Wednesday, December 08, 2004 - The Broncos' late-game struggles, leading to consecutive losses and a difficult road just to make the playoffs, have prompted two of the team's greats to sound off on the performance of coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Jake Plummer. Responding to pointed criticism of Shanahan and Plummer by former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe, Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway said Tuesday he believes Shanahan still can handle the difficult dual role of being the head coach and ultimate decision- maker regarding personnel. The former quarterback also said the Broncos can win a Super Bowl title with Plummer.
Adams back in place of pal Jackson - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, December 08, 2004 - Charlie Adams was sightseeing in Washington, D.C., on Sunday while the Broncos were playing at San Diego. He was getting updates on the game on his cellphone every few minutes. During one update he was informed wide receiver and close friend Nate Jackson was injured, possibly seriously. As the Broncos placed Jackson on injured reserve Tuesday with a fractured ankle, Adams - a former Broncos receiver - agreed to terms to take his friend's place on the 53-man roster. Adams will sign a contract with the team today in time to be on the practice field.
Sharpe heads Hall of Fame class of 6 - Denver Post -
Wednesday, December 08, 2004 - Just one year after finishing a Hall of Fame-caliber NFL career with the Broncos, Shannon Sharpe joined the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday as one of six inductees. Sharpe joins a group that includes Chad Hennings, an Outland Trophy winner while at the Air Force Academy; the late Pat Haggerty, a prominent high school coach and NFL game official; Joe Belmont, a player with the D-C Truckers and a coach of the Denver Rockets; high school basketball coach Dick Katte; and April Heinrichs, who climbed soccer's ladder to coach the U.S. national team.
Falling, but there is time to get up - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwoldr
December 8, 2004 - Denver Broncos defensive end Marco Coleman has worked for 13 years in the NFL. He has played in almost 200 regular-season games and the Broncos are his sixth team. In short, he has seen all the hand-wringing, furrowed brows, talk-is-cheap screaming losses that were supposed to be wins can bring. So lay out the Broncos' current plight to Coleman - four losses in the past six games to fall from 5-1 to 7-5 - and out comes the solution. "A lot of that hootin' and the hollerin', team meetings and that kind of stuff that I've seen in the past is sometimes just overrated," he said. "Because it's really pretty simple. We don't need a team meeting or anything like that. "Every man just needs to understand the situation we're in. Just play. Take on the responsibility of preparing yourself to do your job the best you can. Do your job, just today. Then come back and do it again tomorrow. Then we'll get it right."
Sharpe anchors Hall inductees - Rocky
December 8, 2004 - Former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe heads the Class of 2005 for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Other inductees include former Outland Trophy winner Chad Hennings, U.S. women's soccer coach April Heinrichs, Denver Christian High School basketball coach Dick Katte, late NFL referee Pat Haggerty and former Denver Rockets coach Joe Belmont.
Sharpe tongue-lashing for Shanahan, Plummer -
Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 8, 2004 - Et tu, Shannon? The disappointing Denver Broncos already had plenty of negativity to negotiate their way through this week after back-to-back losses dropped them from contender to pretender in the AFC West. Now they are getting verbally clipped by one of their own. Shannon Sharpe, who retired from the team last offseason to take a position on the CBS NFL Today Show, blasted head coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Jake Plummer on his Sirius NFL Radio show this week after the Broncos' 20-17 loss in San Diego dropped them to 7-5 on the season.
Sharpe headed to Hall - Daily Camera
December 8, 2004 - Shannon Sharpe heads this year's 41st annual class headed into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, the selection committee announced Tuesday, while Chauncey Billups will be honored as the Athlete of the Year. Joining the eight-time Pro Bowl tight end at the March 8 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be former ABA Denver Rockets coach Joe Belmont, former NFL official and Northern Colorado baseball player Pat Haggerty, All-American soccer player April Heinrichs, former Air Force All-American football player Chad Hennings and Dick Katte, the winningest high school basketball coach in Colorado history at Denver Christian.
Too Much to Consider, Too Early to Tell - DenverBroncos.com -
Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - The media assembled at Head Coach Mike Shanahan's press conference on Monday afternoon knew what he would say when asked about the Broncos' playoff chances. Shanahan knew just as well what the gathered reporters and videographers expected to hear. But he had to say it. There was little else the tenth-year Broncos head coach could say but the honest-to-goodness truth. "I?m going to give you the standard line because I believe it -- you don?t know what?s going to happen down the line with any team," he said. Especially when there are so many teams in the mix.
Fantasy Review: Week 13 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - Reuben Droughns salvaged the day for fantasy owners who started him at San Diego with a fourth-quarter touchdown run. But Jake Plummer's four interceptions with no touchdown passes represented his worst day from a fantasy perspective since Week 1 of the 2003 season.
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