December 7, 2002 - Leave it to colorful linebacker Keith Burns to put the NFL playoff race into the proper perspective. "Any time you have destiny in your own hands, you just go out and play," the Denver Broncos linebacker said. "When you need help from somebody, it's almost like saying, 'Well, if a bird (drops) on your car at noon, you're in. If it doesn't, you're not.'
Concentrated effort - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 7, 2002 - Some might argue it's past the point in the NFL schedule to be making speeches, that the time has come to shut up and put up in a tight playoff race. Frank Bush disagrees. This week, the Denver Broncos special-teams coach took the opportunity to implore his wildly inconsistent kickoff and punting units to become difference-makers down the stretch.
AFC stretch run will be wild- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 7, 2002 - The West appears to be the best and could be a three- or four-horse photo finish down the stretch. Oakland and San Diego, not alone at the top, are only two games ahead of cellar-dwelling Kansas City. But some of the other AFC divisional races are even closer.
Sack Exchange tackles its past- New York Daily News - Kristie Ackert
December 7, 2002 - Jets' 1981 Sack Exchange of Joe Klecko (from l.), Marty Lyons, Abdul Salaam and Mark Gastineau will be honorary captains tomorrow. About the only time there was peace between Mark Gastineau, Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam was when they were making war against someone else. As the starting front four on the Jets' defense, the New York Sack Exchange made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks in the early 1980s.
Griese Next to Test Jets- Newsday - Bob Herzog
December 7, 2002 - Another week, another high-powered AFC West offense to test the Jets. Another week, another crafty, improvisational quarterback and a couple of dangerous receivers to keep them up late studying film.
Moss plans to play against Broncs- New York Post - Andrew Marchand
December 7, 2002 -- Santana Moss usually moves around faster than a high-speed modem. He zaps from one spot on the field to another as if directed by the tap of a mouse. Yesterday, though, Moss ran cautiously during his first practice since spraining his left ankle Monday night in the Jets' loss at Oakland. Sprained ankles don't fade away quickly, no matter how fast you are.
Kecko, Gastineau still not pals- New York Post - Andrew Marchand
December 7, 2002 -- As the Sack Exchange sat along a dais, the tension at the ends - from Joe Klecko to Mark Gastineau - could be felt. It's been more than 20 years since the Sack Exchange existed, but the differences, although dulled by time, still remain.
Prolific Pennington Propels Jets Revival- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 6, 2002 - Sunday's game marks the third time this year that the Broncos will face a starting quarterback they've never seen before, following games against Baltimore's Chris Redman and San Diego's Drew Brees.
Steve Beuerlein Answers Your Questions- DenverBroncos.com
Dec. 6, 2002 - In the spring of 2001 Denver bolstered it's quarterback position by signing veteran Steve Beuerlein. He was let go by the Carolina Panthers after five seasons which included stellar years in 1999 and 2000 with a Pro Bowl berth in 1999.