Thursday, December 12, Story Links

Tight end Shannon Sharpe has had some of his biggest games against the Kansas City Chiefs. Read about it in today's story links.

Shanahan has let game plan go stale - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Thursday, December 12, 2002 - When Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan points a finger of blame, it's at his own chest. Who is at fault for the unhappy story of this season?

It's the same old song - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Denver Post Sports Writer Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - Denver Post sports writer Adam Schefter posts his Broncos Mailbag each Thursday on

Coaches dissatisfied with Broncos' effort - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 12, 2002 - Holiday cheer can be found most anywhere in Colorado these days, but not at the Denver Broncos' training facility. With the season and starting jobs on the line, coaches chastised and challenged Denver's defense Wednesday during individual and position meetings.

Division remains in reach - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 12, 2002 - Improbably and remarkably, the battle between Denver and Kansas City to avoid last place could turn out to be a game for first place.

Chiefs give Sharpe lift - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, December 12, 2002 - Some day, when Shannon Sharpe steps to the podium for his induction speech into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he should thank the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sharpe expects to get Chiefs' attention - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 12, 2002 - He might have been known as "Big Play Shay" while forging his credentials as the NFL's all-time leading tight end, but just prior to the Kansas City Chiefs game Oct. 20, Shannon Sharpe could be addressed by his birth name only.

Secondary is not getting job done on third down - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 12, 2002 - As flurries began to fall late in the third quarter Sunday, New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington answered with a flurry of his own. On third-and-10 at the Denver 45, he completed a 15-yard pass to Wayne Chrebet. Then came a third-and-8 pass to Laveranues Coles, which went for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Shanahan lays out Broncos' path to playoffs, and it's not easy - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
December 12, 2002 - To Denver Broncos players, Mike Shanahan's little slide show Wednesday served like a shot of Red Bull. The presentation was short and sweet. It showed the teams above Denver in the AFC West, and their remaining schedules. Shanahan's bottom line: the Broncos still can win the division or make the playoffs if they win out.

Krieger: Reality check: Broncos not a great team - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
December 12, 2002 - Check the orange-colored glasses at the door. We're looking at your Denver Broncos through a hard, cold pince-nez today, because there are enough preconceptions around to start a day-care center. "I don't think we were overrated," Shannon Sharpe says. "I think we underachieved to this point right now."

Broncos ready for K.C.'s Priest- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 12, 2002 - The Denver Broncos appear to be on their deathbed. If so, it's only appropriate that a Priest shows up on Sunday to give them last rites.

Broncos Notes- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 12, 2002 - Broncos perk up after Shanahan's pep talk Mike Shanahan brought visual aids with him for the weekly pep talk with his slumping team as it began preparations for Sunday's game.

Portis latest Broncos rushing star - Kansas City Star - Ivan Carter
Dec. 12, 2002 - Mike Maslowski is getting ready to play the Denver Broncos for the seventh time in his four-year NFL career. On Wednesday, the Chiefs' leading tackler was asked this question about his team's hated rival to the west: Have you ever played a Denver team that didn't line up with a great running back?

Chiefs report: Vermeil calls UCLA on Robinson's behalf - Kansas City Star
Dec. 12, 2002 - Dick Vermeil called UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero Wednesday on behalf of defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, who may be a candidate to become the Bruins' next head coach. "I know he was on their list," said Vermeil, who coached at UCLA in the 1970s before moving to the NFL. "I know people at UCLA."

Broncos sign fullback Kyle Johnson; Waive guard Mookie Moore-
Dec. 11, 2002 - The Denver Broncos Wednesday signed FB Kyle Johnson off the Detroit Lions practice squad and waived G Mookie Moore, who was signed by the club last Wednesday to fill the roster spot that opened after DE Reggie Hayward was placed on injured reserve.

Newest Bronco Hopes Wandering Is Behind Him-
Dec. 11, 2002 - For every extreme at one end there is the opposite at another. So for every Bruce Matthews, the versatile offensive lineman who played 19 seasons with one franchise before retiring from the Tennessee Titans earlier this year, there is Kyle Johnson, the newest member of the Broncos, who is now working on his fourth team in the past seven months.

Coaches' security levels- - Len Pasquarelli
Dec. 11, 2002 - Mike Shanahan, Denver: Hard working and detail-oriented, but record doesn't match his reputation, and hasn't for a few years. It would be fair to say the Broncos have underachieved in 2002 and, while that won't put him in any jeopardy, some staffing changes might be in order. Notable is that the Broncos have been a mediocre franchise since their Super Bowl XXXIII win.

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