Coaches Corner 1/10/06

Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan discusses the noise factor at Mile High, similarities and differences with Bill Belichick and the increased intensity during the playoffs. Check out all of today's press conference quotes.

On the biggest difference between INVESCO Field at Mile High and Mile High Stadium
"Two great stadiums. I'm not sure if there is a big difference, I think with all of the additions to (INVESCO Field at Mile High), it's a lot more comfortable for the fans. Mile High was a place with a lot of great tradition where I had a lot of great memories and great experiences, but now it's a parking lot."

On the noise level at INVESCO field at Mile High
"I guarantee you that it will be there this weekend. If not, I'll be surprised."

On the challenge of coaching against Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
"It's always a great challenge coaching against Bill. He is a great coach, and I was saying that before he got the job. I always felt he was the best at game planning obviously with what he has done and what he has accomplished has proven that. He's always tough to coach against. He keeps you off balance. He plays a three-man front, and we play a four man. We've seen it all through the years. If you do pick up a weakness, it's not there very long. You have to adjust throughout the whole game, and they are fundamentally sound. They play good solid football. His players always know what they are doing. I don't care if they are rookies are veterans - they are very well coached and they play at a very high level. I know it's a great challenge for our football team, and I'm sure he is looking at it the same way. We know we have to play solid football, and you're not going to get very many big plays. Everything you get, you going to have to earn and that's the nature of our match-ups through the years. They have just been good old-fashioned hard-fought football games. You can't turn the football over. You have to be able to run the football. The team that limits their mistakes usually wins."

On what New England is doing now differently from their meeting in October of this season
"Number one they are a lot healthier than they were then. If you take a look at what they've done in the month of December, they have averaged giving up 164 yards of total offense and under eight points a game. That's a pretty good December right there. Offensively, they've averaged about 390 yards (total offense) and 28 points a game. With their rush defense they've given up 2.9 yards per rushing attempt in the second half of the season and 3.5 will usually lead the NFL, so they're playing at a very high level and we have a great challenge in front of us. "

On what he will take from watching New England play recently
"Well, I'll go back four-to-five years to all of the games and all of the match-ups we have had against New England and obviously Bill with what he has done because he changes things up and you have to be ready for everything. And if you take a look at what they have done over the last half of the season since we have played them, it's a combination of all those things. They are playing with a lot of confidence, and I think what they have done the last half of the season speaks for itself."

On his coaching similarities and differences with Belichick
"I really don't know. I've never worked with Bill, but I've heard a lot of great things about him as a coach. He demands a lot as we have talked about with the football perspective and the X's and O's. He's demanding, expects perfection and usually gets perfection. How that compares with me I can't say that because obviously we haven't been in the same spot. "

On how New England QB Tom Brady ranks among all-time great quarterbacks
"He's got to be right up there at the top. Any time a guy has won three Super Bowls in four years and played at the level that he has played at in really tough crucial situations… It seems like the tougher it gets, the better he plays. They've had a bunch of injuries there and he kind of had a breakout year. For him to throw the ball the way he did against us I thought was amazing. He took some shots and never shied away from it. He's been doing that since he came into the NFL."

On New England winning three out of four Super Bowls
"Well, obviously there's a lot of confidence. Any time you win 10 straight playoff games, having done something that has never been done in the history of the game, you have to be pretty proud of that. They know as well as we do that you have to prepare for every game and what you've done in the past really doesn't matter it's what you do this week, and I think both teams are taking that perspective."

On the play of rookie Broncos rookie cornerbacks Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth
"Early in camp, both Domonique Foxworth and Darrent Williams came in and played with a lot of confidence and they showed the rest of their teammates that they could come in and compete right away. You never really know with rookies. They are both very sharp kids, obviously great speed and great feel for their position. They gained a lot of valuable experience in the preseason and it's carried over to the season. Rookies usually don't play a whole lot, but they are playing like veterans and hopefully they can keep it up through the playoffs."

On the increased intensity during the playoffs
"I think there is a sense of urgency in the playoffs. You have to do what you have been doing, and you have to focus the same way and prepare the same way. I think everyone knows how important it is, so the focus and the attention is there. You can't change what you do. You have to have to be very confident going in, and you have to have great preparation during the week and if you do it carries over to game day. But you can't get caught in the hype. You have to get caught in your preparation and how you focus for the game."

On home-field advantage
"Well I don't think people realize what and advantage crowd noise is. The snap count, the quarterback being able to audible, the defensive line being able to get the jump, the pass protection and the running game - that's a big advantage. We have the best fans in the country, and they'll be at their best and hopefully we will to."



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