Broncos v. Chiefs: Post-game quotes

The Denver Broncos posted their best performance of the season as they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 41-7. Read what the coaches and players had to say about the game in the locker room.

HEAD COACH MIKE SHANAHAN

General

"Coming into the game, I was hoping we'd play a complete game and I thought we did that today on offense, defense, and special teams. You look forward to playing complete games and it was a total team effort out there today. We did not have many mistakes, and the ones we had early in the game we overcame. I'm proud of the way our team played today, and hopefully we can get ready for Houston [Texans] in a short week."

On QB Jay Cutler's best performance in this game

"I think so, probably from a stat stand-point, definitely. He made some great plays against the defense. He's been consistent all year. To have as many big plays as we did today, it was a total team effort."

On RB Selvin Young setting the tone early

"When you moved the ball as consistently as we did, a lot of things go your way. We converted some third downs and made some big plays on first and second downs. We made some big plays when they [Chiefs' defense] were supporting the run, and when you do that you put points on the board.

"Selvin is in excellent football shape, and with [RB] Travis [Henry] – anytime a running back is away for four weeks, it's hard when you have a knee injury to stay in football shape. Tonight we wanted Travis to play 10-20 plays to get back into football shape."

On WR Javon Walker

"I just didn't feel like he was able to go full speed. In practice he took a lot of reps, but I just didn't feel like the reps were full speed. With Javon not playing much in the second half, I thought we needed some healthy receivers.

With [WR Brandon] Stokely going in, we decided right before the game, that was a game time decision. If he wasn't feeling good enough we were going to keep him out."

On playoff chances

"I didn't know until after our game that San Diego had won [to Tennessee ]. I wasn't real pleased with the outcome – the players had to tell me."

On WR Brandon Marshall gaining yards after the catch

"He's 6'5", he's two-hundred-and-thirty-something pounds [230 lbs], he's got quickness, he's tough, and he knocked out two defensive ends. He has a lot of confidence and that will just keep on growing."

On the biggest challenge of a short week

"We've had this before and it's obviously a challenge for both teams. We are taking off Wednesday afternoon and heading to Houston . It's just as tough on both teas, obviously a little tougher on us since we are traveling."

On going against Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak

"Well, he has done a great job with the program, thus far. They had a big win today, against Tampa Bay , who is an excellent football team. He also has a lot of character. When you have a lot of guys go down, you have to have others step up. He has just done an excellent job coaching."

DENVER BRONCOS PLAYERS

QB Jay Cutler

General

"You don't get many of these in the NFL. Teams are just so tough, that it's hard to get victories like this. We could have laid down in the second half, but we kept pressing and our defense held them."

"We came out in the second half and kept it up on third downs and we didn't have a turnover all day."

On the Running Game

"We were running that left side all day and [RB] Selvin [Young] was making great cuts."

On His First Four Touchdown Game

"It took a little longer than I wanted it to. The offensive line did a great job the whole day, so I have to give them a lot of credit."

On If He Thinks This Is His Best Game So Far

"Our runners ran the ball very well, and our receivers made some big plays. This was our game plan coming in, just to go out there and perform well as a team. We feel good about what we've done today."

On WR Brandon Marshall

"You never know what he's going to do when he catches the ball, but you know that he's going to make a play out of it. He might run back and forth for a one yard gain. But, more times than not, he's going to give you a ten or 20 yard gain. I was happy to see him go out and have a big game for us."

RB Selvin Young

General

"I was really looking for 305 (yards) or something like that. That's something I can work on in the offseason."

"The future is bright for this team. But, everyone knows that you have to worry about right now. Each and every game you leave everything out there. This is definitely something we can build on."

"It's my job just to be patient and feed off the offensive line. The last few weeks we've been hitting sparks, but it lit on fire today."

On Gaining Motivation

"This is your J-O-B. A person like me doesn't need motivation. Even if I'm the guy holding the ball when we kick it off, I'm fine with that."

"My thing is just keep on pushing and take advantage of every opportunity I get. I could be here today and gone tomorrow. It's great to be somewhere and have a home where people believe in you."

S John Lynch

General

" Kansas City is struggling a bit, but they are a good football team. In the NFL you can't take any win for granted."

On DE Elvis Dumervil

"We are proud of him. All you hear about is ‘He's not the ideal height, or the ideal weight,' but all he's done since high school and little league is produce and he is a great kid."

On Facing the Houston Texans

"We just have to go back to work this week. We made a commitment to study each game and this is no different. Each team is lucky that they are familiar with each other. I don't know who has the advantage; it's one of those things where we will see after the game. You could say they know, that we know, that they know…"

CB Champ Bailey

On the Defense

"We haven't played this well since maybe the first two weeks of the year. We know what we are capable of but we have to do it every week. I still don't think we are where of what we can be."

CB Dré Bly

General

"When you play together like we did today, this is what the result will be every time. It was a total team effort. Everybody played well, and that's what it's all about. We are a veteran team and if we play like we played today, we'll keep building more confidence."

WR Brandon Marshall

General

"We've got an explosive offense. It's just a shame that we didn't start from Week One. The defense came out to play today and they put us in position to score easily."

"Whenever you play KC, you are going to get a physical game. I'm a little sore, but it's football and that's what it's supposed to be.

On the Penalized Touchdown Celebration

"It was for all of my family and friends in Florida . They don't get to see snow much, so I showed them some snow."

DE Elvis Dumervil

On the Defense

"We had more opportunities than we did last week, to get to the quarterback. We were getting good push up front and the coverage was there as well."

On Getting Three Sacks

"It's a good feeling, but it's a better feeling to go out and dominate at home like we did. We have to bring it back to when INVESCO was a feared place to play in."

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS HEAD COACH HERM EDWARDS

General

"Obviously the game started bad for us. They really jumped on us early and hit some big plays on the passing game. We just couldn't slow them down. We couldn't run the ball and we didn't really do anything on offense. Give Denver credit, this was the worst game we played all season. It just got away from us early and we never recovered."

On Defensive Performance

"Our defense put our offense in a bad way. Our strength is in our defense and we can't give up 14 points to start out the game and expect to win. We tried to blitz them and didn't get there. We had the ability to tackle and didn't get there. We just can't fall behind like we did, because we cannot just drop back and pass. That is not our strong suit right now. I expected more. The only way to make this a game was to not let them score early. We played some guys tonight that did not practice and that is no excuse. Their big guys knocked our big guys around up front and they were able to run the ball well. The burden is on the defense and they know that."

On the Passing of LB Derrick Johnson's Father

"I don't actually know how well he played tonight. It is a tribute to him. He wanted to pay respects to his dad by playing tonight. He probably didn't play as good as he would like to and that is expected."

On Positives to Take From the Game

"A lot of young players are playing but it's about winning games. After that you can evaluate the young players. We've got to get some things corrected. I told the guys that I would hate for this to be their last game. We still have three games left, one of which is at home. It would be nice to win that home game."

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS PLAYERS

DE JARED ALLEN

General

"We flat out got our butts whooped. I don't feel like [the offense or special teams are to blame]. I hope no one else does because if they do, they shouldn't be out on the field. It's not like the defense did anything to help out the cause today. I have to watch the film, but I know we didn't tackle worth a damn. We haven't the last six weeks. It goes back to fundamentals, line assignments, technique, and tackling. We need to look at ourselves and ask, ‘what can I do better?'"

On the Denver offensive performance

"They did exactly what they do every time we play them. They ran the ball, bootlegged, and max-protected. We're 4-8; that's absolutely horrible. I've never been on a team like that; it's driving me crazy."

LB DERRICK JOHNSON

General

"I wouldn't say we've hit rock bottom. When we come back next week versus Tennessee , you'll see what this team is made of. The Broncos jumped out on us early. They just whooped us. They looked good today, but we're tougher than that. ‘What happened to the Chiefs?' If you ask them [the Broncos], I'm sure they were expecting a tougher game."

RB KOLBY SMITH

General

"After the first drive, guys were still into it. After the second, that hasn't happened to us this year. If it was the last game, it would be rock bottom. I don't know the last time the Chiefs lost six games in a row, but it has to be a long time. It's more than embarrassing. We're professionals, but sometimes things happen like that."

QB BRODIE CROYLE

General

"I'm frustrated. We only had that one drive. I put our defense in a bad situation. I came out on the second drive, and had a receiver wide open and missed him. It was bad execution on my behalf. We went out there and cut it to a touchdown after they went up 14-0, but we didn't keep up after that. We have to work things out."

"It's hard to be confident. We didn't move the ball well, and we had lots of 3-and-outs."

On the possibility of losing out to end the season

"That's the last thing this team wants to happen, and that's the last thing that will happen."



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