Coaches Corner: Denver Broncos
A Few Words from Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan
Broncos Update Staff
the Patriots recent success
Theyve won three Super Bowls in four years. Thats not too bad. I think the most amazing stat that Ive heard is theyve won 22 out of 23 games against teams with records of .500 or better since 2003. Thats pretty impressive. They step up and play at a high level in big games against good teams.
QB Tom Brady
Well, hes an excellent quarterback. Hes very aware. You can tell hes a great leader. His record speaks for itself. Hes very productive, very poised. Hes very competitive and plays big in big games. Its kind of like everything you look for in a quarterback.
On preparing for the New England defense even with the teams
First of all, they play extremely hard. They are very well coached. You have to give some of the players credit, as well. When players go down, guys have to step up. Just like weve had a couple of our defensive backs go down, and guys step up. Thats what youre hoping for that you do have some depth and guys perform at a very high level. Theyve been doing it pretty consistently over the past few years. Theyve been doing it quite well. You have to take your hat off to them for them to win as many games as they have won over the last few years with injuries. To win those close games against good football teams is very impressive.
whether the Patriots loss of two coordinators in the offseason causes a
head coach to make a lot of changes
I think any time you run an organization like Bill (Belichick) does, theres not going to be any change in the defense because hes been a defensive coordinator. Hes the architect of that defense, and things arent going to change at all. Any time you take a look at the offense, you have a quarterback that is in the prime of his career that probably knows the offense as good as any of the coaches, if not better. He studies the game, and he knows defenses. He knows the things that he likes. Theyre very fortunate to have a quarterback that is very young, very sharp, aware, and knows what he likes to do. Youre not going to miss a whole lot, especially in the National Football League, where you can go out and get some great coaches. Thats what Bill has been able to do, especially with the type of tradition and as many games as theyve won.
New England Head Coach Bill Belichick
Ill be honest with you. They asked me a question a number of years ago, and Bill (Belichick) just got the job. They asked me to name three coaches if I had to rank them. I said, I had three guys that I like Bill Cowher, Jeff Fisher and Bill Belichick. They asked me why. I just said, I just like the way he did as an assistant coach. Everybody mentioned the Cleveland job. I just kind of laughed. I said, I dont really care what happened at Cleveland. I just know what type of coach he is. Obviously, the rest is history, and hes now at New England. Sometimes you can get put in a tough situation. I cant speak for him, but I think what hes done speaks for itself.
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