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BRONCOS RETURN FROM BYE; HOST RAVENS ON ESPN’S MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Fresh off their bye week, the Denver Broncos (2-1) face the unbeaten Baltimore Ravens (4-0) on ESPN’s Monday Night Football this week at INVESCO Field at Mile High at 6:30 p.m. MDT. The game marks the 15th consecutive year that the Broncos will make a Monday Night Football appearance, marking the longest current streak in the NFL. Denver took its earliest bye week since 1993 after earning a 17-7 victory at New England on Sunday Night Football on Sept. 24. The Broncos’ 13-4 (.765) record in the game immediately following the bye week ties with Minnesota and Philadelphia for the best mark in the NFL, and Denver will look to win its fourth consecutive such contest on Monday against the Ravens. Baltimore is coming off a 16-13 home win against San Diego on Sunday and joins Indianapolis and Chicago as the only three unbeaten teams in the NFL. The Broncos and Ravens are set to meet for the sixth time in the last seven seasons with the clubs facing each other four times in the regular season and once in the postseason since 2000. The teams most recently met last year in Denver on Dec. 11 (a 12-10 Broncos win). Both teams feature defenses regarded among the NFL’s best in recent years. Denver and Baltimore are the only two defenses in the league to rank among the NFL’s top five in each of the five following areas since 2003: rushing yards, total yards, third-down percentage, scoring and first downs. Denver Head Coach Mike Shanahan will coach his 200th career regular season game on Monday night. A win against Baltimore would tie Shanahan with Chuck Knox and Marty Schottenheimer for the third-most victories (125) by a coach through his first 200 career regular-season games among those who began their career in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).
TELEVISION AND RADIO INFORMATION
TELEVISION: ESPN (locally - KCNC-TV / CBS Channel 4): Mike Tirico (play-by-play) along with Joe Theismann (color commentary) and Tony Kornheiser (color commentary) will call the game while Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya report from the sidelines.
NATIONAL RADIO: WESTWOOD ONE/CBS RADIO SPORTS: Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (color commentary) will call the game while John Dockery reports 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 reports from the sidelines.
SPANISH RADIO: KBNO Radio (1280 AM): Fernando Sergio (play-byplay) and Luke Sandoval (color commentary) will call the game.
BRONCOS VS. RAVENS - POINTS OF INTEREST
The Broncos and Ravens will meet for the sixth time in the last seven seasons (reg. season and postseason) on Monday night... Denver is 2-3 all-time against Baltimore in the regular season and is 0-1 against the Ravens in the playoffs, losing a 2000 AFC Wild Card Game to the club by a 21-3 margin on Dec. 31, 2000... In the teams’ last meeting, the Broncos earned a 12-10 home win against the Ravens on Dec. 10, 2005... Since 2003, Denver and Baltimore are the only two teams in the NFL to rank among the league’s top five defenses in all five of the following categories: rushing yards, total yards, third-down percentage, points allowed and first downs... The Broncos face Baltimore after their bye week, and Denver will look to improve its 13-4 (.765) all-time record after the bye (8-3 under Mike Shanahan) that ties with Minnesota and Philadelphia (13-4) for the best such mark in the NFL... Denver has won its last three games after the bye week... Denver is making an appearance on Monday Night Football for the 15th consecutive year (1992-Pres.) in its game against Baltimore, marking the longest active such streak in the NFL and one that ties for the fifth longest all time... The Broncos are 23-29-1 (.443) all time on Monday Night Football and are 11-10 (.523) under Mike Shanahan (1995- Pres.)... Denver’s 18-8-1 (.685) home record on Monday Night Football is the fourth best in the NFL (min. 10 games)... Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan, coaching in his 200th career regular-season game on Monday, needs a win against Baltimore to tie Chuck Knox and Marty Schottenheimer for the third-most victories (125) by a coach through his first 200 career regular- season games among those who began their career in the Super Bowl era (since 1966)... Denver WR Rod Smith leads all active NFL players in receptions (102) on Monday Night Football while his 1,333 receiving yards rank second and his nine touchdown grabs rank third among current players... Smith’s 102 receptions on Monday Night Football mark the sixth-highest total in NFL history... Smith (12,070 yds.) needs 104 yards to become Denver’s franchise leader in combined yardage (rushing, receiving, returns) and trails only Floyd Little (12,173 yds.) in that category... Denver K Jason Elam leads all active NFL players in field goals made (41) and points scored (176) on Monday Night Football and ranks second and third, respectively, in NFL history in those categories on Monday Night Football... Elam needs 10 points and two extra points made to move into 10th place in NFL history (all games) in those respective categories... QB Jake Plummer has posted a 2-1 record and a 91.2 passer rating in three Monday Night Football starts as a Bronco... Denver will face Ravens three-time Pro Bowl QB Steve McNair for the first time (reg. season or postseason) in his 12-year career on Monday, and the Broncos are one of only two teams (Titans) in the NFL that McNair has yet to play in regular-season or postseason action... McNair’s only career action against Denver occurred in a 1998 preseason game with Tennessee... The Broncos enter their game against the Ravens on an 11-game regular-season home-winning streak that is the second-longest such streak in the NFL... Denver’s 32-9 record at INVESCO Field at Mile High in the regular season is the second-best such mark in the NFL since 2001... By not allowing a touchdown through its first 11 quarters of the season, Denver tied the 1942 Chicago Cardinals for the longest such streak in the NFL since 1940 to begin a season... Denver is the only team in the NFL to allow only one TD this year... The Broncos lead the NFL in red zone defense (11.1%), allowing one touchdown on nine opponent trips inside their 20-yard line... Broncos WR Javon Walker ranks second in the NFL in third-down receiving yards (161)... Denver RB Tatum Bell is tied for second in the league in rushing yards per game (98.3).
SHANAHAN TO COACH 200TH CAREER REGULAR-SEASON GAME
Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan is set to coach in his 200th career regular-season game on Monday. He needs a win against Baltimore to tie Chuck Knox and Marty Schottenheimer for the third-most victories (125) by a coach through his first 200 career regular-season games among those who began their career in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). Shanahan has a 116-63 (.648) record in 179 career regular-season games as the Broncos’ head coach (1995-Present). He also posted an 8-12 mark in 20 regular-season games as the Los Angeles Raiders’ head coach (1988-89). Of the six coach coaches with the most victories through their first 200 regular-season games in the Super Bowl era, three are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
BRONCOS ON MONDAY NIGHTS
The Broncos own a 23-29-1 (.443) all-time record in games played on Monday Night Football. Denver is 18-8-1 (.685) in home Monday night contests and 5-21 (.192) in such games on the road. Under Mike Shanahan (1995-Pres.), Denver is 11-10 (.523) when playing on Monday Night Football. The Broncos are 9-3 (.750) in home MNF games under Shanahan and are 2-7 (.222) on the road.
MONDAY NIGHT REGULARS
With Monday’s game against Baltimore, the Denver Broncos will appear on Monday Night Football for the 15th consecutive year. Denver’s 15-year streak of making at least one appearance on Monday Night Football is the longest active streak in the NFL and one that ties for the fifth longest of its kind all-time since the first Monday night game was played on Sept. 21, 1970 (N.Y. Jets at Cleveland).
DENVER SET TO MAKE 54TH MNF APPEARANCE
The Broncos will make their 54th all-time appearance on Monday Night Football when they host Baltimore this week. The Broncos’ game against the Ravens is the club’s only scheduled MNF appearance this year, and including all 2006 scheduled games, Denver’s 54 scheduled Monday night games tie Washington for the sixth highest total in the NFL.
ONE OF THE BEST AT HOME ON MNF
The Broncos own an 18-8-1 (.685) all-time record at home on Monday Night Football, a mark the club will look to improve against the Ravens this week. Denver’s .685 home winning percentage on Monday Night Football qualifies as the fourth best in the NFL among teams with at least 10 home MNF games.
SMITH LEADS ALL ACTIVE PASS CATCHERS ON MNF
Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith has excelled on football's biggest stage during the regular season: Monday Night Football. Smith's 102 receptions in 21 career games on Monday Night Football lead all active receivers while his 1,333 receiving yards rank second and his nine receiving touchdowns rank third.
BETTER AFTER THE BYE
The Broncos posted a 2-1 record before their bye week this year, a mark they will look to improve upon in their final 13 regular-season games. Denver entered its bye with a winning record (above .500) for the fifth consecutive year and for the eighth time in Shanahan’s 12 years (1995-Pres.). Under Head Coach Mike Shanahan, the Broncos have a .662 winning percentage after the bye (55-28) compared to a .635 percentage (61-35) before the bye week. The Broncos have posted a winning record after the bye week in seven of Shanahan’s 11 years, including in each of the last three campaigns. The Broncos are 16-6 (.727) after the bye week since 2003 and went 7-1 (.875) after the bye in 2005.
EARLY BYE WEEKS
Denver’s bye week date of Oct. 1 this season marked its second-earliest bye week date since they were introduced by the NFL in 1990. The earliest Denver had its bye week was in 1993 when it took its first of two bye weeks that year on Sept. 26. This season and the 1993 campaign also mark the fewest games (3) that the Broncos played at the time of their bye week.
NOTES FROM DENVER’S LAST FIVE GAMES WITH BALTIMORE
at DENVER 12, BALTIMORE 10 (Dec. 11, 2005)
Denver snaps a four-game losing streak to the Ravens while Mike Shanahan becomes the winningest head coach in Broncos history (118 wins / 111 reg. season, 7 postseason)... The Ravens score on a 39-yard touchdown pass from QB Kyle Boller to WR Mark Clayton with just less than two minutes to play, trimming Denver’s lead to 12-10, but the Broncos are able to hold on for the victory... Denver limits Baltimore to no touchdowns in three trips inside its 20-yard line... Broncos CB Champ Bailey sets a franchise record with an interception in the fifth consecutive game.
at BALTIMORE 26, DENVER 6 (Oct. 26, 2003)
Baltimore scores 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Denver… QB Danny Kanell starts in place of injured QB Jake Plummer and complete 16-of-31 passes for 114 yards with two interceptions… Denver LB John Mobley suffers a spinal cord contusion in the second quarter while making a tackle on Ravens RB Jamal Lewis, and the game proves to be the last of his career… Denver RB Clinton Portis rushes for 86 yards and catches a team-high six passes… Ravens RB Jamal Lewis finishes with 134 rushing yards with one touchdown and K Matt Stover makes four field goals.
at BALTIMORE 34, DENVER 23 (Sept. 30, 2002)
Playing on Monday Night Football, the Broncos' 3-0 first-quarter lead is erased when Baltimore scores 34 unanswered points… Denver narrows the gap by scoring the game's final three touchdowns… Ravens CB Chris McAlister returns a missed field goal attempt 107 yards for a touchdown as time expires in the first half, marking the longest play in NFL history at the time… Ravens S Ed Reed blocks a punt by Denver P Tom Rouen in the second quarter, leading to touchdown… Broncos QB Brian Griese throws for 328 yards with one touchdown while his 35 completions mark the third-highest total in franchise history and his 53 pass attempts tie for the fourth-highest mark in team annals.
BALTIMORE 20, at DENVER 13 (Sept. 30, 2001)
The Ravens become the first team to ever beat the Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High, which opened before the start of the season… The Broncos take a 13-6 lead in the third quarter but the Ravens score the game's final points on two touchdown passes… Denver TE Dwayne Carswell catches a 3-yard touchdown pass to open the game's scoring in the first quarter after DT Chester McGlockton intercepts Baltimore QB Elvis Grbac… Broncos WR Rod Smith and TE Desmond Clark lead the team with five receptions each… Ravens TE Shannon Sharpe has a team-high five receptions against his former team while WR Travis Taylor posts a game-high 90 receiving yards and one touchdown.
at BALTIMORE 21, DENVER 3 (Dec. 31, 2000 - AFC Wild Card)
Baltimore ends the Broncos' seven-game postseason winning streak and limits the team to 177 total yards, Denver's third-lowest output in 28 postseason games… Denver's three points, coming from a 31-yard field goal by K Jason Elam in the second quarter, were its lowest postseason total in franchise history… Broncos QB Gus Frerotte played in place of injured QB Brian Griese and completed 13-of-28 passes for 124 yards with one interception… Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey hauls in a game-high eight receptions for 75 yards… Ravens TE Shannon Sharpe scores on a 58-yard reception.
BRONCOS VS. RAVENS - NOTABLE PERFORMANCES
TE STEPHEN ALEXANDER - Caught four passes for 35 yards (8.8 avg.) for the Redskins vs. Bal. (10/15/00).
CB CHAMP BAILEY - Set a Broncos franchise record with an interception for the fifth consecutive game while posting nine tackles, three pass breakups and one forced fumble vs. Bal. (12/11/05).
RB TATUM BELL - Rushed 16 times for 63 yards with an 18-yard long for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05).
S SAM BRANDON - Made three tackles (1 solo) in a start for the Broncos at Bal. (10/26/03).
DE COURTNEY BROWN - Recorded five tackles (4 solo), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a sack of QB Elvis Grbac for the Browns at Bal. (11/18/01)... Broke up three passes and totaled seven tackles (all solo) for the Browns vs. Bal. (10/1/00).
DE EBENEZER EKUBAN - Posted one sack (QB Kyle Boller) in a four-tackle (3 solo) game for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05)... Sacked QB Kyle Boller, recovered a fumble and made four tackles (3 solo) for the Browns at Bal. (11/7/04).
K JASON ELAM - Connected on both field-goal attempts, including a 49-yarder, for the Broncos vs. Bal. (9/30/01)... Went 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts for the Broncos at Bal. (10/26/03)... Made field goals of 47 and 48 yards, his lone attempts, for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05).
DE JOHN ENGELBERGER - Posted a sack of QB Anthony Wright while forcing and recovering a fumble for the 49ers at Bal. (11/30/03).
S NICK FERGUSON - Recorded 10 tackles (6 solo) for Denver at Bal. (10/26/03)... Broke up two passes in a five-tackle (4 solo) performance for the Broncos vs. Bal. (12/11/05).
CB DOMONIQUE FOXWORTH - Recorded six tackles (5 solo) and a special-teams tackle for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05).
LB IAN GOLD - Made 10 tackles (8 solo), forced a fumble and recovered a fumble for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05)... Added eight tackles (6 solo) for Denver at Bal. (9/30/02).
FB KYLE JOHNSON - Caught three passes for 40 yards (13.3 avg.) with one touchdown for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05).
DE KENARD LANG - Sacked QB Kyle Boller three times for Cleveland vs. Bal. (9/12/04)... Took down QB Kyle Boller twice in an eight-tackle (7 solo) effort for Cleveland at Bal. (9/14/03).
S JOHN LYNCH - Forced a fumble and made three tackles (2 solo) for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05)... Broke up two passes and made six tackles (5 solo) for Tampa Bay at Bal. (9/15/02).
WR QUINCY MORGAN - Caught five passes for 68 yards (13.6 avg.) for Cleveland vs. Bal. (10/6/02)... Hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass for the Browns vs. Bal. (10/21/01)... Made a 46-yard touchdown grab for Cleveland vs. Bal. (9/12/04)... Recorded a 51-yard kick return for Cleveland at Bal. (11/18/01) and posted a 59-yard return for Pittsburgh vs. Bal. (10/31/05).
DT MICHAEL MYERS - Registered the third multiple-sack game of his career with two takedowns of QB Anthony Wright, forced a fumble and made seven tackles (6 solo) for the Browns vs. Bal. (12/21/03)... Posted five tackles for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05).
QB JAKE PLUMMER - Completed 19-of-33 passes (57.6%) for 236 yards with one touchdown for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05)... Threw for 266 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for Arizona vs. Bal. (12/17/00).
WR ROD SMITH - Caught five passes for 64 yards (12.8 avg.) for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05)... Made three grabs for 58 yards (19.3 avg.) for the Broncos in an AFC Wild Card Game at Bal. (12/31/00)... Totaled 83 receiving yards on five catches (16.6 avg.) for Denver vs. Bal. (9/30/01).
DT DEMETRIN VEAL' - Recovered a fumble and made four tackles (2 solo) for the Broncos vs. Bal. (12/11/05).
DT GERARD WARREN- Sacked QB Randall Cunningham and broke up a pass in a three-tackle (all solo) game for the Browns vs. Bal. (10/21/01)... Posted a sack of QB Anthony Wright for the Browns vs. Bal. (12/21/03).
LB NATE WEBSTE - Registered eight tackles (7 solo), one pass breakup and one forced fumble for the Bengals vs. Bal. (9/26/04)... Totaled three tackles on special teams for the Buccaneers at Bal. (9/15/02).
CB DARRENT WILLIAMS- Prevented a touchdown by chasing down Ravens KR B.J. Sams on a kickoff return and forcing him out of bounds on the Broncos’ 10-yard line vs.Bal. (12/11/05).
LB AL WILSON - Made 12 tackles (11 solo), including a sack of QB Kyle Boller, and broke up a pass for the Broncos at Bal. (10/26/03)... Added seven tackles (5 solo) for Denver vs. Bal. (12/11/05)... Recorded 11 tackles (8 solo) for the Broncos at Bal. (9/30/02)... Posted six tackles (4 solo) for Denver in an AFC Wild Card Game at Bal. (12/31/00).
THE LAST TIME:
at DENVER 12, BALTIMORE 10 (12/11/05)
The Denver Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak to the Baltimore Ravens with a 12-10 victory on Sunday in front of 75,651 fans at INVESCO Field at Mile High. With the victory, Mike Shanahan passed Dan Reeves to become the winningest head coach in Broncos history with 118 wins (111 regular season, 7 postseason) since he was hired in 1995. Denver’s win extended its home-winning streak to 11 games, tying for the third-longest such streak in franchise history. In addition, its victory over the Ravens was its 11th in a row at home in the month of December, marking the second-longest active streak (Kansas City - 17) in the NFL. Quarterback Kyle Boller trimmed Baltimore’s deficit to 12-10 with 1:52 remaining in the game with a 39-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mark Clayton. On the next possession, wide receiver Ashley Lelie picked up a first down on an 8-yard reverse to force the Ravens to use their final timeout and seal the victory for Denver. Denver cornerback Champ Bailey set a franchise record with an interception for the fifth consecutive game. Quarterback Jake Plummer turned in a solid performance for the Broncos, completing 19-of-33 passes (57.6%) for 236 yards with one touchdown for a 90.0 passer rating. An 87-yard return by the Ravens’ B.J. Sams on the opening kickoff put Baltimore at Denver’s 10-yard line to begin the game. Denver held the Ravens to -1 yards on their first three plays, and Baltimore settled for a 29-yard field goal by kicker Matt Stover to take a 3-0 lead and become the first team in 2005 to score on its opening possession against the Broncos. Denver answered on its next possession with a 47-yard field goal by Jason Elam at 8:44 of the first quarter. Baltimore had two scoring hances in the second quarter but had a drive stall at Denver’s 35-yard line (punt) and was intercepted (safety Nick Ferguson) in the end zone on a third-and-10 from the Broncos’ 24-yard line. Elam’s 48-yard field goal as time expired in the first half put the Broncos ahead 6-3 at halftime. Plummer’s 7-yard touchdown pass to fullback Kyle Johnson gave Denver a 12-3 lead at the 6:08 mark of the third quarter. Elam, who is the NFL’s all-time leader in extra-point accuracy, had his attempt go off the right upright a play later. The miscue proved to be insignificant, however. Clayton’s 39-yard touchdown grab with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter trimmed the Ravens’ deficit to 12-10, but Denver was able to pick up a first down on the next possession to eventually force the Ravens to use their final two timeouts.
TWO OF NFL’S BEST DEFENSES SINCE ‘03
The Broncos and Ravens have established themselves as two of the NFL’s most dominant defensive units over the past several years. Since 2003, Denver and Baltimore are the only two teams in the NFL to rank among the league’s top five defenses in all five of the following categories: rushing yards, total yards, third-down percentage, points allowed and first downs.
BRONCOS FACE McNAIR FOR FIRST TIME
Ravens quarterback Steve McNair is set to compete against the Broncos for the first time (reg. season and postseason) in his 12-year career on Monday night. McNair has faced 30-of-32 NFL teams in the regular season or postseason since entering the NFL in 1995 but has yet to face off against Denver and Tennessee, with whom he spent his first 11 seasons with until he was traded to Baltimore on June 8, 2006. The Titans played Denver twice in the regular season with McNair on their roster, but the quarterback missed both contests. He was inactive against the Broncos as a rookie when the Titans hosted Denver on Nov. 26, 1995, and a sternum injury sidelined him when the Broncos visited the Titans on Dec. 25, 2004. McNair did play against Denver once in the preseason, completing 4-of-5 passes for 42 yards with one touchdown in a start to help Tennessee to a 16-13 home win on Aug. 29, 1998. One member of the Broncos’ organization who is quite familiar with McNair is Assistant Head Coach Mike Heimerdinger, who coached the quarterback to an Associated Press co-MVP award (shared w/Peyton Manning) in 2003 while working as the Titans’ offensive coordinator. Heimerdinger, who was Tennessee’s offensive coordinator from 2000-04, helped McNair post the highest passer rating (90.9) in the NFL from 2001-03 and earn Pro Bowl accolades twice (2000, ‘03).
FORMER DENVER BRONCOS
Ravens Offensive Coordinator Jim Fassel was the Broncos’ assistant head coach/offensive coordinator from 1993-94... Ravens Assistant Special Teams Coach John Fassel worked as a community relations assistant with the Broncos while in high school in 1993... Ravens RB Mike Anderson was with the Broncos from 2000-05… DE Trevor Pryce was a Bronco from 1997-2005.
FORMER BALTIMORE RAVENS
Broncos Defensive Line/Ends Coach Jacob Burney was the Ravens’ defensive line coach from 1996-98... Denver LB Louis Green entered the NFL with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in 2002 and spent training camp with the club that year.
FROM DENVER AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick played linebacker as a freshman at the Air Force Academy before transferring to Brigham Young... Baltimore Quarterbacks Coach Rick Neuheisel was head coach at the University of Colorado from 1994-98... Ravens Offensive Line Coach/Assistant Head Coach Chris Foerster played center at Colorado State University from 1979-82 and was part of the Rams’ coaching staff from 1983-87... Baltimore DT Justin Bannan played college football at the University of Colorado from 1998-2001 in nearby Boulder… Ravens CB Derrick Martin and RB Cory Ross both are natives of Denver, where they also attended Thomas Jefferson High School… TE Quinn Sypniewski attended college at the University of Colorado from 2002-05.
FROM BALTIMORE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
Broncos Wide Receivers Coach Steve Watson hails from Baltimore, Md... Broncos S Curome Cox attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., played at the University of Maryland and was born in Arlington, Va... Broncos CB Domonique Foxworth played at the University of Maryland after competing at Western Tech High School in Catonsville, Md.
CROSSING PATHS (PRO)
Broncos Assistant Head Coach Mike Heimerdinger was Baltimore QB Steve McNair's offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans from 2000-04… Denver TE Mike Leach was teammates with McNair and with CB Samari Rolle (1998-2004) at Tennessee from 2000-01... In 1998, the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff featured Broncos Defensive Line/Tackles Coach Andre Patterson, Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick, Ravens Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line Coach Wade Harman and Ravens Strength and Conditioning Coach Jeff Friday... In 1996, Broncos Special Teams Coach Ronnie Bradford and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith played for the Arizona Cardinals while Ravens Offensive Coordinator Jim Fassel and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Ricci were on staff... In addition, Broncos QB Jake Plummer played for the Cardinals (1997-2002) while Ravens Linebackers Coach Jeff FitzGerald was part of the Arizona staff... Broncos DE Kenard Lang (1997-2001), TE Stephen Alexander (1998-2001) and CB Champ Bailey played for the Washington Redskins alongside Ravens Secondary Coach Mark Carrier (2000) and under FitzGerald (1998-99)... On the 1999 expansion Cleveland Browns, Broncos Defensive Backs Coach Bob Slowik worked with Ravens Defensive Line Coach Clarence Brooks... Previously, Slowik and Brooks were on the Chicago Bears defensive coaching staff together from 1993-98, during Carrier’s (1990-96) tenure as a player... Denver T Adam Meadows (1997- 2003) played for the Indianapolis Colts under Baltimore Offensive Line Coach/Assistant Head Coach Chris Foerster (2002-03)... Denver S John Lynch (1997-2002) and LB Nate Webster (2000- 03) played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Foerster (1996- 2001) and Ravens Running Backs Coach Tony Nathan (1996-2001) were on the Bucs’ coaching staff... From 2001-02, Broncos Special Teams Assistant Thomas McGaughey and Ravens Special Teams Coach Frank Gansz Jr. worked together with the Kansas City Chiefs... During Denver DT Demetrin Veal’s 2003 season with the Falcons, Baltimore Wide Receivers Coach Mike Johnson was on Atlanta’s staff... Broncos Defensive Line/Ends Coach Jacob Burney (1999-2001) coached with Ravens Assistant Offensive Line Coach Greg Roman (1995-2001) on the Carolina Panthers... Denver LB Keith Burns (2004), LB Ian Gold (2004), LB Nate Webster (2000-03) and S John Lynch (1993-03) all played with Ravens CB Corey Ivy (2001-04) for Tampa Bay.
CROSSING PATHS (COLLEGE)
Denver S John Lynch (1989-92) played at Stanford University under Baltimore Head Coach Brian Billick (1989-91) and Offensive Line Coach/Assistant Head Coach Chris Foerster (1988-91)... In 1997, the University of Houston staff included Broncos Special Teams Assistant Thomas McGaughey and Ravens Special Teams Coach Frank Gansz Jr... Denver T Matt Lepsis (1993-96) played under Baltimore Quarterbacks Coach Rick Neuheisel at the University of Colorado... During his stint at UCLA, Neuheisel (1988-93) coached alongside Broncos Defensive Coordinator Larry Coyer (1987-89) and Defensive Lines/Ends Coach Jacob Burney (1990-92)... Denver S Hamza Abdullah and CB Karl Paymah both played football at Washington State with Ravens WR Devard Darling from 2002-03… Broncos DT Demetrin Veal was college teammates with Baltimore DT Aubrayo Franklin for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2001-02… Denver TE Stephen Alexander was an Oklahoma Sooner with Ravens DT Kelly Gregg from 1995 through the 1997… Alexander also played with Baltimore CB Corey Ivy at Oklahoma for the 1997 season… Broncos LB Al Wilson played college ball with Baltimore RB Jamal Lewis at the University of Tennessee from 1996-98… Denver DT Kenard Lang made up the defensive unit at the University of Miami with Ravens LB Ray Lewis from 1994-95… Broncos LB Louis Green played college football at Alcorn State with Baltimore QB Steve McNair from the 1999-2001 seasons… Denver K/P Paul Ernster played football at Northern Arizona with Ravens WR Clarence Moore from 2001-03… Broncos Linebackers Coach Kirk Doll was on the coaching staff at Louisiana State University from 2002-03 with Baltimore CB Ronnie Prude… Doll also worked with Ravens DB Gerome Sapp at the University of Notre Dame for the 1999 through 2001 seasons… Denver LB Nate Webster (1997-99), LB D.J. Williams(2000-03) and C Chris Myers(2001-04) were all college teammates with Ravens S Ed Reed at the University of Miami… Broncos T George Foster and Baltimore RB Musa Smith both played football for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1999-2002… Denver FB Kyle Johnson and Ravens T Adam Terry played college ball together at Syracuse in 2001.