No slow down for Shanahan as camp opens

There's pressure on Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan as training camp opens this week. The Broncos haven't won a playoff game in five years, but he's looking forward to the challenge and is optimistic as ever. Read what Shanahan thinks about the team's chances in today's news reports.

Building up the backfield - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, July 26, 2004 - When the Broncos open training camp Wednesday morning, rookie Tatum Bell will begin his NFL career buried deep beneath other running backs. He's aware of his place, but he plans to do something about it. "Right now, I see myself at the bottom of the depth chart," Bell said last week after completing a workout at the team's Dove Valley headquarters. "I can't really say I want to be there, but I also think that right now (the job) is wide open. I want to go in with the attitude that I can start, and take that attitude to practice every day. Hopefully that will translate."

Shanahan ready to get back to business - The Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Sat, Jul. 24, 2004 - Mike Shanahan doesn't look far ahead very often and he rarely reminisces about past accomplishments. But the Denver Broncos coach knows what winning another Super Bowl could do for him. Nine coaches, including Shanahan, have won two Super Bowls. Chuck Noll, Joe Gibbs and Bill Walsh are the only three men to win more than two, making it a very prestigious group.

Shanahan faces many questions in year 10 - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
July 25, 2004 - Mike Shanahan is entering his 10th season as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Although the 50-year-old is considered one of the NFL's great minds and enjoys unwavering support from owner Pat Bowlen, there is growing pressure on Shanahan to at least win a playoff game in 2004 after a five-year drought. In his first four seasons on the job, Shanahan compiled a staggering 47-17 regular-season record and 7-1 playoff mark. Denver won back-to-back Super Bowls on the strength of an unstoppable offense that included John Elway, Terrell Davis, Howard Griffith, Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey and Shannon Sharpe.

Building up the backfield - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, July 25, 2004 - Coach Mike Shanahan is searching for a "stud buffalo" in the backfield. His words. He hopes one will emerge during training camp to carry the offensive load and replace Clinton Portis, who was traded to Washington for cornerback Champ Bailey.

"Q" tip: Griffin can get it done - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, July 25, 2004 - During Quentin Griffin's glory days at the University of Oklahoma, fans serenaded him with chants of "Q! Q!" They were enthralled - certainly not by his quotes - but by his quicksilver moves. He stood just 5-feet-7, but when his massive quadriceps propelled him through holes in the defense, his quest seemed almost quixotic. "Q" was the quintessential underdog. But the "Q" that best describes Quentin is Q-U-I-E-T.

Ready or not, NFL camps set to open - Daily Camera - Associated Press
July 25, 2004 - For seven months, Washington fans have anticipated the opening of Joe Gibbs' first training camp in 12 years as coach of the Redskins. Too bad they won't get to see much of it.

What's Greeley - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
July 25, 2004 - IT'S YEAR 2 A.G. -- Denver Broncos training camp after Greeley. As the Denver Broncos get ready to start their second season of training camp at their Dove Valley headquarters in Englewood, it's hard to imagine that most of the Broncos remember what Greeley looked or smelled like (Oops, I forgot I'm not supposed to mention that now that they're gone). In fact, so many of the Broncos faces are new that a good portion of the team has never set foot on the fields of Butler-Hancock. Of Denver's 80-man roster heading into training camp in 2004, only 30 players were on the Broncos roster when the team last made Greeley its summer home. A lot has changed since those hot summer days in Greeley. However, two things remain the same: Most players hate training camp and questions abound whenever a new season begins.

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