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1:26 P.M. MDT: After hearing media-relations intern Jason Taylor say “check” at least 267 times while testing the sound going out to the various TV and on-line video concerns who will be broadcasting the press conference, we finally have good sound –we believe.
1:27 P.M. MDT: The live video link is working and can be accessed here.
1:30 P.M. MDT: On time, as usual.
1:31 P.M. MDT: Shanahan reiterates that spiking the football to stop the clock in the dying seconds of regulation was not an option. “You’ve got to anticipate that before stepping onto the field,” he said.
1:32 P.M. MDT: On the celebration: “I think it’s the most excited I’ve ever seen a pro team … It was kind of like a college atmosphere … Sure nice to win a game that way.”
1:34 P.M. MDT: “It’s a long season,” Shanahan says, emphasizing that as thrilling as the win was, it was just the first game.
1:35 P.M. MDT: “We’ve got some work to do. Special teams, we didn’t play very well with the exception of the field goal, but the good part of it is we found a way to win.”
1:36 P.M. MDT: “I’m not sure he was too excited about that, but he executed it pretty well,” Shanahan says of Jay Cutler’s reaction to the installation of the option.
1:37 P.M. MDT: “Jay’s first two years at Vanderbilt, they ran the option. For a guy that’s done it a couple of years at the college level, it’s pretty easy to run it at the pro level … Vince Young’s been doing it at Tennessee; he’s been doing a great job.” Shanahan added that the option might be installed on a weekly basis now.
1:39 P.M. MDT: “Jay had to pull up; the only thing he did was throw it too far,” Shanahan said when analyzing the second-and-13 lateral on the final drive that nearly sunk the Broncos’ comeback hopes. “He wasn’t afraid to make a play.”
1:40 P.M. MDT: Defense: “You just take it game by game. After the first game if you’re No. 1 on defense, you can’t complain … we know we haven’t arrived and by no means was it a clean game … but we’re going to keep on trying to get better, take it day by day.”
1:41 P.M. MDT: On Simeon Rice: “I was happy with him … He came in there, played 17 plays and made a couple of big-time plays. Just got a good feel.”
1:41 P.M. MDT: Shanahan said that he would have a better feel for the status of the injured Broncos on Wednesday.
1:42 P.M. MDT: On guards Montrae Holland and Chris Myers, both of whom made their first Denver starts: “I’m pretty pleased with how they handled themselves.”
1:44 P.M. MDT: On Champ Bailey handling kickoff-coverage work: “The great players want to play special teams.”
1:45 P.M. MDT: On D.J. Williams: “I think for his first game (at middle linebacker), he played well.”
1:46 P.M. MDT: On the Raiders: “Their offense is much better and their defense has the same personnel back … They’re a different football team, and I can see it already.”
1:46 P.M. MDT: Louis Green “should be okay,” Shanahan said. Green was injured in a second-half collision Sunday.
1:46 P.M. MDT: And … that’s it.