Friday, November 15, Story Links

Read about how Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren (in photo) has fared against the Broncos' Mike Shanahan in today's story links.

Realigned NFL creating weird playoff picture - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, November 15, 2002 - If the playoffs began today, Oakland would travel to Tennessee, San Diego would travel to New England and Pittsburgh and Denver would have byes - with the Broncos the AFC's No. 1 seed.

Brandon ready to replace Reese - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, November 15, 2002 - Denver Broncos rookie Sam Brandon is on high alert. With starting free safety Izell Reese questionable for Sunday's game in Seattle because of a pulled groin, Brandon knows he must be ready.

Power struggle - Denver Post - Clay Latimer
November 15, 2002 - There was anger and gloom in all the usual places at the Seattle Seahawks complex a couple of weeks ago. The practice field. The locker room. The offices of the coach, general manager and executive vice president of football operations - all of which belong to the same worn, embattled man, Mike Holmgren.

Slow motion to fast forward? - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
s November 15, 2002 - Linebackers coach Larry Coyer must have thought something was wrong with his videotape machine. When he hit the button to replay Monday night's game, he saw a Denver Broncos defense moving in slow motion.

Running theme against Seattle should continue - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 15, 2002 - Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren joked earlier this week that he isn't exactly broken-hearted that the twice-yearly Seattle-Denver series will end Sunday.

How the Broncos and Seahawks match up- Rocky Mountain News
November 15, 2002 - The Seahawks defense ranks last in the NFL against the run, allowing 166.6 yards a game.

So, we meet again . . .- Rocky Mountain News
November 15, 2002 - How Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan have fared in eight career meetings.

Shanahan vs. Holmgren- Rocky Mountain News
November 15, 2002 - Entering the 2002 season, Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan were tied for the best regular-season record since 1995, Shanahan's first as Denver's head coach, at 72-40, a .643 winning percentage.

O'Neal under scrutiny- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 15, 2002 - Deltha O'Neal was asked after the bye week to assess his play during the first half of the season. Individually, did he play as well as it appeared the defense had as a whole?

Parity in AFC keeps things interesting- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 15, 2002 -This year's Denver Broncos have the best record in the AFC. They can seemingly beat anyone in the league (see San Francisco) or lose to anyone in the league (see Baltimore).

Killens makes it back to NFL- Seattle Times - Greg Bishop
November 15, 2002 - The new guy prowled the field at the Seahawks' complex wearing No. 56, K-I-L-L-E-N-S spelled out across the back in capital blue letters.

Notebook: Kasper could come back to haunt Denver Broncos - Seattle Times - - José Miguel Romero
November 15, 2002 - Chances are that when Kevin Kasper was claimed by the Seahawks off waivers from the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, the idea of him contributing insight to the Seahawks' staff on how to defend his former team's offense wasn't in his mind.

Hawks look for morsels from Broncos roasting- Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Clare Farnsworth
Friday, November 15, 2002 - It was about as close to prime-time perfection as any performance in the 32-year history of "Monday Night Football." Witnessing Rich Gannon complete 34 of 38 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders' 34-10 undressing of the Broncos in Denver this week was like watching a training-camp passing drill where the receivers work against "air" and there is no pass rush.

Stevens making strides- Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Angelo Bruscas
Friday, November 15, 2002 - Jerramy Stevens surprised a few people with his appearance last week in Arizona. First, the Seahawks top draft pick out of Washington played for the first time since he sprained his left ankle Sept. 26 in the victory over the Vikings -- even if his appearance was hardly noticeable in two-tight end sets.

Fantasy Focus: Portis' Breakaway Moment?- - Andrew Mason
Nov. 14, 2002 - Monday night's 34-10 defeat was far from the best of times for the Broncos and running back Clinton Portis. And for those fantasy players who relied upon the rookie star to propel their teams to a late comeback win, the results were mixed; he did run for a touchdown and gain 76 all-purpose yards, but he also accounted for just 50 on the ground.

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