Coach's Corner - Mike Shanahan 10/3/07

Mike Shanahan met with the local media today to discuss this weekend's matchup with the struggling San Diego Chargers. Check out the full transcripts.

Mike Shanahan
On RB Travis Henry
"He's not going to practice today, he's still a little bit sore. He's getting treatment and I'll tell you more tomorrow."

On Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson
"I can't speak for them but we know what type of football team they have. You take a look at what they've done offensively and defensively last year and they've got the same football team coming back, they've played some excellent team and they've had some turnovers. When you have turnovers and when you don't win in that area, especially on the road, it's hard to win football games."

On getting desperate
"It's a long season, sometimes teams start out very hot and they fade sometimes teams start out slow and they get better. It's a full 16-game season, it's week-by-week. You've got to fight and find ways to win games. Each game is another opportunity."

On importance of the game against San Diego
"Any time you play a team in the AFC West, obviously it's a big game. We know how important they are, if you win your division, you're guaranteed a home playoff spot. That's obviously the first thing you talk about as a team. We understand how important these AFC West games are - especially in our backyard. It's a very important game."

On differences between Norv Turner and Marty Schottenheimer
"It's still too early to tell, I can tell you better at the end of the season. Just like I talked about, you play some good teams, you turn the football over, it's how you respond. We're in the same situation they're in, every game is very important. Any time you're 2-2 or 1-3 each game becomes bigger. Their backs are against the wall, they better think that way and we better think that way. That's the mindset every football team has especially after the first quarter of the season, you look at where you're at and hopefully you can make some strides but you've got to do it on the weekend."

On WR Domenik Hixon being waived
"We thought it was the best thing for out football team. I'll give somebody else an opportunity to return. We've got a few options right now. We just thought it was in the best interest for our football team at this point."

On DE John Engelberger
"I don't know if he had an MRI or not but he should practice today so he should be alright."

On Henry's MRI
"The MRI was negative, he's just a little bit sore right now. He'll be day-by-day but he won't practice today."

On S John Lynch and WR Javon Walker
"Anytime you get a hamstring or a groin you don't know for sure until somebody practices. Can you go full speed? How much can you work it? Obviously with the knee situation, it's the same thing."

On run defense and special teams
"We talked about this before, it's our field position on special teams, kick off returns, worst in the NFL, and obviously we've got to improve. Run defense, same thing, we've got to improve in that area as well. We'll be working on those two areas and if we want to be the football team we want to be we've got to drastically improve in those areas and you better against a team like this. We know what LaDainian (Tomlinson) is capable of doing, he had well over a hundred yards against a very good Kansas City defense in the first half so we'd better be ready."

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