Shanahan says no credence to Irish rumors

Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan spent part of his post-practice interview refuting the rumors that he had been offered the Notre Dame coaching job. Also in today's news - new Broncos punter Jason Baker (in photo) wants to hold for Jason Elam's place kicks in addition to his punting and kickoff duties.

Bell is eager to run with it - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 11, 2004 - There's excitement in Tatum Bell's voice again. He's healthy, finally. He just scored his first NFL touchdown Sunday and recorded the most carries (seven) and yards (31) he has had all season.

His Irish up, Shanahan stomps rumor talk - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 11, 2004 - Call it once more with feeling. After practice Friday, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan firmly laid down his intention to remain with the team, again refuting reports linking him to other coaching jobs, including Notre Dame's. "I never talked to Notre Dame," he said. "I think I said it a month ago. I was not interested in (the University of) Florida, and when the Miami (Dolphins) rumors came out, I was not interested in that job. I have four years on my contract and I plan on fulfilling my contract. Hopefully, we can start it out on a positive note, against Miami (on Sunday). I was hoping people would actually talk about the Miami Dolphins this week, not rumors or speculation. The thing that disappoints me is, there is no truth to it at all."

Lincicome: Eighteen ways for Broncos fans to know it's over - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
December 11, 2004 - No longer is the improbable unthinkable, which is to say, of course, the Broncos could lose to Miami on Sunday. The Broncos could lose to the Hamburglar and a flight of lost mallards, which is not to say that the Dolphins are that good. Clearly, the Broncos must beat Miami or the end has a reserved parking space. Right? The way things have gone this season, nothing can be taken for granted, including just when it is over. We thought it was over in San Diego, but that was mostly the day's aggravation with Jake Plummer and his disposable-thumbed receivers.

NFL injury report, December 11 - Rocky Mountain News
December 11, 2004 - NFL injury report, December 11

'Rumors' irk Shanahan - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 11, 2004 - Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan denied rumors that he is a candidate for the Notre Dame job and scolded a local radio station for jumping to the conclusion. Shanahan's team has been working all week to prepare itself for a critical game on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at Invesco Field (2:05 p.m., Channel 4). Now he hopes everyone on the outside will pay attention to the football.

Judge allows Kaiser to buy 10% of Broncos - Daily Camera
December 11, 2004 - A federal judge on Friday ordered Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen to allow the former owner to buy back a stake of the team under the terms of a 1998 offer made to quarterback great John Elway. The victory for Edgar Kaiser Jr., who in 1984 sold his 60.8 percent share in the team to Bowlen for $65 million, would be more ceremonial than substantive as the deal would not give him any control of the team. He would also have to sell his share in the team after two years for an estimated $60 million less that what it may be worth.

Refuting the Rumors - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 10, 2004 - The questions were inevitable, and Head Coach Mike Shanahan responses were emphatic. One day after Fox Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast a report saying that Shanahan and the University of Notre Dame had been in contact about the school's vacant head-coaching posision, Shanahan denied any contact with the school and reaffirmed his desire to remain as the Broncos' sideline boss for the four years that remain on his contract. "I've never talked to Notre Dame," Shanahan said following the team's Friday afternoon practice. "I was hoping that people would actually talk about the Miami Dolphins this week and not rumors and speculation. The thing that disappoints me (is) there's no truth to it at all. I haven't talked to anybody."

Broncology: Hayward Four-Most in Pass Rush - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 10, 2004 - Reggie Hayward's recent consistency in sacking quarterbacks isn't just the best of his four-year NFL career. It's the best for any Broncos player in eight years. While quite a few Broncos players have posted sacks in three consecutive games during the recent years, Hayward has at least one sack in four straight contests dating back to the Nov. 7 win over the Houston Texans. That makes him the first Denver defender to achieve the feat since defensive end Alfred Williams did so in 1996.

Baker Ready to Multi-Task - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 10, 2004 - Jason Baker is on his fifth NFL team during his four-year professional career. He hopes Denver is the final destination on his whistle-stop tour for a while. "I'm very happy about being here," said the Broncos' new punter, whom the team claimed off waivers Thursday. "As a punter or a kicker, Denver's a place where everyone sort of fantasizes about what it'd be like to play for and I think everyone would like the opportunity to play there. This is my opportunity, so I'll take advantage of it." Baker's opportunity will see him multi-task, just as former Broncos punter Micah Knorr did for the previous 36 regular-season games. Baker will punt, handle kickoffs and hold for kicker Jason Elam.

Ahsley Lelie Answers Your Questions - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, December 10, 2004 - This week's Q&A is with Broncos' receiver Ashley Lelie. Lelie leads the league in touchdown receptions of more than 30 yards, making six grabs for a score of more than 30 yards. Those six touchdown receptions rank him second all-time behind Anthony Miller's 1994 performance, where Miller posted 10 touchdowns with such catches. Lelie leads the Broncos with an average of 19.3 yards per catch, which ranks second in the NFL amongst elligible receivers. Lelie recorded his fourth NFL game with 100 receiving yards on Dec. 5, 2004 at San Diego, bringing in four catches for 105 yards. Lelie's touchdown receptions have often been the decisive factor in game, with his grabs at New Orleans and vs. Houston, Carolina, and San Diego proving to be the game-winning points.

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