Broncos News Blogs - Tuesday, Jan. 31

Philadelphia wide receiver Terrell Owens and his agent were in town Monday to visit with coach Mike Shanahan about a possible hookup with the Denver Broncos. Read about the T.O. saga in today's news reports. Also - Mike Heimerdinger is officially on the Broncos staff.

Source: Broncos, Owens meet - Denver Post - Bill Williamson and Mike Klis
01/31/2006 - Last week, Mike Shanahan was talking in hypotheticals about Terrell Owens. Monday those hypotheticals moved a step closer to reality. The Broncos' coach is serious about adding the controversial star receiver. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Shanahan met with Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, on Monday in Denver for a "get to know you" conversation that could be a prelude to one of the biggest acquisitions in franchise history. The Broncos would not comment on the meeting Monday night. Owens and Rosenhaus left Denver on Monday night. If Denver officials, foremost owner Pat Bowlen, believe Owens can fit in with the team, the Broncos are likely to trade for Owens rather than wait for the Philadelphia Eagles to cut him.

Denver gives new meaning to title town - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
01/31/2006 - Detroit - On a day Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was looking into the premier offensive player to be on the open market this offseason, he added to the unit by officially bringing back an old friend and promoting a loyal staffer. In what became an expected twist, Shanahan hired Mike Heimerdinger as assistant head coach and promoted offensive line coach Rick Dennison to offensive coordinator. It became clear during the weekend that there could be semantic title changes to the hiring of Heimer- dinger, who agreed to a three-year contract. "I'm very fired up to be back here," Heimer- dinger said Monday. "This is where I wanted to be. Working for this kind of franchise is special. Mr. (Pat) Bowlen is a class owner, and this is the type of place any coach would want to be."

Herndon's dream matchup on hold - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
01/31/2006 - Detroit - Days before, what until this week was the biggest game of his career, Kelly Herndon was dreaming about football. No surprise there for the four-year NFL veteran who was about to play in his first conference championship game. But the Seattle Seahawks cornerback wasn't sleep-thinking about his Seattle Seahawks or even the Carolina Panthers, his opponent in the title game. No, Herndon was dreaming about the Broncos.

Fly route for Owens - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 31, 2006 - DETROIT - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who has been the man of opportunity for some of the NFL's more controversial players, took a look Monday at one of the most embattled. League sources said Shanahan met in Denver with receiver Terrell Owens and Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The three did not meet at the Broncos' Dove Valley complex, but Rosenhaus and Owens spent the day in Denver before leaving Monday night on a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, where Owens has a home.

Broncos showing interest in Owens - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
January 31, 2006 — T.O. was here. Terrell Owens flew in and visited with Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan for several hours on Monday. The meeting was reported by Channel 4's Gary Miller after he tracked down the gifted but volatile Philadelphia wide receiver and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, at DIA. The Eagles have given Rosenhaus permission to seek a trade for Owens, who was suspended and deactivated for the final nine games of the regular season for conduct detrimental to the team. "Everybody wants great players. Sometimes you get a great player who isn't a team player, and you have a great player who still doesn't help you win games," Shanahan said at his final press conference of the season a week ago. "It's a fine line what you do to a football team. You have to do things the right way."

Heimerdinger, Shanahan reunited - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
January 31, 2006 — They arrived at Eastern Illinois University 35 years ago hoping to fulfill their football dreams on the field. The coaching staff welcomed wide-eyed prospects Mike Shanahan (quarterback) and Mike Heimerdinger (wide receiver) to campus the same weekend. "I think that's when they became friends," former EIU head coach Jack Dean said on Monday. "They hit it off right away." All these years later, the former college roommates are back together with the Denver Broncos. Again. Shanahan, eight days after Denver lost the AFC Championship to Pittsburgh, began retooling for a run at the Super Bowl in the 2006 season by officially hiring Heimerdinger as the team's assistant head coach.

Owens draws first nibble from Denver - Philadelphia Daily News - Les Bowen
Tue, Jan. 31, 2006 - Andy Reid said last week that there really, truly were some teams interested in trading for Terrell Owens. Maybe the Eagles' coach wasn't just engaging in wishful thinking, after all. Owens and agent Drew Rosenhaus met yesterday afternoon in Denver with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, according to various media reports. Shanahan, who last year drafted and then cut troubled Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, has a history of taking on reclamation projects. Denver is in much the same situation the Eagles faced 2 years ago - the Broncos just lost a conference championship game on their home field, as favorites. They have to think they might be just one player away from the Super Bowl, and given that their passing attack ranked 18th in the NFL, that one player could be T.O.

Terrell Owens Meets With Denver Broncos - CBS4
Jan 30, 2006 - Wide receiver Terrell Owens and his agent spent several hours in Denver Monday with the Denver Broncos to discuss a possible contract. CBS4 captured video of Owens and his agent Drew Rosenhaus catching a flight out of Denver International Airport early Monday evening. Since the Broncos season came to a close in the AFC Championship game on Jan. 22, there has been much speculation about the troublesome wide receiver and whether he could fit with an organization like the Denver Broncos. In a news conference on Jan. 24, head coach Mike Shanahan was very careful in choosing his words when questions concerning the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver came up.

Broncos fan back in school, with escort - Beaver County Times - Larissa Theodore
01/31/2006 - BEAVER FALLS - Plenty of high school students have had that day when they just don't want to face their classmates, fearing a bad haircut or "uncool" brand of jeans might turn them into a big target for teasing. But 17-year-old Joshua Vannoy of Big Beaver had a more unusual reason for his jitters at the start of this school week. On Monday, Vannoy returned to classes at Beaver Falls High School for the first time since Jan. 20 - all classes, that is, except for his honors ethnic relations class. That's where Vannoy said his teacher, John Kelly, forced him to lie on the floor during his midterm exam. Vannoy said Kelly humiliated him further by directing the class to throw wads of notebook paper at him, all because he wore a No. 7 John Elway Denver Broncos jersey. It all occurred before the Steelers won the AFC Championship game against the Broncos. Fresh off the school bus Monday afternoon, Vannoy appeared worn out, but said his first day back actually wasn't so terrible. He got a little teasing and wise-cracking from students, but nothing dreadful occurred, he said.

2005 Review: The Second Quarter - Denver - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - By the midpoint of the season, the Broncos' path to the AFC West championship was already clear. Of course, the Broncos didn't realize that at the time. Kansas City and San Diego were still in hot pursuit, in position to overtake the Broncos should they have won out. But after the second quarter of the 2005 regular season, the Broncos were 6-2 and sitting in first place, where they would remain the rest of the way. During Weeks 5-8, a common theme developed that saw the Broncos take a multi-score lead before the opponent rallied. Denver bolted to an 11-point lead over the Washington Redskins, a 25-point edge over the New England Patriots, a 13-point advantage over the New York Giants and then, in Week 8, opened by pulling 28 points clear of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Duke Bound for Hamburg - Denver - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - One of the Broncos' starters in the AFC Championship Game will practice his craft in Hamburg, Germany this coming spring. Tight end Wesley Duke, who made his first professional start on Jan. 22, was allocated to the Hamburg Sea Devils of the NFL Europe League, giving him a destination just days after the Broncos announced that he was among seven players headed overseas for a spring sojourn. The process that sent Duke to Hamburg also assigned offensive tackle Erik Pears to the Cologne Centurions and guard/center Rob Hunt to the Rhein Fire. Two of the Broncos' allocated players were dispersed through the allocated player draft. Cornerback Antwaun Rogers, who spent the last month of the year on the practice squad, was a first-round selection of the Berlin Thunder, while wide receiver Bill Flowers was a 17th-round selection of the Centurions.

A Promotion and a Return - Denver - Andrew Mason
Monday, January 30, 2006 - Four days after Gary Kubiak's departure, the Broncos filled in the gaps on their offensive staff by promoting offensive line coach Rick Dennison to offensive coordinator and announcing the return of Mike Heimerdinger to the club as assistant head coach. Both Dennison and Heimerdinger were a part of Head Coach Mike Shanahan's original staff when he took the Broncos' reins in 1995. Dennison stayed with the team, working his way from offensive assistant to special-teams coach to the offensive line before garnering his new position, while Heimerdinger departed in 2000 to become the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator, moving on to the same position with the New York Jets last season. The decision to promote Dennison to Kubiak's old slot brought a swift conclusion to a process that Shanahan believed could take an indeterminate amount of time when he addressed the media at his season-ending press conference last week.

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