Shanahan snub deserves a blank stare - Rocky Mountain News
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - The only way to take the dismissal of Mike Shanahan by the NFL Coach of the Year voters is to assume they were thinking of some other year. But then, it is not clear which year that might be because there is not any other year when Shanahan has been named the best coach, not in either Super Bowl year, not with John Elway nor without him. Hard to believe, but there it is.
Broncos get chance to prove themselves - Rocky Mountain News
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - Let's be honest. This is not the matchup you wanted. You wanted the Bengals. You wanted a team that had given up an average of 31 points over its final seven games (eight if you count Sunday, when they did it again).
Broncos have date with dynasty - Rocky Mountain News
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - Break out the markers. Two of the league's most noted scribblers will take aim at each other Saturday night at Invesco Field at Mile High. With the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Cincinnati Bengals 31-17 on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, it was the New England Patriots who earned a trip to Denver for an AFC divisional game against the Broncos (6, CBS 4).
Patriots comeback - Denver Post
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - No, Denver can't be surprised. A bit disappointed, perhaps, but not surprised. Here come the champs. The two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
in line to replace Palmer - Denver Post
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - After another major injury to an AFC quarterback, it appears Broncos star Jake Plummer will be headed to his first Pro Bowl. As a result of the knee injury suffered Sunday by Cincinnati star Carson Palmer, Plummer is expected to join quarterbacks Peyton Manning of Indianapolis and Tom Brady of New England in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Feb. 12. Palmer was named to the team with Brady and Manning.
Belichick calls Denver 'toughest challenge' - Boston Herald
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - There are two ways of looking at the Patriots' first visit to Denver this season. On one hand, they were thoroughly trounced, trailing 28-3 before mounting a fruitless rally in a 28-20 defeat on Oct. 16. On the other hand, they played one of their worst games of the year, allowed 432 yards from scrimmage, and still found themselves within a touchdown and two-point conversion of a tie with eight minutes to go.
Denver an appetizing matchup - Boston Herald
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - The showdown with Indianapolis — or, as colleague Gerry Callahan dubbed it, "The Greatest Second Round Game In Playoff History" — will have to wait another day, if it is to be at all. But that's OK. I'm warming up to Denver. In fact, I'm thinking it's a great matchup for the Patriots at this stage of the tournament, especially when you look at the big picture. Judging by yesterday's Pittsburgh-Cincinnati wild card game, the victorious Steelers are bound to beat up the Colts — and maybe even break a few before the next round.
Mile High spirits - Boston Globe
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - All you salivating Patriots fans eager for another crack at the Colts will just have to wait. The next order of business will be for Coach Bill to mess with Jake Plummer's head instead of Peyton Manning's.
Plummer's act has star quality - Boston Globe
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - Jake Plummer is the Broncos' Johnny Damon. He's a little bit of a different cat. He's got the long hair and the beard. He's a gunslinger at heart, but has been reined in magnificently by offensive guru Mike Shanahan, who still believes the running game is the key to Denver's success.
paved Elway's Hall of Fame road - Washington Times
Monday, Jan. 9, 2006 - "I'm thinking it's a done deal. We're finally going to the Super Bowl."
-- Brian Brennan, Cleveland Browns, Jan. 11, 1987
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