Monday, September 06, 2004 - River Falls, Wis. - If not for bad timing, Gunther Cunningham probably wouldn't be coaching against the Broncos on Sunday night. He'd be coaching for them. How much does Mike Shanahan respect Cunningham? The answer lies in the days following the 2000 NFL season, when Shanahan was looking for a defensive coordinator to replace Greg Robinson. "I would have hired him, but I had already promised the job to Ray Rhodes," Shanahan said. "He was the guy I really wanted. To me, when you say you wanted to hire a guy, that kind of says it all. That's the ultimate compliment."
Madise matters to final roster - Denver Posts - Bill Williamson
Monday, September 06, 2004 - The three players who most had to sweat out their Broncos' future made the final cut as the team completed its roster by Sunday's NFL deadline. In the end - after several trades were casually talked about, an NFL suspension was dealt with - rookie quarterback Matt Mauck, veteran safety Sam Brandon and promising receiver Charlie Adams were on the Broncos' 53-man roster.
Now's time for payoff - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 6, 2004 - Since the Broncos gathered July 27 to open their training camp, they have been living off their investments. They have been living off the ideas that they did enough in the off-season to leave the playoff cave-in at Indianapolis that ended their 2003 season behind, that most of the struggles they had in a 2-3 preseason now will be left behind once they start diagramming the Xs and the Os for real. Well, Sunday night will be their first look at any sort of return on those investments.
Denver Broncos Rolling the Dice - About.com - James Alder
Sep 6 2004 - The Denver Broncos made big news over the off-season by trading superstar running back Clinton Portis, who put up over 1,900 yards of total offense and 14 touchdowns in 2003, to the Washington Redskins for shut-down cornerback Champ Bailey. The Broncos apparent justification of the deal is that they have had little success over the last few years trying to find a true No. 1 corner, while it seems every ball carrier they plug into the backfield has incredible success.
Roster Trimmed at Deadline - Andrew Mason - DenverBroncos.com
Sunday, September 5, 2004 - A quarterback, two tight ends, three rookie offensive linemen and four 2003 draft picks were among the names pared from the Broncos' roster as the team officially released 20 players and placed another on injured reserve in advance of the league's roster deadline Sunday. Denver sent third-round pick Jeremy LeSueur to injured reserve due to a hernia, ending the rookie cornerback's season before it began. LeSueur joins seventh-round pick Brandon Miree and undrafted free agent B.J. Johnson as rookies on the team's injured-reserve list, which now stands at five heading into the regular season.
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