"I'll start off by congratulating the Chiefs. Coach Haley and their football team did a great job obviously preparing for today after playing just a month ago. They did a nice job of game planning and they played very hard today and obviously played better than we did today. It's a disappointing ending to the season. I'm proud of the effort and attitude our team had this year. Certainly far from the finish we're looking for. "
On what happened in the last ten weeks
"There's a lot of things that go into being able to sustain success and we didn't do that, we weren't able to do that. It's not one thing that's wrong. I think there's a lot of things you evaluate at the end of the season and you're trying to do that during the season and sometimes you can and sometimes you can make changes that affect that and sometimes you can't. We've got to go through the process now, get to work and evaluate everything with our football team, our staff, our organization, our system, our philosophy and try to improve it in every way that we can going into next season."
On his evaluation as a first-year head coach
"There's a lot of things that by next year I'm sure I'll do differently. I think you learn something about this game and your job every week and it's a long season. I think that we started kind of the way that we wanted to start and certainly didn't sustain that. It's about staying the course and doing the right things and being able to play well for months. You can't just do it for six weeks and then kind of rest and relax. I don't know that we did that, but we certainly didn't handle one loss very well because we lost once and then we lost three more and we did it twice. Our ability to respond from those times of adversity during the course of the season is critical. If you go on four-game losing streaks you're never going to have an opportunity to really have a great season and the kind of season that you're looking for. We've got to be able to handle that better going forward."
On what he's learned about himself
"I certainly can do a better job of what I do and I'm not going to go into detail about this, that and the other. If there's anybody in this profession that doesn't think that, I think they're fooling themselves. This is a hard job to do whether it's a player or a coach, somebody in the front office, this is a tough league. It's very competitive. I'm looking forward to getting better in this offseason at what I do and trying to improve our team in every way that I can."
On what happened today
"We had opportunities. Unfortunately it's the name of the game in the past three or four weeks here. We've had opportunities in these games. We were down six points, down three points, second half, fourth quarter. We ultimately didn't play well enough at the end to win the game. We didn't finish. It's really one of the words that we've tried to use, tried to stress. We didn't finish the game. We certainly didn't play as well as we would have liked the entire game. Like I said, anytime you give up over 300 yards rushing, that's difficult to overcome. You turn the ball over multiple times for touchdowns and it's same thing. Didn't execute as well as we needed to, to win the game."
On if the loss was due to effort
"No. We didn't execute. Like I said, whether it be the call or the actual execution on the field, we didn't execute in those situations that were critical. There certainly wasn't a lack of effort. I think our approach and our attitude today with our team was fine. They were excited and ready to play and we just didn't play as well as we wanted to."
On if the Marshall/Scheffler situation affected the game
On if QB Kyle Orton is the right guy for the offense
"Orton played a lot of good football this year. We'll re-evaluate everything and we'll re-evaluate that. I think Kyle made a lot of progress this year in terms of running our offense and doing some of the things we needs to do. I know there's plays that he would like to have back today but I think there are plays that everybody would like to have back. I was proud to have the opportunity to coach him this year and look forward to moving forward with him."
On Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles running for 259 yards
"Whenever that happens it's never just one thing. There's no way that it was one reason. We missed some tackles. We certainly let him around the edge a few times, I know that. He cut the ball back and parted our defense a few times. He obviously created some big runs. He's a great player, he really is and he's got a bright future in this league certainly. We're going to have to play him for a long time. "
On WR Jabar Gaffney
"It doesn't surprise me how he played. He stepped up and played very well. We moved him around a lot and did a lot of things with him. He's a pro and I'm glad to have the opportunity to coach him. I loved my time with him in New England and the same is true for here in Denver. I look forward to working with him for a long time."
On how he feels
"Disappointed. I'm not going to be dramatic about it. I wish we were playing next week but we didn't play well enough to deserve that opportunity. There's no question about that. The last four weeks we didn't earn the right to continue to play in this league into the playoffs. We've got a lot of work to do and there's definitely going to have to be some things that change. We can't just go back and do the same thing."
On if execution is the reason they lost to Kansas City and Oakland
"No. There's always things you can do better. I'm not justifying anything but whether it be schematically, we can all coach and play better. If you lose a game like that, whatever it may be, to whomever it is, whether it be Indy, Philly, Oakland, Kansas City it doesn't make any difference. If we coach and play better than we'll have a better opportunity to win and we didn't do that in those games."
On if he needs to change the mind set
"I think that we have to look at what may be the common denominator in terms of why we are not finishing better than we're finishing. I can't speak for years prior but I can speak for this year and we certainly didn't play nearly as well in the second half of the season as we did in the first half and there are other things we didn't do well either. Whether it be play good run defense and then we were inconsistent as we came down the stretch or turned the ball over very little at the beginning of the year and turned it over a little bit more as the year went on. We've got to do a good job of evaluating what has caused these finishes because that certainly is very disappointing to myself, to our team, to our staff, Mr. Bowlen and we've got to work hard and we've got to fix it. We've got to find an answer. This isn't an acceptable ending to the season. We've got to do a lot better than this."
On if the answer is talent
"I've been on lesser talented teams that won games. I don't necessarily point the finger and say this, that and the other. I think that you have to have a team. We're building a team. We want to build a team. We want to win as a team, we lose as a team. Whatever that means. You're always trying to get the most talent on your roster that you can possibly have. You can certainly win in this league without the greatest talent in the league. There's no question about that. The best team usually wins the Super Bowl."
On building the team
"Very disappointed in the last ten weeks there's no question about that. I'm proud of the work that they've put in - the team in that locker room. They've done everything we've asked them to do and tried to play the way we wanted them to play. We didn't get it done as a group, staff, players, organization, and we've got to do better. Moral victories are very hollow in this league. You finish 8-8 and if you feel good about that you're probably going to have a hard time being better than that next year. No, I don't feel very good about this and I don't feel very good about 8-8 and I wouldn't feel very good about 9-7. You want to win enough to deserve to play in the playoffs and if you do then you can be proud of what you did and how you did it."
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