Coach's Corner - Josh McDaniels Day One

Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels addresed the media following Day One of Broncos Camp 2009. Check out the full transcripts.

On how the team looked in its first full practice
"It looked like the first day. Everybody had great effort, good tempo, a lot of sloppy mistakes and a lot of things to correct and fix. A long way to go, but it was good to get off to a start."

On if he was able to sleep last night in anticipation of the first practice
"(I fell asleep) about 1 (a.m.), it ended about 5 (a.m.) and then just back to work—full training camp mode and excited for today."

On the first thing to come to mind walking onto the field today as a head coach
"It is exciting. I grew up as the son of a coach, so it is an exciting feeling to be able to come out and run your first organized training camp practice and just coach the players that are here. (I am) excited about what may lie ahead for us and trying to get us better every single day. It was a good feeling."

On the fear of injury due to physical practices
"I don't think you can play this game afraid of that because every time we go out and play a game, there is the fear of injury or the possibility of an injury. In order to play the way that we want to play, you have to practice the way you want to play. We will have to take our chances. We will be smart with our football team and our players. If there is anything that we need to rest or pull back from them, then we will, but I don't think you can play physical unless you practice that way."

On evaluating the quarterbacks
"(There) will be a better evaluation after we watch all the film, but I thought there are a couple things that I wish we would have hit. But I think they threw the ball well. The command of the offense and the understanding of what we are doing is great. I don't mean that they are all the way where we want them to be ultimately, but I think when they get in the huddle, they know exactly what I am asking them to do and they are giving the information to the other 10 (players) that are with them. Right now, I think they are getting off to a good start, and we have just got to continue to push them to get better."

On his impression of RB Ryan Torain
"Ryan made some good runs today and he is a physical guy, big guy. (He is) the kind of back that we are looking for. All of our backs are 215 (pounds) or more, so that is the style that we have and we want. He fits in well with the group that we have, and it will be exciting to see him progress. This is really the start, for Ryan, of this year because he wasn't there all spring. (We are) looking forward to seeing what he can do."

On the effects of OLB/DE Robert Ayers' and RB Knowshon Moreno's absence from training camp
"I think every day that they miss hurts their opportunity to create or a role on our team or a bigger role on our team. Obviously, they will have a role, but they are missing meetings, installations, walk-throughs, practice time, film study and all that stuff. "We are eager to have them here. We are trying as hard as we possibly can to have both of them here as fast as we can. Hopefully, that happens sooner rather than later."

On if the delay signing Ayers and Moreno adds more pressure to complete the deal
"We are going to work with who is here and they will join us eventually. Hopefully it will be soon."

On if the team is close to finalizing Ayers' and Moreno's contracts
"To me, the only thing left is ‘done.' Whether we are close or not doesn't really matter. As soon as it is done, we will be excited to have them here."

On CB Champ Bailey's absence at practice
"Champ, (S) Renaldo (Hill) and (DL) Marcus Thomas, as soon as they are ready to practice physically, they will be out here. It is the same with all three of them, just making sure that we take the right precautions with those three players."

On WR Brandon Marshall's performance
"He definitely showed up, made some good plays. He is an explosive guy, and it is a good sign to see him out there running. We'll see how his body reacts to it. This is really the first full practice. The couple (practices) that we had earlier in the week weren't really that long, and this one was a little bit more taxing on everybody. It was great to have him out there, (he) definitely fit in and made some big plays and we will look forward to more of that as we go."

On if today's session felt different with the team because it was the first training camp practice
"I think it feels different for everybody because you are in pads. There is an actual uncertainty of what kind of period we are running, because before, you are not in pads, you can't run plays and all the rest of it. Now there is a run-pass conflict on every play; nobody knows what is coming. You can use play-actions. The whole entire practice is a little different. There are so many things that we are responsible for, both as coaches and players, once you get into this kind of an atmosphere. You always make little minor mistakes on the first day, and hopefully we will clean those up. (It's) the same with our coaches and players."

On evaluating players' transition from the defensive line to outside linebacker
"Today is a big step for those guys because a big part of playing outside linebacker is being able to be physical and play downhill. When you are a former defensive lineman, that is what you are used to doing anyway. We are going to try to ask them to do things they can do. I know being physical and hitting people is one thing that all of them are capable of, and we are going to ask them to do a lot of that. When we ask them to drop back in pass coverage, we are going to try to make sure that we are smart with what we ask them to do. We are not going to put them on (San Diego TE) Antonio Gates and tell them to flag him all over the field.

"All of them have a lot of room to improve. Obviously, this is the first padded practice, so they are going to see some things that they are going to be able to correct this afternoon and hopefully get better every day."




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