- The Washington Times - Monday, October 1, 2001

DENVER Only Shannon Sharpe's boss stands in his way.
Ozzie Newsome, the Baltimore Ravens senior vice president of football operations, can enjoy his NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end for another week.
Barring injury, Sharpe will undoubtedly surpass Newsome's 7,980 receiving yards in this Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans at PSINet Stadium. Yesterday in his first game back in Denver, Sharpe caught five passes for 50 yards and moved passed Jackie Smith for second place on the NFL's all-time list for receiving yards by a tight end.
Sharpe, the Denver Broncos' all-time leader in receptions (552), yardage (6,983) and touchdowns (44), now has 7,961 career yards. Sharpe played an integral part in the Ravens' go-ahead scoring drive yesterday when he caught two passes for 28 yards, including a key first down on a third-and-6 at the Broncos 48.
"I said, 'Y'all remember me, I used to do this right across the street,' " Sharpe said of going out of bounds on the Broncos sideline after his catch. "I thought I did it tactfully. I wasn't ranting and raving and throwing the ball down on the sideline. I just got a few words and winked."
Sharpe was given a rousing ovation when he was introduced during the pre-game ceremony. On his third-down catch, Sharpe was booed by the 75,082 Broncos faithful at new Invesco Field at Mile High. Sharpe, 33, passed Smith on a 13-yard reception in the third quarter.
"You go to your best player," Ravens coach Brian Billick said of calling plays for Sharpe down the stretch. "It was important to Shannon in crunch time we go to him, just like Denver would go to Rod Smith. They had to know that. He's an outstanding player."

Grbac's gaffe
Yesterday's game was 20 seconds old when the Ravens offense generously handed the Broncos a touchdown.
On the first play of the game, quarterback Elvis Grbac tried a play-action rollout to the right. Kavika Pittman, the Broncos right end, charged Grbac from the corner.
Instead of throwing the ball away, Grbac released the ball off his back foot to no one in particular over the middle, even though Sharpe was in the vicinity. Broncos left tackle Chester McGlockton dropped back in coverage and Grbac put the ball perfectly into McGlockton's hands at the Ravens 20.
McGlockton, a massive 6-foot-4, 334-pound lineman, rumbled 17 yards down the right sideline before getting knocked out of bounds by Ravens center Mike Flynn at the Baltimore 3.
"I don't know what it is about Denver, but it always seems that I throw one pick and it goes for a touchdown," said Grbac, who raised his record to 5-1 against the Broncos with yesterday's 20-13 victory. "I've done it in the past and we've come back and won. I was trying to get rid of the ball more than anything else, and I didn't see Chester McGlockton."
Grbac atoned for his mistake by throwing two touchdown passes a 20-yarder to Qadry Ismail and a 3-yard strike to Travis Taylor in the second half.
On the play after Grbac's miscue, Broncos quarterback Brian Griese found tight end Dwayne Carswell open in the left side of the end zone and just like that the Broncos led 7-0. It was Griese's seventh touchdown of the season.
"I guess it's our arrogance, spot a team like Denver seven points and say, 'OK, let's do that first,' " Billick said.

Running smoothly
Maybe the Ravens' ground attack wasn't dead after all, just dormant. The Ravens rushed for 112 yards the first game this season they have rushed for more than 100 yards. Veteran Terry Allen, the featured back, rolled to a season-high 65 yards on 19 carries (3.4 average). First-year man Jason Brookins rushed for 31 yards on four carries, including a 20-yard scamper on the winning drive.
Allen, for one, doesn't appreciate the negative criticism concerning the rushing attack.
"You know what, I don't even want to talk about the running game, because if it was doing bad three weeks ago, it's doing bad now," Allen said. "And that's as far as I want to go with our running game."
The Ravens came into yesterday's game with the 29th-rated rushing attack in the 31 team league.
"We were just better at it. We blocked a little bit better, ran a little bit harder and tried to focus on what we are," Billick said. "We're still identifying what our running game is. We're new back there and a little bit new in the offensive line, so we're still scratching around."

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