Monday, January 13, 2003 - Ray Rhodes' ways and means didn't belong here. Ray Rhodes' personality didn't fit here. Ray Rhodes' defense didn't work here. The best thing Ray Rhodes did here was to leave here. Rhodes, who had a brief, nasty and undistinguished visit with the Denver Broncos, jumped over the weekend after being pushed at the end of the year.
Frustrated Rhodes resigns - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, January 12, 2003 - PHILADELPHIA - In Denver's first significant offseason shakeup, defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes informed Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan he is resigning from his position, NFL and Broncos sources said Saturday.
Brooking, Douglas available - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, January 12, 2003 - PHILADELPHIA - Franchise quarterbacks hardly were the only marquee players on display Saturday night at Veterans Stadium. Two defensive players projected to be two of the top free agents available this winter also were.
Compensation clouds Rhodes' sudden exit - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
January 13, 2003 - OAKLAND, Calif. - A long-standing friendship between Mike Shanahan and Ray Rhodes could turn into an ugly battle over compensation if the former defensive coordinator tries to coach elsewhere.
Lincicome: Broncos are better off without Rhodes - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
January 13, 2003 - Quitting is a familiar way out and always an option, too, for Denver Broncos fans who, like Ray Rhodes, have to be unhappy with the way things went, and with the job Rhodes confesses by fax he did not get done.
Grbac's mission: Play for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
January 13, 2003 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, looking for someone to replace embattled quarterback Brian Griese, might not need to look much further than an old friend. Retired quarterback Elvis Grbac on Sunday told NFL Today on CBS that he wants to play again, and very much would like to be reunited with his former coordinator.
Rhodes quits Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
January 11, 2003 - Ray Rhodes has resigned as Denver Broncos defensive coordinator after two seasons, multiple team sources confirmed Saturday. Rhodes made the stunning move Friday, an off-day for Broncos assistant coaches following a period of player evaluation. He showed up and requested a meeting with Mike Shanahan, where he apparently informed the head coach that "he felt like wasn't getting the job done," according to one team official. Rhodes then stepped down.
Broncos coordinator Rhodes resigns - Daily Camera
January 12, 2003 - Another disappointing season, another change at defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Mike Shanahan fired Greg Robinson two years ago, making him the scapegoat for an 11-5 regular season that came to an abrupt end in the playoffs.
Shanahan batting .500 in front office - Daily Camera
January 12, 2003 - Out in the field, Mike Shanahan is a .523 coach without John Elway. Back at the office, the Denver Broncos' vice president of football operations has equally mediocre numbers.
Rhodes Resigns Defensive Coordinator Position - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Jan. 11, 2003 - A major shakeup hit the Broncos coaching staff on Saturday. Defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes resigned his position after two seasons with the club. The Broncos announced that Rhodes felt that he wasn't getting the job done. Denver's defense finished the 2002 regular season ranked sixth in total yardage allowed and fourth against the run. However, it was also 17th in the league against the run, and 29th in the league on third downs. It also forced nine interceptions, the fewest of any team in the NFL.
Second-Quarter Review: Of Heroes and Heartbreak - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Jan. 9, 2003 - None of the opponents the Broncos faced in the second quarter of the season would finish with a losing record. But in the end, none of them would make the playoffs; like the Broncos, the Chargers, Dolphins, Chiefs and Patriots were victims of a brutal round-robin of 10 games against AFC East and AFC West opponents.
Broncos add free agent DT Russell Newman - DenverBroncos.com
Jan. 10, 2003 - The Denver Broncos Friday signed free-agent defensive tackle Russell Newman to a future contract. He will officially be added to the roster upon conclusion the 2002 NFL season in February.
Newman, 22, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 6, 2002, but was released during training camp on Aug. 31. The 6-2, 280-pound defensive tackle played in 36 career games (17 starts) in four seasons at Temple, and was originally a walk-on who registered 106 tackles, eight sacks, 25 hurries and four forced fumbles during his career. He was a second-team all-Big East selection in 2000 after posting 15 tackles for a loss, a total that ranked ninth in the conference all-time. As a senior, Newman started four games and posted 40 tackles, nine for a loss, 2.5 sacks and 10 hurries. And as a junior, he started 10 games and registered 47 tackles (32 solo) and 13 hurries.
A graduate of Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Newman recorded 17 sacks as a senior, leading his team to the city championship. He was born June 16, 1980 in Philadelphia, and has a son, Russell Eugene Newman Jr. (6/30/98). *