Coach's Corner - Josh McDaniels 11/28/10

Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels discusses Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams. Check out the full transcripts...

Opening Comments
"I'll start by giving credit to the Rams. (Head Coach) Steve (Spagnuolo) does a great job. He's doing a nice job with his football team. They made some adjustments as the game wore on that were very effective in many ways – on both sides of the ball. We got off to a nice start, but didn't sustain it and the two turnovers – (we) found ourselves in some third-and-longs as the game wore on and couldn't stay on the field offensively. (We) gave up too much production there, defensively, in the second and third quarters. I appreciate the fight of our team and (we) continued to play hard and had a shot there at the end to try to do something – even with the punt rush. Give (the Rams) credit, they deserve it and they deserved to win."

On the Broncos' defense
"We have to play better defense, have to coach better and giving up 30-something points is tough to consistently try to match on offense. There's no doubt about that – we're going to have to find a way to play better defense, create some turnovers and some negative plays to potentially give our offense some field position at times and play better in the red zone when they do move the football."

On the Rams' passing offense
"We knew they were going to (throw the ball). They protected a little bit more – they weren't in naked bootlegs today. They were protecting the edge, and then throwing back across the field sometimes, trying to give (QB Sam) Bradford time. I thought he really played well – did a nice job of moving out of the pocket and then trying to find some guys down the field. But, they had a good plan and again – that's a good staff over there and they did a great job preparing their team."

On the decision to kick onsides at the end of the fourth quarter
"We talked about it and if you kick it deep, you really have one chance to get the ball back; and if you onside kick it, there's one opportunity there and then you can still use your timeout and the two-minute warning and get the ball back – and we knew we'd rush the punt. We felt like, ‘Why don't we just go ahead and max out the opportunities to get the football back.' I thought we got it back in decent field position with the blocked punt. Those decisions come and go."

On whether the videotaping controversy was a distraction to the team
"We talked about that all yesterday and I think the team handled it great and was ready to play and moved on."

On starting strong but not turning it into a win
"We have to stay out of third-and-long. When we start to sputter offensively, it's because we have some negative plays or find ourselves in third-and-12, third-and-15 or third-and-10 and those situations aren't good for any offense and certainly haven't been good for us this year either. So, we have to do a better job on first and second down trying to stay out of those situations."

On whether opponents are targeting CB Perrish Cox
"That's going to happen – we have (CB) Champ (Bailey) on one side and Perrish on the other and part of trying to apply pressure to the quarterback and set the edge and stop the running game is that you're going to have to play some post-safety defense and when that happens – Perrish is battling out there and so is Champ. I think they threw both ways today and might have thrown more at Perrish – that would, I imagine, be the norm."

On the Rams' tight ends
"They've used their tight ends very well all season. They're kind of different players and they use some misdirection and do some different things with them in the play-action game. They definitely got free and made some plays."

On how the videotape controversy has affected his relationship with his staff
"I have no idea. We addressed that whole situation yesterday and we've moved forward."

On how he would summarize this past week
"Got ready to play the St. Louis Rams and try to play a football game and put together our best effort. There are different types of things that come up each week in the season in every organization and we handled the things that came up this week and got ready to play."

On a report regarding his comparison of this videotaping incident to that which occurred while he worked with New England
"I'm not going to talk about any reports or anything like that. We addressed that all yesterday, I'm done with that and I'm done talking about that."

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