SAN DIEGO, JAN. 26 -- Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen did not take the team's charter flight from Denver to San Diego Monday afternoon "because I didn't want to wear a shirt and tie. That's Dan's {Coach Dan Reeves} rule on the road."

Bolen, wearing athletic shoes and jeans, came through the hotel lobby today with his bicycle, prepared to ride 40 miles, "or until it gets dark." Bowlen is a former triathlete who looks to be in as good a shape as some of his linemen. . . .

Reeves and Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs have more in common than a love of golf. Reeves said today that the Broncos and Redskins were ready to make a trade during the 1983 draft. The Broncos, in need of a cornerback, were trying to trade up in the draft. The Redskins, according to Reeves, were ready to trade down unless the player they wanted was still on the board.

"Bobby Beathard had said, 'We'll trade with you so long as the guy we want is gone,' " Reeves said. "But when it came down to the pick, the Redskins took the same guy we had been looking at: Darrell Green."

As Elway Goes, Broncos Go

Some of the Broncos have been infuriated about suggestions that Denver is a one-man team. Those insulted include that one man, quarterback John Elway, and Reeves.

Denver receiver Mark Jackson's comments today would indicate he is not one of them. "If John goes poorly, we go poorly," Jackson said. "If John goes poorly we lose." . . .

Scene at Denver's arrival news conference Monday night in nearby LaJolla, Calif.: Tom Jackson, the longtime Denver linebacker who retired last year and moved to ESPN, walked up to Elway and asked, "John, how much does this team miss Tom Jackson?"

Elway: "We got here without him, didn't we?"

Reeves: Single Play Key

Reeves discussed very frankly the play in the AFC championship game against Cleveland that is as responsible as any single play for the Broncos being here instead of the Browns.

With Earnest Byner headed for an apparent game-tying touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game, Denver defensive back Jeremiah Castille reached out and stripped the ball from Byner, then recovered it at the 3 to stop Cleveland's second-half surge.

"I think he realized," Reeves said reviewing the videotape, "that he was out of position to make the tackle, and about the only thing he could do was reach out and go for the ball." . . .