Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, Jan. 26

New York Jets' offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was freed from his contract Wednesday, setting up the possibility that he may assume the same role with his friend Mike Shanahan of the Denver Broncos. Read the latest on the search to replace Gary Kubiak in today's news reports.

Broncos can chase top pick for coordinator - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
01/26/2006 - The Broncos are free to pursue their top choice as a replacement for longtime offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Mike Heimerdinger was freed from his contract Wednesday as the New York Jets' offensive coordinator. Three Broncos sources said Heimerdinger is the top choice of coach Mike Shanahan and is likely to be announced as Denver's offensive coordinator within several days. After nearly a week of negotiations between the Jets and Heimerdinger, the Jets granted his wish to leave. "I'm done," Heimerdinger said. "I'm free." While Heimerdinger said the Broncos' position interests him, he said Wednesday it was premature to assume he will be the Broncos' offensive coordinator.

Broncos may get a buddy system - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 26, 2006 - Mike Heimerdinger officially can move to the front of the line of candidates for the offensive coordinator vacancy with the Denver Broncos. Heimerdinger, the Broncos receivers coach when they won Super Bowls after the 1997 and 1998 seasons, was freed from his contract Wednesday by the New York Jets. He had offered to give up the final two years of the deal, leaving a little more than $2 million on the table, if the Jets would allow him to seek employment elsewhere. The Jets are believed to have taken him up on that offer. Bob LaMonte, Heimerdinger's agent, concluded negotiations on a settlement early Wednesday with the Jets.

Shanahan free to hire his friend - Daily Camera
January 26, 2006 - The New York Jets parted ways with offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger on Wednesday, opening the door for the Denver Broncos to hire him in the same capacity. With Gary Kubiak being introduced as the Houston Texans head coach today, Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan has an offensive coordinator spot to fill, and it's expected he'll turn to Heimerdinger. Heimerdinger and Shanahan were college roommates at Eastern Illinois, and Heimerdinger previously worked for Shanahan while coaching the Broncos receivers from 1995-99. When asked about the offensive coordinator opening on Tuesday, Shanahan said, "I'm going to let a little time go by and find out what my options are."

Loss to Broncos haunts Holmgren - Daily Camera - Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 26, 2006 - KIRKLAND, Wash. — Mike Holmgren knows this game. He knows how to play this game. And how not to. Before anyone brings up that business about lying down and letting John Elway of Denver score the touchdown that ultimately vanquished his Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII, preventing them from getting back-to-back world championships, the coach who is steering these nouveau-riche Seattle Seahawks into their first big bowl still carries regrets about his last time there, Jan. 25, 1998.

2005 Review: The First Quarter - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - It seems hard to believe, really, that the Broncos' winningest season in seven years began with some boos from the fans during the team's first home game. It was halftime of the Broncos' Week 2 game against the San Diego Chargers. Denver trailed 14-3 after enduring a frustrating first-half that was punctuated by a fumble at the San Diego goal line. The team had been outscored 48-13 in the season's first six quarters. And some fans let the team have it. "Those few booers, really, I couldn't believe it," fullback Kyle Johnson said. "I was in shock. We're down 11. We're not down 50. We're not 0-13, down 50. We are paid; we are trying." But the boos became cheers on the first play after halftime when Champ Bailey returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos weren't ever the same.

Broncos brace for changes - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
1/25/2006 — No subject was taboo, few topics were off limits. Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was candid as he delivered his annual season wrap-up message Tuesday. For 40 minutes, he was grilled on such themes as losing the AFC Championship Game, free agency, Terrell Owens, the departure of offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, various players' performances, and the bearded one. By the time he stepped off the podium, he looked exhausted. Then again, it's been a wild year. Shanahan can't unequivocally say whether the season was a success yet. The 34-17 loss to Pittsburgh in the AFC title game still haunts him. While Denver finished 13-3 and won the AFC West crown, it's going to take time to remember anything but Denver's collapse at home against the Steelers. Chances like this don't come around often.

Student who wore Broncos jersey stays out of school all week - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Tim Grant
Thursday, January 26, 2006 - The student who claims he was humiliated by his teacher for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey to class has not attended school since his story made national headlines and will most likely stay home for the rest of this week, his lawyer said yesterday. Attorney Nicholas Frisk III said his client, Joshua Vannoy, 17, has received "nasty" telephone threats from classmates at Beaver Falls High School who disapprove of him complaining about his treatment last week by John Kelly, a popular teacher and diehard Steelers fan. Joshua wore the shirt two days before the Steelers and Broncos competed for the AFC championship. "We want to make sure there is no retribution," said Mr. Frisk. "Our No. 1 concern is getting him back to school as quickly as possible and making sure he's in a safe environment."

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