Coaches Corner - Mike Shanahan 10/25/06

Head Coach Mike Shanahan discusses this week's matchup with the Indianapolis Colts and the ever growing controversy at quarterback. Check out the full transcripts.

Mike Shanahan

On if he feels that a quarterback like Peyton Manning can be considered the best without winning a super bowl
"I'm not sure if you can ever be considered the best without winning a super bowl. No. Well I am not saying that you couldn't be the best. You asked me if you can be considered the best by people. I think that it is very hard to be unless you win championships. I think that is what separates the great ones from the very good ones. Peyton (Manning) is as good as it gets. I believe that just watching him and studying him he is very impressive, very impressive. But I think that Peyton Manning would be the first one to tell you that he is going to be judged by winning the big games. The great ones are."

On how difficult it is to run a no-huddle offense like Indianapolis runs
"Well it depends what your offense is. They run the no-huddle. They enjoy running it. It just depends what your philosophy is and what your scheme is. They do a very good job of it, they take advantage of it, and they have a quarterback that is quite comfortable with it and with the substitution package. So I think it is pretty easy because he enjoys it."

On if it is difficult to run a no-huddle offense with the amount of substitutions there are on the defensive side of the ball
"No, because he (Colts QB Peyton Manning) keeps you from substituting. It is pretty easy. He just hurries things up if you want to substitute and he keeps the defense from going on the field. He is a very sharp guy, and he works at it. You can tell that he works at it more than most because for him to grasp the intricacies of defenses you have to work at it all of the time and he has done that very consistently."

On how different the Colts' offense is without RB Edgerrin James this season
"Not a lot different to be honest with you. They have a running back (rookie Joseph Addai) who averaged over 7 yards a carry last week and 5.1 yards for the season. He was a first round draft choice and that is one of the reasons that they got him, to compliment their offense knowing that they were going to lose James and dealing with the salary cap… They went out and got another great running back."

On the effect crowd noise can have on a no-huddle offense
"Well it is obviously a big advantage for us, especially with our crowd. You know the big advantage that we talk about all of the time is the snap count and the defensive line being able to get the jump on the offensive lineman when you can't hear that snap count. So hopefully our crowd will be very loud and we can take advantage of it."

On if he thinks that crowd noise will actually rattle a quarterback like Peyton Manning
"It's not rattling somebody. Peyton is not going to be rattled unless you get a jump on the offensive line and put a little pass rush on him. That is usually the advantage, but he is used to it because he is obviously an experienced quarterback but like all quarterbacks he is very tough on the defensive line getting a jump on the offensive line."

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