Coach's Corner - Josh McDaniels 8/1/10

Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels discusses Knowshon Moreno's hamstring injury during morning practice, addresses the Correll Buckhalter injury and gives his overview of the many Broncos fans that showed up for the morning session. Check out the full transcripts...

Opening Statement
"It was good to get off to an energetic start. It was a great atmosphere – the fans certainly make it fun to go out there and work and I think the players enjoyed it, but the effort is certainly where you want it to be on the first play, the execution certainly isn't and that's what we've got to go to work (on). We've got to put in a lot of time and that will start with our film sessions this afternoon. I look forward to coming back out tonight and hopefully having some signs of improvement in the first day."

On RB Knowshon Moreno
"I don't know. Don't know anything at this point. I wouldn't talk about injuries anyway, but I don't really have anything. I just kind of got out of a meeting and haven't been updated on that."

On Moreno and RB Correll Buckhalter
"Yeah, certainly you don't want to see two of your guys that you really count on in the same position to come off the field on the first day of training camp. We know that's part of the game and that's why you have to have people behind them. We'll see what the timetable may be or the diagnosis. I'm not sure exactly where that's at, or how severe – any of that stuff and hopefully we'll get them out there at some point whenever they're healthy."

On impressions of players from the first practice
"(WR) Matt Willis made a few nice catches. He kind of continued his push from the spring – had a real nice spring and then had an opportunity to make some plays down the field today and really came up with them. Today is usually a day of a lot more impressions that are so-so – a lot of good, a lot of bad, some so-so performances. Guys just are getting the feel of being in pads again, the speed of the game seems to be different you could tell in the stretching lines, nobody was really talking much and that's usually the first day of training camp. They all know what's about to happen and we've got a lot of work to do."

On his confidence today compared to the beginning of last year's training camp
"I think my confidence and my comfort level comes from the players and I think they reported yesterday, had a great attitude, had an extensive day of meetings after we did the conditioning tests and all that. You could just feel the energy and the vibe and the confidence that they have. I've been to a number of different training camps on reporting day and the first day of practice and I'm not sure I've seen a team more excited to go out there on the field so that was exciting for all of us to feel that energy from all of them and like I said, I think my confidence or my comfort level with where we're at is going to come directly from them."

On what time he woke up
"I was awake at probably 4:25 a.m., something like that and my daughter was too – unofficially."

On whether he saw the line of fans when he arrived to the facility
"It was pretty neat. I think that people here in this town and in this city really just love this team and it's a privilege for us to be here and work for this organization and hopefully go out there and represent the people that come out and support us like that very well."

On the crowd's support for QB Tim Tebow
"I don't know. We had a lot of people here last year too. Hey, I think that ultimately like you said, we have different players that they all cheer for and all that stuff so those cheers will really, I think start to be more for performance when we start playing instead of ‘Well, this guy came on the field today, or he walked on the field today.' I think they'll be more eager to cheer for the guys that are doing really good things on the field and everybody knows that."

On newly-acquired LB Joe Mays
"Well, he killed us last year in the kicking game, first of all, when we played against Philadelphia. (He's) very physical, fast linebacker that can absolutely play and factor in the kicking game to a strong degree. Young kid who we feel may have some really positive upside to him. He's a different style of inside linebacker than we have (in) some of our other guys here. Most of our other guys are taller, obviously, but he's a physical player and he kind of looks like Mike Tyson and hopefully he'll play like Mike Tyson (laughing)."

On whether WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are able to fully participate
"Yep."

On Broncos players who will only participate in one practice per day
"There is really no list of them. There are going to be a few guys like (OL) Russ Hochstein, for example, that you won't see there tonight – that's just get him into training camp, get him started, make sure that the things that we rehab and those things are all in order before we start to put those two practices together on people. I think you're going to see for the most part our full team out there for a little while and then we may start to rest some players as we go but we're not going to just determine that as of right this minute and start just taking guys out of practice. I think that everybody's eager to get out there, bump off some of the rust and get some of those first collisions in and then eventually there will be some soreness that will set in. I think we have about 30 guys in the cold tub right now so we'll see how it goes and then we'll be smart with it."

On former Broncos RB J.J. Arrington (traded to Philadelphia for LB Joe Mays)
"Again, I think some of those decisions you have to make and make the determination on how you feel or what you feel may impact the team the most. We knew we were looking for a player that could help us in certain areas in the kicking game. We know there's a chance that (LB) Darrell Reid may not be ready to go right at the beginning of the season and all that so there are some things that factored into those decisions. None of them were easy, I don't pretend to like having to do that and he was a very good person, obviously worked hard to get himself ready to go and then we just made the decision – we felt like it was best for us."

On whether WR Demaryius Thomas was behind because of his contract negotiations
"I would expect him to be behind in that regard. Those three days that we're here are, like I said a couple days ago, I think they're really valuable for guys like him and some other guys. He's not only a rookie, but he's also a rookie that's coming off an injury so he's got kind of two things to battle through there. There's a steep learning curve to playing in this league and doing all the little things right so he's going to have to make a lot of those mistakes first and we'll correct them and hopefully he can show what he did in the spring which was he had the ability to make a mistake, correct it and then try not to make it again, and that's the biggest thing for Demaryius but it's exciting to have all our guys out there. It's a competitive situation and a competitive group that he and (WR Eric Decker) ‘Deck' have joined and I mean, you can see how many guys can do things out there just in one short practice."

On LB Darrell Reid's offseason procedure
"I don't really have any thoughts in terms of that versus another procedure. I think we're all kind of eager to see how it goes and hopefully the rehabilitation and the actual healing of what the issue was kind of can go as smoothly as you'd like it to. I think that's really the biggest thing for us is just, is it going to be where we want it to be, is it going to take a little longer and right now, he's doing everything we're asking him to do, it's just a question of when he be ready to participate and help us."



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