Monday, October 21, Story Links

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

Block party - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With more force than a helmet-to-helmet hit, the Denver Broncos wiped out the myths of the couldn'ts.

O-line waits for word on Nalen's injury - Denver Post
Monday, October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The surest sign of how badly Broncos Pro Bowl center Tom Nalen was hurt late in Sunday's fourth quarter came from the position he was in: laying on the ground.

Griese, Sharpe revive days of riding on high - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the oeuvre time, the punt was blocked; the pass interference was called; the field goal was made; the day was saved; the season was rescued; and the horses were ridden hard and put away happy.

Sharpe foils Chiefs' strategy, breaks single-game records - Denver Post - Terry Frei
Monday, October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Even after his career-best game Sunday, Shannon Sharpe bemusedly admitted he has "lost a step" - the sort of step that can't be retrieved or restored.

Broncos quiet Arrowhead - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the Denver Broncos, the silence was golden. For the hometown Kansas City Chiefs, it was deafening.

Chiefs' defense remains an enigma - Denver Post - Jason Franchuk
Monday, October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil strode briskly to the lectern after Sunday's loss to Denver, then promptly summarized the outcome with a speech that has been pulled far too many times this season for his liking.

Burns atones for special teams' sins - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With one heads-up play, Denver Broncos special-teams specialist Keith Burns wiped out a multitude of sins Sunday afternoon.

A wake-up call - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The emergency alarms that awakened Denver Broncos players from a sleep at 2:30 a.m. Sunday went off in their heads again 12 hours later, this time signaling a season on the brink.

This time Griese a winner in comeback - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Brian Griese looked up at the clock, and pulled Rod Smith aside. "Look, we've got plenty of time," Griese said.

Burns' play blocks out a poor special-teams effort - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With one two-handed swat - or one hand and a cumbersome cast, to be more accurate - Denver's Keith Burns helped minimize an afternoon's worth of frustration for the Broncos special teams.

Broncos hold breath over injured Nalen - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After the Miami loss a week ago, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan spoke about the feeling of winning the battle but losing the war.

Big Play Shay marks the day in big, big way - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 21, 2002 - He wasn't bold enough to put his signature on a football, a la Terrell Owens, so Shannon Sharpe instead did the next best thing Sunday.

Broncos say Chiefs' line key to Holmes' productivity - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - They shut down Marshall Faulk, Garrison Hearst, Travis Henry and LaDainian Tomlinson. Priest Holmes, however, proved a different beast for Denver's No.1-ranked run defense.

Lincicome: Don't expect this formula to work again - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Another seat squirmer . . . ho hum. Living on the edge is not a recommended address, although the Denver Broncos will happily teeter at 5-2 rather than worse, rather than usual, leaving the big, bad Red Zone that is Arrowhead Stadium wondering how they can be better than the Kansas City Chiefs and be the only ones who know it.

Broncos rally, sink Chiefs in OT - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brian Griese was boring. Clinton Portis fumbled. Shannon Sharpe was missing. Jason Elam was the offensive most valuable player, again. Yet the Broncos only trailed the Chiefs 13-6 as halftime arrived at Arrowhead Stadium.

Thorburn: Maybe it's time to get off Griese's back - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At halftime the discussion in the press dining room, over a plate of runny eggs, was about how awful Brian Griese was.

TE Sharpe barbecues K.C. with record-setting game - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shannon Sharpe admitted to being jealous of his superstar counterpart this week. He also noted that he was Tony Gonzalez before Tony Gonzalez.

Broncos fear Nalen's injury serious - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 21, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tom Nalen doesn't leave the field unless something is wrong. He left the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

Bronco notes - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 21, 2002 - Shanahan will determine exactly how well Sam Brandon played in his first NFL start by reviewing the film and then letting the rookie safety know today. But the fact that he was hardly noticeable from the press box bodes well.

Game 7 report - Daily Camera
October 21, 2002 - HEROES — Shannon Sharpe. The future Hall of Famer had a career day with 214 yards receiving with two touchdowns.

Chiefs' 37-34 loss to Denver an equal-opportunity defeat - Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Monday, Oct. 21, 2002 - The Chiefs can curse their coin-flip luck. They can lament their defense, which once again caved in during the fourth quarter. But if they're looking for the culprits in Sunday's 37-34 overtime loss to Denver at Arrowhead Stadium, they had better not forget their offense and special teams.

Chiefs once again provide solution for opponent - Kansas City Star - Ivan Carter
Mon, Oct. 21, 2002 - Opposing offenses are starting to look at the Chiefs the way a thirsty man looks at a cool glass of water.

Broncos veteran Sharpe revels in record day - Kansas City Star - Jeffrey Flanagan
Mon, Oct. 21, 2002 - At 34 years old, Shannon Sharpe isn't exactly ancient. But after 13 years of head-banging in the NFL, there isn't much that can make you feel young again.

Chiefs' Andersen becomes NFL's all-time leader in field goals - Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Mon, Oct. 21, 2002 - Chiefs kicker Morten Andersen became the NFL's all-time field-goal leader by making two attempts in Sunday's 37-34 overtime loss to Denver.

Chiefs report: Another blocked punt again goes to waste - Kansas City Star
Mon, Oct. 21, 2002- The Chiefs blocked a punt for the second straight week in a losing cause.

In all this, don't forget Priest - Kansas City Star - Joe Posnanski
Mon, Oct. 21, 2002 - Priest Holmes listened carefully as reporters casually tried to get him to savage his defense.

Robinson's plan to stop Broncos goes woefully awry - Kansas City Star - Jason Whitlock
Mon, Oct. 21, 2002 - Imagine what was going through the mind of Chiefs defensive coordinator Greg Robinson on Sunday: He's facing his old team, the Denver Broncos, in a must-win game for the Chiefs.

Overheard at Arrowhead: Special teams don't do Broncos any favors - Kansas City Star - Jeffery Flanagan
Mon, Oct. 21, 2002 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan had just escaped a devastating loss at Arrowhead Stadium, thanks to a big special-teams play. But he didn't seem in a forgiving mood. Asked whether he wanted to hug his special-teams units or kill them, Shanahan didn't hesitate: "I still want to kill them," he said sternly.

Broncos-Chiefs Notebook: Burns, Baby, Burns - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 20, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Even after the special teams turned in two plays that brought a rapid end to overtime on Sunday afternoon, Head Coach Mike Shanahan still had reason to fret over the unit's performance.

Once Again, Elam Ends a K.C. O.T. - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 20, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It had been eight years since the Denver Broncos defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on a regular-season Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.

His Sharpest Day Ever - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 20, 2002 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Three minutes into the third quarter, Denver's offense was languishing. It had gone three and-out on the previous drive, had accounted for just two field goals in the first half and had been stopped short of the goal line on two forays inside the Chiefs 20.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002 - On the game's opening possession, the Chiefs marched right down the field and took a 7-0 lead courtesy of a Priest Holmes 1-yard touchdown run.

Sharpe turns back clock with career-high 214 yards - ESPN.com
Sunday, October 20 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Shannon Sharpe proved there's still plenty of life in his 34-year-old legs. There was never a doubt about his attitude.


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