Coach's Corner 10/7/07

Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan did his best to shoulder the blame for Sunday's 41-3 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Check out the full transcripts.

General
"I did a very poor job getting this football team ready. I don't want to take anything away from the [San Diego] Chargers. But we're a much better football team than what we were today. We had some turnovers early; we had to overcome that adversity. It's my job to get these guys ready to play, and obviously we didn't play at the level we should have…I don't know if I've ever been more embarrassed; I don't think our players have ever been more embarrassed to put on that type of show. But, like I said, it starts with me and I did a poor job getting them ready."

On the Early Fumbles
"We gave them some opportunities. We had the fumble for the touchdown and the kickoff return to the nine-yard line. They had some opportunities early and we didn't play very well, and we got behind, and didn't play very good catch up."

Level of Concern
"Well, we've got a lot of work to do. Anytime you give up the type of yards that we gave up in the running game, there's a concern there, so, we'll work at it extremely hard this week. Obviously, in our bye week we'll do it for a couple days and hopefully improve. Against a team like San Diego, you can stop them for a couple of plays, but you make one wrong mistake at linebacker or defensive end and they can turn it into a big play."

On the Chargers' Touchdown Run at the End of the First Half
"We had a person right there, we had a defensive end that had containment."

On Bouncing Back after this Loss
"You've just got to do it day by day. We've got the personnel. I just have to do a better job getting them ready."

On RB Travis Henry's Off Field Distractions
"I don't think it was a distraction, to be honest with you. I think it was a distraction for him because he's got to talk about it. Obviously I had to address it, but, besides that, that was no reason for the performance we had. That had nothing to do with it."

On CB Champ Bailey's Injury
"I don't know. It was serious enough for him not to go back in the game. That's not good, because Champ usually plays hurt. For him not to be in there is a big concern."

On DE Simeon Rice
"He's just not one hundred percent yet. We're going to keep on trying to watch him play and watch him practice. His shoulder is probably about eighty percent, and we thought it was in our best interest to go in a different direction. When he is healthy, he brings a lot to the table, but he isn't right now."

On Playing Poorly at Home
"Hopefully we can do something about it next time we play at home."

Did any of the Players Quit Today?
"No, I didn't see anybody quit, did you? You had some guys who aren't normally in there at the end of the game. Like I said, it goes back to me doing a poor job getting ready. We have to regroup. It's a long season, and we have to play much better than we have."



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