Broncos News Briefs - Friday, Jan. 21

In today's news about the Denver Broncos, the defensive line comes in for some criticism. Also - quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt and center Josh Sewell's contracts are up, but both are in the process of renegotiation. Tight ends coach Brian Pariani is close to accepting a position as offensive coordinator for Syracuse.

Defensive line weakest link for Broncos - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, January 21, 2005 - All that remains of the 2004 NFL season is the Fab Four: New England and Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Philadelphia. It has been quite a while since the Broncos were a member of that exclusive group. Six years and four days, to be exact, since the Broncos beat the New York Jets 23-10 in the 1998 AFC Championship game en route to Super Bowl XXXIII. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and owner Pat Bowlen say the Broncos are close to re-entering that inner circle. But the analysis of five men - NFL pro scouts and player personnel directors - says the Broncos aren't as close as their coach and owner insist. A weak defensive line, doubts about an aging and battered offensive line and questions about how far quarterback Jake Plummer can take the Broncos were common critiques from the five men, each of whom followed the league practice of asking not to be named while commenting on another team.

TE coach close to joining 'Cuse - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, January 21, 2005 - Broncos tight end coach Brian Pariani is on the verge of officially becoming the offensive coordinator at Syracuse. Pariani flew to Syracuse, N.Y., on Thursday night for the second time this week, and sources close to him said he is close to accepting the school's offer. Syracuse's new head coach is Greg Robinson, a former Broncos defensive coordinator. Pariani is expected to take a recruiting test, which all new NCAA coaches must take before they get on the recruiting trail. He then is expected to officially take the job. Pariani has been the Broncos tight ends coach since 1995.

Van Pelt, Sewell to return to Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 21, 2005 - The contracts for Denver Broncos guard Josh Sewell and quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt expired this week. However, both players are going through the formalities of negotiations and are expected to re-sign in the coming weeks. Because each player just completed his rookie season - they spent the season on the practice squad - the Broncos hold exclusive negotiating rights.

2004 Second Quarter: Your Memories -
Thursday, January 20, 2005 - The second quarter of the season saw the Broncos start strongly, winning twice to improve to 5-1. Then, disaster struck in the form of two 12-point losses to Cincinnati and Atlanta. The Broncos sat at 5-3 following those defeats, giving them their third consecutive 5-3 record for a half-season. Here's some of your recollections of those second four games of 2004.

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