Less than twenty-four hours after the Broncos were embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers, head coach Mike Shanahan addressed the media.
Needless to say, his mood was less than stellar.
"It was really pretty embarrassing," said Shanahan. "Penalties, missed assignments, guys getting beat one on one. Defensively I was pleased with the effort, I thought our first unit played pretty good in the first half. To hold a team like that to just three points was pretty good, but after that it became a fiasco."
For those that know Mike Shanahan, fiasco is putting it mildly. The exact depths of his anger may not fully be realized until next Tuesday, which is coincidentally, the day the coaching staff cuts its roster down to 65 players.
Granted, not all of those that missed assignments or dropped passes are likely to be given their walking papers, there is still room for concern, and no one is concerned more than Shanahan.
"It gave us a chance to evaluate a lot of our players, some of our second and third teamers and obviously special teams as well, so now well go back and hopefully play better next week."
In other words, yes, I saw what you did, and yes, I will take steps to make sure it doesnt happen again.
Case in point Mike Anderson, who dropped an open field pass on fourth and two, which could have given Denver a first down deep in Green Bay territory and later fumbled a handoff, which was recovered by Donte Curry. The Packers scored their only touchdown of the evening on the very next play.
"The two mistakes I made tonight were critical mistakes that I can't take back," said Anderson
"The one pass I dropped could have been a TD. I guess I was looking downfield a little on that one. I understand that that one is on me. It's on me. But I'm human, so I'm not perfect."
Perfect or not, the former Marine has a limited time to try and make his mark as the Broncos go-to back, before Olandis Gary and Terrell Davis begin breathing down his neck.
"Everybody saw the dropped pass," Shanahan told reporters. "The ball was a little wobbly, but I thought Gus did a great job getting the ball off. There was busted coverage and he had a chance for a big play. But that's all part of preseason. The evaluation will be all the way through the four-preseason games. When we are done we will make a decision."