Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - The Broncos' top priority with the 25th pick in the draft? The defensive line. But don't take my word for it. Check out The Associated Press' all- pro team. Each of the four D-linemen - Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers, Kevin Williams and Richard Seymour - was a first-round draft pick. Moral to the story: You don't sign quality defensive linemen as free agents. You draft and develop them. It's not just the D-line, either. Each of the four linebackers on the all-pro team - Takeo Spikes, Derrick Brooks, James Farrior and Ray Lewis - was a No. 1, too.
Secondary coach search in place - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - The Broncos interviewed Cleveland Browns secondary coach Chuck Pagano on Monday, beginning the process to fill open spots on their coaching staff. Pagano, son of former longtime Fairview High School football coach Sam Pagano, is the first of a few secondary coaches expected to be interviewed by Denver coach Mike Shanahan. The team has also sought permission to talk to Green Bay's Bob Slowik.
Broncos' Smith, 49ers talk - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 26, 2005 - When the San Francisco 49ers were interviewing candidates to be the team's coach, they asked each of them whom he would hire as the team's top personnel official. One of those candidates said Broncos director of pro personnel Rick Smith would be the pick. And while the 49ers did not hire former Broncos assistant Mike Heimer-dinger - he then signed on as the New York Jets offensive coordinator - they did interview Smith on Tuesday.
Smith Interviews With 49ers - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - Broncos director of pro personnel Rick Smith interviewed for a front-office position with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, doing so with the blessings of the club's general manager, Ted Sundquist. "Obviously, it's a great opportunity," Sundquist said Tuesday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., where he and a bevy of Broncos scouts watched the North and South team practices for the Senior Bowl. "He's worked really hard. He's been immersed within the Denver organization on both the college and pro scouting side." Smith has been a part of the Broncos for nine season, joining the club in 1996 as a defensive assistant, becoming the director of pro personnel in 1999. In his five-plus years with the Broncos in that position, Smith has become more innately involved with operations beyond just those in pro personnel, Sundquist noted.
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