Friday, November 29, 2002 - Since the first day of training camp in July, coach Marty Schottenheimer has been trying to teach his San Diego Chargers to become winners.
Fathers and sons in the NFL - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 29, 2002 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan wasn't ready to talk turkey just yet - at least not when it concerned the status of starters Brian Griese and Shannon Sharpe. Though both players practiced Thursday, Shanahan said their availability for Sunday's game at San Diego probably will be a game-time decision.
Chargers seek fix for leaky defense - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 29, 2002 - In San Diego, one usually could count on two givens: balmy weather and great defense. But what long has been the Chargers' pride and joy looks more dormant than dominant these days.
How the Broncos and Chargers match up- Rocky Mountain News
November 29, 2002 - After Clinton Portis ran for 102 yards on 20 carries against San Diego in the first meeting between the teams Oct. 6, the Chargers run defense disappeared.
Secondary eager to pick up the pace- Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 29, 2002 - Izell Reese considered the statistic for a moment, then broke into a wide smile. Two Denver Broncos defensive linemen - Montae Reagor and Keith Washington - have as many interceptions, one, as any member of the secondary other than cornerback Deltha O'Neal.
Chargers hope to end swoon- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 29, 2002 - The Chargers are in first place. They have a new coach and an old-school approach. They have budding young stars at quarterback and running back. They always have Junior Seau.
Griese, Sharpe still questionable- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 29, 2002 - While you are digesting the leftover turkey, Mike Shanahan is slowly settling who his starting quarterback will be on Sunday.
Rabbits feet - San Diego Union Tribune - Jim Trotter
November 29, 2002 - Chargers quarterback Drew Brees has no intention of giving up on them now. They have been with him through victory and defeat, when he has thrown touchdown passes and when he has tossed interceptions, when his spirits have been high and when his emotions have been low.
Orange in Vogue, No Matter What One's Tastes Are- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 21, 2002 - Clinton Portis, the Broncos' lightning-fast running back makes a fashion statement every day. One day, it's a faux fur hat. Another, it's something simpler, like a Broncos cap tilted to the left.
All Mixed Up in the AFC- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 28, 2002 - Normally by Thanksgiving, the pack of teams contending for the playoffs has begun to separate. In the NFC, this is the case; seven of the 16 teams entered Week 13 with records at 4-7 or worse, while three division leaders have broken away with marks of 8-3 or better.
Broncos looking to fix defensive problems- ESPN.com
Nov. 28, 2002 - Mike Shanahan tolerated opponent's high completion percentages and late touchdowns when Denver was piling up wins. After two losses in three weeks, the Broncos' coach wants a change.
First ... And 10: Best in the West?- ESPN.com - John Clayton
Nov. 28, 2002 - Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers: The Chargers overtime win two weeks ago proved to players and coaches that Marty Schottenheimer won't have the freefall of a year ago when they went from 5-2 to 5-11. But the next two home games will determine the direction of this year's team.
Chargers need to utilize the pass more- ESPN.com - Mark Schlereth
Nov. 28, 2002 - Do you expect the Broncos to slow down LT as they did in their first meeting? As the No. 1 team at stopping the run, the Broncos should be able to shut down LaDainian Tomlinson again.
Chargers have their hands full with Portis- ESPN.com - Merril Hoge
Nov. 28, 2002 - With his versatility, Clinton Portis is the type of running back who can have success against the Chargers' defense -- and he already has.
Game Plans: Broncos-Chargers- ESPN.com - Sean Salisbury
Nov. 28, 2002 - The Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers are in similar situations. Both teams are 7-4, tied for the AFC West lead with Oakland -- and they are coming off surprising losses.
Broncos still hopeful Griese, Sharpe will play- ESPN.com - Sean Salisbury
Nov. 28, 2002 - Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese and tight end Shannon Sharpe made it through a second practice without any setbacks Thursday, but it's still unclear if they will be able to play against San Diego this weekend.