Coach's Corner - Aug. 4, 2007

Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan addresses the media as the first week of Broncos Training Camp comes to an end. Check out the full transcripts...

Mike Shanahan

On LB Louis Green's injury suffered during goal line drills
"We have lost a few guys over the past years during our goal line period, and I thought we had snuck away without an injury and then Louis Green stayed down on the ground. I thought the worst at first, but it looks like he is all right. He came back and practiced. I think he just got a little bruise on his knee, so hopefully there is no setback. For a guy to come back like he did, is a good sign."

On RB Travis Henry not practicing
"He is just a little bit sore, but it's nothing serious. I think it was a sore groin or hamstring. We thought it was smart to keep him out because it was just a little bit tight, but he should be ready to go."

On the first week of camp
"I thought we have had some great effort, but we are a long ways away. I thought we made some strides, but part of this is the evaluation process and getting down to 53 players. We are looking for guys that aren't going to make mistakes, guys that can handle it mentally as well has physically. We threw the whole playbook at them this week, and we have run the whole play book. There have been a lot of mistakes and their timing is not perfect, but we have had a chance to evaluate them both physically and mentally and see how guys step up."

On DE Ebenezer Ekuban
"He is fine. He just got a little banged up. He got the wind knocked out of him, but he should be fine."

On if QB Jay Cutler is wearing a special helmet to protect against concussions
"He will be wearing his regular helmet. These guys get concussions all the time. They get a lot more attention for them. A guy used to have a couple concussions a year and they would do smelling salts and then go back. Obviously we are a lot more aware of the complications that come from concussions. They see the doctors and go through a rigorous routine to make sure everything is all right. Obviously with Jay, there is no problem with his head so we won't use any preventative measures to deal with that situation."

On WR Brandon Marshall's expected return
"I don't know when he is going to be ready. When he is ready, he will be able to go out there and practice at full speed. I told (Strength and Conditioning Coach) Rich Tuten that I don't want to see him until he is ready to go and he feels like he can go through two practices. We can't take reps away from guys that are already playing."

On the Broncos' leaders
"John Lynch was a captain and he is still here. Any time you lose a guy like Al Wilson, someone else has to step up. Rod Smith is still with us and he was a captain last year. You take a look at Keith Burns, even though he is not on the field, it is nice to have him here as a coach. We have a number of guys that I think are potential leaders both on offense and special teams. It is a group of guys playing together rather than who is a so called captain."

On the players not practicing on Sunday
"I think it is good. Any time you go for a week, it is nice to get a chance to have the body recover. I think it is mental as much as it is physical. Even though they are sore and worn out, when you throw as much as we have thrown at them in one week's time, it is tough. They will get a chance to relax a little bit and go back through their play books and we will start all over on Monday."

On the team practicing in full pads
"When they are in shoulder pads, it is full speed. What I like to do, and I only do it one time a year, I put the full pads on them that way before we play San Francisco, they have the feeling of what it is like to put the pads on the knees and go though a practice like that. We are not trying to tear them down by putting the pads on but traditionally we do this one time and when we do goal line we like to do it."

On the crowd of 3,089 fans that attended Saturday's practice
"It is great to see the support by the fans, and I think the players really enjoy it. From a coaching standpoint, I had to make plans. I have never made plans for the fans before because usually you can take care of them on one side of the field. We anticipated a lot of people coming out today and it was great. They were probably five or six deep on each side. I thought it was great to have the fans here supporting our team and I think the players thoroughly enjoyed it."

On RB Mike Bell during goal line situations
"Mike has always done a good job in the goal line offense. He has a way of getting up in the air and he also can stay low and run over people. That is one of his strong attributes."

On bringing P Todd Sauerbrun back to Denver
"We were hoping Todd would be back with us. With the contract situation, we never knew how the NFL was going to rule. Having him in our camp is a big plus."

On LB Warrick Holdman's return date after suffering a spinal cord concussion
"I really don't know. He had some numbness when he came out of the hospital and until that numbness goes away he is not going to practice. We will evaluate that on a day-to-day basis. He thinks he is going to practice on Monday. I talked to him and he said, ‘Hey I am ready to go.' I don't want to say that before the doctors look at him. They are going to be very cautious in that situation so we will just wait and see."

On how Holdman's injury affects the competition for the Broncos' starting strong side linebacker spot
"It has nothing to do with it. When the doctors OK him that means he is ready to go. This has happened to a number of players through the years. Obviously he is not going to practice until the doctors clear him. We understand the consequences if he is not 100 percent and feeling good and all the signs that he had that day are gone. It is numb a little bit in his fingers and the left side of the body. As Greek (Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos) explained to me, I haven't talked to Warrick, but he is feeling much better. We won't have him out there on the football field until he is 100 percent."



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