Thursday, October 03, 2002 - Walking into the team meeting room Wednesday morning, Denver Broncos players braced for some type of volcanic eruption.
Streets of Baltimore - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 03, 2002 - The craziest weeks are Super Bowl weeks, when hotels are packed, elevators are crowded, streets are jammed, restaurants are mobbed, and cities are crazed.
Old school, new students - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, October 03, 2002 - Shortly after 59-year-old Marty Schottenheimer was hired to coach the San Diego Chargers, he unfurled a catchy slogan.
Bump will cost O'Neal $15,000 - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 03, 2002 - Bumping an official cost Denver Broncos cornerback Deltha O'Neal on Monday night, and it will cost him even more today.
Broncos distribute criticism - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 3, 2002 - Things already are looking up for the Denver Broncos' special teams. Chris McAlister's field-goal return for a touchdown for Baltimore on Monday officially was reduced in length by a yard, to 107, by a league statistician.
O'Neal confounds coach- Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
October 3, 2002 - Will the real Deltha O'Neal please stand up? Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan admitted O'Neal twice in the past year has surprised him with his emotions and actions.
Krieger: Shanahan refuses to align with stupidity- Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 3, 2002 - Brian Billick was contending just last week, if you did the reading, that there is no value in looking back and second-guessing yourself. Deltha O'Neal, star of the Denver Broncos' Monday meltdown, came to the same conclusion Wednesday.
Adams: Broncos' offense better shift gears- Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
October 3, 2002 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan often compares his team's 16-game season to a boxing match, each game being one round.
Chargers formidable- Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 3, 2002 - As the second of nine children growing up in the poor section of National City, Calif., Donnie Edwards couldn't afford to attend many San Diego Chargers games.
Shanahan takes blame for letdown- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 3, 2002 - ENGLEWOOD — Offense, defense AND special teams. Mike Shanahan mentions "all three phases" whenever possible, usually adding that when a team doesn't come ready to play in any of the three, "not only do you get beat, you get embarrassed."
O'Neal's actions irk Shanahan- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 3, 2002 - ENGLEWOOD — Deltha O'Neal is turning into a pretty good cornerback. But is he a bad guy? Coach Mike Shanahan doesn't believe so, but a pattern of negative behavior from the budding star is developing on the field.
A year's experience pays big dividends- San Diego Union-Tribune - Jim Trotter
October 3, 2002 - Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson stood in the backfield and peered out at the New England Patriots' defense. It was third-and-2 late in the first half, and as quarterback Drew Brees barked out signals, Tomlinson began matching his blockers against Patriots defenders.
Figure on Monday night loss to fire up Broncos- San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee
October 3, 2002 - The Chargers against the Denver Broncos, a matchup that has been waged 84 times in 41 years, almost always makes for a fierce afternoon.
Mile High visits have left Chargers gasping- San Diego Union-Tribune - Nick Canepa
October 3, 2002 - A football team can come down to earth in Denver, where it doesn't have to come down as far as it might in other places. Those who thought the New England Patriots would be the Chargers' toughest test were off by a week. Historically, the Denver Broncos, in Denver, always are the Chargers' toughest test.
Scouting report: Dazed in Denver - San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee
October 2, 2002 - A really bad quarter is what keeps this from being a second straight matchup of unbeatens for the Chargers. Denver was penalized six times, had a player ejected and surrendered 31 unanswered points in the second quarter Monday night and could not fully recover, losing to the previously winless Baltimore Ravens. Afterward, the Broncos spoke of losing their composure.
Putting the Setback in the Past- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 2, 2002 - A truncated week following an appearance on Monday Night Football means that the first day of practice for the Broncos is also the day when the most recent result weighs heavy on the minds of the players at the team meeting.
AFC West teams beating up rest of league- ESPN.com - Len Pasquarelli
Oct. 2, 2002 - He embodies the term old school. San Diego Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer is not given to offensive frills or defensive frivolities, a guy who is drill-sergeant tough and expects his teams to reflect that no-nonsense approach.
AFC Chargers have the NFL's last great defense- SportingNews.com - Dan Pompei
October 1, 2002 - The troubles of the Rams' offense have diverted our attention, but the St. Louis defense can't do it anymore, either.