Coach's Corner - Mike Shanahan 10/21/07

Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan reflects on his team's performance in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mike Shanahan

General
"It's always nice to find a way to win. Pittsburgh is a very good football team, and I thought it was physical on both sides of the ball. Both teams fought, and it is always nice to make some plays at the end of the game and find a way to win."

On K Jason Elam's Consistency in High-Pressure Situations
"That's why he's been in the league for so many years because he can do that. He's got great tempo, like a golfer. It doesn't matter if it's twenty, thirty or however many yards, he's got the same swing every time."

On QB Jay Cutler's Composure
"He's fearless. He goes out there and he completes. If he makes a mistake, he'll forget about it and goes back and tries to make another play. That's what you want out of a quarterback -- you want a quarterback that's going to go out there and make some plays, and do what he did today: find a way to win. Especially when they got the ball back for the last couple of drives, began controlling the tempo of the game and making a bunch of third downs. He kept his composure and made the plays he had to make."

On the Players Encouraging him to Take the Last Challenge
"They told me to. I don't get a chance to challenge in the last two minutes of the game because the officials do it upstairs. We were trying to challenge that, but for some reason they would not allow us to do it."

On Takeaways
"We have to get turnovers. If you don't win the turnover battle, you don't win the game. We were plus one today, but turnovers obviously dictate the outcome of the game. It's been that way for a lot of years and will continue to be that way. Fortunately, we won the turnover battle today and had a big touchdown on that DE Tim Crowder return on the quarterback sack and fumble."

On the Broncos Defense Playing Aggressively
"We won a lot of third down situations. We were more consistent and obviously played very well in the run support. We gave up a couple runs, but that's a good running football team. I'm not sure how many yards they got, but we played a lot more consistently and probably held them to under 120 yards or 130 yards on the day. They had a couple long runs under twenty [yards] or so, so we've got a ways to go, but it's improvement."

On Pittsburgh's Timeout before Elam's Game-Winning Field Goal
"Well, some people wait until the last second. For a guy like Jason, he enjoys the timeout because it gives him a chance to focus on it [the kick], so I was on the other side of Jason hoping they would call the timeout. They called it right before the snap which Jason seems to enjoy, or at least that's what he tells me."

The Emotion of Rosalind Williams [mother of Darrent Williams] and Judy Nash [wife of Damien Nash] Participating in the Pre-Game Coin Flip
"It was really emotional to be honest with you. You kind of have to fight back your tears. I'm sitting there talking to both of them, it's hard to keep from crying. You look at them, and you think about the memories of Darrent and Damien, and you think back on the last year, and it was very emotional."



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