Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, July 22

Dan Reeves will coach John Elway's team in the Game of Fame flag football event, according to a story in today's news. Also - a position preview of the Denver Broncos wide receivers.

Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, July 22, 2004 -Those words define the major storyline of the Broncos' offensive line as the days to training camp dwindle. Matt Lepsis moves from right tackle to left tackle, while George Foster upgrades from little-used backup to first-team right tackle on a unit under the solo direction of Rick Dennison for the first time after three years in which Alex Gibbs helped coach the linemen on a part-time basis. The interior of the front line remains intact and solid; left guard Ben Ben Hamilton is in his third year as a starter, Pro Bowler Tom Nalen his 10th and right guard Dan Neil his seventh.

For our use, it's a two-team division - USA Today - Matt Pitzer
7/22/2004 - The AFC West again will be one of the most interesting divisions to watch, with two teams embarking on significant overhauls and the other two retaining their scintillating fantasy upside. Owners should mine the Chiefs and Broncos as much as they can. What we learned in 2003: The Broncos might have known what they're doing with quarterback Jake Plummer. Limited to 11 starts because of injury, Plummer had a career-high 91.2 passer rating and threw 15 touchdown passes vs. seven interceptions, a career-best ratio.

Denver's running back could make or break Broncos - Florida Today - Jeff D'Alessio
Jul 21, 5:08 PM - The Raiders have a new head coach, the Chiefs a new defensive coordinator and the Broncos a new 1,000-yard rusher. OK, we're just guessing on that last one, but given what Denver's been able to muster in the past -- from Terrell Davis to Mike Anderson to Clinton Portis -- it's a good bet that some Bronco will emerge as one of the NFL's league leaders.

Flag football reunites Elway, Reeves - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, July 22, 2004 - John Elway is going to throw the ball, and then throw it some more. And Dan Reeves is going to let him. Reeves, who coached the Broncos' Hall of Fame quarterback from 1983-92, is scheduled to coach Elway again in a flag football game Aug. 20 at Invesco Field at Mile High. Dubbed "A Game of Fame," the contest pits Elway and a group of former Broncos stars against a team led by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.

Reeves might be coaching Elway again - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
July 21, 2004 - If there is a Top 10 list of "Things You Won't See Again in Denver Sports," Dan Reeves coaching John Elway in a football game probably would rank No. 1. Then again, it might be time for a new list. Reeves, who coached the Broncos for 12 seasons (1981-1992) has told promoters for "A Game of Fame" that he will coach Elway's flag football team of former Broncos on Aug. 20 at Invesco Field at Mile High.

With long season ahead, NFL camps delay opening - USA Today - Jarrett Bell
7/21/2004 - Just two first-round draft picks have signed contracts, and three weeks into July not a single NFL team has opened training camp.Is this the backdrop for an episode of The Twilight Zone? Not quite. The NFL's 85th season will culminate with the latest Super Bowl in league history Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, which in turn has delayed the normal window for the opening of camps. The first camps open Tuesday, and many teams won't have their first full-contact, two-a-day practices until the first week of August.

Elway Through the Years: 1996 - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - In year two of the Mike Shanahan era, everything came together for the Denver Broncos. And nobody benefited more from this perfect blending of offense, defense and special teams than the franchise&rsquos quarterback &ndash John Elway. Entering his 14th NFL season, Elway was still in search of the Super Bowl victory that had long eluded him. And as he continued to get up in years, everyone continued to remind him that the window of opportunity was quickly closing. After all, it had been more than six years since he last led Denver to the big dance and the Broncos hadn't won a playoff game in four seasons. As a result, questions swirled about whether or not the venerable signal caller could still get it done.

Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - The first job Head Coach Mike Shanahan ever held with the Denver Broncos was as the team's wide receivers coach in 1984. Receivers and the passing game remain a keen area of interest for the coach, even as his duties involve overseeing the entire football operation. So as the Broncos' plane zipped westward from Indianapolis in the late-night hours of Jan. 4 following the team's worst playoff defeat in nearly 14 years, Shanahan knew he had to take time to talk with wide receiver Ashley Lelie, who had just completed a season in which his receptions, yardage, per-catch average and touchdowns had increased -- but not by as much as he or the team would have hoped.

Single game ticket sales begin July 30 - Broncos Update
Jul 20, 2004 - Denver Broncos individual game tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster beginning Friday, July 30, 2004 at 10AM. The sale will include 2,000 tickets that will be sold at half-price the normal face value in compliance with the Legislation and operating agreement with the Metropolitan Football Stadium District.

Patriots have what it takes to repeat - NBCSports.com - Ron Borges
July 20, 2004 - The New England Patriots haven't lost in so long they can barely recall what it feels like. If they can shake that notion by September, it could be a long time before they lose again. Repeating as Super Bowl winner is an extremely difficult task, a fact that should be fresh in the minds of the defending champions. It was just two years ago that the Patriots not only failed to defend their title, but failed to even make the playoffs. Five of the past six teams to reach the Super Bowl failed to reach the postseason the following season, the only exception being the Baltimore Ravens. Back-to-back championships were last put up by the 1997-98 Denver Broncos, a feat already a half a decade old.

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