Friday, October 11, Story Links

Check out Friday's links to stories about the Denver Broncos.

Broncos realizing Griese better when push comes to shove - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, October 11, 2002 - Challenges are supposed to come from your opponent, not your head coach and offensive coordinator.

Court: Bronco ticket prices OK - Denver Post - Associated Press
Thursday, October 10, 2002 - 11:30 a.m. - The Colorado Court of Appeals today rejected a challenge over Broncos ticket prices, saying a decision to raise prices did not violate prior agreements.

Stopping the big fish - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, October 11, 2002 - The Denver Broncos are aiming to squish the Miami Dolphins' biggest fish Sunday night. That would be running back Ricky Williams, the NFL's second-leading rusher with 565 yards.

Defense is setting new standard - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 11, 2002 He could have taken a pass or thrown out any number of cliches to deflect the question. But Mike Shanahan didn't. Asked this week whether his defense is the pre-eminent group he has had during his tenure as Denver Broncos coach, Shanahan tossed a bouquet in its direction.

Another 'woo lick' earns another fine for Kennedy- Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn Debruin
October 11, 2002 - Kenoy Kennedy's "woo licks" aren't being cheered in the league office. The Broncos strong safety was fined $10,000 for a helmet-to-helmet blow to San Diego's Fred McCrary on the Chargers' next-to-last offensive play Sunday in Denver's 26-9 win.

Give me five- Rocky Mountain News
October 11, 2002 - An analysis of the first five games over the past eight seasons by the Denver Broncos in several major defensive categories:

How the Broncos and Dolphins match up- Rocky Mountain News
October 11, 2002 - The Dolphins' defensive philosophy against the run is predicated on defensive tackles Tim Bowens and Larry Chester keeping offensive linemen away from middle linebacker Zach Thomas, left, allowing him to make tackles.

Williams starts over in Miami- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 11, 2002 - Ricky Williams needed to forget about his time spent in New Orleans. And, unlike most people with the same need, it had nothing to do with Bourbon Street.

Flashy rookie Portis proving he belongs- Miami Herald - Jason Cole
Oct. 11, 2002 - ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Just wait until the veterans get a look at the basement. You see, Denver running back Clinton Portis is in trouble. Not real trouble, mind you. The type of trouble that makes you the focus of biting commentary from the likes of veteran tight end and resident comedian Shannon Sharpe.

Spriggs seeks a happier encore- Miami Herald - Ethan J. Skolnick
Oct. 11, 2002 - This season, Marcus Spriggs can build on a successful first start. Mark Dixon did not practice Thursday, and even if he returns today, he will be no more than a backup against Denver.

Smith Ready to Shoulder Load- - Andrew Mason
Oct. 10, 2002 - It was just four days ago that Rod Smith suffered a separated shoulder during the Broncos' 26-9 win over the San Diego Chargers. But to the ninth-year wide receiver, it was ancient, forgettable history.

Fantasy Focus: Strength vs. Strength- - Andrew Mason
Oct. 10, 2002 - One cannot deny Miami's rightful place near the head of the adults' table of the NFL's dinner banquet in 2002. And of their strong statistics, perhaps the one that is most alarming for fantasy players considering playing a Broncos running back -- particularly Clinton Portis, after his ascension into the workhorse slot during the last three weeks -- is the Dolphins' run-defense prowess.

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