One QB in the fold, one to go

New Denver players Jake Plummer and Daryl Gardener met the media on Thursday. Next up for coach Mike Shanahan - convincing QB Steve Beuerlein to return. Read about it in today's story links.

Shanahan flying to Charlotte to visit Beuerlein - Associated Press - John Marshall
March 6, 2003 - DENVER (AP) -- Denver quarterback Steve Beuerlein has considered ending his career after 16 seasons. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is looking to change his mind. Shanahan said he plans to fly to Charlotte, N.C., on Friday to talk with Beuerlein and his wife about coming back for at least one more year.

Big shoes to fill - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, March 07, 2003 - On the final Sunday of the 2002 NFL regular season, during a game of little consequence between the Arizona Cardinals and the Denver Broncos, Mile High Thunder introduced itself to quarterback Jake Plummer.

Broncos prepare to harvest Gardener's passionate play - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, March 07, 2003 - When the Denver Broncos cut defensive tackle Chester McGlockton last week, it created a 6-foot-4, 335-pound hole in the defensive line. Thursday, the 6-6, 315-pound Daryl Gardener, resplendently dressed in purple, promised he would plug that hole in a style all his own.

Broncos want Beuerlein back - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, March 07, 2003 - Now that the Denver Broncos have landed one quarterback, they are hot on the trail of another. The Broncos have spent the past week trying to convince Steve Beuerlein, who turns 38 today, to return for his 17th NFL season, even if it is as the backup to new Denver starter Jake Plummer.

New QB remindful of legend - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Friday, March 07, 2003 - In a meaningless game against San Francisco in December, the Arizona Cardinals were behind by 10 points late and faced third-and-9 at the 49ers' 13-yard line. Arizona's offensive line collapsed (again) as if it were constructed out of Lego blocks, and quarterback Jake Plummer was assailed. The ball was stripped, but Plummer didn't panic. He calmly raced over, retrieved it and scrambled to the 4 for a first down.

Shanahan confident Griese can succeed - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, March 07, 2003 - As pro football divorces go, the parting of Brian Griese and the Denver Broncos was amicable. At least that's what coach Mike Shanahan and team owner Pat Bowlen attempted to convey Thursday afternoon as the Broncos officially introduced quarterback Jake Plummer as their next and future king.

Plummer leaves an imprint - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 7, 2003 - As photographers positioned Jake Plummer in front of the larger-than-life poster of John Elway on Thursday afternoon, the new heir apparent showed off his mischievous personality. "Hey, move him over a little bit," Plummer said of Elway. "And put me over there. . . . But don't tell him I said that."

Knocks, knocks: Is joke on skeptics? - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
March 7, 2003 - Jake Plummer is already bringing his personal Super Bowl expectations to Denver. Rich Olson, the last of three offensive coordinators during Plummer's six-year tenure in Arizona, doesn't believe the thought process is all that far-fetched. He called the marriage of the Denver Broncos and his former quarterback a "perfect fit."

Plummer intro two-way street - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 7, 2003 - Pat Bowlen wouldn't name names. He didn't need to. Speaking about quarterback Jake Plummer in glowing terms at the opening of Plummer's introductory news conference Thursday, the Broncos owner made it clear he "wasn't throwing anybody under the bus that may have played quarterback or any other position on offense."

Shanahan put on the hot seat - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
March 7, 2003 - Former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth dispelled a rumor Thursday night about Mike Shanahan. "Oftentimes you hear Mike Shanahan referred to as The Mastermind," said the oft-injured Schlereth, who was one of the people who "roasted" the Broncos head coach at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Kubiak: Sharpe intends to play - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 7, 2003 - Put that broadcasting career on hold. Shannon Sharpe intends to play at least another season for the Denver Broncos. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak confirmed as much Thursday afternoon, saying the veteran tight end informed coaches of his decision a few weeks ago.

Lincicome: Jake picked Denver, but so did Hampton - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
March 7, 2003 - TUCSON - Thoughts of Mike Hampton mix with thoughts of Jake Plummer here behind the batting cage at Hi Corbett Field. Todd Helton is taking batting-practice pitcher Jamie Quirk deep, jumping out of the box to let Preston Wilson in, followed by Larry Walker. Whack and whack. By the time Jay Payton is up again and the lineup runs through Charles Johnson, pantomime seems a possibility.

Plummer: 'Winning Is What It's About' - - Andrew Mason
March 6, 2003 - The fans chanted, and Jake Plummer listened. When he stood on the sidelines during the season-ending game between the Broncos and Arizona Cardinals last Dec. 29, Plummer couldn't ignore the chants from some of the spectators at INVESCO Field at Mile High, nor could he be oblivious to some of the signs in the stands.

A New Hope Arrives in Denver - - Mike Sarro
March 6, 2003 - There are those who feel the 2003 Denver Broncos season kicked off on March 6, as opposed to a September Sunday. Amid a packed house at the team's Dove Valley headquarters, quarterback Jake Plummer and defensive tackle Daryl Gardener were introduced as the two newest members of the franchise. Thoughts of the 2003 season danced in many heads. Thoughts of Plummer, eluding the clutches of defenders to make something of nothing and Gardener, stuffing the hole and the runner who thought he could penetrate.

Prospect Profile: Dahrran Diedrick - - Andrew Mason
March 5, 2003 - Dahrran Diedrick may have been raised in Canada, and he may have spent his college career as the latest in Nebraska's lineage of I-backs. But the way he plays and the manner in which he conducts himself is all about a California native and University of Georgia alumnus -- Broncos running back Terrell Davis, a back he hopes to emulate in the NFL.

Broncos roll the dice on inconsistent Plummer - - Len Pasquarelli
March 6, 2003 - There is that nickname, the one Mike Shanahan has never publicly tried to disavow, and which some who have worked with the Denver Broncos coach in the past insist he privately embraces. The Mastermind.

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