Monday, September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - Walking up the tunnel toward the locker room of the undefeated Denver Broncos, tight end Shannon Sharpe winked as if he knew the secret before everyone else and announced, "Well, I guess we've got our swagger back."
A transformation to brutes, bullies - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Monday, September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - The eyes blink with disbelief. This 2-0 team cannot possibly be the same Denver Broncos anybody in the NFL remembers. They have forsaken glitz and sweet finesse for gristle and brute force. The transformation is frightening.
No time for small talk on sideline - Denver Post
Monday, September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - The scene on the Broncos' sideline, according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, "was an absolute zoo." Backup quarterback Steve Beuerlein called it "very stressful." In no terms was it pretty.
Back-to-back wins is real super sign - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - Last season the Denver Broncos had extraordinary victories on consecutive Sundays in ... In never. Indubitably.
Broncos in gold rush - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - Center Tom Nalen and his offensive-line teammates opened up hole after hole for Denver Broncos running backs Sunday.
McGlockton trips light fantastic - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Monday, September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - Wondering how excited the Denver Broncos' defensive players were Sunday afternoon? There's only one thing you need to know. Chester danced.
Broncos' 'soft' defensive plan derails Niners - Denver Post - Samuel Chi
Monday, September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco 49ers called the Broncos soft. And that's quite a compliment.
Clear message - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - The edict to Brian Griese was crystal clear in Week 1 - perform or else. Communication was considerably more muddied for the Denver Broncos quarterback and the rest of the offense Sunday, with the headset system that transfers information from the coaching staff to the huddle on the fritz most of the afternoon.
O'Neal picks good time for a payback - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - Deltha O'Neal didn't feel much like talking with reporters last week, and it was easy to understand why.
Niners bemoan 'stupid' - and costly - mistakes - Rocky Mountain News - Mitch Stephens
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - After nine days off and seven great days of practice, the San Francisco 49ers anticipated a glorious Bay area afternoon at Candlestick Park.
Krieger: It's only 2-0, but it's a pretty good start - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - Not pretty. No style points. Just gritty. And good.
Lincicome: Keep it to yourself, but Broncos are good - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - No applause, please. Later. Oh, November I guess, when the Broncos are 9-0 or 8-1, when the defense has a catchy nickname and somebody has figured out whether Mike Anderson is beast or bird, when Brian Griese is trusted entirely and Mike Shanahan has found more contemporaries to outgenius, when the end is easier to see than the beginning, not that beginning is not incandescent enough to shine a light all the way to . . .
Reese's hit on Garcia might be a fine thing - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - As the saying goes, the postman always rings twice. The overnight courier who works the Denver Broncos might follow a similar routine.
Anderson's play Griffith-like - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - It was a play out of Howard Griffith's book. Line up in the backfield, sneak across the line of scrimmage, and haul in the short touchdown pass.
McCaffrey verifies his versatility - Rocky Mountain News - Mitch Stephens
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO - As if the Denver Broncos backfield isn't crowded enough, enter Ed McCaffrey. Likewise, if quarterback Brian Griese doesn't take enough heat, enter McCaffrey again.
Broncos march to 2-0 tune - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO — What's the frequency Brian? That's what Mike Shanahan wanted to know Sunday afternoon when a glitch in the communications system at San Francisco Stadium — a problem isolated to the visitor's sideline — prevented him from verbally communicating with his quarterback in the huddle.
Thorburn: Shanahan earns special compliments - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO — The locker room, which is about the size of my daughter's new toy box, was overflowing with underdressed football players and badly dressed reporters.
RB Anderson does it all for Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 16, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Anderson is a starting fullback. He's a strong running back. He's a sneaky receiver. And he may very well be the most valuable player on the Denver Broncos' offense.
Broncos-Niners notes - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 16, 2002 - Mike Shanahan will take the win, which his team certainly deserved. But the San Francisco 49ers were their own worst enemies during Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Denver Broncos, racking up an incredible 10 penalties for 114 yards.