1:22 P.M. MST: With Sunday’s loss, this could turn into a fairly interesting question-and-answer session. It’ll begin in about eight minutes.
1:28 P.M. MST: Here we go.
1:29 P.M. MST: “I really don’t know,” said Shanahan when asked about the running-back situation. He said Andre Hall’s ankle sprain could have been much worse and that it was “really a credit” to him that he played, however, Hall’s injury is the dreaded high ankle sprain.
1:29 P.M. MST: Says he has no update on the status of Travis Henry.
1:30 P.M. MST: When asked how crushing the loss was, he said, “It’s always disappointing … You feel like you have the game won and you give it back, it sticks with you for a lot of years … You don’t take advantage of an opportunity and you can’t close it out, it’s disappointing.” Cites a mid-1990s loss to Seattle as one loss that remained with him for years.
1:31 P.M. MST: Talks about positives on offense and defensively — “except the last three drives … but we can’t finish. We didn’t finish. … With seven minutes left, they’ve got 166 yards. Not to be able to close that out was disappointing.”
1:32 P.M. MST: On inserting running backs that succeed: “You have to have talent. You don’t do it without talent, and these guys are very talented … For (Hall) to gut it out was really a credit to him.”
1:33 P.M. MST: “I’ve seen guys with high ankle sprains come back and play in the coming week; sometimes it takes guys three or four weeks. You never know. I’ll tell you more as the week goes on.”
1:34 P.M. MST: On kicking to Devin Hester: “You’ve just got to play him like we did in the first half … all it takes is one mistake, the guy in the wrong lane, or the punt or kickoff (itself) … He made some big plays and that was the difference in the game.”
1:35 P.M. MST: On Karl Paymah: “Karl Paymah’s done a good job … He’s getting more confidence. He starts at right corner in our nickel and he does a good job; if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be out there.”
1:35 P.M. MST: “We could have overcome those two (Hester) touchdowns. The thing that hurt us was the blocked punt.”
1:36 P.M. MST: Said Walker “made some strides” and thought he might use him more this coming week than against Chicago … “I watched him through warmups; he wasn’t completely comfortable with being full speed but I think he will this week. He only played about eight plays.”
1:36 P.M. MST: Said defensive end Kenny Peterson “did a good job.”
1:36 P.M. MST: Said that he “would think something would come down (Tuesday)” in regards to the resolution of Travis Henry’s appeal, but that he didn’t know.
1:37 P.M. MST: Declines to take the bait to comment about some of the officials’ calls Sunday.
1:38 P.M. MST: “We’ve got some new players on offense; we’ve got some young, very talented guys doing some great things for being so young. Defensively we’ve gotten better; we’re still not where we want to be but we’ve made some strides … Special teams, I thought we were making progress until yesterday; now we’re back to the drawing board.”
1:39 P.M. MST: Now is asked about Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick: “I just know he’s not only a heck of a man, but a heck of a football coach. If CSU loses Sonny Lubick, they’re not only losing a great coach, but a great man … He’s a man’s man … Hopefully if he’s leaving, it’s on his own terms.”
1:40 P.M. MST: And we’re done.
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