Thursday, December 19, Story Links

Check out the latest on the upcoming Denver Broncos v. Oakland Raiders matchup in today's story links.

Dorrell returns to UCLA roots - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 19, 2002 - In a triumph both personal and historical, Broncos wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell was named UCLA's head football coach Wednesday, becoming the school's first minority head coaching hire.

Bigmouth strikes again - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - Denver Post sports writer Adam Schefter posts his Broncos Mailbag each Thursday on DenverPost.com.

Griese approaching biggest game as pro - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 19, 2002 - Quarterback Brian Griese went through the list the other day like he would with his progressions, reviewing each of the big games he has played with the Denver Broncos.

Sharpe pictures revenge - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, December 19, 2002 - Oakland Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski may or may not get in the Hall of Fame some day, but his picture already is enshrined in the Denver Broncos' locker room. In tight end Shannon Sharpe's locker, of all places.

Thursday matchup: Griese vs. Gannon - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Thursday, December 19, 2002 - A battle between two former University of Michigan teammates, both limping into the game on bad wheels. Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson, the Heisman Trophy winner in 1996, suffered a cracked fibula in his right leg against the New York Jets on Dec. 2. He has promised to return to action against the Broncos.

Constant force in secondary - Denver Post - Samuel Chi
Thursday, December 19, 2002 - ALAMEDA, Calif. - Rod Woodson doesn't want to brag about his health. "Hey, I'm banged up, too," Woodson protested. "Just like everybody else."

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.

Griese says this is biggest game of career - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 19, 2002 - In a season billed as a make-or-break year for Brian Griese, Sunday's game against Oakland is the make-or-break game. "This is probably the biggest game that I've played in my career in the NFL without a doubt, by far," Griese acknowledged Monday. How big?

Pryce keeps thoughts on shake-up private - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 19, 2002 - If Trevor Pryce is privately stewing about the treatment he has received lately - and the Denver Broncos defensive end isn't saying for sure - he has got company a few lockers down at Denver's Dove Valley headquarters.

Sharpe prepared for Raider Nation - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 19, 2002 - Leave it to Shannon Sharpe to stir up an already crazed Raider nation. "It's a great place to play a football game and visit some inmates while you're out there," Sharpe said Wednesday. "But while you're there, you might as well play a football game, and that's what we plan to do."

UCLA announces hiring of Dorrell - Rocky Mountain News
December 19, 2002 - LOS ANGELES - Former UCLA wide receiver Karl Dorrell was hired Wednesday night as the Bruins' 15th head coach, becoming the fourth black coach in Division I.

Broncos may put on an air show- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 19, 2002 - Bill Callahan's pregame speech will not end with these words: "Go out there and break a leg." It's more than just a figure of speech for Oakland's disfigured secondary. As the Raiders began preparations for Sunday's unofficial AFC West title game against the Denver Broncos, their starting cornerbacks were a lot more comfortable on crutches than the field.

Shannon shows off Sharpe wit- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 19, 2002 - Shannon Sharpe was on top of his verbal game during his Wednesday press conference. On the atmosphere he is expecting for Sunday's showdown between his Denver Broncos and the rival Oakland Raiders at Network Associates Coliseum: "It's a great place to play a football game and visit some inmates while you're out there."

Raiders not sure what to expect from Broncos - San Francisco Chronicle - David Bush
Thursday, December 19, 2002 - The Miami Dolphins held the Raiders' top-rated offense to a bushel of season lows last Sunday, including just 218 total yards and 17 pass completions. The Denver Broncos, who come to Oakland on Sunday for a contest with oodles of playoff implications, have seen the game film and know how the Dolphins did it. But that knowledge will carry them only so far.

Passion keeps Woodson going through pain - Oakland Tribune - Monte Poole
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - They all talk the talk. Some actually walk the walk. Charles Woodson promises to walk his talk. Even if he has to limp.

Brown no longer Raiders' go-to guy - Contra Costa Times - Steve Corkran
Thu, Dec. 19, 2002 - ALAMEDA - The NFL unveils its Pro Bowl selections today. The AFC squad is sure to be littered with Raiders.Count it as a major surprise if Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown is among those tabbed by fans, coaches and players.

Call is Woodson's to make - Contra Costa Times Thu, Dec. 19, 2002 - ALAMEDA -- Cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Tory James did not practice Wednesday. Even so, that doesn't represent a change in their status for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, Raiders coach Bill Callahan said.
Thu, Dec. 19, 2002- ALAMEDA - The NFL unveils its Pro Bowl selections today. The AFC squad is sure to be littered with Raiders. Count it as a major surprise if Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown is among those tabbed by fans, coaches and players. That speaks as much to the depth at receiver in the AFC as it does to the first noticeable decline in Brown's performance in a decade.

With Time on His Side, Lelie Grows Into Playmaker - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 18, 2002 - To appreciate where wide receiver Ashley Lelie now stands, one doesn't need a calculator to compute his statistics, or a camera isolated on him as he runs his routes, but a time machine -- to revisit the moment where he hit his first pothole as an NFL player.

First ... And 10: AFC West shakeout - ESPN.com - John Clayton
Dec. 18, 2002 - Everyone worried about a December fade from the Oakland Raiders. A five-game winning streak showed that fade was the last thing on their minds. But a new problem has cropped up. Their four-game losing streak has come back to haunt them.

Griese ready to attack Raiders pass 'D' - ESPN.com - Mike Golic
Dec. 18, 2002 - Having Charles Woodson back in the lineup puts the Raiders' pass defense in a good position to have success against Brian Griese. Woodson will try to come back from a cracked bone in his leg, but he should still be a big help to the Raiders' depleted secondary.


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