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Broncos - Patriots Game Notes

Posted Sep 19, 2006

All the information you need as the Broncos head east to take on the New England Patriots.

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BRONCOS VISIT NEW ENGLAND; FACE PATRIOTS IN NATIONALLY TELEVISED, SUNDAY NIGHT TILT

The Denver Broncos (1-1) will make an appearance on NBC’s Sunday Night Football this week when they face the New England Patriots (2-0) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff between the two teams, who most recently met in January in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game (a 27-13 Broncos win), is set for 8:15 p.m. EDT. Denver is coming off a 9-6 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 17, a victory that was the Broncos’ first of the season and extended the club’s regular-season home winning streak to 11 games. The Broncos held their second consecutive opponent without a touchdown in their win against Kansas City, marking only the second time in franchise history (first time since 1978) that Denver did not allow a touchdown through its first two regular-season games. New England enters its showdown against the Broncos in first place in the AFC East after holding on to defeat the New York Jets 24-17 on Sept. 17. The Patriots took a 24-0 lead in the third quarter before the Jets scored the game’s final 17 points. The Broncos have had recent success against the Patriots, highlighted by their AFC Divisional Playoff win on Jan. 14 that snapped New England’s NFL-record 10-game postseason winning streak and propelled Denver to the AFC Championship Game. Among teams that have played the Patriots at least four times since 2001, Denver (4-1) is the only franchise to have a winning record against New England. Both franchises have proven to be among the NFL’s elite since 1995. The Broncos lead the NFL with 123 overall wins in the last 12 years while New England’s 122 total victories during this time tie for the second-highest total in the league.

TELEVISION AND RADIO INFORMATION

TELEVISION: NBC (KUSA-TV - Channel 9): Al Michaels (play-byplay) and John Madden (color commentary) will call the game while Andrea Kremer will be reporting from the sidelines.

LOCAL RADIO: KOA Radio (850 AM): Dave Logan (play-by-play) and David Diaz-Infante (color commentary) will call the game while Alan Roach will be reporting from the sidelines.

LOCAL SPANISH RADIO: KBNO Radio (1280 AM): Fernando Sergio (play-by-play) and Luke Sandoval (color commentary) will call the game.

NATIONAL RADIO: CBS/WESTWOOD ONE: Dave Sims (play-byplay) and Bob Trumpy (color commentary) will call the game while Kevin Kiley will be reporting from the sidelines.

BRONCOS VS. PATRIOTS - POINTS OF INTEREST

The Broncos own a 23-15 (.605) all-time record against the Patriots in regular-season play, including an 8-7 (.533) mark in road games against New England... Denver is 2-0 all-time against New England in postseason play with victories in the AFC Divisional Playoff round against the Patriots during the 1986 season (22-17) and during the 2005 campaign (27-13)... The Broncos and Patriots met in the first-ever American Football League game on Sept. 9, 1960, at Boston University Field, and Denver won that game 13-10 to earn its first win in franchise history... The Broncos won 11 consecutive games (inc. 1 postseason contest) against New England from 1984-1998 and are 15-3 against the Patriots in regular season and postseason play since 1984... Denver’s 123 overall wins since 1995 lead the NFL while New England is tied for second with 122 wins during this time... The Broncos (4-1) are the only team in the NFL to have a winning record against New England among teams that have played the Patriots at least four times in regular season or postseason action since 2001... Mike Shanahan has totaled more wins (8) against New England than against any other non-divisional opponent... Denver owns an 8-2 (.800) overall record against teams coached by Bill Belichick, going 4-0 against the Browns (1991-95) and 4-2 against the Patriots (2000-05)... Denver is 15-12 (.556) all-time on Sunday nights, including a 9-6 (.600) mark in those contests under Head Coach Mike Shanahan (1995-Pres.)... The Broncos own an 11-12 all-time record in regular-season games played against a playoff opponent from the previous season (Denver defeated New England 27-13 in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game on Jan. 14)... A Broncos wide receiver has recorded at least 96 receiving yards in eight of Denver’s last nine games against New England, including Rod Smith's four 100-yard games against the Patriots to mark his highest such total in non-divisional play... After playing the Patriots on Sunday, Denver enters its bye week (Oct. 1) that is the second-earliest in franchise history, trailing only its 1993 bye week date of Sept. 26... Denver is 8-9 (.471) all-time in games before the bye week and is 7-4 (.636) in those games under Head Coach Mike Shanahan (1995-Pres.)... Denver’s 29-11 (.725) record through the month of September since 1996 is the best such mark in the league... Denver WR Rod Smith enters Sunday’s game against the Patriots needing 150 yards to become the Broncos’ all-time leader in combined career yardage (rushing, receiving and returns)... Smith has 12,024 combined yards (348 rush / 10,927 rec. / 749 returns) and trails only Floyd Little (12,173 yds.) in that category... Denver C Tom Nalen, a native of Foxboro, Mass., is set to move into a tie for fifth place (w/former S Dennis Smith) in career starts by a Bronco on Sunday by making his 170th career regular-season start ... The Broncos have not allowed a touchdown through their first two regular-season games, marking only the second time in franchise history that the club has begun a season without giving up a touchdown in its first two games (other time was 1978)... Including this season’s start, the Broncos have had five two-game streaks of not allowing a touchdown in regular-season play and can record their first three-game streak without allowing a TD on Sunday against the Patriots... Denver has not allowed a touchdown in seven opponent possessions inside its 20-yard line this year... During last week’s win against Kansas City, the Broncos did not commit a penalty in a game for the third time in regular season play in club annals... Second-year Denver P Paul Ernster ranks fifth in the NFL in gross punting average (47.8)... The Broncos are 6-1 in their last seven games decided by three points or less.

NOTES FROM DENVER’S LAST FIVE GAMES WITH NEW ENGLAND

at DENVER 27, NEW ENGLAND 13 (Jan. 14, 2006 - AFC Div.)
The Broncos’ win snaps the Patriots’ NFL-record 10-game postseason winning streak and propels Denver to its seventh AFC Championship Game appearance.. Denver CB Champ Bailey records the longest non-scoring interception return (100 yds.) and second-longest overall interception return in NFL postseason history… The Broncos total five takeaways (3 fumbles, 2 interceptions) that directly lead to their first 24 points... Broncos WR Rod Smith hauls in six catches for 96 yards with one touchdown while Patriots QB Tom Brady throws for 341 yards... Denver’s win against the Patriots marked its eighth consecutive victory against a Super Bowl participant from the previous season.

DENVER 28, at NEW ENGLAND 20 (Oct. 16, 2005)
The Broncos outscore the two-time defending Super Bowl champions 21-0 in the second quarter… Denver posts 247 yards of total offense in the second quarter, which marked the highest net yardage in a quarter during the Mike Shanahan era (1995-Present)… The win was Denver's sixth in a row against a Super Bowl participant from the previous season and fifth overall victory… Broncos RB Tatum Bell posts his second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance (114 yds.)… Denver extends its franchise record streak without a turnover to four consecutive games, tying the NFL record.

NEW ENGLAND 30, at DENVER 26 (Nov. 3, 2003)
The Broncos take a 24-20 lead into the fourth quarter but are outscored 10-2 (safety) in the final period on Monday Night Football… Broncos QB Danny Kanell starts in place of Jake Plummer (left foot) and throws for 163 yards with one touchdown and one interception… Denver CB Deltha O'Neal returns a third quarter punt 57 yards for a touchdown while RB Clinton Portis gains 111 yards rushing… Patriots QB Tom Brady throws for 350 yards with three touchdowns, including a 66-yard strike to WR Deion Branch, and one interception.

DENVER 24, at NEW ENGLAND 16 (Oct. 27, 2002)
The Broncos never trail in the contest and take a 14-0 lead five seconds into the second quarter… Denver holds New England to just 179 net yards (69 rush, 110 pass)… The Broncos' defense sacks Patriots QB Tom Brady five times... Broncos RB Clinton Portis gains 111 yards rushing with two touchdowns while WR Ed McCaffrey posts 116 yards receiving on eight catches (14.5 avg.)… Broncos QB Brian Griese compiles a 104.5 passer rating and throws for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

at DENVER 31, NEW ENGLAND 20 (Oct. 28, 2001)
Denver rallies from a 10-point first-quarter deficit and takes the lead for the first and final time late in the third quarter on a 6-yard touchdown catch by TE Dwayne Carswell… Denver CB Denard Walker puts the game away late in the fourth quarter on a 39-yard touchdown return of a Tom Brady interception… Denver records five interceptions (4 by QB Tom Brady, 1 by WR David Patten)... Broncos WR Rod Smith posts 159 yards receiving on six catches (26.5 avg.), including a 65-yard touchdown pass from QB Brian Griese.

BRONCOS VS. PATRIOTS - NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

CB CHAMP BAILEY - Recorded the longest non-scoring interception return in NFL postseason history by returning a Tom Brady interception 100 yards to New England’s 1-yard line in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06)... Intercepted Tom Brady and forced a fumble in a seven-tackle (6 solo) game for the Redskins in a win vs. N.E. (9/28/03).

RB TATUM BELL - Gained 114 rushing yards on 13 carries (8.8 avg.), including a 68-yard run, and scored a rushing touchdown for the Broncos vs. N.E. (10/16/05).

S SAM BRANDON - Made two special-teams tackles in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06)... Made five tackles (all solo) and broke up two passes in a start for the Broncos vs. N.E. (11/3/03).

LB KEITH BURNS - Recorded three special-teams tackles for the Broncos vs. N.E. (11/3/03)... Added two special-teams stops for Denver vs. N.E. (10/16/05).

S CUROME COX - Broke up a pass and made two special-teams tackles for the Broncos vs. N .E. (10/16/05).

DE EBENEZER EKUBAN - Took down Tom Brady for a 3-yard sack in a four-tackle (3 solo) game for the Cowboys at N.E. (11/16/03).

K JASON ELAM - Connected on two field-goal attempts, including a 50-yarder, in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06)... Connected on a 53-yard field goal for the Broncos vs. N.E. (9/7/98)... Made all three field-goal attempts, including a 51 yarder, and finished with 13 points for the Broncos at N.E. (10/8/95).

DE JOHN ENGELBERGER - Sacked Tom Brady for a loss of five yards, forced two fumbles and recovered one fumble for the 49ers at N.E. (1/2/05).

S NICK FERGUSON - Registered five tackles (4 solo) in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06)... Tallied three tackles on special teams for the Broncos at N.E. (12/22/02).

CB DOMONIQUE FOXWORTH - Recorded 10 tackles (9 solo), forced a fumble and broke up two passes for the Broncos vs. N.E. (10/16/05)... Started and made nine tackles (5 solo) in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06).

LB IAN GOLD - Recorded seven tackles (4 solo) and sacked Tom Brady for a loss of three yards for the Broncos at N.E. (10/27/02)... Tallied seven tackles (6 solo) and recovered a fumble in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06).

LB LOUIS GREEN - Made two special-teams tackles for the Broncos vs. N.E. (10/16/05).

FB KYLE JOHNSON - Caught a 1-yard touchdown for the Broncos vs. N.E. (10/16/05).

DE KENARD LANG - Sacked QB Tom Brady twice and forced a fumble in a six-tackle (all solo) game for the Browns vs. N.E. (12/5/04)... Registered a sack of QB Tom Brady in a four-tackle outing for the Browns at N.E. (10/26/03).

S JOHN LYNCH - Intercepted a pass from QB Tom Brady, registered two pass breakups and made five tackles (4 solo) in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06)... Totaled 10 tackles (2 solo) for the Buccaneers vs. N.E. (10/1/00).

DT MiICHAEL MYERS - Totaled five tackles (2 solo) for the Browns vs. N.E. (12/5/04).

CB KARL PAYMAH - Posted two tackles on special teams for the Broncos vs. N.E. (10/16/05).

QB JAKE PLUMMER - Led Denver to its first playoff victory since the 1998 season by throwing for 197 yards and one touchdown in an AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06)... Compiled a 134.4 passer rating in a 17-of-24 (70.8%), 262-yard performance that included two touchdown passes for the Broncos vs. N.E. (10/16/05).

WR ROD SMITH - Hauled in six passes for 96 yards (16.0 avg.) with one touchdown in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06)... Totaled his fourth career 100-yard receiving game against the Patriots with 123 yards on six catches, including a 72-yard grab, with one touchdown for the Broncos vs. N.E. (10/16/05)... Caught 13 passes for 160 yards (12.3 avg.) for the Broncos vs. N.E. (10/1/00).

DT DEMETRIN VEALl - Made three tackles (2 solo) for the Broncos vs. N.E. (10/16/05).

DT GERARD WARREN - Sacked QB Tom Brady for a 5-yard loss in a seven-tackle (6 solo) game for the Browns at N.E. (12/9/01).

LB D.J. WILLIAMS - Registered seven tackles (5 solo) in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06)... Broke up two passes in a four-tackle game for Denver vs. N.E. (10/16/05).

CB DARRENT WILLIAMS - Broke up four passes, made six tackles (5 solo) and recorded a 30-yard kickoff return for Denver vs. N.E. (10/16/05).

LB AL WILSON - Totaled nine tackles (6 solo) and two pass breakups in an AFC Divisional Playoff win vs. N.E. (1/14/06)... Sacked Tom Brady for a loss of eight yards, forced a fumble and had 13 tackles (9 solo) for the Broncos at N.E. (10/27/02)... Registered 10 tackles (7 solo) for the Broncos vs. N.E. (11/3/03).

THE LAST TIME: at DENVER 27, NEW ENGLAND 13 (1/14/06) (AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME)

The Denver Broncos ended the New England Patriots’ NFL-record 10-game postseason winning streak with a 27-13 victory in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game on Saturday night in front of 76,238 fans at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The Broncos’ win against the two-time defending Super Bowl champions was their first playoff victory since the 1998 season and first ever at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Denver forced five turnovers against the Patriots, totaling two interceptions and three fumble recoveries that led to their first 24 points scored. Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey recorded the longest non-scoring interception return and second-longest overall interception return in NFL postseason history with a key 100-yard return late in the third quarter. Bailey’s play ended a potential go-ahead scoring drive by the Patriots and set up a touchdown to give the Broncos a 17-6 lead entering the final period. Denver quarterback Jake Plummer completed 15-of-26 passes (57.7%) for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wide receiver Rod Smith (96 yds., 1 TD) became Denver’s all-time playoff leader in receiving yards and kicker Jason Elam (2 FGs, 9 pts.) became its all-time leading scorer in the postseason with their performances against the Patriots. The game was scoreless for the first quarter-and-a-half before Adam Vinatieri’s 40-yard field goal put the Patriots ahead 3-0 at 3:48 of the second quarter. A 40-yard pass interference penalty drawn by Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie in the end zone with less than two minutes remaining in the first half led to a 1-yard scoring run by Mike Anderson to give Denver a 7-3 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Broncos kicker/punter Todd Sauerbrun forced a fumble that Denver recovered to set up a 50-yard field goal by Elam to put the Broncos ahead 10-3 at halftime. Vinatieri’s 32-yard field goal at 7:49 of the third quarter narrowed Denver’s lead to 10-6, but that would be as close as the Patriots got. Bailey intercepted Tom Brady, who finished the game with 341 passing yards, in the end zone with 1:03 left in the third quarter to halt a potential go-ahead touchdown drive. After Bailey was forced out of bounds at the 1-yard line following a 100-yard return, Anderson scored on a run to put Denver up 17-6. Plummer’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Smith at 8:38 of the fourth quarter extended the Broncos’ lead to 24-6. A Patriots touchdown moved the team to within 11, 24-13, with 8:05 left to play, but Elam’s 34-yard field goal on Denver’s next drive sealed the Broncos’ victory.

BRONCOS ON SUNDAY NIGHTS

The Broncos own a 15-12 (.556) all-time record in games played on Sunday nights. Denver is 8-4 (.667) in home Sunday night contests and 7-8 (.467) in such games on the road. Under Head Coach Mike Shanahan (1995-Pres.), Denver is 9-6 (.600) when playing on Sunday nights. The Broncos are 4-3 (.571) in home Sunday night games under Shanahan and are 5-3 (.625) on the road.

SMITH NEARING BRONCOS’ ALL-TIME COMBINED YARDAGE MARK

Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith enters Sunday’s game against the Patriots needing 150 yards to become Denver’s franchise leader in combined career yardage. Smith, who holds a franchise record with 10,927 receiving yards and has 12,024 combined yards (rushing, receiving and returns), trails only former running back Floyd Little (12,173) in that category.

BRONCOS BRING BEST AGAINST PATRIOTS

The Patriots have enjoyed prosperity against nearly every NFL team since 2001 on their way to capturing three Super Bowl victories and compiling the league's best overall record (70-23) during that period. However, it is the Broncos who have come out victorious in four of their last five meetings against the Patriots since 2001. That .800 winning percentage off a 4-1 record against the Patriots since 2001 is the best in the NFL among teams that have played at least three games (regular season and postseason) against the team. In fact, Denver is the only team in the NFL to have a winning record against New England among teams that have played the Patriots at least four times in regular season or postseason games since 2001.

BRONCOS BEFORE THE BYE

The Broncos' game in New England on Sunday marks the team's final game before it enters its bye week. Denver owns an 8-9 (.471) all-time record in games played before the bye week, including a 7- 4 (.636) mark in those games under Head Coach Mike Shanahan. The Broncos have won three of their last four games played before the bye week. Last season, Denver defeated Philadelphia 49-21 on Oct. 30 at INVESCO Field at Mile High before entering its bye week. Two of Denver’s last three games against the Patriots have come the week before the Broncos enter their bye week. Denver’s bye week date of Oct. 1 this season is the second-earliest in franchise history, trailing only its 1993 bye week date of Sept. 26.

NO TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED

The Broncos have yet to allow a touchdown through their first two games of the 2006 season, marking only the second time in franchise history that the club has begun a season without giving up a touchdown in its first two games. Denver began the 1978 season without allowing a touchdown through its first two games. Including this year, the Broncos have had five two-game streaks of not allowing a touchdown in regular-season play. Should Denver prevent New England from reaching the end zone on Sunday, it would mark the first time in club annals that the Broncos did not allow a touchdown in three consecutive regular-season games.

BRONCOS/PATRIOTS CONNECTIONS

FORMER DENVER BRONCOS

New England Head Coach Bill Belichick was on the Broncos’ staff during the 1978 season… From 1988-92, Patriots Tight Ends Coach Pete Mangurian was on the Denver Broncos coaching staff as Denver’s tight ends/assistant offensive line coach from 1988-90 and as its offensive line coach from 1991-92.

FORMER NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Broncos RB Cedric Cobbs played four games for the Patriots in 2004 and was selected by the club in the fourth round (128th overall)of the 2004 NFL Draft... Broncos Defensive Line/Backs Coach Andre Patterson was a defensive assistant for the Patriots in 1997.

FROM DENVER AND THE SURROUNDING AREA

Patriots TE Daniel Graham played for the University of Colorado from 1998-2001 and attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver... Patriots Secondary Coach Joel Collier was a three-year starter at inside linebacker for Northern Colorado University and is the son of Joe Collier, who was on the Broncos’ coaching staff for 20 years from 1969-88 as a defensive coach... Joel Collier also was a ballboy for the Broncos while growing up.

FROM BOSTON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA

Broncos CB Karl Paymah was born in Boston... Denver C Tom Nalen, a Foxboro, Mass., native, attended Foxboro High School and played for Boston College from 1990-93.

COMMON HIGH SCHOOLS AND HOMETOWNS

Denver CB Darrent Williams and New England G Billy Yates both come from Ft. Worth, Texas... Denver RB Tatum Bell and New England CB Ellis Hobbs attended DeSoto (Texas) High School... Broncos WR Todd Devoe and Patriots CB Asante Samuel are both alums of Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

CROSSING PATHS (PRO)

Patriots WR Reche Caldwell spent 2002-05 with the Chargers alongside Broncos Tight Ends Coach Tim Brewster (2002-04) and TE Stephen Alexander (2002-03)... Denver S John Lynch (1997-2002) and LB Nate Webster (2000-03) played with New England LB Don Davis (1998-2000) on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers... In 1997, Patriots RB Corey Dillon and Broncos Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Jimmy Spencer both played for the Cincinnati Bengals... New England LB Barry Gardner (2003-04) played for the Cleveland Browns while Denver Defensive Line/Tackles Coach Andre Patterson (2003-04), DE Courtney Brown (2000-04), DT Gerard Warren (2001-04), DE Kenard Lang (2002-05), TE Chad Mustard (2003-04), DT Michael Myers (2003-04) and DE Ebenezer Ekuban (2004) were part of the Browns’ organization...During their tenure with the San Diego Chargers, Patriots S Rodney Harrison (1994-2002) and LB Junior Seau (1990-2002) played with Broncos TE Stephen Alexander (2002-04) and Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Jimmy Spencer (1998-99) while Tight Ends Coach Tim Brewster (2002-04) was on staff... In 2004, Broncos Defensive Backs Coach Bob Slowik and WR Javon Walker were with the Green Bay Packers along with Patriots QB J.T. O’Sullivan... Broncos Offensive Quality Control Coach Chip Beake was on staff with New Orleans (2001-05) while New England DL Jonathan Sullivan (2003-05) played for the Saints... Broncos Defensive Backs Coach Bob Slowik and New England Running Backs Coach Ivan Fears both were with the Chicago Bears from 1993-98… Slowik also worked with the Patriots Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Woicik with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992… Denver Special Teams Coach Ronnie Bradford played for the Atlanta Falcons in 1997 while Patriots Tight Ends Coach Pete Mangurian was an offensive assistant… Broncos DT Demetrin Veal played for Atlanta in 2003 while New England Tight Ends Coach Pete Magurian was the offensive coordinator… Denver Defensive Coordinator Larry Coyer worked with Patriots Special Teams Coach Brad Seely for the 1994 season with the New York Jets.

CROSSING PATHS (COLLEGE)

While coaching for Louisiana State University, Broncos Linebackers Coach Kirk Doll (2002-03) saw Patriots LB Eric Alexander (2000-03), CB Randall Gay (2000-03) and DE Marquise Hill (2000-03) suit up for the Tigers... New England QB Tom Brady and Denver LB Ian Gold donned the maize and blue at the University of Michigan from 1996-99... Broncos DT Gerard Warren and Patriots WR Reche Caldwell both were members of Florida’s 2000 squad that was crowned SEC Champions... In 2002, Central Florida including Broncos WR Brandon Marshall, Patriots WR Doug Gabriel and CB Asante Samuel on their roster... Broncos Assistant Head Coach Mike Heimerdinger (1989-93) was the Rice University offensive coordinator while Patriots LB Larry Izzo (1992-95) played for the Owls... In 1997, Denver FB Kyle Johnson and New England S Tebucky Jones both competed at Syracuse University... The University of Georgia saw the overlapping collegiate careers of Broncos T Adam Meadows (1993-96), CB Champ Bailey (1996-98) and T George Foster (1999-2002) along with Patriots FB Patrick Pass (1996-99), DL Richard Seymour (1997-00), DL Jonathan Sullivan (2000-02) and TE Benjamin Watson (2001-03)... New England DL Vince Wilfork (2001-03) played for the University of Miami (Fla.) with Denver LB D.J. Williams (2000-03) and C/G Chris Myers (2001-04)... Denver Defensive Assistant Jim Ryan and Patriots Running Backs Coach Ivan Fears were college teammates at William & Mary for the 1975 season… Broncos FB Kyle Johnson played college ball at Syracuse University in 2001 when New England Linebackers Coach Matt Patricia was a graduate assistant… Denver Linebackers Coach Kirk Doll and Patriots Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees both were on the Notre Dame coaching staff in 1994.

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