Tuesday, November 5, Story Links

The Oakland Raiders are coming up Monday night as the Broncos next opponent. Check out Tuesday's links to stories about the matchup.

Strange meeting you here - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, November 05, 2002 - Monday night will not be the first time Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan runs right smack into a Romanowski. In September, when the Broncos were in San Francisco to play the 49ers and the Raiders were in Pittsburgh to play the Steelers, Pat Bowlen's wife, Annabel, invited Bill Romanowski's wife, Julie, to spend the night at Denver's team hotel.

Leach snaps up job - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, November 05, 2002 - When Mike Leach joined the Tennessee Titans in 2000, he signed as a punter and tight end. During a random special-teams practice, Leach picked up a football and began snapping it.

Romo's return raises eyebrows - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 5, 2002 - The first Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders game last year wasn't even 3 minutes old when Bill Romanowski showed his bad-boy image.

It's a snap! Leach ready to do his job - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
November 5, 2002 - Not to put any pressure on new snapper Mike Leach, or even new holder Steve Beuerlein, for that matter, but Jason Elam hasn't missed an extra-point attempt in an NFL-record 366 attempts, dating to 1993.

Adams: Broncos, 'MNF' share milestone- Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
November 5, 2002 - It's fitting the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders will be featured on ABC's 500th telecast of Monday Night Football. The Broncos and Raiders are two of the NFL's more visible prime-time franchises, having made 101 MNF appearances between them. They have met on MNF 12 times, and the Broncos have gone 6-5-1 in those games.

Broncos midseason grades- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 3, 2002 - Brian Griese is playing at a Pro Bowl level. He has already thrown for 2,116 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Time to pass out midseason awards- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 3, 2002 - Anyone suprised that Mike Shanahan cut a popular 10-year veteran and a promising second-year speedster during the bye week hasn't been paying attention. The Denver Broncos are built to win the Super Bowl this year. No excuses.

Now and Then: Beuerlein Returns to Snapping Duty- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 4, 2002 - Being an NFL quarterback can lead to more than its share of praise and platitudes. Steve Beuerlein knows this well; as a Pro Bowler, playoff starter and, during the 1999 season, MVP candidate, the bright glare of the spotlight is quite familiar to him.

Leach Snaps to Special-Teams Role in NFL- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 4, 2002 - One way or another, Mike Leach was going to find a niche in the NFL. Maybe it was going to be as a tight end. Possibly it was going to be as a fullback or H-back, coming out of the backfield. Or perhaps it was going to be as a punter, where he performed to some acclaim during his career at William and Mary.

Broncos sign WR Haygood and TE/LS Leach- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 4, 2002 - The Denver Broncos have signed wide receiver Herb Haygood and tight end/long snapper Mike Leach to their active roster, and signed wide receiver Charlie Adams to the practice squad. Haygood was on Denver's practice squad for the first eight games of the season.

Team appears less than confident- San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - In a confusing season that now teeters on the brink of collapse, Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon tried to make sense of what's happened to his reeling 4-4 team.

49ers gave as good as they got- San Francisco Chronicle - Kevin Lynch
Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - The 49ers delivering the final insult of kicking the winning field goal at the "Black Hole" end of the Coliseum wasn't enough for quarterback Jeff Garcia.

CT scan negative -- Bryant leaves hospital- San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - The news was positive Monday regarding injured defensive end Tony Bryant. Raiders coach Bill Callahan said the fourth-year starter was released from the hospital after a CT scan turned up negative, showing no signs of spinal injury.

Gannon the reason offense is flailing- San Francisco Chronicle - Glenn Dickey
Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - Rich Gannon is not the quarterback he's been, which is an important reason why the Raiders' offense has stalled. That was especially obvious in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Coverage suited defense to a man- San Francisco Chronicle - Kevin Lynch
Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - Possibly the best way to fix the 49ers' third-down defense is simply to be man-to-man about it. The 49ers dropped into man coverage for more than half the game against the Raiders on Sunday.


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