Shanahan contemplates benching Griese

A bad third-quarter performance, which resulted in a pair of interceptions, led to a chorus of boos -- and a near benching for Broncos QB Brian Griese.

Updated: September 9, 2002, 4:27 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

DENVER -- Coach Mike Shanahan made an emphatic point following the Broncos gut-wrenching 23-16 victory over the Rams that Brian Griese is his starting quarterback. What's uncertain by Sunday's actions is whether Griese will be finishing the season, or games -- for that matter -- as his starting quarterback.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Griese was all but gone as the starter. Shanahan told backup Steve Beuerlein to warm up along the sidelines. Griese was awful in the third quarter, ...

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