Mike Shanahan Press Conference

Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan talks to the media about Indianapolis' offense, the confidence of his quarterback Jay Cutler, the talent in the Broncos' secondary, and more!

On Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning...

"He has a great feel for defenses; great feel for his personnel. He has great technique and a great touch, so I'm not sure if you can play much better than he's playing."

On how much better the Colts look this year than last year...

"They have been pretty consistent the last four years on offense, if you look at where they rank and where they have scored. Defensively, they have had some injuries in the past but have always seemed to bounce back. They have done a good job of turnovers the last four or five years, so they present a lot of problems."

On Indianapolis RB Joseph Addai...

"He was pretty good from day one. You can see that he enjoys the game and understands check offs and he understands his responsibilities. They have a very extensive offseason program, and he was there the whole time. So you can see that he enjoys what he does, and he is an excellent back."

On using the Colorado Rockies' positive energy on his own team...

"There's no question about it. If you've been in sports for a long time, you understand that you can have some adversity, but it's how you react to that adversity. I think the Rockies are living proof. No one had them going far, but they are fighting back. It's good to see that, good to see their character. The bottom line is you have to go get it done. We know we are playing a great team this weekend, and all you can do is go in and prepare each day. We have a lot of confidence in this football team, and we look forward to it."

On the running game going into the Indianapolis game...

"Well we better have a running game or else you're going to have a long day. Last time we beat Indy in Indy (2003), we carried the ball for 45 minutes. That's a good way to beat them—to keep them off the field. It's easier said than done. We were great on third downs that day, close to 75 percent, and what you have to do is control the tempo of the game. You get behind with that type of pass rush, it's a long game."

On getting T Ryan Harris back...

"It adds a lot to our depth. We only had six offensive linemen who were active, so to have Ryan back, obviously takes a lot of pressure off of us as an offensive unit."

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On executing offensively this week...

"When we play a good team, we concentrate more knowing we need to score more points. You play every series like you are going to score a touchdown. We know how good they are. They're going to get some points and some yards, and our bottom line is score more than they score."

On the confidence of QB Jay Cutler...

"I'm confident that he'll be on the field. He's a little sore right now, so unless there is a setback, he should be playing. We're confident going in and hopefully we can back it up with the way we play."

On TE Tony Scheffler...

"He is making strides. He played a little bit last week. Depending on what personnel groupings we use, he's ready to go."

On using the tight end position in the passing game...

"It all depends on what you're doing. You really don't know what the defense is going to do."

On S John Lynch...

"We will find out during the week where he is at. Right now, same thing we've talked about earlier, he's sore, and we'll see how the week goes."

On the Broncos' secondary...

""It's just not the secondary; You're playing football as a team. We have to get great field position with special teams. We have to win in that area. You can't turn the football over or have bad field position. You have to make plays there on offense and defense, surely not just the secondary. Hopefully we will play well as a unit, and that's what we anticipate of doing as a unit."


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