Monday, October 07, 2002 - NFL news With an aftertaste as foul as their previous performance, the Denver Broncos used the San Diego Chargers as their personal Listermint.
O'Neal's redemption comes with big plays - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, October 07, 2002 - From bleating heart to braveheart, the goat of Monday night became the hero of Sunday afternoon.
Outburst at practice translates to field - Denver Post
Monday, October 07, 2002 - Denver's pregame pep talks came Friday, not Sunday.
Following in dad's shoes seems right fit for Griese - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Monday, October 07, 2002 - From the beginning, we were wrong, holding our collective breath until we all turned Broncos blue in the face, waiting for Brian Griese to replace John Elway.
Offense gets into rhythm for success - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, October 07, 2002 - Denver's passing offense finally found its rhythm Sunday against the Chargers. It wasn't spectacular, just very efficient. Here are the highlights:
Portis impressive in first start - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Monday, October 07, 2002 - Clinton Portis, right, prepares to take a fourth-quarter handoff from Brian Griese. If his next 11 starts are anything like his first one, Clinton Portis shouldn't have any trouble measuring up to the Denver Broncos past three
Schottenheimer salutes Denver defense - Denver Post - Irv Moss
Monday, October 07, 2002 - Probably the last thing San Diego Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer wants to see in the NFL is another Orange Crush defense.
The grand scheme - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 06, 2002 - Two Denver coaches, offensive assistant Pat McPherson and defensive assistant Steve Watson, spend weeks breaking down every formation and personnel grouping from every situation of every play of the past six games every opponent has played.
Looking back to Oct. 16, 1977 - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, October 06, 2002 - This is the fifth in a weekly series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Broncos' first Super Bowl season.
Playing the gap is huge - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, October 06, 2002 - This week's subject: the Gap. No, not the everyman and everywoman clothing store featuring denim, khakis and cotton.
After debacle, it's gargle time for foul Broncos - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 06, 2002 - Exiting the Denver Broncos' training facility and stepping onto one of the adjacent practice fields last week, special-teams coach Frank Bush was asked whether he wished it were Sunday instead of another practice day.
Redemption day - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 7, 2002 - This time, Deltha O'Neal could only hope his mother was watching, and recording.
Broncos don't wait this time - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 7, 2002 - Wide receiver Rod Smith was lamenting his team's slow starts, saying last week the Denver Broncos offense needed to be hypnotized to convince itself the first half actually was the second.
O'Neal wakes up to make up for Monday - Rocky Mountain News - Pat Rooney
October 7, 2002 - Deltha O'Neal has not had anything nice to say this week, so the Broncos' All-Pro cornerback hasn't said anything at all.
Tomlinson finds rough going - Rocky Mountain News - Brad Byler
October 7, 2002 = LaDainian Tomlinson's first four games of the 2002 season were loaded with plays for the highlight reel. But Tomlinson's contributions in Sunday's game at Invesco Field will likely end up on the cutting room floor.
Krieger: This was Broncos at, ahem, full bore - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 7, 2002 - That was for those of you who find the Denver Broncos offense boring. Also those who didn't like Marilyn Monroe's mole or Mohandas Gandhi's wardrobe.
Lincicome: Broncos affixed best of their game face - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
October 7, 2002 - Gargle. Gargle. Spit. Ah, nothing like the refreshing taste of a little San Diego mouthwash. trying.
Increased workload gives Portis 102 yards, 1st TD reception - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 7, 2002 - LaDainian Tomlinson received a ton of ink last week coming off a career 217-yard performance. Sunday, it was Clinton Portis that left the lasting impression in the battle of the running backs.
Chargers take their turn - Rocky Mountain News - Brad Byler
October 7, 2002 - Sunday, it was the San Diego Chargers' turn to shake their heads.
Special-teams units earn redemption after disaster - Rocky Mountain News - Brad Byler
October 7, 2002 - According to the calendar, it was a short workweek for the Denver Broncos. But it didn't seem that way to the Broncos' special-team units, which were the primary scapegoats after the team's disastrous defeat to the Baltimore Ravens last Monday.
McCaffrey's success continues against Chargers - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
October 7, 2002 - Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey probably wishes he could play all of his games against San Diego.
Broncos strike down Chargers - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 7, 2002 - The local NFL franchise is 4-0 this season. That group of fools who showed up on national television last Monday? Don't exist anymore.
Woelk: Shanahan tops poor Marty at his game - Daily Camera - Neill Woelk
October 7, 2002 - Poor, poor Marty. This time, he couldn't even blame John Elway for his troubles.
WRs McCaffrey, Smith hit Chargers with 1-2 punch - Daily Camera - Zak Brown
October 7, 2002 - For once, the Bruise wasn't the one getting bruised.
DB O'Neal enjoys day of redemption - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 7, 2002 - Mike Shanahan said earlier in the week that football is a game of emotion that must be played with discipline.
Chargers suffer first defeat – it's not even close - San Diego Union Tribune - Jim Trotter
October 7, 2002 - For the fifth consecutive week, Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer stood before the media after a game and talked about how taking care of the football and limiting mistakes were the keys to victory. Only yesterday it wasn't his club that followed that blueprint to a successful ending.
Brees finally takes to air, but mistakes ground team - San Diego Union Tribune - Kevin Acee and Jim Trotter
October 7, 2002 - Drew Brees finally got his chance. Not in the situation he would have liked. Not with the result he would have liked.
Griese Lightning - San Diego Union Tribune - Kevin Acee
October 7, 2002 -There has been a lot of discourse here, a Mile High, regarding Brian Griese's effectiveness as the Broncos' quarterback.
Blue Crush - San Diego Union Tribune - Jim Trotter
October 7, 2002 - The showdown between the NFL's leading rusher and its second-ranked rush defense never materialized Sunday.
Bullpen call might have been ticket - San Diego Union Tribune - Tim Sullivan
October 7, 2002 – Nothing like altitude to bring you back to earth. Nothing like 75,000 Mile High maniacs at the top of their lungs and the bottom of their beer glasses. Nothing like oxygen deprivation and noise pollution to remind you of the rigors of playing on the road.
McCaffrey's Sprint Sets Offense on Course - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 6, 2002 - It's time to put the "Ed McCaffrey is back" stories to rest, once and for all.
A Perfect Drive, and for Griese, a Perfect Half - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 6, 2002 - Circulating around INVESCO Field at Mile High on Sunday afternoon was the rumor that the Broncos had quietly seceded from the NFL to join the longer, wider Canadian Football League.
Backfield in Motion: Portis, Droughns Shine in Victory - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 7, 2002 - Sometimes, the call for extended duty comes early, as it did for wideout Scottie Montgomery when he ascended to the top kick-returner spot a few days before the Broncos faced the Baltimore Ravens. Other times, it comes suddenly, as it did for Clinton Portis on Sunday afternoon.
Orange Crush back in effect, some say - ESPN.com - Associated Press
Oct. 7, 2002 - The Denver Broncos are off to their best start in four years. A defense that has forced opponents to become one-dimensional is a big reason why.