Broncos News Briefs - Monday, June 21

Not everyone is optimistic about the Denver Broncos chances in the upcoming season. Read a critical analysis in today's news reports.

Broncos have too many questions to go far - MSNBC.com - Steven Nover
June 20, 2004 - I always have held a high regard for Mike Shanahan and his Denver Broncos. But that respect is rapidly dwindling. Since John Elway rode off into the sunset with back-to-back Super Bowl titles, the Broncos have yet to win a playoff game. In the past five seasons, Denver is a mediocre 44-38 and has reached the postseason just twice.

Bills 30, Broncos 13 - September 20, 1964 - BillsZone.com
Monday, June 21, 2004 - Buffalo entertained western division cellar dweller Denver Broncos at home for the second game of the season before a War Memorial Stadium crowd of 28,501. The Bills were riding high off of a first quarter dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs the week before. Denver was struggling, having been drubbed 30-6 in their season opener as the first visiting team to Jet's brand new Shea stadium.

Canton craftsmanship in Elway bust - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, June 20, 2004 - So you want to see John Elway's Hall of Fame bust, huh? You've got a better chance of seeing Elvis' comeback concert. Elway's likeness is being crafted by Pleasant Grove, Utah, sculptor Blair Buswell. He was in Our Town two weeks ago to confer with Elway and do some fine-tuning, but the clay version of the bust is basically done. So when will Elway see the finished product?

Shoate Successfully Juggles Fatherhood, Family and Football - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, June 19, 2004 - A father. A husband. A full-time student. A member of the workforce. A Division I-A football player. Capably handling two or three of those designations could easily fill all the waking hours in a week. Doing all five -- and doing so effectively -- would seem to be impossible. Jeff Shoate was all of those things -- for the entire four-year length of his career at San Diego State.

Broncology: Ground Domination - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, June 18, 2004 - The Broncos' consistent ability to run the football despite changes in personnel is one of the dominant themes of the offseason; that storyline pushed its way to the forefront with the decisions to trade Clinton Portis, sign Garrison Hearst and select Tatum Bell in the second round of the draft, making him the team's highest running-back selection in the traditional draft since Steve Sewell in 1985. (The Broncos used a first-round pick on Bobby Humphrey in the 1989 supplemental draft). But just how well have the Broncos done on the ground in the last nine years?

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