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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | July 7, 1996
In NFL circles, Marvin Demoff is the power broker you never see and only occasionally hear about, often after the fact, like some sort of twister that levels the local trailer park.Oh, you mean he was the attorney who backed Bob Irsay into a dark corner in 1983 and forced the Baltimore Colts' infamous trade of No. 1 draft pick John Elway to the Denver Broncos?Yes, he is that attorney -- a man so esteemed in those NFL circles he sometimes is referred to as the "Monsignor"; a man so trustworthy it is said he is a confidant of Al Davis, the inscrutable owner of the Oakland Raiders; a man so powerful he is the contractual voice for Dan Marino and Jeff Hostetler, Rick Mirer and Jim Everett, Rod Woodson and Leslie O'Neal, to name a few of the league's elite.
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Mike Preston | August 4, 2014
In theory, the West Coast offense doesn't appear to be ideal for an East Coast football team. Gary Kubiak's version, though, might be the perfect fit for the Ravens. The short, quick passes still will be a major staple of their offense, but in Kubiak's system, the running game sets up the pass. When John Elway was the Denver Broncos' quarterback, he won back-to-back Super Bowl s in 1998 and 1999 with Kubiak as the offensive coordinator. Elway expects Kubiak to also be successful in Baltimore, where he will debut as the Ravens' offensive coordinator Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers in their preseason opener.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | January 10, 1998
Terrell Davis sees the Denver Broncos as a much smarter team this time around. He sees the Broncos savoring their postseason run with too much urgency to experience a letdown like the one Davis thought caused their shocking demise in last season's wild-card round."
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Mike Preston | January 30, 2014
The Ravens hired one of the best offensive minds in the NFL as Gary Kubiak was named the team's offensive coordinator , but don't expect miracles in the 2014 season. Kubiak has put together some prolific offenses during his 21-year coaching career, but the Ravens don't have all the pieces in place for the type of highly efficient offense he wants to run. It's not just finding star players, but putting together a scheme, terminology and working out other nuances for an offense which has West Coast principles.
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By Alex Marvez and Alex Marvez,South Florida Sun-Sentinel | December 10, 2006
His name is being removed from AutoNation's Denver-area car dealerships, but John Elway's image will remain fresh in the minds of Broncos fans as long as the franchise continues playing lemons at quarterback. Denver hasn't cemented an adequate replacement since Elway ended his Hall of Fame career after the 1998 season. The Broncos haven't gone to a Super Bowl since Elway guided the team to consecutive championships in his final two seasons before retiring in 1999. Not that the Broncos haven't aggressively tried addressing the matter.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2004
John Elway and Ernie Accorsi are inextricably linked in NFL history because of what happened 21 years ago - the draft pick so stubbornly fought, the trade so capriciously made, the repercussions that lasted for so many years. Elway was the Stanford quarterback who wanted no part of the Baltimore Colts in 1983. Accorsi was the Colts' general manager who took him anyway with the first overall pick in the college draft. When Colts owner Bob Irsay surreptitiously traded Elway to the Denver Broncos a week after the draft, it set in motion a series of events that would ultimately haunt two cities - Baltimore and Cleveland.
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1999
MIAMI -- The national media finally are giving John Elway a break.No more beating up the Denver Broncos' quarterback over his tepid Super Bowl performances. No more questions about a Hall of Fame career that rings hollow for want of a Super Bowl ring.Heck, yesterday no one even bothered to quiz Elway about The Feud, so easily has he dismissed his stormy relationship with former Broncos coach Dan Reeves.This is the difference a year makes. It is the difference a Super Bowl championship makes.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1997
Two nights in August will reverberate long and loud through the NFL's 78th season. Two nights when three playoff contenders quivered and nearly fell. Two nights when three quarterbacks faced potentially devastating injuries and came away with a best-case scenario each time.On two separate nights six days apart, John Elway ruptured a biceps tendon in his throwing arm, Kerry Collins shattered his jaw in a helmet-to-helmet collision, and Mark Brunell suffered damage to three knee ligaments when a defensive player rolled into his right leg.It wasn't just the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively, who held their collective breath that week.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | October 18, 1996
Booed, embarrassed and besieged, Jim Kelly was well past denial, running smack up against resignation, when he faced a large media contingent Sunday in the bowels of Buffalo's Rich Stadium.What the Buffalo Bills quarterback said shocked reporters more than the intentional grounding penalty he drew on the goal line in the game's final minutes, or the interception he threw shortly after that.What Kelly said was, if he doesn't get the job done, he should be replaced by Todd Collins."I'm man enough to realize if you can't get it done, no matter what the position, it's time to move on to something else," he said.
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September 14, 1991
When's payday?Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon hasn't collected a salary this season, while his agent -- Leigh Steinberg -- and the Oilers try to figure out the tricky escalator clause in his contract.Moon's worth is determined in part by the average salary of the three top-paid NFL quarterbacks, but it can't be determined exactly how much Dan Marino, John Elway and Joe Montana are making.Moon isn't sure how much longer he can last without a check. "I can go until my wife decides we need some money," he said.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
The Ravens have been keeping everyone hanging as they conduct what appears to be a thorough search for their next offensive coordinator, but if they were to get Gary Kubiak, the wait would be well worth it. The team was expected to make an announcement regarding a new offensive coordinator late last week, but then a mystery candidate emerged Sunday. It turns out it was Kubiak, the former Houston Texans head coach who previously served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach when the Denver Broncos won a pair of Super Bowls nearly two decades ago. He is now considered the favorite . And he should be. The Ravens have considered qualified candidates such as Kyle Shanahan , Kirby Wilson, Scott Linehan and internal candidate Jim Hostler.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
If you thought what Ray Lewis had to say about the lights going out at the Super Bowl was wild, wait until you see and hear this interview  ESPN's Lisa Salters conducted with Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs that ESPN is airing 7 p.m. Tuesday as part of its "E:60" magazine series. Here's a bit of the transcript: TERRELL SUGGS : “I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean?  I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops, he always has something up his sleeve.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Sept. 12, 2004: The Orioles use 10 pitchers, a major league record in a nine-inning game, and lose, 9-7, to the New York Yankees before an announced 47,780 at Camden Yards. Mercifully, Bruce Chen goes the distance the next day for the Birds. Sept. 11, 1983: "I thought they'd boo me. But I never thought they'd boo the whole first half," Denver rookie quarterback John Elway says after the Broncos' 17-10 win over the Colts at Memorial Stadium. Baltimore drafted Elway No. 1 overall, but his refusal to play here forced his trade to Denver.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
Terrell Davis remembers the feeling after tight end Shannon Sharpe left the Denver Broncos and joined the Ravens before the 2000 season. He vividly recalls the uncomfortable silence in the huddle and on the sideline, the blank looks exchanged between teammates, the lack of smiles and laughs that had been so commonplace even during trying times. "I'm telling you, it stripped our offense and basically our team of a personality and an identity when he left," said Davis, who rushed for 7,607 yards and scored 65touchdowns in seven seasons with the Broncos.
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Baltimore Sun staff | March 19, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors analyze the Denver Broncos' reported acquisition of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Jeff Zrebiec (Ravens/NFL reporter): The Denver Broncos got Peyton Manning's first visit and they seemed to be the most logical landing spot for the quarterback all along. They have a young group of wide receivers, a strong defense and one of the better quarterbacks in NFL history as a top executive. Is there any doubt that the Broncos' visit to Baltimore will be a prime-time game?
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | January 31, 2009
TAMPA, FLA. - Two former Ravens are experiencing different levels of emotions leading up to today's announcement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. While Rod Woodson is considered a lock to make the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Shannon Sharpe is not. No ex-Raven has made the Hall. After a career that included eight Pro Bowls and three Super Bowl titles, Sharpe hasn't been this worried about getting cut since he was a rookie seventh-round draft pick out of Savannah State.
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January 26, 1997
BasketballL 76ers: Signed F-C Adrian Caldwell to second 10-day contract.Raptors: Signed F Reggie Slater to 10-day contract.CollegesTexas A&M: Freshman G Steve Houston has been ruled academically ineligible.FootballNFL: Announced QBs Mark Brunell of Jaguars and Gus Frerotte of Redskins will be Pro Bowl replacements for Broncos' John Elway (shoulder) and Cowboys' Troy Aikman (elbow).HockeyCanadiens: Recalled F Eric Houde from AHL Fredericton.Coyotes: Placed D Brad McCrimmon on IR.Pub Date: 1/26/97
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun Reporter | November 15, 2006
When the Ravens signed Gary Stills as an unrestricted free agent in March, the eighth-year linebacker talked with coach Brian Billick, defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and special teams coordinator Frank Gansz Jr. But there was one person Stills eagerly sought out: fellow linebacker Terrell Suggs. Falcons@Ravens Sunday, 1 p.m., Ch. 45, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Ravens by 4 1/2 Prime numbers Jerseys pictured on PG 1D (from left to right): John Elway (7), Dan Marino (13), Joe Montana (16), Johnny Unitas (19)
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By BILL ORDINE | April 25, 2008
Tomorrow's draft will mark the 25th anniversary of what, in my opinion, was the greatest NFL draft of all time - except in a few places, notably in Baltimore. Many football fans recall the 1983 first round as the The Great Quarterback Draft - the one that produced John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly, Hall of Famers all. Three other quarterbacks were selected in that first round - Ken O'Brien, Todd Blackledge and Tony Eason - and even among that lesser group, O'Brien was a Pro Bowl selection and Eason took a team to the Super Bowl.
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By BILL ORDINE | April 24, 2008
In some cases, they were simply bad players. In others, they were bad people. And some of them just had bad, bad luck. But whatever the reason, here is a team-by-team rundown of each NFL franchise's all-time worst first-round draft pick. Arizona: Steve Little, K, 1978 (No. 15). A rare first-rounder as a punter and kicker, Little hit just 40 percent of his field-goal tries. Shortly after he was cut by the then-St. Louis Cardinals, he was in a car accident that left him paralyzed. He died in 1999.
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