Coach's Corner - Aug. 8, 2007

Mike Shanahan had plenty to say following Wednesday's practice session - check out the full transcripts.

Mike Shanahan

On LB Nate Webster missing Wednesday morning's practice
"He's a little bit banged up. It's temporary. He should be all right."

On the tight ends playing well in the goal line period
"Well it's always good. We've got a few tight ends right now, and I think we've got seven on the depth chart. Tony (Scheffler) is the only guy that really didn't practice the whole practice. Chad (Mustard) came back and we just got a lot of reps in there today we did some personnel groups of tight ends, so it was a good practice for them."

On the intensity of camp wearing players down
"We've got all the installation on offense and defense, so I think they're a little relieved about that, but now we go run the same thing with different personnel groups, so that puts a lot of pressure on them mentally. But it's something that you need to do, especially in the first couple of weeks. You've got a lot of guys with some bumps and bruises, a lot of guys that are tired, a couple guys that are injured, but you've got to work through it. That's what camp is for, and we're getting a lot of good work done."

On Wednesday morning's practice compared to Tuesday morning's practice
"I thought we had a good practice today. We started a little bit slow in the first period, but then we really picked up the pace. I was pleased with the effort. Yesterday, we had a little bit of a marathon. We had pads on for two-and-a-half hours. After you hit the day before the way we did, you're going to have some guys that are tired and sluggish, but obviously you've got to work through it. As we've talked about that's what training camp is for, to work through some of the adversity."

On his plans and expectations as camp wraps up
"We've got a plan right from the start of what we try to get in. We try to put the players in certain situations, with the red zone as you saw today, different personnel groupings, as you saw, two minutes sometimes against the three-wide receiver sets, sometimes with the base sets. Yesterday, we did a little bit of no huddle, so the next three days will be trying to put all those things in that we've been working on the last two days and do a little bit better."

On varying the practice routine
"There's a lot of things to cover in a couple-week time period, so what you try to do is put these guys in as many situations as you can. You're dealing with third down and short yardage, goal line, red zone. You're dealing with third down, different situations, protection, three-man fronts, four-man fronts, especially with these young guys that haven't faced it. Quarterbacks have to react like that. They have to know what's going on in all situations, so to put them through that as many times as you can in the preseason gives them a chance once you get to the season for it to become automatic and you don't have to think."

On QB Patrick Ramsey
"He's exceptionally bright. Normally a guy coming in the first year can't even get you out of the huddle with everything that's thrown at them. He picks things up very quickly. If you watch him out there he's just getting better and better. I'm sure glad to have him on our football team."

On memories of his time coaching in San Francisco from 1992-94
"You know it's been a while ago. It's been 13 years. We had a three-year run there that was pretty good obviously with the last year being the best, so you know you always go back to those memories. I've spent some time with those guys and made it happen everyone once in awhile, so that's always special, but as I said that's been a while back."

On DT Sam Adams
"Well, there are a lot of big guys that can't play. He's got great quickness. He's got football instincts and the main thing we've got to make is sure of is that he is healthy. We've got to get him in football shape because we know he can play the game. We've don't want to overdo it on his knees because he's had arthroscopic surgery, he's obviously had some problem with the knees, so we want to get him in football shape and that's not always just banging them every day. What we try to do is practice him one day. The next day he gets in there and lifts weights, he runs, he pushes a sled, gets on the treadmill, gets on the step master, and then the next day we bring him back with football. I think if we do that then we've got a chance once we do start the season that he'll be feeling pretty good. I just don't want to send him back with an injury."

On mixing newly acquired players in with Bronco veterans
"One of the advantages of having the OTA's is we actually got through the installation package for two weeks in a row. The hard part is the language. You know football is very similar, but the terminology sometimes changes, so to do that for two weeks and then go through a training camp they don't have to worry about the terminology. They don't have to think—They can actually react and to have guys with their experience, it usually doesn't take them very long to pick it up. So with Daniel (Graham) and Travis (Henry), they've picked up things very quickly even though there's still a learning curve compared to a rookie coming in."



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