Friday, December 20, Story Links

Read about reactions to Pro Bowl selections from both the Bronco and the Raider camps in today's story links.

Broncos sending two to Honolulu - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, December 20, 2002 - Turns out, in regard to last week's headline-garnering statements, Denver Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce and coach Mike Shanahan both were wrong.

Rice comes of age (40) with Pro Bowl No. 13 - Denver Post - Samuel Chi
Friday, December 20, 2002 - ALAMEDA, Calif. - If Jerry Rice is getting old, he's simply unaware of it. The venerable Oakland Raiders wide receiver is hardly slowing down in what is supposed to be the sunset of his brilliant football career. More affirmation of his sustained excellence came Thursday as Rice was selected to his 13th Pro Bowl, at the age of 40.

Friday matchup: Portis vs. Woodson - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Thursday, December 19, 2002 - Against Kansas City last week, Denver Broncos rookie running back Clinton Portis twice undressed Chiefs safety Shaunard Harts for two long touchdowns, one on a run and one on a pass.

Portis, offense won't hold anything back - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, December 20, 2002 - There's no conservative streak in Clinton Portis. Not in his dress, not in his play and not in his vision of how the Broncos should attack the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in a game that could decide the AFC West title.

Pryce, Wilson going to Pro Bowl - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 20, 2002 - The most talented team in the NFL, bar none, will send two players to the Pro Bowl. The source of that scouting report on the Denver Broncos - and the subject of criticism for saying so last week - defensive end Trevor Pryce, will be one of them.

Raiders in no rush to change - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 20, 2002 - Making a team one-dimensional usually is a goal for a defense, not a game plan by the opposing offense. But that's exactly what the Oakland Raiders did in thrashing the Denver Broncos 34-10 on Nov. 11.

No disrespect, but Brown's bad day surprises Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 20, 2002 - He's hardly the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL, but Tim Brown is still aching for a little respect. Last week, the NFL's No. 3 all-time receiver went on national television and demanded it.

Striking it Rich - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
December 20, 2002 - After a few minutes, the verdict was in on Rich Gannon. The coach had sized up his strong and weak points, compared him with other players and, without allowing him a chance to play quarterback, told him to line up with the running backs. That might have been an omen, the moment when skepticism about Gannon's quarterback skills crystallized, setting the tone for the rest of his erratic career.

How the Broncos and Raiders match up - Rocky Mountain News
December 20, 2002 - Clinton Portis is on a roll, but the going figures to be much tougher against the NFL's No. 5-ranked run defense. Miami's Ricky Williams ran for 101 yards Sunday against the Raiders, but he needed 27 carries to do it. The Broncos managed only 77 yards on 22 carries in the first meeting after falling far behind.

Another Pro Bowl for Pryce: 'Whoop-dee-do' - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 20, 2002 - For the fourth consecutive season, Trevor Pryce was chosen by NFL players, coaches and fans to represent the Denver Broncos in the Pro Bowl. After being honored with another free trip to Honolulu, Pryce wasn't exactly feeling warm and fuzzy.

Broncos wary of Gannon- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 20, 2002 - In this NFL neighborhood, Priest Holmes was the front-runner for the league's most valuable player award. Now Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon — who shredded Denver's defense in the first meeting this season — is the Broncos' unanimous choice for MVP.

Lelie gives credit to Dorrell- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 20, 2002 - Ashley Lelie credits Karl Dorrell with helping him not only survive, but thrive at the end of a long rookie season. Beginning next week, Denver's first-round pick will be without his first NFL receivers coach. Dorrell was introduced as UCLA's new head coach on Thursday and his last day with the Broncos will be on Sunday.

Five Raiders picked to represent AFC - San Francisco Chronicle - John Crumpacker
Friday, December 20, 2002 - It's time to address the odd duality of the Pro Bowl. In all of pro sports it's the worst all-star game by far, yet every player in the NFL yearns to be named to it and often receives bonus money for doing so.

Stakes high for Raiders, Broncos - San Francisco Chronicle - Steve Kroner
Friday, December 20, 2002 - If San Diego loses or ties at Kansas City in an early game Sunday, the Raiders will have the opportunity to win their third straight AFC West title by beating visiting Denver. Then again, if the Broncos beat Oakland, the Raiders' chances for a division three-peat fall somewhere between slim and dubious.

Will Broncos press Raiders like Dolphins? - Oakland Tribune - Jerry McDonald
Thursday, December 19, 2002 - ALAMEDA -- The last time they played their most hated rival, the Denver Broncos were in a zone. But instead of the zone often referred to by athletes at the top of their game, it was a soft zone defense that allowed everything to come into focus for Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon.

Coach says Charles Woodson will play if he wants to - Oakland Tribune - Jerry McDonald
Thursday, December 19, 2002 - ALAMEDA -- If Charles Woodson wants to play, Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan isn't going to stand in his way. Woodson told reporters Monday he missed the last two games with a hairline fracture of his right fibula and vowed to face the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Network Associates Coliseum.

Two wins would make it easy for Raiders - Mercury News - John Ryan
Fri, Dec. 20, 2002 - When it comes to the Raiders' playoff possibilities, there's no easy way to say it. But let's try.

Middleton miffed by Pro Bowl snub - Contra Costa Times
Fri, Dec. 20, 2002 - ALAMEDA -- Even though the Raiders placed two offensive linemen on the AFC Pro Bowl team, one other thought he should have earned a spot, too. Left guard Frank Middleton was shut out for his sixth season and will have to watch as center Barret Robbins and right tackle Lincoln Kennedy go to Hawaii without him.

Missing Out on Pro Bowl Doesn't Bother Portis - - Andrew Mason
Dec. 19, 2002 - Being left off of the AFC Pro Bowl roster isn't something that rookie running back Clinton Portis would consider a snub. "How can I be thinking Pro Bowl?" he asked Thursday. "I'm thinking playoffs. If we get to the playoffs and the Super Bowl, everything else is extra."

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