Thursday, December 26, 2002 - Signaling the end of his season and possibly his Denver Broncos career, quarterback Brian Griese is being benched for Sunday's regular-season finale at home against the Arizona Cardinals.
Gingerbread in the house - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 26, 2002 - Denver Post sports writer Adam Schefter posts his Broncos Mailbag each Thursday on DenverPost.com.
Beuerlein keeps cool - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 26, 2002 - The Christmas morning conversation between Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and Denver quarterback Steve Beuerlein did not last long - though the ramifications of it will.
Broncos now big fans of Reeves' Falcons - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 26, 2002 - Denver's desperation to land an AFC wild-card spot can best be gauged in one way. Coach Mike Shanahan must pull for Dan Reeves' Atlanta Falcons to beat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday for Denver to have any chance in either of the two scenarios that could send the Broncos to the playoffs.
Griese downcast - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 26, 2002 - A dejected Brian Griese faced the media Christmas Day and faced the music that he has an uncertain future with the Denver Broncos after a roller-coaster four seasons trying to follow in John Elway's footsteps. And for the first time, coach Mike Shanahan did not stand behind Griese as his indefinite starter.
Top QBs handle doubt, Beuerlein says - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 26, 2002 - In 16 NFL seasons, quarterback Steve Beuerlein has seen his share of changes in the NFL. Wednesday was no different, as he talked about Brian Griese's benching, and what many perceive as Griese's uncertain future with the Denver Broncos.
Krieger: Shanahan's had his fill of Griese - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
December 26, 2002 - Other than a traffic signal on his stairs, I don't know what Brian Griese wanted for Christmas this year, but it's a good bet it wasn't what he got. Nobody likes to be fired on Christmas, which is why people stay home that day.
Elam would rather remain - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 26, 2002 - The real possibility that this Sunday could be Jason Elam's last home game, and maybe his final outing in a Denver Broncos uniform, period, after 10 seasons, eventually might cost the team. It will impact teammate Ed McCaffrey's monthly budget immediately.
Griese benched on Christmas Day- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 26, 2002 - Haunted by the ghost of John Elway and questions about the football future, Brian Griese was informed on Wednesday that he is not the quarterback of Christmas present.
Beuerlein focused on Sunday- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 26, 2002 - At the age of 37, Rich Gannon is an NFL most valuable player candidate after leading Oakland to three consecutive AFC West titles. Three days removed from the Raiders' 28-16 victory and season sweep of the Broncos, Denver coach Mike Shanahan decided he will try the Fountain of Youth movement.
Shipp signs for 4 more seasons - Arizona Republic - Nick Piecoro
Dec. 25, 2002 - Marcel Shipp, who went from undrafted free agent to the Cardinals' leading rusher, was rewarded Tuesday with a four-year contract extension that will keep him in a Cardinals uniform through 2006. Defensive tackle Barron Tanner also signed an extension Tuesday.
Beuerlein to Start on Sunday - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 25, 2002 - For a game which could help determine whether the Broncos' playoff aspirations live or die, there will be a change at quarterback. Noting that he wanted to "give our football team the best chance to win this weekend," Head Coach Mike Shanahan will start Steve Beuerlein ahead of Brian Griese when the Broncos face the Arizona Cardinals.
Broncos Take Time to Share the Holiday - DenverBroncos.com - Mike Sarro
Dec. 25, 2002 - Despite the hours of practice, meetings and film study that the Broncos work through each week in preparation for games, the Christmas holiday has not been lost. The organization and its players are committed to success on the field as well as in the community. This year, a few programs put these words into action.