Story links for Sunday, March 9, 2003

Among today's story links - Jake Plummer's younger days and Denver's need for offensive linemen.

Will to win not kid stuff - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, March 09, 2003 - When Brett and Eric Plummer were kids, they started their own lawn-mowing business in Boise, Idaho. They printed business cards and set about advertising their service. Little brother Jake, seven years younger than Brett and nearly four years younger than Eric, was not big enough to handle a lawn mower. That didn't matter. He refused to be left out.

Harrison doesn't appeal to Broncos - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, March 09, 2003 - Shortly after the San Diego Chargers released him, two-time Pro Bowl safety Rodney Harrison ordered his agent to call the Denver Broncos. The agent did, but never got a response. Then Harrison personally called the Broncos, but he didn't receive a response, either.

Broncos still haven't tackled top need - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, March 09, 2003 - We interrupt the excitement over quarterback Jake Plummer's arrival to bring you this sobering announcement: The Denver Broncos still have not addressed their biggest weakness. Denver has not patched its offensive line.

Whole system at fingertips - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 8, 2003 - Jake Plummer said it was unlike anything he'd ever seen. But he wasn't talking about the Denver Broncos' complicated playbook. No, he was talking about the efforts made by certain members of the Denver media to get up close and personal with him Wednesday at Denver International Airport.

Broncos notes - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
March 8, 2003 - At his introductory press conference, new Bronco quarterback Jake Plummer said he was excited to work with receivers like Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith, whose soft hands include shiny Super Bowl rings. Handing off to a rising superstar, Clinton Portis, is equally enticing. Plummer had a running back run for 1,000 yard once in his six seasons in Arizona, the one year the Cardinals made the playoffs.

Bradford glad to return home as Broncos' aide - Daily Camera - Barney Hutchinson
March 8, 2003 - Ronnie Bradford knew he wanted to be a football coach and figured there is no better place to start than "home." In this case, home is the Denver Broncos, who hired Bradford Feb. 7 as an assistant special teams coach. And Bradford can claim many local ties.

Prospect Profile: Penn State's Johnson Can Catch It, As Well - - Andrew Mason
March 7, 2003 - In the 1980s, the Broncos were at the vanguard of teams using their running backs to catch passes with increasing frequency. Beginning with current Head Coach Mike Shanahan's first season on the staff in 1984, the Broncos would have at least one running back post 35 or more receptions in each of the next four non-strike seasons, with Sammy Winder, Gerald Willhite and Steve Sewell each notching at least one 35-catch campaign.

Shanahan: Broncos Got Who They Wanted - - Andrew Mason
March 6, 2003 - Perhaps the Rolling Stones were right -- you can't always get what you want. Yet on Thursday, Broncos found that sometimes, you get what you want -- and need. The team had reason for revelry, as they could present the twin focal points of their free-agent search -- Daryl Gardener and Jake Plummer -- to the community as the team's newest players.

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