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Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan Conference Call With New Orleans Media
Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan Conference Call With New Orleans Media Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
Q: Your offense is clicking and it seems like Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are a big part of that. Can you talk about how they have been able to overcome some of the off field issues in the offseason?
A: Itís nice to get started off on the right foot. Obviously Brandon missed the first game, but played very well in the second game. Jayís a lot more comfortable with the system.
Q: Going into this game, the Saints had some pass defense issues with Jason Campbell in the last one. What do you see with the secondary?
A: I know that they were missing four starters, had three turnovers, had a punt return for a touchdown and still had a chance to win thatís not indicative to New Orleansí offense, defense or team. Washington was very fortunate to win that game, because normally those turnovers or the punt return doesnít occur. They had a game into the fourth quarter. We know theyíre going to healthier and give us their best shot and weíll be ready for them.
Q: What has brought Jay Cutler to the point where he seems more advanced than the other quarterbacks from the 2006 draft class?
A: I liked his background from Vanderbilt, his arm strength that he won SEC Player of the Year, played in a tough conference. He could check down and make all the throws and could also get out of the pocket and scramble consistently. I just thought he had the chance to be a franchise quarterback for all the right reasons.
Q: Was his play at Vanderbilt why you favored him compared to Vince Young and Matt Leinart?
A: Very much so.
Q: Did you feel that he would be a better fit for your specific offensive system?
A: To be honest, I just liked the way he quarterbacked. I liked his arm strength. Heís very similar to some of the top quarterbacks who played the game. I kind of liked his presence and some of the tutelage he had had to come into the pro game, because he had to do that in college.
Q: The Saints run game has struggled at times and the Redskins were able to get some pressure on Drew Brees. Do you see a situation where you can kind of expose those guys?
A: They had some tipped ball. Anytime you have some tipped balls, sometimes they hit the ground, sometimes they get intercepted. You look at Drew and Iíll be honest with you, I watched him for a number of years. Heís a guy that I really look up to, because he has played so well, so flawless, he has such a good system to run. They donít make very many mistakes. Heís fun to watch in the offseason, because he plays the game so well.
Q: Brandon Marshall says that he didnít know how many balls he caught the other day (18). Is that something that evolves, or is it something that is a conscious effort?
A: With the type of zone package they (San Diego) play, you can get a number of catches. I didnít know he caught 18.
Q: Even though he didnít make the catches, did Marshall attract some people on those game winning plays?
A: Yes, he brought like three people out of the area on those plays. It was the same play with a different formation. One time Eddie (Royal) beat a defensive tackle, the other time a safety. Sometimes when a guy makes as many plays as Brandon has for us, obviously you have to pay attention to him.
Q: Do you think you might start a trend by going for two?
A: I donít know about that.
Q: Did you have any second thoughts about it after?
A: No, I really didnít. I just felt that it was the right thing to do at the time. I just thought it was the right time looking at our offense and a play that we had planned for that situation. Fortunately it worked out.
Q: Mike Tice did it six years ago against the Saints, but the difference was that they were 5-9 at the time. Do you think about the ramifications if it didnít work?
A: No, you have to understand that it comes with the job. If youíre going to base your decisions on the scrutiny youíre going to take, youíre not doing what you think is best for your team. I understand what would have happened if we didnít make it. Thatís why you have to do what you think gives you the best chance to win. Your job is based on winning and losing and you have to do what you think is right and I did. Iím just glad it worked out.
Q: Will you do it again?
A: It all depends on what situation youíre in. You kind of get a feel for your team. If it works out youíre smart. If it doesnít work out, youíre not too smart.
Q: You have the luxury of having two veteran cornerbacks in Tracy Porter and Dreí Bly and the Saints are going with a rookie in Tracy Porter. The first week he made some great plays and the second week, he got beat for the game-winning touchdown. How tough is it for a rookie corner to come in right away and almost get it right of the bat? Is that difficult to do and as a coach, do you expect there to be highs and lows?
A: Thereís always going to be highs and lows. Those corners, obviously anytime you put them on an island, thatís tough. Thereís also a correlation to your pass rush. There are some corners that are pretty average and wind up going to the Pro Bowl, just because you have a great pass rush, two years later they lose some of those defensive linemen and theyíre not very good. Itís a combination of both. You got to have balance. You got to have a good pass rush. The greater the pass rush, the better the corners. Q: Do you feel that cornerback and quarterback are two of the most scrutinized positions?
A: Yes, anytime youíre on an island and people can see a wide receiver run right by you, youíre going to have the highs and lows, wipe it out and go onto the next plays. The great corners can do that. They can get beat; they forget about it, wipe it out and pretend it didnít happen. If you donít have a short memory out there, you usually donít last.
Q: How were you able to sort out some of the back and forth messages between Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall?
A: That was no big deal. That was just buildup. Those guys do a lot together in the offseason. All of a sudden Jay speaks his mind. They do a lot of things together. Theyíre very close.
Q: Have you seen growth in Brandon evidenced by his lack of public response in the situation?
A: Yes, everything goes back to the girlfriend he has had since back in junior high. I think heís moved on. I think heís done well.
Q: What have you seen of Jonathan Vilma in the two games heís played in with the Saints?
A: Heís a guy that I always admired at Miami. He obviously went to the Jets. He came out and you always heard about his knee, they said he had the same thing in high school and has always been able to play through it. Heís a guy that makes plays and I have a lot of respect for him. Obviously we have D.J. Williams who played right alongside him. Of course Jonathan was inside and D.J. outside.
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