Broncos News Briefs - Saturday, September 4

The Denver Broncos are in the process of making their final roster cuts. Read about it in today's news reports.

Broncos antsy to get it going - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 4, 2004 - Tatum Bell may be a rookie running back who does not yet have a regular-season carry on his professional résumé for the Denver Broncos, but he gets it. Yes, Bell understands completely, with nine days and counting until the Broncos face the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular-season opener, that the preseason was nice, but now it's time to get down to business. "The bottom line is, we're ready to go," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "It's time to tee it up."

Broncos take out their roster knife - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 4, 2004 - The Denver Broncos won't officially make their final 22 cuts until Sunday, but the team's thought process in paring its roster to 53 has begun taking shape. According to multiple team, agent and league sources, the Broncos alerted their players that they would be informed by 3 p.m. Friday if a roster spot was in jeopardy. Based on those calls and non-calls, here's what appears to be the Broncos' game plan, barring last-minute changes of heart:

Elway's high school grid coach dies at 85 - Rocky Mountain News
September 4, 2004 - CAMARILLO, Calif. - Jack Neumeier, who coached NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway in high school, died Wednesday at his home after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 85. Neumeier coached high school football in Southern California for more than 30 years - most of them at Granada Hills, where Elway played from 1976 to 1978. Elway had an impressive career at Stanford and passed for 51,475 yards in 16 seasons with the Denver Broncos, whom he led to two Super Bowl victories. It's time to make tough final decisions - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 4, 2004 - What was the highlight of the preseason for the Denver Broncos? When the clock finally read 00:00 on Thursday night at Invesco Field. "The best thing is we're ready to start the season," Mike Shanahan said after the 33-21 loss to Arizona gave Denver a losing exhibition record (2-3) for the first time in his 10 years as head coach. "The preseason games are over with and now we're ready to go. So I'm looking forward to the challenge. We have a lot of good players and a lot of character people. Now we have to come together as a team and get ready for Kansas City."

Head Coach Mike Shanahan Kicks Off the 2004 Season by Answering Your Questions -
Friday, September 3, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan. Going into his tenth season with the Broncos, Shanahan has established a pattern of winning that has become a staple of the team as he led the Broncos to two Super Bowl Championships in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. After a disappointing end to the 2003 season in the Wild Card round, the head coach is preparing for a Super Bowl run in 2004 that begins by hosting the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 12 at INVESCO Field at Mile High. However, he took some time to answer your questions this week.

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