekend - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - One August weekend in Canton, Ohio, will pack more emotion than most full preseasons. John Elway will become the first Bronco inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8. Denver cornerback Champ Bailey will square off against Washington running back Clinton Portis and Washington's Joe Gibbs will coach his first game in 11 years when the teams play in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 9.

Broncos do not rest on defense - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 23, 2004 - An agreement Monday to bring free-agent safety John Lynch to the Denver Broncos does considerably more than just add another big name with a splashy resume to the franchise. The effects are far reaching from a defensive perspective when viewed alongside the team's other moves this off-season.

Broncos add more help on 'D' - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
March 23, 2004 - The New England Patriots have won two of the past three Super Bowls with solid defense and safe passes. And Mike Shanahan, whose Denver Broncos offense was the envy of the league five years ago, is shoplifting ideas from Bill Belichick's championship laboratory.

Sapp, Lynch will be rivals now - Daily Camera - Associated Press
March 23, 2004 - It hasn't taken long for the old Buccaneers to find new homes. Safety John Lynch, released by Tampa Bay last week, agreed to a deal Monday with Denver, instantly becoming a division rival of old teammate Warren Sapp, who signed Saturday night with the Raiders.

Lynched: Broncos Agree to Terms With Five-Time Pro Bowl Safety - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 22, 2004 - Leadership. Toughness. Proficiency. Championship experience. All are characteristics that can benefit a franchise, and the Broncos became much deeper in each on Monday, when they agreed to terms with five-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch. "We're really, really excited to get a guy of this caliber," General Manager Ted Sundquist said. "He's been a champion; he knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl."

Elliss, Johnson Bolster Defensive Line - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 22, 2004 - John Lynch was the marquee name among the Broncos' three additions on a manic Monday at Dove Valley. But Luther Ellis and Raylee Johnson could both bring massive benefits in their own right. The Broncos announced the twin defensive-line acquisitions Monday, signing Johnson and agreeing to terms with Elliss. Both bring experience -- nine years for Elliss, 11 for Johnson -- and leadership.

Broncos Set for Five-Game Preseason Slate - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 22, 2004 - After nearly two months of speculation, the league officially annnounced that the Broncos will open the 2004 preseason against the Washington Redskins in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Monday night, Aug. 9. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. EST, and the game will air nationally on ABC. The trip to Canton is the Broncos' first since 1991, and the Redskins' first since 1989, and will come one day after John Elway's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Both the induction ceremony and the preseason opener will be held at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.

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